Before I share the smugness of my day yesterday with my Mum I wanted to share a video with you that is truly amazing and should quieten the anti pole dancing brigade a little. I have blogged about Mallakhamb before but this time will let Nehal do the talking:
"Mallakhamb as the name suggests is a pole used by wrestlers for practicing their skills in the game KUSTI. But now a days the trend has changed and it has got a special identity. Mallakhamb needs concentration, speed and flexibility. It is the only game which is played against gravity.
Mallakhamb is a traditional Indian sport in which a gymnast performs poses and feats while hanging from a vertical wooden pole or rope. Mallakhamb also refers to the pole used in the sport.
The name of the performer is Rajesh Amrale who appeared in India's Got Talent, a show that has eminent judges trio of Shekhar Kapoor, Sonali Bendre and Kirron Kher.
The word "Mallakhamb" is composed of Malla, which denotes a gymnast or a man of strength, and khamb, which is a pole. Mallakhamb, therefore, can be translated in English as pole gymnastics." Click here to watch Rajesh in action.
Yesterday I had the pleasure to spending some quality time with my Mum, it seems like weeks since we have caught up properly and as I am very close to my Mum I was really looking forward to our day out in Plymouth. We started with a spot of retail therapy as my Mum wanted to treat me to a few belated birthday treats, our first stop was La Senza where we purchased a bottle of Undiscovered. I had first discovered undiscovered at a recent promotion at the Grosvener Casino where I was promoting the art of dance, I met the lovely Sarah from la Senza and sampled their latest fragrances and fell in love with the undiscovered perfume.
Our next stop was Jane Norman where we bagged 3 bargains before walking to the Barbican for a bite to eat. We decided upon the Seafood and Pasta bar and opted to share the special - Rainbow Trout, Coquille St Jacques, Mussels in Tomato & Chilli sauce and salad - it was fresh, perfectly cooked and delicious. Even the view was great - see picture top of blog.
The day with my Mum was as lovely as expected and was followed by an evening of relaxation with my Husband involving T.V., a very soft fluffy dressing gown, some real ale and a home made pizza with fresh garden herbs and Tuna.
Anyway before I sign off for today I wanted to leave you with 2 bits of pole dancing news. Firstly Congratulations to Trixabell aka Aimee Jenkinson who achieved first place in the first set of heats in St Alban's for the United Kingdom Amateur Pole Performer pole dancing competition.Congratulations to Stacey & Kat for organising the event which was an outstanding success. More news, pictures and videos from UKAPP to follow soon. I will leave you with another little pole dancing video gem from the amazing Jamilla dancing on the X-stage from X-pole - enjoy....