Viennese Waltz showdance

Viennese Waltz showdance

This is the Viennese Waltz showdance we performed last weekend. We’d been training for it since Christmas, and I was pretty nervous. We’ll hopefully be doing it again at a competition in the summer. There’s a longer version here with our introduction and a brief post-dance interview, should you fancy that. I hadn’t worn tails for a dance before, so hired a suit. This was mortifying. The lady was very helpful, but the first thing she did was measure my chest and say ‘you are small, aren’t you?’. I murmured some agreement, and it turned out they don’t do shirts ... Read More »

Unexpected item in post area

On February 13th I received a card in the post. This was surprising. I was deep undercover, pretending to be nonchalant about Valentine’s Day, and this wasn’t helping. So I let myself have a few moments of idle dreaming that it was the start of some wonderful new chapter that would likely be the inspiration for the best romcom ever, probably starring one of the impossibly good-looking identical bearded people from Game of Thrones and ending with an amazingly witty and well lit set piece on top of a London Eye bubble that’d be a bit like Sleepless in Seattle ... Read More »

Pickles what

Here’s a lovely post about things the author misunderstood until an embarrassingly late age. The commenters join in with gusto, coming up with gems such as thinking Olivia Newton-John was Elton John’s ex-wife, and that ponies are baby horses. I’m glad lots of people have these. Some of mine: I didn’t know that salmon was pronounced ‘sammon’ till I was 15 or so. Thought they were different things (it’s unclear what, to be honest). This was notoriously revealed in a game of Taboo. I never understood why people said the Superman logo was an ‘S’ shape. I always saw the inverse pattern, ... Read More »

2012, then

Quite liked 2012. Some of the highlights and lowlights: After last year’s resolution to take dancing a bit more seriously, I joined an amazing studio and subsequently danced at competitions in Miami and Disneyland, Paris. This was essentially the best thing ever. I was Maid of Honour at my ex’s wedding, so helped run the Hen Do, as well as taking photos and giving a speech. I’d never done anything like that before. I ran the Questival camping weekend for the AHS. Tried and failed to move onto a purple boat (plans got scuppered after we found too many problems) ... Read More »

Christmas showdance

Christmas showdance

This is me and my teacher’s showdance at the dancing studio’s Christmas party. We’d performed it the previous week at a competition in Disneyland Paris, but I’d messed it up and felt that I’d let people down, so I was determined to do it properly. Thankfully I think it went ok – I can see plenty to improve, but it was far better than before. People at the studio liked it too, happily. Phew. My teacher gets the credit for this: she put a huge amount of work in. So big thanks to her. Big plans for next year, dancing-wise. ... Read More »

Naming the purple

Naming the purple

I am trying to  switch boat. My current boat needs quite a lot of work doing inside – a new bathroom and kitchen, for example – and my parents are a) in need of a project b) selling their boat. So cunning plans ensued and a new boat was found. It’s less immediately pretty than my current replica dutch barge, but much nicer inside, so the price balances out. Anyway that is all boring – the important thing is that the new boat is PURPLE: IT IS SO PURPLE I AM SO HAPPY Haven’t actually got it yet. The builders ... Read More »

Windows 8

Windows 8

I installed Windows 8 earlier, kinda on a whim. I’ve written up some quick thoughts over on G+. Read More »

Halloween Hattering

Halloween Hattering

I was tantalisingly close to a crowning moment of awesome yesterday, but it was just out of reach. I was at a Halloween party at my dance studio, and naturally I’d dressed up. You may have noticed the photo. I was quite pleased, despite the trousers being, well, you know that recurring dream where you’re out in public in your pyjamas? That. Also I really liked the wig. I had no peripheral vision on the dancefloor, and I’ll probably need a bezoar removing, but come on. So I travelled over to the studio dressed as such, thinking ‘it’s the weekend ... Read More »

Killick Klassik 2012

Killick Klassik 2012

Last week I took part in a ballroom/latin dancing competition in Miami. It was a Pro-Am event, meaning amateurs dance with their professional teachers, and we’d been preparing for months. I’d never done anything like it before, and I was ridiculously excited. I entered a bunch of single dances. In Latin, the rumba, cha-cha and jive. In ballroom, the waltz. In each you can dance in up to three difficulty levels, based around bronze, silver and gold – I danced in three subcategories of bronze. I also danced in two different age ranges, which basically meant I’d entered everything I ... Read More »

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