Tango Argentino > Londoners

Discussion in 'Tango Argentino' started by Heather2007, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. Dave Bailey

    Dave Bailey New Member

    So, did anyone go to this TangoCommute thing? Given the weather, I assumed it'd be a bit of a, umm, washout...
  2. Heather2007

    Heather2007 New Member

    London Tango Commute - fotogs

    Pictures from the various locations are being uploaded almost daily (www.flickr.com/photos/tangocommute), and news about the event are spreading through the Internet.

    DB: I didn't attend. The foot is still not right post-hit-by-bus-in-Fleet-Street-incident. But did you see that rain? The troopers that we Blitz Brits are, nothing will stop us, not even the pigging weather - heard it had a good turnout.
  3. Heather2007

    Heather2007 New Member

    Tango Photographer

    Receiving tons of good feedback about this guy's work. (You may have to google him rather than try and enter via here).

  4. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    OK, which of you D-F peeps went dancing in Waterloo Station and has got their pic on the BBC web page??? ;-) :D

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  5. spot

    spot New Member

    I have to confess I was put off by the hysterical reaction of a number of people on the TangoUK mailing list.

    One particularly distasteful person declared that tango classes were now a target for terrorists and seemed to be trying to spell it out in a very badly written poem. Sensibly, TangoUK did not post my response to him.

    Big surprise; no-one was offended, no-one damaged their knee beyond repair by dancing on concrete and no commuters complained that they were unable to manage the complex maneuvure of walking around the dancers.
  6. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    What?!?! People complained in the TangoUK mailing list (or whatever--not on it, not in UK) about tangoing outdoors??? That's insane!

    Funny about commuters complaining about tango dancers. I don't know about things there, but here it's other commuters and tourists who have absolutely no concept of what dancers would call floorcraft. The dancers were probably the most unobtrusive, aware, and accommodating people there! lol.

    And why, oh why, does absolutely everything have to get related back to terrorism? Drives me nuts. /*end rant*/
  7. spot

    spot New Member

    I couldn't get the other links to work, so for anyone as incapable as me who wants to see some photos of Londoners doing the tango...

    (sorry spot, posting hyperlinks is restricted to members who have been here for awhile and have bult up a substantila amount of posts. you are not incapable, just still a little too new for the system to let your links through! Larinda)
  8. Dave Bailey

    Dave Bailey New Member

  9. kieronneedscake

    kieronneedscake New Member

    I'm going al fresco, then an evening milonga to finish off. Quite looking forward to it really.
  10. Heather2007

    Heather2007 New Member

    You and me both. It's an Orwellian 1984 civil-liberties eroding situation we're slowly sleeping walking into over here with our eyes wide shut. Reason: Terrorism. Me: Yeah right...Not. So yep, it was only a matter of time that somebody would drum up the idea of terrorists targetting the tanguero/as.
  11. Heather2007

    Heather2007 New Member

    Didn't go. How was it? Heard the weather was good in London.
  12. kieronneedscake

    kieronneedscake New Member

    Excellent weather, not too much sun so we're not all lobstered now. It was a bit muggy, but the rain didn't come.

    The dance floor itself was very good (camber of the path was a bit tricky though), oodles of people, so lots of tiny dancing required, a major challenge for the leaders. Vibe was nice, lots of people picnicking. The demonstration from Bruno and Mariangeles was fun and inspiring to me. Even parking wasn't that difficult! Well worth the trip. I found it better than the Rivertango event at the Tate Modern.

    I will say though, that both the al fresco floor, and my later experience at Portland Place were tarnished slightly by some pretty bad floorcraft. One shocking leader cut me up and then reversed into my poor follower and it was simply not possible to avoid a collision. It seems common to most of my London tango experiences though. Quite a few thoughtless idiots on the loose, often sporting overt Argentina-themed clothing.

    Hey ho, rough with the smooth.
  13. Heather2007

    Heather2007 New Member

    Aw goodo - the London clime came in good for you.

    The "thoughtless idiot" - quite baffling the behaviour of some eh? This whole pushing and bumping malarky they would never contemplate doing same outside of the milonga. Can you imagine the shootout that would ensue if same individual exercised similar behaviour in a pub in Peckham? Milonga organisers should put out a tannoy message a few times throughout the night: "Be kind to your neighbours and have respect for your fellow dancers". My personal message however, would be "no nicey-wicey with the other dancers watch your back on the way home" ;)
  14. Dave Bailey

    Dave Bailey New Member

    It was excellent weather, just right.

    Very different vibe from the normal milonga - much friendlier, much more talking and socialising I thought. Yes, the floorcraft was a bit iffy, but hell, that's life.

    I've put some photos up on here - the good thing about taking Tango photos is that people usually look good when dancing AT, so even my efforts came out OK :)
  15. Heather2007

    Heather2007 New Member

    Nice fottogs DB - cor, recognize a few faces too.:rolleyes:
  16. Dave Bailey

    Dave Bailey New Member

    Thanks :)

    On the whole "finding out what's on in London" thing, there's an interesting idea on MsHedgehog's blog here:

    It's an implementation of Google Calendar. What do people think? Good idea? Bad idea? Worth trying?
  17. Light Sleeper

    Light Sleeper New Member

    Sounds like a good idea to me. Would be handy for visitors to London as well as the natives.
    Oooh just noticed Geraldine and Ezequiel Paludi are coming to the Smoke in September!

    Sidenote: has anyone ever been to the English tango festival (Bylaugh)? Bit of a trek for me but it looks good. Chicho (whaddaguy) was there this year - boo hoo - would've loved to have seen him live.
  18. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    There are some taango contact improviation workshops this weekend with Javier Cura

    contact Miguel Pinheiro {email address removed} 07981 489163

    for details

    I did yesterday's workshop and it was excellent.
  19. jfm

    jfm Active Member

  20. Light Sleeper

    Light Sleeper New Member

    This one? {broken link removed}

    Sounds a tad esoteric but also sounds like it good be really good!

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