Wednesday, June 19, 2019

All The Worlds A Stage: Street Theatre Across The Globe

All The Worlds A Stage: Street Theatre Across The Globe


The world of street performers is one of the oldest professions in the world with the medieval court jester being one of the very first to entertain crowds. Now, there is a vibrant performer on every street corner and the majority are extremely talented and fantastic to watch. Here are our top performers from around the world.

The Naked Cowboy

This famous street performer stands in New York City’s Time Square and plays the guitar dressed in nothing but cowboy boots, hat and underpants. However, he places his guitar over his torso in such a way that from some angles he looks as though he is completely nude. He is so famous that he even has his own Wikipedia entry now.

Las Ramblas Human Statues

You may have seen ’human statues’ in city centres already but you can’t get better than the ones found on Barcelona’s main street. They put a huge amount of effort into their costumes and are extremely clever at what they do – the kids love them! From performers dressed as angels to famous historic characters to baskets of fruit, you’ll see everything in Las Ramblas!

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The Coconut Smasher

You can always count on Malaysia to give the public something a bit different and this is certainly not something many people will have seen before. Local Ho Eng Hui is so strong that he can smash whole coconut shells using just his index finger. He is now so famous that he has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records and has appeared on television several times. The kung fu fighter managed to break a finger nearly twenty years ago while performing but it mended well enough for him to carry on smashing coconuts! He did retire a few years ago but he still comes out for special occasions.

The Bush Man

If you are ever in San Francisco, the bush man is a must see performance. No one really knows his name, or where he comes from but he has been performing for over twenty years and has made a name for himself around the globe. His ‘show’ is very simple, he hides behind a bush and jumps out at unsuspecting tourists who naturally jump out of their skins upon seeing the moving bush. Rumour has it his simple little street act has actually netted him rather a lot of money so far and people come from far and wide to see him especially.

The Still Man

German showman Johan Lorbeer has been performing his ‘still life’ acts all over Europe for decades and can still wow the crowds. His act consists of apparently leaning on the side of a building, but there is a catch – he is over ten feet above the ground. He appears to be almost levitated but standing up straight and can stay there for minutes on end seemingly minding his own business as crowds form below him. Of course, it is all an optical illusion which he does reveal at the end, but he still stops people dead in their tracks.

Roller Blading Musician

Harry Perry has been arguably named the worlds most famous street performer by some and certainly lives up to the title. He frequents Venice Beach boardwalk and is usually dressed up in full sikh clothing. He plays an electric guitar while rollerblading down the pavement and has become very popular with tourists and locals alike. Although he is now pushing sixty, you can still find him there most days, skating along as though he doesn’t have a care in the world!

Bob Hannelle is a writer on the road who’s currently galavanting around Barcelona, and staying in some fancy apartments found through HouseTrip.

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Six Surprising Colors That Prisoners Across The World Wear

Six Surprising Colors That Prisoners Across The World Wear


We often imagine prisoners in black and white striped clothing, hands cuffed over their stomach as they slowly walk with their head down. In reality, black and white striped clothing was never the norm for prison clothing across the world, although it was widely used in the 1940’s and 1950’s in Western and European countries as clothing for people who were confined in prisons and war camps. For example, prisoners during the Holocaust were notorious for being clothed in vertical black and white stripes. Since then, black and white striped prison clothing has carried the stigma and status of suffering.

In this day and age, prisoners across the world no longer wear black and white striped clothing for several reasons:

  • Humane reasons
  • Practical reasons
  • Ethical reasons

Currently, even the United States is changing the way it clothes its prisoners, because it is considered inhumane by some to label and signify prisoners’ status through black and white striped clothing. Many countries also find it more practical for prisoners to wear brighter, easy-to-spot clothing. This helps them stand out in a crowd. In addition, some countries want to punish prisoners by dressing them in non-traditional clothing.

Although there is some debate regarding the use of prison uniforms, they continue to persist as a part of prison culture. Here are six surprising colors that prisoners across the world wear.

Canary, or Highlighter, Yellow

In the United States, specifically Connecticut, Massachusetts, and California, male prisoners are classified by the color of their prison uniform, which includes yellow. The following show the colors for prison uniforms that are used by some United States prison systems, starting with the highest-security color and ending with the lowest security color:

  • Bright Orange
  • Dark Green
  • Plain Gray
  • Bright Red
  • Canary Yellow

Another advantage to this system is that it allows prison guards to spot and label a prisoner at a glance based on the color of their clothing.

Hot Pink

In Indonesia, special prisoners such as government officials are forced to wear embarrassing clothing for their prison uniform. The color of choice is usually hot pink or bright orange. These special prison uniforms are not only brightly colored, but they also include the following:

  • The name of the prisoner
  • The case number of the prisoner
  • “Detainee of the Corruption Eradication Agency”

Bright Orange

In Guantanamo Bay, male prisoners wear bright orange scrubs for their prison uniforms. They also wear masks and are kept handcuffed at almost all times.

Although most prison uniforms these days are one-piece jumpers, many of them are also two-piece pants and jacket. Scrubs, however, are almost unique to Guantanamo Bay.

Dark Green

In South Africa, male prisoners wear standard-issued, dark green clothing for their prison uniform. The clothing is usually threadbare and provides little to no protection from extreme hot or cold weather.

Navy Blue

In West Africa, specifically Nigeria, male prisoners wear navy blue clothing for their prison uniform. Even government officials who fall from their high positions are forced to wear this clothing, although some of them, like Bode George, have protested against it.

Plain Gray

In England and Wales, male prisoners wear plain gray from head to toe for their prison uniform.

As you can see, male prison clothing has been the subject of much interest and debate. Female prison clothing, however, does not have the same rules and regulations associated with it. Regardless, prison clothing is not something that anyone, even prisoners, would want to wear.

Blair Carroll specializes in criminal defense law at Carroll Troberman Criminal Defense, his law firm in Austin, Texas. Carroll has also helped many Texans get out of jail and back into their own clothes and homes.

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