Dea Birkett

Pitcairn Island, 1957

Living on Pitcairn showed me that island life is no paradise

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Islands have a special appeal. We imagine that on an island we’ll somehow ‘get away from it all’. In the…

Victorian lady travellers aren’t feminist role models – they were tyrants

30 March 2019 9:00 am

They cut virgin paths through tropical forests, paddled dugout canoes over West African rapids, sailed along the Yangtze in a…

When I see an elephant fly: a scene from Tim Burton’s Dumbo

Clumsy, long and lacking circus thrills: Tim Burton’s Dumbo reviewed

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Dumbo is an elephant we can’t forget. More than 70 years since Disney’s 1941 film, the big-eared baby is still…

In defence of circus animals

27 October 2018 9:00 am

In a British circus, you will no longer find big cats, dancing bears or sea lions balancing on balls. Anne,…

Advertisement for circus acts at the Da Shi Jie entertainment complex, Shanghai

The circus visits every corner of the globe — even Antarctica

13 October 2018 9:00 am

We’re celebrating 250 years of circus this year. In 1768, the retired cavalryman and entrepreneur Philip Astley, together with his…