Saturday, 31 May 2008
performance nerves again!
I hope that I will see some of you at Annabel's tonight for our art of dance social. I am performing and am a little apprehensive as usual as I have overdone my training this week and am feeling a little fatigued but will do my best regardless. I am looking forward to seeing some of my other instructors performing as well as some of my students.
After all my indecision I have decided to enter Miss Pole Dance UK 2008, I know that I will be a nervous wreck by the time I get there but can't resit the temptation to get up and have a go.
I have just finished teaching a lovely group of ladies from Cardiff who are down on a hen weekend and now I am off home to ready myself for tonight. More blogging soon,
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Latest pole dancing news
1) The upper dome is made of plastic, it has black rubber around it and the silver section is very thin plastic. ( this will crack on pressure being applied)
2) The base is not articulating.
3) The base does not have our little X's on them.
4) The joints are not welded together therefore they will come out and the pole will just be a tube.
5) The instructions are a photo copy and the DVD is also a bad copy.
6) There are only 2 ball bearings - this means the pole will not spin under pressure.
Remebr if you buy a fake pole you will have no returns or replacment policy, if you have bought a fake pole please contact me via e-mail: email@example.com or contact x-pole direct: firstname.lastname@example.org. Both myself and x-pole are extremly concerned that soemone is going to really hurt themselves using a fake pole. The genuine article will be back in stocmk towards the end of June and then stock should be readily available, apologies to those of you who have been waiting for your x-pole and thank you for your patience.
On the subject of poles just a gentle reminder to ensure that your pole is fixed correctly. Check out this video of what will happen if you do not fix your pole correctly. Please note that the pole shown is not an x-pole:
Controversial news from Exeter this week after after Exeter College refused one of their students the right to hold a pole dancing workshop on campus, click here for the full story. I was outraged by the colleges decision and immediately contacted both the college and the Exeter Express and Echo. The Echo has promised to follow up the story so I will keep you posted on that and Exeter College have contacted me and will arrange for the lecturer who made the decision to contact me next week, after half term, to discuss the matter further.
I have a small dilemma which occurs annually: Do I enter Miss Pole Dance UK? If I do it will be my third year but every time I enter I say it will be my last year and I will never do it again yet the invitation arrived in my inbox and once again temptation started to creep in! I have some time before I need to make a final decision and in the meantime I am practicing hard for our pending night out this Saturday at Annabel's Cabaret. I have also been practicing hard on our new gymnastic rings- pictures to follow - resulting in very sore abs which I hope will recover by Saturday.
Monday, 26 May 2008
My bank holiday weekend.
Friday was the day I needed to be towed to a garage and believe me I never want to be towed again ( I have since been told that my actions were illegal as I did not have a fixed tow bar - Whoops!), being told is like driving without any control, O so I had brakes but being just a few feet from the car in front scares me and the fact that at one point my tower (is that the correct word?) forget I was behind him and tried to overtake another vehicle added to my tenseness. Anyway all ended up OK and my car is now going like a dream - new clutch and shiny new gear knob- Thanks to my husband for the clutch and my mum for the beautiful new gear knob.
Saturday saw a visit to Moor and More Beer for some essential bank holiday supplies, worth noting were two new Otter Brewery beers - Beautiful Daze (a light summery beer - 4.5%) and Otter Head ( not suitable for afternoon drinking - 5.8%). Oh and of course I should mention that yo should drink with caution, check out the drink aware site for alcohol advice.
Something else worth mentioning is this Mays innocent smoothie of the month packed with pineapple, blueberries and ginger - absolutely gorgeous.
Well it is back to work tomorrow for some serious pole raining as I have a few exhibitions looming so I will look forward to blogging later in the week.
Friday, 23 May 2008
Sunday, 18 May 2008
Aching and hungover
Aside from nursing my aching body and hangover my husband and I ventured out to the Foxhound in Brixton for a Sunday Roast. The food was great and I had a starter of Garlic Mushrooms followed by home made fish pie and veg, my husband opted for the lamb. We were served by one of my lovely students, Sarah, Hello to Sarah if you are reading this.
One quick whinge which is not aimed just at the Foxhound but at most establishments, why do we need nasty chemical filled automated sprays in all the toilets, I don't know if it is just me but I find myself holding my breath as I enter the toilets to avoid inhaling such nastiness. The funny thing is I would rather smell something more natural or have no artificial spray at all. I am sure it cannot be good for you to inhale these products and I just find them completely overpowering and unnecessary.
A quick hello to Hayley (pictured right) who has finally got to grips with her blog and has uploaded some fantastic pictures. Nixi should be back on the scene too as she has just finished her end of year exams at Plymouth University. Also a big Happy Birthday to Puss who celebrated her birthday on Friday.
For those of you who are not sad like me you may have missed Eastenders on Thursday and therefore would not know that the entire episode revolved around pole dancing, the episode stated with Ronnie flying of the handle about pole dancing lessons happening in her club but went on to see Ronnie yapping to the instructor and discussing the fitness benefits of pole dancing - nice one BBC! To watch the episode click here, the episode will only be viewable until Wednesday 21st May.
I am now off to Leigh's farm shop to stock up on eggs, veg and a few other essentials followed by a visit to my Nan and Grandad whom I have not seen since I got back from holiday and then out for a birthday meal with my dad and his girlfriend. My husband is going to edit our holiday video today so I will be able to scare you all with some clips later in the week.
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Happy birthday to me
Have a great weekend,
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
Well despite being on holiday I still found time to pole dance as you can see from the pictures! The week in Algarve was fabulous as always, I simply love the laid back lifestyle. Most of our time was spent next to the pool at our villa, the rest of the time was spent visiting the local veg and seafood markets to stock up on fresh produce which we then cooked poolside on the barbecue.
Our fish and seafood purchases included Sea Bass, various types of Bream, Tuna and Prawns. 6 of the prawns were a variety I had never seen before, they were about 25cm long and were pillar box red, they were so sweet and succulent that I would definitely buy them again. Our meals were generally accompanied by salads or fresh veg and beer of course!
Poolside reading came in the steamy form of the first book by Belle de Jour. Great holiday reading.
Tuesday 6th March was my second wedding anniversary, My husband and I basked in the sun using our pool inflatables - video evidence to follow. I won't go on about my holiday too much as I really can't explain how great it was- I hope to return to the Algarve ASAP.
For those of you living in Canada you may be interested in an event being organised by the delightful Tammy Morris aka Vancouver Pole dancer, Tammy is organising a student showcase to raise money for animal charity BCSPCA, check out their very cute website with animal of the month Jose pictured below right.
A bit of fitness advice, check out the NHS new fitness videos, a great source of free advice including advice on sex (apparently there could be evidence to suggest that increased orgasms could increase your life expectancy!), women's health, exercise via Katak dancing and the new vid section featuring various advice including how to deal with anorexia and bulimia. Don't miss out on the free Bollywood dance taster video
Don't forget the art of dance Pole Jam at our Plymouth studio this Saturday 17th May, the event starts at 12 and finishes at 5pm, there is no need to book and all are welcome as long as they are happy to have a go at pole dancing. Entry costs £5 n the door, half of the money raised will be going to the Anthony Nolan Trust.
More news to follow,
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
After a fantastic week in Portugal I have returned feeling fresh and invigorated, I will post a very smug blog in the next day or so to tell you all about my wonderful week in the sun. My blog today will be brief as I have just done an 11 hour day with three hours of pole classes and sleep will follow very shortly.
A big happy birthday to Jo and a thank you to her for keeping things afloat in my absence, also thanks to my brilliant team of staff who worked hard as always. Another big thank you to my Mum who looked after my house and menagerie in my absence. No thanks to my neighbours evil cat who managed to break into my aviary and chase half the birds out, I am missing 10 of my babies and no doubt most of them have fallen foul to magpies and seagulls by now.
Last Thanks to Jojo for the wonderful article he wrote about the art of dance in the Herald last week, I noticed that quote that stated that I am 'raking it in'- if only! The money may be coming in well but the outflow is also huge (nasty bills, tax, insurance, mains supplies, business rates etc.....). Still hopefully in the future the second home in the Algarve may materialise!
I hope you have all been well and have been careful during the recent heatwave.
Friday, 2 May 2008
Get well soon Colin.
You may notice a distinct lack of blogging from me over the next week as I am lucky enough to be off on holiday to Portugal and just for smug value here is the link to where I will be staying! Apparently the weather in the Algarve is expected to soar to around 32 degrees early next week but I am sure I will cope. Jo is looking after the business while I am away so will probably be due for a nervous breakdown by the time I return - Good Luck Jo!