Saturday, 26 March 2016

Argentinian Tango Social Dance


This is what the Ballroom at the Festival Hall was designed for. Dancing.  Dancing the tango to be more precise.  This was billed as an ‘Argentinian Tango Social Dance’. It had a few live musicians but the music mainly came from a lap top. It inspired hundreds, literally hundreds, of people to start dancing. Husbands and wives, husbands with other men’s wives and young children standing on Dad’s shoe laces in order to keep in step. Women dressed as femme fatale’s, men dressed in t-shirts and jeans. Some leading, some following. The bold, intertwined legs with their partners before sliding into the next position. A complete hotchpotch of people simply enjoying themselves.

Some could really tango. Dressed to kill, like a scene from a Jack Vettriano painting, these dancers showed all the others how it should be done.

The Festival Hall is a fantastic place. High art to simple pleasures, it is still the peoples palace.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

London fog

I realise this photograph looks as though I have taken it from the top of a tree but it is actually taken from Hither Green station on a foggy London morning. Always surprising to find little patches of wilderness in the heart of the city but they do exist. How long before developers move in?

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Still Here – A Decade of Lazarides

The Lazarides Gallery in Rathbone Place is always worth visiting. It is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary with a group exhibition from the gallery’s most acclaimed and ground-breaking artists.  

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Beigel Bake - Brick Lane

The Beigel Bake in Brick Lane. An East End institution. Freshly baked bread and beigels pulled fresh from the oven 24 hours a day. Mmmmmmmmmmm........