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Snow time

Well we were in Buenos Aires in July 2007 for the big freeze. Do you remember it? The first snow in reputedly 75 years, it looked a bit like sleet to me, but there we are.
We lived in the Welsh hills for 16 years and I never failed to get out. So now when we live in the low “ish” lands of Gresford I thought it would be safe to get rid of any sort of utility vehicle and get something nice and sporty.
Yesterday it started snowing and it snowed all night, I never expected this in these low lands. I managed to get my car off the drive, but it would not move on the road. Not put off, after all I was a mountain man. Our street is not long, maybe fifty yards to the junction, but it took me half an hour. once there, there was no moving. I was well and truly beached.
Not wanting to be one of those nuisance guys who just abandon their cars I tried and failed to get back. It is still there. I may go out later and try again to retrieve it, but I think I will probably fail.
So for those of you in Buenos Aires who complain when the temperature drops below ten degrees, think of me out in the snow pulling and digging to rescue my car.

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It isn’t just the weather

Moving away from tango for a bit, I thought a few words about general dancing were needed here due to the low attendances we have been getting.

Those of you who watch my dance diary will have noticed there is an absence of events that have been filled in. I cannot be held responsible if the people running these events do not let anyone know what is happening.

Anyway right up until the end of the year we pestered the committee at Ewloe to give us future dates, so that when we fought our way through the snow-covered roads this Wednesday the only reason we knew that there was a dance on was because we had seen Roy Peters and Geoff Shone at Saltney Social Club before Christmas. (They were also performing at Ewloe Wednesday night).

So it came as little surprise that when we arrived only one other couple were there. Our friends Doreen and Ralf also turned up but that was it. The committee blamed the weather for the poor attendance, maybe that had some effect, but if no-one knew it was on, is it any surprise that nobody came?

We had a great night with our personal band “all request Wednesday”, and of course we had to get up for every dance, it was afterall our requests. As we left Roy told us he would be on in Llay British Legion Saturday. I was horrified because Llay is no longer a regular event, nobody knew it would be on and they will simply not advertise.

I would be on nights Thursday and Friday so I could not get to any other events to spread the news. Come Saturday, and we told Steve it would be on so he would come with his wife. The only others we could contact were Joan and Eric, so we elected to give them a lift.

So how many were there? yes thats right, six. Had we not braved the snow on Wednesday there would have been none. Dances just cannot continue like this.

We made a fuss and managed to reach a guy called Tom who is in charge of entertainments at Llay. It seems he is constrained on how he runs the venue, the committee will not let him organise regular dances, but the room can be booked.

A long conversation ensued and we may well have a solution. I am not yet in a position to give further information yet, but I am hopeful we can arrange regular dances in the future. Watch this space for an exclusive………

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Snow

Firstly let me thank the hardy souls who turned up last night at the Groves. Because of the lack of numbers, they were unwilling to keep the place open, but never the less, they allowed us to dance until half eight. A particular apology goes out to Patricia, who turned up for the second class, only to find us packing up. I put the music back on and did two dances with her. After her battling through the snow, it was the least I could do.

Sharon had left word she wanted us to practice the cross, but after an initial start, the numbers and levels attending made a class impractical. Of course there was also the problem that I had no lesson plan. Fortunately I did have my laptop and sound system with me.

This caused it’s own problems: my laptop refused to respond to mouse strokes, even the arrows did not work at first, although they did respond later, enough for me to get the music going anyway.

Typically, it was fine when I returned home, technology, where would we be without it?

I believe Sharon was stuck somewhere on the A483 or A5, I hope she got home safely.

I must also add a word about Pete Rogers. I joke about his singing, but he always gives a good night.  It seems the act for Sunday night was worried about the snow, thankfully Pete stepped into the breach and kept us fully entertained all night. I think I can speak for everyone there, in offering our thanks.

I am a bit pressed for time so I apologise for the short post, hopefully there will be time later to add more.

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