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Strictly is back!

Posted: Yesterday at 13:37

Peter West and McDonald Hobley, Judith Chalmers was also a presenter if my memory has not failed.  Peggy Spencer also had the Formation Dancers who were on those first shows. At the dance school we boys were taught how to dance with a girl in those massive skirts without tripping tearing or otherwise denuding a lady of her modesty, quite a feat. Back then the huge dance halls held country wide dance Competitions, I danced with my first real Professional lady  dancer at the Hammersmith Ballroom during one of those competitions. The Competitors went on the floor and danced two dances on which they were judged by judges standing round the floor, they then called back the top of the lists and they did the same dances again. There would be a break when we general dancers would all get on the floor and the competitors had a break. One of the ladies came across and asked me to dance I was 17 but not short of confidence. After two more dances she asked if I considered going professional that left me a bit gobsmacked as I thought them well above my level. They had six dances to compete in altogether and the winner was declared there and then, the lady I had danced with came second with her partner, apparently  they were not talking to each other once the dance was over. At the end of the night she gave me a card with her dance school name and asked me to call, who knows I could have been sitting where Len sits had I taken her up on it.

The Waltz was the first dance we all had to learn as it was the basis of most of the Old Fashioned dancing, it would be called sequence dancing these days. Fast slow and English waltz and yes they are different. Tango we did fast and slow plus some which were much like sequence dancing. I was by then at the Modern dancing school though we still did some of the old fashioned dances which would also be done in the large Ballrooms as it remained popular. It all went base over apex when Chubby Checker came on the scene.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 16:30

Those were the days D.H. "and the next dance will be the Dorothy Waltz, the ladies are wearing" where upon we got a lecture on fashions for Ballroom Dancing. This would be followed by the Peggy Spencer Dancers doing a sequence dance, all very sedate. Peggy also sat as a Judge on Come Dancing as it was then known, I have memory of Angela Ripon commentating also.

Before your time SGL is that a big humph? We who went to the pictures twice a week saw the Lindy Hop on film and wondered, it was a street dance with no set pattern or rules, when the Canadian's and finally the Americans (they took their time about it) got here we saw the Jitterbug, again a street dance and still without rules or format and then came the Jive and believe it or not, Victor Sylvester cleaned it up added format and rules as to how it was done. That is the form done on Strictly although over the years it did digress, I remember dancing Jive with hops skips knee wobbling and lots of throwing the partner all over the floor. Put your passion killers on Joan we are jiving tonight. It was and still is a young persons dance, not for Lesley at 71 although being the trooper she is she would have given it her best shot. What happened to the music this week? I could give them the correct music if they asked especially for Rumba and Tango. The world has gone mad is my excuse, methinks it time to get off.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 15:58

Stockton's sunshine did not last

Last time I looked it was raining fast

Memories of years in hotter climes

Where we all prayed for rain at times

The land was dry arid and hot

Of rain we ne'er did see a drop

Returning to these wondrous shores

We got our wish it poured and poured

Sometimes we may wish it to be hot

We are blessed I'll take what we've got.

I knew it would not last, Frank.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 10:58

A sunny day in old Stockton Town

The sun is up and the clouds are down

The High street warm the fountains flow

And good old Stockton Town is all aglow

Will it stay that way I'll let you know?

They should write a song about it, Frank.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 10:52

D.D. no offense taken and never will be, these boards are for discussion not warfare. We all have our likes and dislikes "oh" and opinions which are our own and should not be taken as statements of fact. I hold counsel until the real dancing starts, lets face it the Dancing wins in the end. We have all seen some very good dancers leave other years whilst the GBP kept in the clowns, that is a fact of life, I always hated clowns even in the circus although will put up with them knowing their time will come. Get next week over the one I never look forward to and then to Blackpool my favorite. Tentative thought is Louise will be in at the finish, I did say tentative.


Gardeners world going to try an hour long

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 10:16

And what may I ask is wrong with Roses and Bedding or even Peony's as I grew up with and have had in every garden since. A Garden full of oddity's or one off's would to me be an odd garden. There is room for the quirky plant in every garden from a Balcony to seven acres and lets face it we all have our quirks. I saw lawns vanish rose beds torn up and bedding laughed at and yet there are more queries on this board about Lawns roses and Bedding than anything else. Walking the area looking at gardens they are more like my parents than theirs used to be, call it old fashioned if you wish but it seems very popular. Monty and the other Garden presenters manage a good mix between them and it suits my taste, remembering those early garden shows on TV with men in suits polished shoes and spades that had never seen soil, not a woman in sight,  today's programmes are great, sit back and enjoy even if I never had a banana plant in my life.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 09:50

That made me laugh in my porridge "DR" you missed one thing, Ed Balls is really the Prince in disguise and sweeps Cinders off her feet at the end (nearly dropping her) and then drops the glitter ball on her foot "err" I mean fits it on her foot. Thanks for that it took the bitter taste off the Blueberries, have to be careful with sugar.

"SGL" believe me I am right about the Jive, a couple came to our dance club every week and demonstrated the Lindy Hop Jitterbug and Jive, he was a retired Policeman and she was younger, they both had to give up when she had a mild stroke and he a suspect heart attack, Joan and I had given the jive up a long time before. Remember when the Jitterbug was what took place in a corner of the ballroom by young kids in flares that tripped them up whilst we dancers gave it full speed ahead in the Quickstep to "In the Mood" the jitterbuggers (we called them worse than that, they got in the way of real dancing) could not do the normal dances.

Zoe would be OK if I understood half of what she says, they all do it on Radio, rabbit on your brain stops working and then you miss the title of a song you had forgotten, Karen in her review of the dances slows it down and demonstrates "Phew Wow" so my slow old brain can take it in. I just stopped watching.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 22:57

Sorry Aym, we have to be kind, Lesley was wonderful for her age and I loved her, let's face it we have to be kind to our feathered friends, it was obvious she had hit the buffers in stamina, Lesley would never have made it through the Jive next week. I danced yet gave up jive years ago it is a heart attack formula. Dancers do not keep Ed in the show, to some he is good entertainment, they are looking for quirky not correct dancing. Some of us stopped fighting that battle years ago when we thought of it as a dance show, The GBP proved us the minority wrong by keeping in the comics and sending good dancers home. Of all the millions who watch what percentage will ever have done more than dance round a handbag and that is only the men. Sit back enjoy and wait until after Blackpool when the real dancers appear.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 13:53

No apologies from me, my ears are tuned to the old style conversations at a speed that could be understood not the insane babble that goes for Radio music shows and is tipping over onto TV now. Constant gobbledygook that never lets an old favourite tune  get from beginning to end without manic mouthing voice overs, Zoe is all of that and the constant mention of her Strictly with Ian who has to wear an armoured suit to keep her claws off him. At least I do understand Tess and Claudia a lot more than I can say about Zoe. The sound will stay off and I will read the news on the strictly section of the entertainment board, at my own pace in my own time. Totally annoying and very offputting, I want to hear what the guests say not a constant drivel. Please Karen trip Zoe behind the scenes and take over.

Moan over thanks for listening to this very slowly written missive.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 12:25

Question, has anyone else stopped watching ITT because of Zoe Balls motor mouth, she babbles on at high speed so half of it has gone whilst making sense of the other half. I did try muting the sound when she was talking flat out it did not work so now I just do not watch. Someone suggested Zoe as a presenter of the Strictly Show, "what"? are they mad? I would switch off and think others would too. Now if it was the Lovely Karen presenting ITT I would be unable to take my eye's off the screen, come back quickly from NZ Karen X X x


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