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This is what I covered on Thursday and this is another piece I wrote about it
8th Jun 2008, 23:07  

Jig along says:

Looks like you covered it very well.

Whats with the ear piece. Were they dancing to music on their ipods?

8th Jun 2008, 23:15

Dhamaka says:

thank you Jigalong - they were indeed. It's like a tango flashmob but with distributed music

8th Jun 2008, 23:18

paintist says:

thank goodness the weather was kind to them, there would have been a completely different tone to the photos if it had rained...

.it all sounds very surreal. wish I could have seen it

9th Jun 2008, 04:03

JokerXL says:

What an XL-ent project. Looks like you covered it very nicely D, was it as big a media crush there as you feared?

9th Jun 2008, 07:59

Dhamaka says:

Paintist - the Singing Butler (the image you've shown) is one of my all time favourite images and while some people say bluntly that he got it wrong, it betrays some of Jack Vettriano's technique. You see the images are reversed - there is no couples dance where a woman is lead by her left hand. You're an artist yourself and probably know more of the ways this was most likely achieved than I, but it makes me think of my artist ex, who used a device to project photographic images onto canvas which he then painted over - without lines.

Joker - it was indeed and I'm looking forward to the big one next month. It wasn't that big a crush while I was there (for the launch and the first 20 minutes) although other photographers were rolling up as I left. The problem was that some rush hour commuters seemed keen to bump into us to demonstrate that the bridge was theirs and we were being unreasonable in using it (I heard some interesting comments to that effect too)

9th Jun 2008, 08:46

EJ says:

If I encountered this on the way to work, it would make me smile, not grumpy. What's the matter with some people?!

9th Jun 2008, 19:55

Dhamaka says:

EJ - I think some people need to feel wronged
Carpe - still working on them, tango is danced twice a year on the bridge at Windsor. It's not part of tangocommute but it is where I would have gone, had Monica and Omar not told me they'd be at the Crypt...

9th Jun 2008, 21:52

Dhamaka says:

it'll be bigger on July 7th

9th Jun 2008, 23:29

PR says:


10th Jun 2008, 07:34

Dhamaka says:

Hi there PR!

10th Jun 2008, 08:41

ThomasL says:

Hi guys,
here a bit of background to the event.

TangoCommute is a distributed network event unlike a flash mob, where participants feed of each other's presence.

During a TangoCommute couples are dancing TWO-gether in their own personal music space. Rain is a conducive condition to tangocommuting.
In fact, the more hostile the environment the more effective the tangocommute. This is because tangocommuting is about generating joy, rather than having fun or showing off. (as found in traditional milongas or ballrooms). Couples are encouraged to dissipate and not to flock togehter.

Carole, thanks for taking these wonderful images. Please consider sharing photos also on and supply link to project website.

The project aims at 'filling' 14 locations on 7/7. Your images could contribute to promoting the event.

Thank you for following my invitation to come to London Bridge last Thursday. TangoCommute in affiliation with GLA have obtained extended permission for further tangocommutes in June,

Announcements will be made on facebook and tango-uk group.

TangoCommute connectors can be bought in affiliated TangoSchools
TangoCommuting not only is a new dance form but a global movement to induce the possibility of compassion and connection in urban environments on days of national trauma.


11th Jun 2008, 18:20

Dhamaka says:


You really should keep a record of the journalists with whom you are dealing. Maybe even try and remember their names.. :)

My images are already promoting the event from here, my dance blog and through the other publications that have commissioned me to write and take photos.

I was the first photographer on the scene and met you at the pub. We have spoken several times and I've even taken exception to what you wrote in a recent email (btw I'm still waiting for an apology). We even met and talked briefly about your video at the practica in Covent Garden directly after the launch event!

On another note, I see you have just started a moblog. Welcome to the community and I hope you get as much pleasure from interacting with this group of open, inclusive and creative people as I.

11th Jun 2008, 18:38

ThomasL says:


of course I remember you well and it was nice meeting you again, we met in the nice pub before we made our way on the bridge.

Great forum here, interesting questions. I hope i can contribute and I hear from you directly when things are being published just to keep track as you suggest ;-)

Let's have a drink next time we meet and take it easy


11th Jun 2008, 19:18

Dhamaka says:

thank you - a drink would be nice - meanwhile the extent to which I'm able to 'take it easy' with you lies entirely in your hands

11th Jun 2008, 19:43