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Getting Ready for Christmas!

For the fifth consecutive year, I am running my Twitter 'advent calendar'.

Every day from 1st to 24th December, I will tweet twice a day promoting people and companies which I think provide great ideas for Christmas gifts.  You might find the perfect item for a loved one or something to add to your own Christmas wishlist.  Follow me on @fireworksdhp or look out for the hashtag #adventcalendar. 

Gifts include art, online courses, books, prints, jewellery, memberships and chocolates.

Some Things You Can’t Predict

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote aboutmy small involvement in the exhibition, ‘Stella Maris was a name I found in a dream’.  
It was a fabulous project which I thought might be of interest to you.  It is also a marvellous example of never knowing when or where opportunities might show up.  

In this case:

  • 10 years ago, I went to a tango lesson, my first, just out of curiosity
  • The first “proper” partner who danced with me (that is, not a teacher or a learner like me) was Peter, an Alexander Teacher.

Take Five with Ben Morris

Two months ago, we featuredRob Copeland’s Take Five.  This month, I am delighted to have his partner in broadcasting, Ben Morris as my Take Five guest blogger.

Ben is an actor and singer from Dublin who trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.  He is well known in Ireland, having won the role of Nick in Fame the Musical (Grand Canal Theatre and tour) on RTE’s reality television series in 2010. His West End credits include ‘Hair’, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, alongside extensive tours in Ireland and Europe.

Tangoing for Art

On Tuesday, I had the most marvellous experience of combining three of my favourite things: tango, art and collaboration.

I was delighted to be approached by artist Yoi Kawakubo to be part of a sound installation for his exhibition, ‘Stella Maris was a name I found in a dream’. For this, he asked me to dance tango with a favourite partner of mine, Hugh Walker, in the beautiful gallery at the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, where the exhibition is being held. We danced to what is fast becoming my theme tune, ‘Volver’, the song which also features in my video, This is Not a Film about Tango.

Too Early To Start Thinking About Next Year?

Does this seems familiar?  January 1st, all fired up with good New Year intentions, you decide you are going to lose weight, exercise, eat more healthily, read more, learn an language…

You try to change everything at once and it all gets too much.  You go to the gym a few times then decide you don’t like that environment and getting fit sort of goes out of the window.  Or you decide that meditating first thing in the morning is the way to go, but it is all too rushed and meditation falls by the wayside.