Greatest Showman


I feel as though I know “The Greatest Showman” very well.

It’s getting watched an awful lot in the Strange household. And it’s hard to drive anywhere without the soundtrack on. “Put it on repeat Daddy”.  Anyway, I can’t help but spot some similarities between PT Barnum’s life in the film and mine. No, seriously! Allow me to explain in a click-bait friendly listicle…


10. Waistcoats

The waistcoat, sleeves rolled up look is de rigueur for close up magicians. And Circus entrepreneurs too. Good look Hugh. Coincidence? I don’t think so!

1. Numbers

Hold on, are the numbers in these list articles supposed to go down or up? Sod it, I’ll just go random


13. Jobs

Barnum loses his day job. Has to earn his bean through entertaining / deceiving people. Yup sympathise with you there PT.


3. Ballet and Circus

What do the Strange daughters love most? Yup you got it.  Coincidence? I don’t think so!


5. Beard = vocal talent

The bearded lady in the film has a belting voice. No one in the Strange household is any good at growing a beard. And we all sound like cats dying when we try and sing. Coincidence? I don’t think so!


8. Veiny Forearms

I’ve blogged about this before, but me and Hugh both have veiny forearm issues. Coincidence? What do you think?

(That said, they looked pretty vein free in the film. What’s your secret Hugh? Prosthetic forearms? Implants? An arm double? In the unlikely event you’re reading this, please get in touch with arm smoothing tips.)


2. I once rescued Zac Efron from a burning building

I don’t like to talk about it though.


4. Making stuff up

Barnum had a habit of fibbing a little. Me too. Coincidence?


3. Hold on, Have I done 3 already?

I should have stuck with up or down. Random is freaking ridiculous.


7. Barnum Quotes

He’s come up with loads that really resonate.

“Leaving them wanting more”

“The noblest art is that of making others happy”

“A light-hearted blog is an excellent façade to hide the angst, stress and desperation inside”


9. Fancy Dress

And, finally, my fancy dress costume of choice is to dress as a Yak.

Well, a Yak-Man if you will. And not just a regular sized one. A huge one. Yep, I like to dress as Huge Yak-Man.

Coincidence? I don’t think so!