The Anonymous Widower

Lunch With A Swing In Spitalfields

Sometimes on a day when the weather is good, I go for lunch in Leon’s in Spitalfields.

Today there was a free bonus cabaret with every meal! And the brave could dance! Which I’ve never been able to do!

The girls are twins and go by the name of Twin Swing. They probably fall into the “Twice the fun, but double the trouble” category. All my experience with children growing up leads me to the opinion that boys are more difficult, but I’ve met a couple of sets of very naughty girl twins. Boy twins on the other hand seem to behave well, except perhaps for Ronnie and Reggie.

They are appearing at the Waldorf Hotel on the 19th of July as entertainment for the Traditional Afternoon Tea. It’s all reported here in this article in the East Grinstead Courier. The report contains this immortal line.

Lingfield twins Jessica and Emily Evans, both 24

It would be rather unusual for twins to have different ages.


June 24, 2015 Posted by | Food, World | , | Leave a comment

Fabrice Muamba Shows How To Come Back

Fabrice Muamba has made a remarkable recovery from his collapse on the pitch at White Hart Lane, where his heart stopped for 78 minutes.

He’s now going to appear on Strictly Come Dancing at Christmas.

I suspect now that Fabrice will be unlikely t0 die from any form of heart disease, as his doctors will watch him like a hawk and give him the best of care.

November 24, 2012 Posted by | Health, News, Sport | , , | Leave a comment

In Search of Small Waists

The BBC’s web site today is verging into dangerous territory this morning, with a serious article called the re-re-re-rise of the corset. The article is in their magazine, so comments are not allowed, so we will not see the opinions of both fetishists and feminists.

The article does say that sales are on the rise.

But sales figures suggest ordinary people are turning to one of the greatest symbols of the Victorian era. Corsets are making a comeback.

Rigby & Peller, the Queen’s brassiere-maker, says sales of traditional corsets in May were 45% up on 2011.

Ebay has reported a 185% rise in the number of corsets being sold over the last three months, with 1,900 listed over the period. It says most corsets are bought in the UK (40%), the US (34%) and Australia (8.6%).

Many women aspire to Marilyn Monroe’s hourglass figure

Marks & Spencer says it sells one item from its new corset-inspired Waist Sculpt lingerie line every three minutes.

The article then goes on to discuss why, which includes a comment by Liberty Sweet of the Folly Mixtures.

On a personal level, I always believed that C’s small waist was one of her physical characteristics, that attracted me to her. I could have probably made my hands touch round her waist, when we got married in 1968.

She never actually wore a corset, but she did wear a basque at times, especially after she had her brush with breast cancer, as she felt a proper fitting basque, gave her more support after the operation. In one instance, having a basque in her holiday suitcase, actually saved the day at a New Year’s Eve ball in Venice.

June 19, 2012 Posted by | Health, World | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Death Sentence for Dancing

This video is on the BBC’s web site. It tells the story of four women and two men, who may have been sentenced to death at a wedding for dancing.  The Pakistan Supreme Court is investigating.

June 6, 2012 Posted by | News, World | , , | Leave a comment

Farewell Flick Colby!

To many British men of my generation, Flick Colby was an icon of the 1960s almost as important as some of the bands and singers of the era. 

Her choreography and performances in the initial dance group she founded, Pan’s People, are remembered by many, as they were often the highlight of the week’s television to men and boys of a certain age.

If people think today that such as Lady Gaga and other singers are raunchy, then at some times Pan’s People were only slightly less so.  Mary Whitehouse certainly didn’t approve.

So farewell Flick! You gave lots of people, lots of pleasure.

May 30, 2011 Posted by | News, World | , , | 1 Comment

Illustrated Computing

I just had to post this video of a computer bubble-sort algorithm, illustrated by Hungarian folk dancers.

There are more here.

April 13, 2011 Posted by | Computing | , | 1 Comment

Inter-University Pole Dancing Competition

This has just been covered on the BBC. Although the venue wasn’t announced.  Was that for the obvious reason?

The student interviewed said it was a great way to get fit and loose a bit of weight.  So perhaps instead of counting calories, we should all dance, with or without poles.

February 19, 2011 Posted by | News, Sport | , | 1 Comment

How Do We Get Rid of this Waddling Woman?

So Ann Widdecombe is still in Strictly Come Dancing!  I just think she’s had her fun and now is the time for her to go.  So do the judges, but the British public keep voting her back in!

My bet on Pamela Stephenson is still there and I’m hoping she goes all the way!

November 28, 2010 Posted by | News | , , | 1 Comment

Ann is Still There!

Isn’t it about time that Ann Widdecombe was voted off Strictly Come Dancing! I suppose the cost of the viewers’ votes help to support Children in Need, but surely we’ve had our and she should go!

At least my bet on Pamela Stephenson is still running and her odds are showing her as third fvourite after Matt Baker and Scott Maslen.

I live in hope, but is Ann going to beat them all? I hope not!

November 23, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Pamela Survives Another Week

She has now been in the top three of the judges voting on Strictly Come Dancing for the first four weeks.

And she’s still there, which makes my four pounds safe for another week!

If you think she can’t dance, then look at this video, where she takes off Kate Bush.

England, My Leotard

My so also remembered that we saw her in Pirates of Penzance with others including George Cole, Peter Noone, Paul Nicholas and Tim Curry.

October 24, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment