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by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

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I've just been invited to contribute to the International Flamenco Festival's glossy book commemorating 10 years since its first US production (it came to the UK where it's branded Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival a while after).

I think it was this shot (from this year) that might have clinched it. w00t! w00t!

Help kids affected by cancer by sponsoring my passage through chemo at Exactly half way through the regime today..

... don't forget.. If 25% of the people on my moblog flist donated just £2 then Cyclists Fighting Cancer would get more than I'm aiming for
31st Aug 2009, 16:54  

Caine says:

Congratulations, Dhamaka! It's well deserved.

31st Aug 2009, 16:59

Dhamaka says:

Thank you Caine - very quick off the mark. I'm thrilled. Of course it also adds to the during-chemo-workload but I'm happy to do whatever's necessary

31st Aug 2009, 17:01

Caine says:

Yes, but I expect that's much better than moping-through-chemo. At least you're busy and engaged with something very positive, and it is one nice feather in your cap too. :)

31st Aug 2009, 17:04

nige says:

HUGE congratulations!

31st Aug 2009, 17:07

Dhamaka says:

thank you!
Caine, I'm really not one for moping, in fact the only low times I've had so far this year (and cross fingers it stays this way) have been a result of family challenges and low blood sugar
.. and believe me I really do already have more work than I can comfortably cope with - especially because the fatigue means sometimes I am not able to work at all. That's why I've not been around moblog so much. There just isn't the time.

31st Aug 2009, 17:24

Caine says:

I know moping isn't your natural state. Everyone here knows how important it is that you get enough rest; you're always missed when you aren't here, but we understand. :)

31st Aug 2009, 17:29

Dhamaka says:


31st Aug 2009, 17:41

mara says:

I'm not surprise you' ve been invited, this is just one of your great pics of dance.

31st Aug 2009, 18:35

Spiderbaby says:

Yay! This is one of many fantastic flamenco shots. No wonder they picked you, they'd be mad not to :)

31st Aug 2009, 18:41

MaggieD says:

Yay, Yay, and thrice Yay! .... agree with Spiderbaby :)

31st Aug 2009, 19:00

MandyP says:

that's fab, D; congrats!

31st Aug 2009, 19:16

Dhamaka says:

thank you Mara, Spiderbaby, MaggieD and Mandy


and thank you for the HL too

31st Aug 2009, 19:29

queserasara says:

Congratulations -very positive, good news & well deserved

31st Aug 2009, 19:52

Dhamaka says:

thank you QSS. Did Sprocket tell you I wore one of the scarves you gave me when we went for coffee yesterday?

31st Aug 2009, 20:15

Kostika says:

That's such a beautiful photo. Super proud you've gotten asked to contribute.

31st Aug 2009, 21:12

rhys says:

Woop woop. *High five*

31st Aug 2009, 21:27

Toddy says:

Congratulations, Dhamaka, it is a cracking shot

31st Aug 2009, 21:45

jle says:

YEAH!!!!!! CONGRATS WOMAN!! WEll deserved!! xx great shot

31st Aug 2009, 23:00

Euphro says:

Wow, that's a wonderful shot! Congratulations and well done on the highlight!

31st Aug 2009, 23:40

JokerXL says:

wOOt indeed! Double-Woot and a whoop!

1st Sep 2009, 09:10

Anonymous says:

Yay, congratulations and well deserved :)

1st Sep 2009, 11:48

Viv says:

that is a fabulous shot!
and fabulous news too :D

1st Sep 2009, 15:56

Great News D.

Congrats !

Do we get to chose the shots you submit ? ;)

1st Sep 2009, 16:10

Sprocket says:

woot woot indeed

1st Sep 2009, 18:32

Sprocket says:

woot woot indeed

1st Sep 2009, 18:32

Dhamaka says:

Kostika, rhys, Toddy, jle, Euphro, Joker, Anon, Viv - thank you!

Kos - me too! and pleased as punch

ECP - no, the clients will (since this isn''t a competition)

Sprocket - so good you said it twice?

1st Sep 2009, 19:45

queserasara says:

Yes he did. I imagine with much style & panache. & i think he's got jet lag - so probably doesn't know he has said it twice. (see 3M's face book pic of him)

1st Sep 2009, 21:15

Javama says:

Marvellous news! Congratulations!

2nd Sep 2009, 10:27

Sprocket says:

so technically I said it four times?

2nd Sep 2009, 14:37

mysteritmo says:

Superb yet again! :) The guitar player to the left looks a bit like Al Di Meola in the 70's...

11th Sep 2009, 10:07

Dhamaka says:

thank you

14th Sep 2009, 17:56