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Finnish Tango at Guildhall Yard

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OK, it wasn't sensible and I've been told to expect today and tomorrow to be my worst days (although others say the worst days are around day 10 of each regime) but I did a commission for Dance Today this afternoon.

It was terrifying because my immune system is low. Public transport, groups of people, bird flu, insects (I got bitten on the dodgy arm) and it made me realise that I absolutely shouldn't travel on planes or go to airports.

But it was also incredibly energising. I loved the work (as ever), I loved dancing (even though it probably wasn't sensible), it was great to mix with new people and it was great to catch up with the few tangueros I already knew.

Viv says:

but you are still feeling reasonable that's good

let's hope the positive vibe overcomes the negatives

hope tomorrow is sunny and you have a lovely day

love the pics of the young couple and the last one - he looks like a lovely man

3rd Jul 2009, 20:55

paintist says:

keep on going to everything you feel up to....these photos show what a great time you had.... :-)

3rd Jul 2009, 20:58

Orbit says:

These are wondeful shots. Good luck with the treatment, but keep safe too.

3rd Jul 2009, 21:03

lilitiger says:

Great pictures! I'm sure the happiness and excitement are doing you more good than any degree 'sensible' would ;-)

3rd Jul 2009, 21:12

Dhamaka says:

thanks all

I hope so... Found out on the way in that 3-4 people in GuildHall have contracted swine flu
There is no doubt I'm not 100% and I'm sleeping more and getting tired very early. Direct sun is unpleasant more often than not (even indoors and through glass) but today was wonderful - warm and overcast. Also for 20 minutes early this morning I wondered if I'd have to cancel the commission and let the editor down. As you can see I felt better some time later. But I'll write more about how I'm feeling when I'm sure of what is happening.

The young couple in several shots are the teachers.

The last guy is Terry - a tango friend. I knew them by sight in the London milongas 3 years ago and then quite by accident saw him and his wife in a restaurant from the street in central Buenos Aires! They're a lovely couple and I enjoy taking shots of them because they love tango so much and break the conventional idea of who should be dancing it

3rd Jul 2009, 21:18

A fine group of photos, for me the fave is the monochrome shot, it's delightfully silly and makes me giggle. Exercising caution can be a tedious job at times, good on ya.

3rd Jul 2009, 21:55

Jig along says:

Love the pics. Take care

4th Jul 2009, 00:03

JokerXL says:

Ach, sensible-schmensible, get out and enjoy what you love.
But be sensible about it.

4th Jul 2009, 09:03

Dhamaka says:

sensible.. me...
it's difficult
it's so not me
my life is about having and sharing experiences, people, extremes
It's also incredibly difficult for me to stick to a routine, even one that involves taking pills that help my health. I'm not complaining but this is going to be a long 21 weeks

4th Jul 2009, 10:27

Javama says:

Wonderful pictures! Good for you! A bit of fun is absolutely necessary. My friend on chemo was told to keep out of direct sunlight (you know, wear hat etc.) for the first two days after chemo but I think it depends on the drugs. I think your instinct sounds pretty reliable - have fun but try not to over do it. Whatever - those pictures are stunning as usual.

4th Jul 2009, 11:40

midlife says:

WOW ,,, you are like that EveryReady battery commercial where the bunny just keeps going and going and going. Great captures. What is she whispering in the third from the top? 1,2,3,4 and the 8 are very expressive of the moment.

4th Jul 2009, 16:13

Spiderbaby says:

Just catching up!
Hope all's going well and that you're not feeling too bad or going too crazy with it yet.

These are great shots. I never realized Tango was so big in Finland until going to Michigan. There are lots of Finnish people there too and Tango is very popular (and diverse!) from what I heard.

Number 2 makes me smile and the guy in the last shot looks a real character. He has a wonderful face.

5th Jul 2009, 20:00

Caine says:

I think you're being pretty sensible, given your natural enthusiasm for all life has to offer. Yes, you need to take care, but staying involved and interested in things is important too.

I especially like the 1st, 6th and 8th shots.

7th Jul 2009, 14:37

mara says:

This is a fantastic series Dhamaka.
Please hang in there!! : )

7th Jul 2009, 20:55

Dhamaka says:

thanks all
staying out of crowds this week because my immune system's supposed to be low. So frustrating...

10th Jul 2009, 09:26