· Arrive 11th (Sunday)
· Gloucester 12th (Monday)
· Ross 15th (Thursday)
· Ashton Keynes 16th (Friday)
· Malvern 17th (Saturday)
· Swansea to be confirmed – probably 18th (Monday)
Do you want me to try to arrange any more venues. Or might you welcome a break?
This is absolutely what we adore:brief, concise, to the point. And all coordinated!
Another good news after having landed in Bristol, apart from seeing Laurie and Jan heathy and shiny as they used to be, was the soothing chill in the air. The heat wave we experienced the last months all over Europe did not seem to affect the CONSERVATIVITY OF THE WEATHER IN ENGLAND. As our friends repeat: other people have climat, we have the weather! And, indeed, from the very first day in England we could enjoy THE WEATHER.
And a good laugh with Laurie and Jan. To strenghen the bonds after a year of absence, Laurie invited us to have a stop in a pub and drink our first WELCOME TO ENGLAND PINTS.
What a pleasure! Victor's face brighthen up with smile. He loves British ales! Extra cold!
I prefered to stick to my cider at the beginning.
As all the tangueros are IRREPARABLE as it comes to tango, Laurie and Victor, were soon embrasing. Tango abrazo, that is, in a lovely pub patio, while discussing some important details of tango lead. I wonder if two men dancing together is a frequent sight in a public place in England?
I contented myself by sharing a puff of Laurie's pipe, one of my favourite's rituals.Needless to say, the dinner at home followed by whisky ritual went on untill the late hours of the night, trying to catch up with the time we have not seen each other. There are always plenty of intresting matters to discuss with Laurie and Jan. It is a pleasure merely to just listen to them. I transfer into an eager student, taking notes immediately when the words of wisdom/jokes/useful expressions fall.
Next day was marked by our BBC radio programme! Laurie had a wanderful idea and a previous week before our arrival to Gloucester he wrote us:
And there is more …. On Monday we wish to try to maximize the attendance at the Guildhall. We have therefore arranged to do an interview on the afternoon of Monday with the local Radio Station (BBC Radio Gloucestershire) in the hope that it will be heard by people in their cars on the way home from work. The interviewer would like to have all four of us in the studio for the interview. I imagine that you, I, and Jan will do most of the talking, although Victor would be welcome to chip in when he wants to and is confident. Would you and Victor be happy with that? One advantage will be that you will be able to include in your Blog the fact that you appeared on the BBC – even if only the local BBC and only on radio. I have given them a brief resume of your skills, charm, travels, etc. It could be an interesting 15 minutes or so. If you are not comfortable with the idea, Jan and I will do the interview instead. After that, we will have 2 or 3 hours before the first of your classes. We therefore intend to go out for a meal with the two of you and with Pete. He has suggested a Chinese or Indian restaurant. Jan’s stomach does not like Indian food, but she is quite happy with Chinese. Are you? If not, let us know, and we will find something else. The choice is somewhat limited that early in the evening. See you on Sunday Laurie 8th July 2010
I permited myself to quote an entire mail, as, apart from appreciation of the style, I appreciate the organisation skills of this remarcable couple. Besides, the OBVIOUS GUESS of Laurie that we would include the idea of the appeareance in BBC radio in this blog. Here we go!
DUE TO THE TRADITION FROM THE LAST YEAR, our stay in Cinderford was completed by the dinner party with Pete and Penny ( those Monty Python jokes we cracked last year) and Graham. Larrie was a cook.
Jan and Victor discuss architecure. Jan's knowledge about ingenering is ASTONISHING! No wonder she fed us with all the films about CONSTRUCTION THE CATHEDRALS and CASTLES, which is of her strong interest. BUt.....You can hear her voice saying in the short film I made, recognising the place: ' This must be where a cat was petrified!' . This magnificent lady is a little girl still. Thanks God!