Bottle of Odka washed up on sea front found by circus

Zippos contorionist Odka was an unusual message in a bottle on the Hove Lawns Beach pictured with the Rastelli Clowns and Ringmaster Norman Barrett

Zippos contorionist Odka was an unusual message in a bottle on the Hove Lawns Beach pictured with the Rastelli Clowns and Ringmaster Norman Barrett

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AN unusual message in a bottle has “washed up” on Brighton and Hove’s shore.

Contortionist Odka appeared on the pebbled beach of Hove Lawns en route to a stint at Zippos Circus starting that evening.

Waiting to greet her were Zippos ringmaster Norman Barrett and two Rastelli circus clowns.

Odka, an 18-year-old from Mongolia, was chosen to appear on the Zippos Circus tour because of her artistry.

As well as squeezing herself into a bottle, she pulls a variety of shapes, including putting her legs backwards up and over the top of her head.

Martin Burton is the owner and founder of Zippos Circus and is pleased he could bring her into the fold.

His wife, Julia Knight, also has great admiration for her skills.

She said: “With some contortionists it looks hideous but with those from Mongolia it looks elegant.

“It’s an art form in Mongolia.”

She said the majority of contortionists are women because they are more flexible than men.

Zippos has an ongoing relationship with the Mongolian State Circus.

Mr Burton said: “It’s fantastic to have a world-class contortionist join our circus.

“For the dads there is some glamour while the mums will be amazed.

“And kids will love the comedy and excitement of it all.”

Mr Burton founded the circus 35 years ago.

And its ringmaster Norman Barrett, 78, is about to enter the Guinness World Record books as the longest-serving ringmaster ever.

He started in 1952 and worked at Blackpool Tower Circus for 30 years.

He went to New York before joining Zippos 12 years ago.

The Rastelli clowns are part of a troupe from Italy and are a new addition this year.

The circus runs on Hove Lawns until Tuesday, September 2.

The 2014 show of Zippos Circus, called Unchained, features contortion, juggling, clowning and feats of strength.

For more information, visit www.zipposcircus.co.uk

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8:22am Sat 23 Aug 14

Wide Bertha says...

they forgot to mention 'trained' budgies, and 6 horses trying to all fit and run around in a 10 metre radius ring, yeah the circus is great ....
they forgot to mention 'trained' budgies, and 6 horses trying to all fit and run around in a 10 metre radius ring, yeah the circus is great .... Wide Bertha
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10:11am Sat 23 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

One way of getting into the country, I suppose.
One way of getting into the country, I suppose. notslimjim
  • Score: 12

10:52am Sat 23 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

Is this 'News' or is this 'free publicity' in return for bribes to the press?

How many 'FREE' tickets have been provided to 'The Argus', I wonder? Can those of us who are, afer all, paying your bloody wages have an answer, please, editor?

(I would use a capital E, but I doubt you would actually notice. Unless it was in the middle of the word 'ten' on a bank note)
Is this 'News' or is this 'free publicity' in return for bribes to the press? How many 'FREE' tickets have been provided to 'The Argus', I wonder? Can those of us who are, afer all, paying your bloody wages have an answer, please, editor? (I would use a capital E, but I doubt you would actually notice. Unless it was in the middle of the word 'ten' on a bank note) Goldenwight
  • Score: -1

11:35am Sat 23 Aug 14

whatsisname says...

Handbags at dawn hahaha
Handbags at dawn hahaha whatsisname
  • Score: 0

11:46am Sat 23 Aug 14

Hove Actually says...

Advertorial = rubbish story, I blames the greens....
Advertorial = rubbish story, I blames the greens.... Hove Actually
  • Score: 0

8:31pm Sat 23 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

What happens next is The Argus gives out more free advertising.
What happens next is The Argus gives out more free advertising. notslimjim
  • Score: 2

9:02pm Sun 24 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

I hope the bottle is recyclable.
I hope the bottle is recyclable. NickBrt
  • Score: 0

11:46am Mon 25 Aug 14

tom servo says...

I saw the picture on your front page with the caption underneath which read "you will never guess what happens next"

...guess what.... me and everyone else totally guessed what happened next.
I saw the picture on your front page with the caption underneath which read "you will never guess what happens next" ...guess what.... me and everyone else totally guessed what happened next. tom servo
  • Score: 3

9:40pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Nick02 says...

Here's a video for Odka in action shot yesterday in Hove http://youtu.be/H4eG
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ExfgxrrxYpcXYNvwg
Here's a video for Odka in action shot yesterday in Hove http://youtu.be/H4eG _imsGs0?list=UUfJj1c ExfgxrrxYpcXYNvwg Nick02
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