Thursday, 20 September 2012

Tango update.

Will summarise progress of this blog with a few pictures gathered together from past episodes.

Wiring beneath the board.

Everything functioning as DCC.

In early days board was on Ikea trestles.

One of my trains.

Ceramic Gare du Nord

Little Jouef I converted to DCC operation.

Wooden legs replaced the trestles.
Paper versions of the buildings

Close up of a street from picture above.

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Continuing to love listening to Cassius:

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Last night's dinner:



Looks a mess: chicken thighs in tomato sauce and boiled potatoes.

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Cherry picking from the Bible:

I don't tend to cherry pick from the Bible, but I do cherry pick from spiritual texts. If a spiritual work is advocating something that doesn't suit me, I tend to close the book and look for a work which makes observations congenial to my current state of mind.

I'm finding this a bit when reading St Teresa of Avila. I don't like her analogy of being a bride of Christ. St John of the Cross uses the same analogy. Both of them are addressing female nuns but even so I find the notion cloying. But maybe that reaction reveals a short-coming in my attitude to Christ.

Anyway, all that rumination put me in mind of one of my favourite cartoons from Private Eye. I actually emailed the artist concerned - Neil Bennett - and asked permission to use it in this blog and he willingly gave his consent. Kind of him.


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Tango gait:

Was terrified before attending last night's class. I have to bear in mind that in my whole life I have probably spent less than 45 minutes in total doing any kind of dancing.

Last night and at last week's taster class I danced for basically 2 hours!

I must continually remind myself that my aim is simply to improve upon my own low base level and put up with the excruciating embarrassment of being the worst in the class.

My main problem is balance. One has to keep ones legs together when tango-ing whereas my habitual gait over 6 decades has been to walk with my feet miles apart.

When I walk with my legs together I find it difficult to keep my balance.

So, I have been forcing myself to practise walking with the new gait at almost all times: up and down stairs in the house; across the floor in the office etc etc.




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