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I suck at dancing competitions

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 21:19:23 +0000

I do. This isn’t faux humility. I literally forget the steps. Steps I’ve done hundreds of times before. Steps I could do in my sleep. This doesn’t happen at social dances, or in lessons. I reckon I’d stand a fair chance if I could just hold it together. But put me on a large floor, with a … Continue reading I suck at dancing competitions

iPhone vs SLR

Fri, 01 Jan 2016 19:15:08 +0000

As the old saying goes, the best camera is the one you have on you. The camera I have on me is my iPhone. I take a lot of photos with it, despite having an SLR that’s obviously higher quality. But it’s so much easier to do things with iPhone photos! Emailing / Twitter / Google … Continue reading iPhone vs SLR

You Need A Budget

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 16:08:05 +0000

In January 2014 I set myself a new year’s resolution: control my money better. This was a long-standing ambition and a genuinely tough problem for me. I’d put in plenty of effort in the past, but failed each time. Nothing stuck: budgeting spreadsheets, Microsoft Money, detailed spreadsheets for specific projects – everything seemed logical and comprehensive, but never … Continue reading You Need A Budget

2014, then

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:54:01 +0000

Highlights Entered a bunch of UK dancing competitions. These are tougher than the international ones: there are more competitors, and the standard is higher. This was entirely the point, as I wanted to be challenged. And so I was: I failed, and I failed hard. Honestly, it was ridiculous. In the entire year I got … Continue reading 2014, then

Why you don’t like photos of yourself

Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:46:31 +0000

Me: Hello! I thought you might like this photo of you. Them: Oh god it’s so awful. I understand this, I really do. I used to be the same. But now it makes me sad. If I’ve sent you a picture of yourself, it’s because I think you look good. And I’m probably a better judge … Continue reading Why you don’t like photos of yourself


Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:37:06 +0000

I was feeling pretty run down. Had been for months – maybe a year – and I figured it was lack of sleep. This was new: I often sleep badly, but I’d never had problems with tiredness. But, you know, age. So I bought Night School, and worked through its recommendations. I put up blackout curtains. I cut out blue … Continue reading Candyman

June Gala Showdance

Sat, 02 Aug 2014 18:49:28 +0000

We’d been working on this for over a year, off and on. There’s foxtrot, jive and cha-cha in there. Quite pleased with how it turned out – that’s probably the best we’d ever done it.  

2013, then

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:56:52 +0000

Ok so this came round fast. Has anyone looked into whether time is still working right? I have suspicions. But highlights of the year: Danced a lot, with much training for a showdance in April then an amazing Pro-Am competition in Paris in December. I also found a few more local events to go to, … Continue reading 2013, then

10 years old

Tue, 01 Oct 2013 22:59:12 +0000

My little blog is 10 years old today. Blimey. That’s a total of 728,396 words, over 3,502 posts. Plus 6,828 comments, and over 35k words sitting in unpublished drafts. ‘Wonga’ wasn’t really a popular word when this site started. Now it has connotations, and I sometimes worry new people must think it’s all about me … Continue reading 10 years old

Dapper Day 2013

Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:44:53 +0000

I first heard about Dapper Day via Boing Boing, who described it as: a day when masses of well-dressed, nattily turned out happy mutants converge on Disney parks to enjoy a day in fine style. Obviously this attracted my attention. I was in Disneyland Paris last year, and enjoyed it a lot. And I am, … Continue reading Dapper Day 2013

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