Monday, July 16, 2012

The Fiddler's Elbow, 15 July

We opened a charity event at The Fiddler's Elbow, a music venue which like London Pride, is "legendary".

The event was in aid of the Children's Society's campaign to Make Runaways Safe. Runaway children are at very serious risk and youth work has been hit very hard by the government's austerity measures.

At the moment, local authorities are letting a lot of runaway children slip through the net.The Children's Society has put together a Runaways' Charter, and the campaign aims to get all local authorities to sign up to it.

We support this, and we urge you all to do the same.

The charity had laid on a day with 11 bands in ten hours, starting with us, outside the pub attempting to encourage people in.

We enjoyed it, and members of the audience were seen to be smiling and tapping their feet.

At least none of them actually ran away from us...

Chelsea, 10 July

We danced at the Anglesea Arms, Selwood Terrace, and then at The Scarsdale Tavern, Edwardes Square.

I don't have pictures form the Anglesea Arms - the usual moderately interested crowd - and I don't have pictures of the whole side dancing. Here are a couple of Nick dancing, and Peter playing, the Nutting Girl. 

We had an interesting talk after the dancing with a resident, who told us how Edwardes Square was the place where rampant over-development was first resisted in 1812, leading to the formation and preservation of this and other London squares.  Apparently Lord Kensington picked a Frenchman, Louis Léon Changeur, to do the redevelopment, and that wasn't very politically astute in those times... 

The Big Dance, Horniman Museum, 8 July

The Horniman Museum's Big Dance Picnic had to take place mostly indoors, thanks to the weather. We were there along with Bo Diddlers - we believe they are from the Royal Ballet - and the Old Palace Clog. 

We didn't get to see the other teams dance, but there are some photos on the Big Dance site.

And here are our own pictures. We danced outside, and then inside....