Sunday, May 17, 2009

Clown Eclipse . . .

Spotted a circus sign on the way to work today, well, yesterday now, and the first thought that crossed my mind as I drove by was : "Wow, a partial eclipse of a clown !" Have I gone totally stark raving bonkers ? Or am I just a sucker for primary colors ? Sunday is a good day to head to the circus. . . right ? Anybody care to join me ???
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19 comments:

jeff34 said...

Chacun sait que le clown à l'art de cultiver l'ombre et la lumière, de faire passer du rire aux larmes et vice-versa...!
J'adore les pestacles qui éveille notre âme d'enfants...

Alors comme ça, boulot, dodo, bloggo...! C'est bien monlot également et je crois que je vais devoir décrocher qqs jours par-ci par-là pour arriver à tout faire...

Amitiés my pixelF...! Ciao Owen et bon week !

Steve said...

He looks like a scary fusion of Pennywise and Ronald McDonald - I always find clowns rather sinister though have never ever seen one in the flesh.

Jessie said...

I think pictures of the circus are better then the real thing! I can see why this one caught your eye, those lovely scrummy bright colours! That clown can stay in the poster as far as I'm concerned. ;)

Friko said...

Fun picture!
Ok, I feel free to comment.
I've come across to you from English Rider, whose blog I like. Perhaps ex-pats of all nations have something in common?
Like the bits I've read; I'll be back.

Bill Evertson said...

Sir - you are a fiend. It's bad enough to have a song on autopilot in the head but now I've got partial clown eclipses overwriting the lyrics to "Total Eclipse of the Heart" ;)

Martha said...

Wonderful! This would be perfect to link up to my Color Carnival!

Jill said...

Owen, I took your suggestion and visited lonegreysquirrel.blogspot.com.
What a good storyteller he is!...very funny and interesting...I really laughed! (And what a likeable guy he is...:))

Owen said...

Jeff43, Ah, les pestacles, rien de mieux pour nous sortir du cyclotron du bouleau, metraux, deaudeau, chateau, bloggeaux, car si non, on explot... c'est un complot, j'suis sûr ! Bon wknd à toi ;-)

Steve,
Hmmmm, Pennywise ??? That reminds me of another Steve, or Stephen, somewhere, an author maybe?... you aren't by any chance a fan of him ? Or should I say, of IT ? Funny, just doing a little Google run on "Pennywise", to see if maybe you were referring to something else, I came across this funny site I didn't know of, seems to be taking the mickey out of Wickipedia :

http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Pennywise_the_Clown

But anyway, thanks for reminding me of IT again, hadn't crossed my mind in a while, but IT's not the sort of story I could forgIT easily, especially knowing that I make a cameo appearance in IT... Had you forgotten ? See page 555 in the hardback first edition, or if another edition you're looking at, it's in Part 3 Grownups, Chapter 11 Walking Tours, a few pages into section 2 "Eddie Kasbrak Makes a Catch"; during a baseball game, "an unfortunate kid named Owen Phillips had laughed at that bonking sound..." You probably recall, of course, that Stephen King's youngest son is named Owen Philip King; so I couldn't help but feel some sort of kinship there... and King did another book which relates to earlier discussions in these pages about the animal cemetery near Paris : Pet Sematary... Anyway, you are right, there is a long folk culture list of evil clown characters out there... Ronald is definitely evil too, telling kids it is good to eat at McDo !

Jessie, I'm with you, we can leave it in the poster, he does have a rather questionable looking leer...

Friko, welcome, welcome, thanks for dropping in, the more the merrier I always say... this is an easygoing place, but only one rule here, punning is absolutely not encouraged, anyone who puns here will be punished by being pelted with punto beans (You 'ear that Sag and Laurie ??!!) :-D (by the way, is "Friko" pronounced "Freak-o" or "Fryco", which gets back directly to Steve's Pennywise vs. Ronald McDonald allusion...) In any case, don't let me scare you off, come back anytime, the tea or coffee's always hot...

Hey Bill, actually, I'm not a fiend... the fiend is Pennywise, and it is Pennywise that switched the lyrics in your head... seems to me there was a "Bill" in IT as well... If you go out in the street today, just keep an eye on the storm drains... if you see any balloons, well, run ! Fast !!! What was that licence plate slogan... "You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania" ? Should change it to : "You've Got a Fiend in Pennywise". And I won't go into the grammatical implications of "You've Got"...

Hi Martha... am going to check out the Color Carnaval; guess no black and white is allowed there?

Hi Jill,
Isn't he fun, that old rascally squirrel ? I would recommend that everyone visit his blog, at least once in their life, and more often if affinity is discovered... I'd be careful about jumping to conclusions about "likeable" too quickly though... squirrels can be, well, squirrely, and don't forget your birdfeeder. Although he denied it, I wouldn't be surprised if behind the scenes he was pulling the strings on that job... You saw his "mug" shot, right? If not, go back a little further in the back posts... he was booked for grand larceny, he has a long record of birdfeeder heists...

jeff34 said...

Alors..! Il était comment le "s"pectacle...! T'es pas allé voir les clowns...! pas assez intellectuel pour toi !...
Owen, c'est un complot j'en suis sûr... Regarde ta webcam ! Là, en ce moment je te vois !... et pareil pour Big Brother ! Ne ris pas !... Tu riras moins quand tu auras une sonde dans tes cornflakes du p'tit déj !...
Heureusement qu'il nous reste notre blog pour rêver un peu à un monde meilleur où justement les clowns seraient au pouvoir !....

Ciao amigo !... et... non !... rien ! Des micros pourraient nous entendre !

jeff34 said...

Bon, je vais squater ton blog mais juste pour te dire que j'ai eu un petit souci d'affichage ! Ceci explique celà ! Etre number one... nous ne sommes d'ailleurs que des numéros nombre 2 ( 'cause 2 on "life..." )...
Je ne sais pas toi, mais cette semaine qui arrive avec le pont de jeudi... ça le fait je trouve !
tu fais quoi déjà Owen ? Tu as dû me le dire, mais en grand "nigaud" que je suis, j'ai oublié !...

Ciao...! A plus Owen !

Margaret Pangert said...

This could almost be a reproduction of the Cirque du Soleil posters: vivid colors, sometimes matching, sometimes jarring, but always with meaning. The Soleil performances are so incredible it makes one wonder what will happen to the old three-ring circus with its clowns. I wonder if Baudelaire would have gone to this cirque in the Ile de France?

Álvaro said...

I have seen your recent post and you´ve got very interesting photos. Congratulations. In my opinion City of Blight i simply perfect.
Greetings from Spain.

Laurie said...

Of course, if you had got up earlier then it would have been evenly lit!

See, it IS possible for me to leave a comment without a pun.

That said, the chap on the poster look like a bit of a clown to me. I wonder if he has big feet and a hooter. OK, I'll stop clowning around, it is a serious business. But, I have to ask: How does he keep his hat on?

Catherine said...

Méfiance ! J'ai bien peur que les numéros traditionnels se soient éclipsés eux aussi.
Tour Eiffel et Arc de Triomphe, rien que ça ! Et pourquoi pas un tigre ou des trapézistes ?
Cette affiche me rappelle les spectacles itinérants de Guignol qui n'ont plus de Guignol que le nom sur l'affiche.

Silver said...

i always found clowns to be freakishly scarry.. i think maybe that explains why some horror films actually drew inspirations from them..

;)Silver
from One Day at a Time/ Reflections

PS: i deleted the above- hit some wrong buttons..;)

Adrian LaRoque said...

Colorful this one Owen, great shot!

Steve said...

IT is the only Stephen King horror film that I like though found the ending disappointing - I much prefer the prison based stories and am a sucker for The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption. Sadly I don't think I have a cameo appearance in any film or book though my name is very popular when I google it... nothing very interesting though (even the stuff that relates to the real me)!

Bergson said...

Un coup d'œil sur un clin d'œil !!
Bravo

Martha said...

Thanks for stopping over to link up to Color Carnival! No black and white there but you might like another one I play along on, Monochrome Weekly. Here's the link to my post this week...
http://meandering-martha.blogspot.com/2009/05/monochrome_17.html
You'll find the link to the Monochrome Maniacs on my post. Hope to see you over there :-)