Made from the castor bean, castor-oil is a foul-tasting medicinal oil. A popular folk medicine, castor-oil has been known to be used as a threat to children. Certainly there are plenty of children who would rather behave than be administered a dose.
In Mussolini-controlled Italy, political dissidents were force fed castor-oil, which dehydrated victims.
The English name ‘sherry’ derives from Jerez.
A trapeze is an aerial apparatus usually used in circus performances. It is a bar hung with rope or metal straps. Trapeze artists adopt various performance approaches:
Static trapeze – where the bar does not move during the performance
Swinging trapeze – where the bar swings during performance
Flying trapeze – where the performer creates a swing and then ‘flies’ through the air to be caught by another performer or to catch another bar