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Sunday, December 23, 2012

The UK's "Strictly Come Dancing" (Dancing With The Stars) finished last night with Olympic silver medal gymnast Louis Smith taking the trophy. And because it made me grin like some sort of psychopath, here's a video of probably my favourite dance of the series, from Louis and pro dancer Flavia Cacace.

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CARDSFAN720 12/23/2012 10:28AM

    That was cute! Thanks for sharing!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 12/23/2012 8:15AM

    I can't stand that show!

Glad you enjoyed it though ;)

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BRENDA_G50 12/23/2012 4:00AM

    I LOVE "Dancing with the Stars"!!! Enjoyed the video. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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Doing a Christmas dance marathon

Monday, November 26, 2012

Venue booked, posters done, tickets printed, online booking organised...

Now I just have to get the choreography sorted! I'm doing about an hour of the usual routines, followed by 45-50 minutes of christmas songs. I am actually doing some new routines for the first section as well, mainly some slower ones because I need more slowies just so that I can survive nearly two hours myself!

I'm going to break my own rule and edit one song for language - I figure I'm likely to have parents and kids there and the parents might be upset. (The kids wouldn't be, I'm sure of that.) The editing is quite easy because the F-strike comes in a gap in the music, the more difficult thing is what to replace it with so that the song still makes sense, as the F-You is basically the punchline to a story. Silence won't work, but if I can find a female laugh to splice in, that should do the trick.

One good thing is that I'm getting to fulfil an ambition of sneaking some classical music into a class. I've always liked the idea of getting all sorts of different genres in, but classical has been a bit of a headache because you really want it to be something people will recognise, even if they can't name it. And then, a lot of pieces in the repertoire actually go off into other, less catchy bits after the famous bits. However, I've now got not one but two pieces lined up: the Anvil Chorus from Il Travatore for the first part, and the Troika from Lieutenant Kije for the Christmas section (which is also a great excuse to do some Russian dancing!).

Other than that, a bunch of famous Christmas songs... well, famous here in the UK. I don't know whether "Merry Xmas Everybody" by Slade is known anywhere else. Among other things, it's famous for the way singer Noddy Holder yells "It's Chriiiiiiiisssst-MAAASSSS!" during the final chorus. Every year, he gets invited onto lots of British TV shows just to do that one line. It's probably the definitive christmas record in the UK, though it's sort of buried embarrasedly in the middle of my playlist - my big finale is "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" by Wizzard, which came out the same year (1973) and is possibly my all-time favourite christmas record, a fantastic over-the-top production.

And then for a stretch, Nat King Cole singing "The Christmas Song", because there is no better way to end.

Anyway, should be fun. I'm going to wear my Santa suit too.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 11/26/2012 11:08PM

    Sounds GREAT! Be sure to take pictures, and post them on here for us to see! Have a wonderful time.


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I'm not going to spend ages writing the entry I was planning to write

Sunday, October 07, 2012

...because SP comes up with "No profanity in your blog entry, please." Good job I checked the "offending" words first.

So, er...


What to write instead then...




Dum de dum de dum de dum de dum.


Ooodles of noodles.

The sun has hot his hat on, hip hip hip hooray.


Bored now.


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ALEXGRAY 10/7/2012 11:19AM

    I was going to write about the lyrical content of workout songs and what I would or wouldn't use in a class. One part of it was going to be about the relative merits of the censored and uncensored versions of this song: but SP would require me to censor both, which destroys the distinction and the point.

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AZMOMXTWO 10/7/2012 11:08AM

  got it not

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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Ran my first 10k today! Both stopwatches failed but I think I came in under an hour, which considering I'm a jogger not a runner, is OK for a first time I think. I made the beginner's mistake of starting too fast, which was made worse by the first bit being uphill. But hey, I made it to the end, I'm still standing (well, I'm sitting right now, but I could stand up any time I wanted to, honest), I made the marshalls laugh with my comments as I went round, I even got a not-specific-to-this-event medal (eventually... as I initially ran straight into a cooldown lap before the people on medal duty could get to me!). And I had a short massage after, which was very pleasant. So all in all, pretty good.

I'd say it's given me the urge to run longer distances, but didn't really make me feel like taking part in other events. I like the idea of running a marathon without getting anyone else involved, just get a bus to 26 miles away and run home... maybe someday I'll be up to that. There's a woman who runs around here who, going by the times and places I see her out and about (when I'm cycling and she's running), probably runs 20 miles + on a Saturday. I think that is awesome.

Meanwhile, for reasons too ridiculous to go into, the 10k has given me a new catchphrase, which is: "It's V.S. f***ing Naipaul!". Any attempt at an explanation would only disappoint, and I can't imagine getting a whole lot of opportunities to use it in my day-to-day life, but when an opportunity arises, you can bet I'll grab it.

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ZZYYGGY3 9/9/2012 5:23PM

    Great job.

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An exciting week ahead...

Sunday, September 02, 2012

The BIG exciting thing being leading my first ever aerobics class on Thursday! I did a complete run-through today and realised I've choreographed way too much. But that means I only have to do the best bits...

So what else have I got this week?

Monday I have my regular jogging group and I'll also do another run-through of the aerobics class.

Tuesday I've got to get the publicity sorted for the next jogging group courses, make sure it goes in the local paper and out to the mailing list and on Facebook and everything, and I'll probably be going to the community hall to make sure their sound system works the way I think it does.

Wednesday is more jogging, my regulars should be back after their summer break which will be great. I miss them!

Thursday, my very own aerobics class! Yes yes yes! I've waited so long for this!

Friday, hey, might be a day off. That will be nice.

Saturday I'm preparing for...

Sunday, when I'm running my first 10k, and before and after I'm doing a bit of promotion and recruitment for the jogging and the aerobics. And I've volunteered to help set up beforehand as well.

Somewhere amidst the noise and haste I'll also be writing a little health newsletter and doing a bit of promotion for a charity running challenge that's coming up. It's all go!

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