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Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Well, I was quite pleased I managed to come up with something to write for yesterday’s editorial but pride was immediately drowned by the crushing realisation that I had to come up with something else for today! Gaaahh! As luck would have it, though, my Mum wanted to watch a film on More4 last night that turned out to be (vaguely) on topic.

Cat Dancers told the story of Ron and Joy Holiday, married ballet dancers who turned their act into a spectacular circus performance incorporating dance and trained big cats. Whether or not you approve of this use of wild beasts, the Holidays were popular, and eventually a third (human) member of the team was added, in shape of young circus performer Chuck Lizza – bizarrely the threesome (pun definitely intended) formed a sort of unofficial marriage later, exchanging rings in a private ceremony at the ranch where they lived with their menagerie. Sadly both Chuck and Joy were both killed within weeks of each other in 1998 by Jupiter, their white Bengal tiger.

Coincidentally, Ron and Joy met as children in their home town of Biddeford, Maine (U.S.).

1 comment:

Oll Lewis said...

For your partner to be killed by your own tiger once is tragic, but to have it happen twice is a tad on the careless side.