Down the Docks

May 31, 2006

Mein(l)

Filed under: Music — ealing @ 2:35 pm

I try to avoid impulse buys, especially when I don't know exactly what I'm buying. I'd planned to get a conga drum (actually, a quinto) when I got to the end of my ten week CityLit course.

Conga and tumbaMy teacher at CityLit said he'd let me know what was a fair price for anything going on eBay. I got sick of practicing on a desk, though, and now I'm under contract to buy these little beauties. I hope my teacher agrees that £130 was a reasonable price. I've got to jump through some hoops with PayPal before I can transfer the money, so I think it will be about another week and a half before I get them. I can't wait!

May 18, 2006

Memory for Music

Filed under: Music — ealing @ 8:34 pm

What lies in the back of your brain?

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BoingBoing does Latin Music

Filed under: Music — ealing @ 12:24 pm

BoingBoing mentions a couple of tracks on Swapatorium today. I'd never heard of Swapatorium, but if it has chacha and mambo, I'm interested.

I haven't listened to the tracks yet, so I don't know if they're as "great" as the article claims. I'll put my opinion here later.

May 15, 2006

Jail this Thug

Filed under: Current Affairs — ealing @ 8:14 pm

Vandal assaults police officer and two members of the public, given community service order.

I wonder what the Daily Mail would make of it.

May 11, 2006

Missed Opportunity

Filed under: Uncategorized — ealing @ 1:05 pm

Everything I planned to do on Sunday took too long, so I had to miss out on The Sultan's Elephant. Public performance in London normally makes me think of the not very impressive entertainers in Leicester Square or Covent Garden, but the Sultan's Elephant looked pretty cool.

May 7, 2006

MamboCity 5* Congress

Filed under: Salsa — ealing @ 12:11 pm

In 2004, I went to my first salsa congress, organised by MamboCity at Heathrow. Last weekend, back for the third time in as many years, I took it easier but had more fun.

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Latin Percussion

Filed under: Music, Salsa — ealing @ 10:59 am

I went to my first Latin Percussion class at City Lit yesterday afternoon, and turned my hands bright red.

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May 5, 2006

Local Elections

Filed under: Politics — ealing @ 12:13 am

What a lovely day it was yesterday. Who wouldn't want a pleasant five-minute stroll to their polling station, to indulge in the shaping of their government?

Well, probably more than sixty percent of the population. Non-voters really wind me up.

May 3, 2006

New Toy

Filed under: Technology — ealing @ 11:39 am

I'm writing this on my new 'keyboard', an Alphagrip AG-5. So far these sentences have taken about fifteen minutes to write! I haven't worked out the most comfortable way of holding it yet, and the manufacturers reckon it takes about sixty hours of use to get up to speed. Time will tell if I have the patience to learn to use it properly. (Total typing time nearly thirty minutes.)

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