London riots

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 in News | 0 comments

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard about the recent riots in the United Kingdom. London (in particular) has been thrashed by looters, vandalism, arsonists and rioters. More than 16,000 police officers were on the scene enacting tough measures to help stop the violence, while copycat riots unfolded in other British cities. Londoners are now faced with the wreckage dealing with torched cars and taking inventory of what’s left in looted stores. As authorities estimate the cost of the massive clean-up job in the tens of millions, the rioters’ motives are still being debated. Police describe the uprising as one of the city’s worst social upheavals in living memory! So, naturally, we worry about how these terrible events affect our tightly-knit circus community. We asked our friends across the pond at The Circus Space, a circus school located in the heart of London, how the riots have affected them (if at all). They responded: 



“Everyone at Circus Space has been deeply shocked by the recent events in London. Our paramount concern is the safety of those who work and train at Circus Space and to this end we have responded to police advice and closed early on Monday and Tuesday. We aim to provide a normal service today but we are keeping a close eye on the news and police reports and will take whatever action we need to make sure our people are safe and this may mean further early closures.”

- Jane Rice-Bowen
Joint Chief Executive

Here at CGM, we sincerely hope the violence ends soon and would like to take this opportunity to tell those who want to continue looting/rioting to harness all of that energy into a new outlet… a circus one, perhaps. Check out The Circus Space and learn a new circus skill, focus all of that energy into something positive and life altering. Learning a circus skill is not only rewarding to you but to anyone who watches you! Trust me, people are more inspired by talent than petty theft and vandalism. ■