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    I love doing ballet classes, even though I'm rubbish at it!

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    Spandau or regular ballet
  2. I get a headache when I see a performance of In The Upper Room.
  3. This is the text of an email that I received last night Train with Birmingham Royal Ballet Join us for dancer-led ballet classes on 4 June These classes, led by a Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer, are designed to inspire, and to further your passion and enjoyment for dance. We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to join us from your own home on Friday 4 June. The following sessions are available: Boys' Class, Grade 2 upwards: 4:30pm Girls' Class, Grade 3-5: 6pm Girls' Class, Grade 6+: 7:30pm Cost: £15 per participant The classes, which are delivered via Zoom, consist of a warm up followed by a technique class appropriate for each grade, with a large proportion of the class inspired by our current repertoire. Friends and family in your household are invited to watch an informal sharing at the end of the session to celebrate what you have learnt. Places are limited so book today to avoid disappointment. Book here
  4. I've done syllabus classes in BBO, RAD and Cecchetti and of the three I prefer BBO. I like the longer sequences, which really make you concentrate and I think BBO is much more dancey than the others.
  5. Laura Knight exhibition MK Gallery - Milton Keynes - 9th Oct 2021 - I don't know if there will be any of her ballet pictures, but I hope so. Faberge In London - V&A - 20th Nov 2021 - I think this one will be very busy
  6. Yikes! It was £25 when it was published and I thought that was a touch pricey when I bought mine. There is a copy in the British Library. I don't know if it available for an inter-library loan (I have no idea how that works), but if you're in London, you could probably have a look at it in the reading room (again I have no idea how that works).
  7. Talking Pictures TV = Freeview 81 | Freesat 306 | Virgin 445 | Sky 328 Wed 24 Feb 21 - 12:15 - Harmony Lane - A Musical featurette starring Max Bygraves, The Beverly Sisters and Dora Bryan. Also Svetlana Beriosova and David Paltenghi dancing a bit of Swan Lake. Fri 26 Feb 21 - 21:00 - Nijinsky - Alan Bates, George de la Pea & Ronald Pickup. Based on Vaslav Nijinsky diaries this film follows his later life and career.
  8. Followup: Soviet 'Enigma' cipher machine sells for $22k at collapsed museum's exhibits auction Relics of the Cold war - at auction Auction Results - example Lot 128 of 497: SOVIET KGB SPY RING WITH HIDDEN CAMERA went for $15,625 (double the estimate)
  9. What happens if you mix ballet and magic? Yan Yan Ma shows you. There are several clips of her on youtube (some with an annoying voice over). Her she is as an assistant in a short story
  10. It is an adaption of the definition from Ambrose Bierce's "The Devils Dictionary". Telephone: An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance.
  11. It's a little way off, but I've forgotten to highlight when it has been on before. Wednesday 24th Feb 12:15 Harmony Lane - Talking Pictures TV (Freeview 81) - Svetlana Beriosova and David Paltenghi dancing a bit of Swan Lake
  12. An email tells me that BRBs Cinderella (Wed 31 Mar - Sat 10 Apr 2021) has been cancelled.
  13. If you click on the volume dodad on the task bar, it might show volume controls for two output devices, hdmi and pc speakers. Mute PC speaker and unmute hdmi. Alternatively, right click the dodad and check playback devices
  14. Queen of Hammer horror films and many a boys fantasy has sadly passed away aged 88 https://metro.co.uk/2021/01/04/barbara-shelley-dead-horror-film-icon-dies-aged-88-13844336/
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