April 23rd, 2006


Easter, Holidays, Chelmsford and lots of Dancing

I took some time off work this week in order to spend it with thethirdvoice before she started back next term.

Travelled up to Chelmsford on Tuesday and met her family, who seem very nice (and don't seem to think I'm antisocial - yey! or at least I hope not...). So have had exciting tours of Chelmsford, Colchester and Boreham, which would be all new and exciting except I've apparently been to Chelmsford before (although I don't remember it as I was very young).

There was a clock museum in Colchester which was very exciting (yey clocks!) and had a nice tour under the castle. Was a bit bewildered as the man on the desk at the castle tried to persuade us that if we went on the tour we wouldn't have enough time to look around the museum in the castle properly, which was odd as I certainly felt that the tour was the most interesting bit.

Came back to London on Thursday having packed all thethirdvoice's stuff up ready to go back to Cambridge. Liverpool Street in the middle of rush hour is very lovely (honest!).

Thursday evening was Kerry's last appellachian class and we did a performance for Old Palace at the end of it to show them what we'd been up to. thethirdvoice brought her tap shoes and had a go too and got it all scarily quickly, but then I knew she would... Was fun, although it's a shame it's now all over.

Friday was the kneesup with the Bismarks at C# house. I'm generally not that big a fan of the Bismarks, but they were really good this time and it was a great time.

Yesterday, we performed with Molly at C# house which was weird and scarey (I'm going to post about it separately I think, because I've been thinking about it quite a lot since). thethirdvoice and I didn't stay for the dance afterwards as it was Jenny's party, so we made our excuses and left. Or at least we tried to... The Northern Line was broken so took us ages to figure out buses find the stop and get away.

And so it's now today. thethirdvoice has gone home ready to go back to Cambridge, it's wet, I'm very tired and slightly hungover. Well, I suppose every day can't be a good day and I've had a really fun week.
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Molly at C#

I'm very concious of the fact that whenever I go out with molly at the moment I seem to come back and moan a bit. It's a bit weird really.

Last night's performance was especially weird. It was nice to go there with thethirdvoice as we've not been to many molly events together and it was nice to see everyone again, but it wasn't very much fun, which seems weird.

Gogs are very much about precision and formal planning and stuff are important to ensure this (and I'd be a complete hipocrite to say otherwise because I've said this myself many times). However, they do seem to be getting more and more scarily serious about it to the point that it loses a lot of it's fun (well for me at least and that doesn't really matter as I'm not that big a member of the side anymore as I don't live in Cambridge).

The other thing that was weird is that Cambridge folkies have always been very cliquey and I was as much a culpret for this as anyone else. However, having now left I'm finding myself going back to these events and finding myself outside the clique.

I seem to have turned into a spare part. It's the natural thing to happen given I'm not practicing as regularly as the rest of the side, it's understandable and I wouldn't complain about it, but that doesn't mean I like it. As time is going on since I've left Cambridge, I'm naturally being put in the simpler dances to make up numbers rather than the more interesting ones, because obviously the people who practice regularly have more right to be in them and I'm not going to be as good without the practice. So that makes perfect sense, but it's not very much fun though...

Molly was the first dancing I did and my way of falling into folk, so I'm nostalgic about it and I feel quite sad that I'm not really a part of it anymore. However, I've been thinking a lot since last night that given I dance with other more local sides maybe it's time to hang up my molly kit and say I've had over 3 really fun years with the side maybe I'd best call it a day rather than spoil that? Then again thethirdvoice has only just started with the side really and that's probably the main reason we met and got to know each other and I know I'll be going up to Cambridge a lot to see her and that she wants me in the side with her.

Maybe it's just a matter of looking at these events as they come up and thinking about whether it would actually be useful to the side to have me there, whether I'm likely to have fun, etc before deciding whether or not to go?
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Interest Cloud Thing

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I'm guessing that the size of the font represents how common the interests are? It seems weird that my main interests being all the folkie stuff are all quite small whereas the bigger ones are more "oh yes that's quite interesting I suppose" sort of things. hmmm... weird!
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Weirdness of Hats

thethirdvoice has borrowed my spare hat as the one she was wearing kept falling off. However, in the first dance this one also kept falling off (apparently Emma actually bit it off and there wasn't time to put it back on properly afterwards), so I swapped them over. The result of which was seeing her dancing in my normal hat throughout the rest of the display, which was plain weird. Especially Mississippi when I was opposite her.

However, I do now remember why I tend not to wear that hat. It's a little on the tight side... Think my head's almost regained it's shape again.

...and those of you who claim never to have seen me in it, there is photographic evidence, in fact it's staring you right in the face...
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confused, contemplative, puzzle

Fiddles & Violins

Am now curious as to why there are two names for the fiddle/violin?

How did that come about? Do they have different origins? If so, which came first?
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confused, contemplative, puzzle

Calling - A Thought...

How exactly does copyright work with respect to ceilidh dances? ie I think a lot get spread by people writing them down having danced them, so how's that work?

Have just been thinking how useful the index of dance notations on the round's site was when I was calling at the round (unfortunately all the external sites it links to seem to be dead now though).

Hugh's database thing always looked useful to tell you were to find where the dances are published, but that can only help if you can get access to the publications listed surely?

What would be nice would be to have a calling note version of Wikipedia, as that seems like it would fit with the spirit of sharing dances that (I at least believe) exists within the ceilidh community. Does one exist? How would that fit in with copyright if it did?
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    Dream Theater - Train of Thought