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1  General / The Forum / Re: THE ELECTROSWING EXPRESS- Sunday 28th April on: April 22, 2013, 10:06:54
It's confusing marketing dreamt up by me in a spate of "Yeah! Let's do a dieselpunk theme!" and getting a little lost in it...
2  General / The Forum / THE ELECTROSWING EXPRESS- Sunday 28th April on: April 22, 2013, 09:20:47

The ElectroSwing Express is ready for boarding at 1900 on Sunday the 28th of April 2013 - All aboard for a truly pan-European adventure!

Arrive promptly as it departs 1930 sharp with a class in Charleston to get those feet moving - followed by:
* International DJ Battle - Bristol VS Berlin, DJ GreenFingers is up against DJane Bonfante - two creative cities, one winner, you decide...
* A brief stop in Bath for a MUST-DASH Dance Performance
* Terminating in Grenoble, France with Live Band Lamuzguele!

Hurry up and book as the train won't wait!
Tickets 10 advance exclusively from electro@bristolswing.co.uk
3  General / The Forum / Re: New Year's Eve, NYE 2012 on: November 05, 2012, 20:56:51
Looked at Headfirst already but know for sure that's not all that's on... Smiley
4  General / The Forum / New Year's Eve, NYE 2012 on: November 05, 2012, 20:15:40
Wa' gwan? Spill!

Got my own dancey thing to go to but some out of towners want to know what's on, and may be worth an after-party...

5  General / The Forum / Re: Anyone fancy DJing electro swing in Poland? 1st Dec on: November 01, 2012, 21:27:10
Thanks all, have passed on the address of this thread, so it's in Gabi's hands now - knew there'd be a good lead here!
6  General / The Forum / Re: Anyone fancy DJing electro swing in Poland? 1st Dec on: October 30, 2012, 16:44:43
Sorry Chris!

She is able to pay for flights and accommodation plus a small fee for the actual DJing itself - but from the UK or closer rather than from the US.
7  General / The Forum / Anyone fancy DJing electro swing in Poland? 1st Dec on: October 30, 2012, 14:37:05
So, one of my lindy hop newbies in Bristol is from Poland and is keen to help expand the scene, I think she's in contact with Dragon Swing but not sure how much joy she's getting. Anyway, I got this message today:

Hello Sara, i hope that you are ok. I have a problem with my artist ( Elektro swing dj) he disappeared. He didn't responded for my emails etc. He didn't sign the contract. And I need to find someone that could cover him during my small event in Cracow  ( 1.12.2012) could you help me to find good Elektro swing DJ? I ve just asked because you know someone.... Is really difficult to give up whole idea.then most things are ready for adwertisment. Let me know if you know anyone. I will be greatful. Take care Gabi

Anyone interested or know someone who might be? Have already messaged a friend of mine in Bristol who specialises in electroswing but that isn't much to go on...


8  General / The Forum / Re: Electro Swing Club comes to Bristol - Creative Common Big Top - Aug 17th on: August 14, 2012, 22:07:51
Would so be at this if I was in town. There are a few swing dancers likely to be there rocking out.. Smiley
9  General / The Forum / Gratuitous plug for Bristol swing dance explosion! on: August 14, 2012, 22:02:32

So, like, we're exploding. This thing is getting bigger and bigger, we'll probably outgrow our main venue soon (Weds nights, South Bank, Dean Lane in Southville)...

Anyway, if you fancy having a go at this swing thing, there are LOADS of newbies right now so you can all grow up together and enjoy the camaraderie of communal crapness  Two Thumbs

There are beginners classes now in Southville, Easton and on Gloucester Road, see the respective link below:

Bring it! Swing out!
10  General / The Forum / Itchy Feet at Motion, Thursday 7th on: June 06, 2012, 09:55:15
Eyup, who's going?

Got a spare ticket here too, though I think it's based on one barcode so you'd have to come in with me, right?

Got a few swing dancers going to be there for sure Smiley
11  General / The Forum / Re: Minirig portable speakers on: May 31, 2012, 22:43:20
Sweet, let's do it Smiley

I picked up 3 at the same time - the other two were ordered by my mate David. I don't suppose he'd notice if we, er, just take a look at them... I've resisted temptation thus far!
12  General / The Forum / Re: Minirig portable speakers on: May 31, 2012, 22:00:46
Got it got it got it Cheesy
13  General / The Forum / Re: Minirig portable speakers on: May 31, 2012, 13:26:50
Am too impatient to wait!

Well can't get hold of him today, so won't be able to get my hands on it for a while now presuming he won't be available over bank hol weekend! Just wants it, preciousss!
14  General / The Forum / Re: Minirig portable speakers on: May 31, 2012, 12:30:32
So Dave said by email I could go pick the one I ordered off Amazon this afternoon but didn't give me a place to go! Could anyone PM me where he's based/builds the things?

15  General / The Forum / Re: Childhood flashback. on: May 25, 2012, 19:11:33
Jeebus the aryan one is creepy.
16  General / The Forum / Re: Childhood flashback. on: May 25, 2012, 18:44:14
I preferred them in cream soda or coke.

Pizza Hut in the 1990s, no? :p
17  General / The Forum / Re: Minirig portable speakers on: May 25, 2012, 11:25:24
Oh by the way - are they 15W peak or RMS?
18  General / The Forum / Re: Minirig portable speakers on: May 24, 2012, 22:46:31
I definitely want one - going to be doing short lindy taster classes soon in a venue that has a sound system - that's controllable only from the office. Doh. Not great when you need to keep stopping and starting the music! So I think this is the next best thing Smiley
19  General / The Forum / Re: Minirig portable speakers on: May 24, 2012, 22:01:28
"Unfortunately we have stopped selling Minirigs through this site as it has become difficult for us to deal with the high demand ourselves. We are now only selling Minirigs from the stockists listed above."

20  General / The Forum / Re: Minirig portable speakers on: May 24, 2012, 21:47:54
Just been looking these things up only to find that the maker is local AND is on hijack!

Where's the best place to buy? If you're around here somewhere surely it'd be daft to order from Amazon..?
21  General / The Forum / Re: Meeting new people in Bristol on: May 07, 2012, 16:12:08
Learn to dance. Serious.

22  General / The Forum / Re: Killing babies should be allowed!?!? on: March 04, 2012, 17:07:31
To be fair, this is only about an academic and philosophical think tank, I actually read the journal and they make it clear throughout that they are debating it from the most hypothetical stance and has in fact been a subject that philosophers have debated for centuries, but has yet to be debated since legalized abortion. If you read the comments on there you would think that the government wanted to bring in infantcide from next week.

Should Killing newborn babies should be allowed? Absolutely not.

Should debating the ethics in an academic environment be allowed? Yes

I'm amazed at how outraged the internet at large is getting about this - has no one heard of a debate, or playing devil's advocate?
23  General / The Forum / Re: Anyone have a domain through 123-reg? on: January 28, 2012, 11:46:07
I do have a domain with 123-reg but everything's dandy for me - could always compare settings I suppose - but my email is all forwarded.
24  General / The Forum / Re: 1920's Jazz band needed for party :-) on: January 28, 2012, 11:44:54
I only know of bands who need to be paid..
25  General / The Forum / Re: Advice you would give to your 17-year-old self on: January 12, 2012, 21:37:30
Stop bloody procrastinating.
26  General / The Forum / Re: Lindy-hop on: January 11, 2012, 18:56:49
No problem, despite being rather too busy in life at the moment to actually do as much dancing as I'd like, I seem to be a bit of a social secretary for Bristol dancers, running a blog and facebook page etc. - so if any of you lot have things you want to target at the blooming swing dance population of Bristol, let me know Smiley
27  General / The Forum / Re: Lindy-hop on: January 11, 2012, 17:31:08
Wot, this one? Bloody daft it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6j7SS3kKwU

...to be fair I've got a few things wrong in it! But nevermind...
28  General / The Forum / Re: Lindy-hop on: January 11, 2012, 14:27:12
Night Train is the third Friday of every month at the Big Chill

i'm not on facebook and it's asking me for a logon.  can you make it public or is there info elsewhere?

29  General / The Forum / Re: Lindy-hop on: January 11, 2012, 09:22:41
I'll spread the word Smiley

30  General / The Forum / Re: Lindy-hop on: January 11, 2012, 07:56:10
Truffle - ahhh, that's indeed one of the most impressive videos - always loved how crazy and random it looks until they manage to dance in unison towards the end. That dancing group is called Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, they were amongst the inventors of the dance in the Savoy ballroom in Harlem in the 30s and started to perform for big Hollywood movies (though still being treated like 2nd class citizens, being black and all). The musicians to begin with are Slim and Slam.

Sorry, it's early and I felt like convincing myself that I know something!
31  General / The Forum / Re: Guilty Chart Pleasures? on: January 10, 2012, 22:57:02
Down with the Trumpets! Yes! But where did they get their sample from...
32  General / The Forum / Re: Guilty Chart Pleasures? on: January 10, 2012, 22:35:43
Yes love that firework song! Plus Pumped Up Kicks. Nice ones.

I see those and raise you these:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/QJO3ROT-A4E" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/QJO3ROT-A4E</a>
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/KQ6zr6kCPj8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/KQ6zr6kCPj8</a>
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/wyx6JDQCslE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/wyx6JDQCslE</a>
33  General / The Forum / Re: Lindy-hop on: January 10, 2012, 21:20:29
Yup every Weds - they have a beginners class too just as it kicks off too, so you won't be alone Smiley
34  General / The Forum / Re: Lindy-hop on: January 10, 2012, 12:12:21
didn't make it back to dancing last year.  found out that we went to the ballroom dancing class next door by mistake Doh!

went to the proper Hoppin Mad one last night and had so much fun!  loving the comedy knee slaps and chicken neck haha  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Haaa, did wonder where the Samba and Foxtrot had come from! Dappy Tongue

Get yourself down to SouthBank on Wednesday (tomorrow) - I'm too busy for it lately, which makes me very sad - as it makes my week: http://www.swingdancebristol.com/club/
35  General / The Forum / Re: Damn Interesting on: October 23, 2011, 20:25:42
Used to love DI, forgot to keep checking it as the new posts slowed down (as usual, blog is interesting, blog gets big readership, blog concentrates on putting out book, blog falls apart), bit it appears they're picking up again, nice!

The ones I always loved were articles about weird mental problems, or just crazy stuff the brain does - like Chuck Bonnet syndrome: http://www.damninteresting.com/chuck-bonnet-and-the-hallucinations/
36  General / The Forum / Re: Lindy-hop on: October 23, 2011, 14:11:18
I don't go anymore because I'm rubbish though.  Tomato Bad Teeth

Also, Sara "Sarajoy" on here, is really nice, and very knowledgable and amazing at lindyhop Smiley

Duder/dudette I was rubbish for ages before I got to what you reckon is amazing! It's all about muscle-memory, after a while your feet just hang on in there and you get more freedom to play - go back! Go! I Order You!

JDO it's more difficult when drunk, like, but go for it Smiley

Charlie did you go? Baker Boys were playing, a nice enough band but they're a bit twiddly/long-playing for dancers. David must be mates with them, as he keeps booking them, and they don't seem to take the feedback... Other bands we've had have been brilliant though!

I thought I may as well paste in what I sent to Spalding in case it's of use to anyone else:

"Totally! Two local options currently, Swing Dance Bristol or Hoppin' Mad (which from the thread it seems like you go to already), websites are here: http://www.hoppinmad.co.uk/ and http://www.swingdancebristol.com/ - they do 8-week beginner's courses, sadly the current one has started and is already fully booked.

BUT I'd suggest carrying on with Graeme and Ann at HM in the side-hall, going to the Wednesday night Ain't Misbehavin' dances (they are aces, I should be DJing at the next one unless David's forgotten, the atmosphere is friendly++), and maybe signing up to SDB's next beginner's intensive weekender (26/7 Nov) - you're basically up and dancing comfortably socially after doing it! If you're happy at 'improver' level (post-beginner) then SDB run those on Thursday nights at 7pm."

Jeez-louise I've not been to this forum in ages - how is everyone?
37  General / The Forum / Re: The Lanes on: December 21, 2010, 18:26:58
It's cosy and friendly every time I've been - like the mix of music most times I've been there too Smiley
Similar feel to Big Chill and Start the Bus (albeit with more space to move)
38  General / The Forum / Re: NYE swing dance at Living Room - I need Electro Swing advice!! on: December 21, 2010, 16:27:54
Hahaha - ace then, cheers!

Just had Trewhella on the phone, we are coming to an agreement, presuming the guy running the show isn't going to just decide to do it all himself...!
39  General / The Forum / Re: NYE swing dance at Living Room - I need Electro Swing advice!! on: December 21, 2010, 16:11:21
Sweet thanks!

It's all so bloody last-minute, grr.

Yeah in contact with Trew - he doesn't know I might be calling upon some help from him though!!

A couple of things...
1) Is it legal to like, just play good electroswing tracks from bands (i.e. correspondents) and not worry too much about getting it mixed - or is that just, you know - a bit crap?
2) Would it be really rude to use mixes from other people, and just play them? Of course we'd credit them somehow (or at least tell anyone who asks or tells us they like it)..?

Bit of a n00b, me.
40  General / The Forum / NYE swing dance at Living Room - I need Electro Swing advice!! on: December 21, 2010, 15:53:21
Hiya all,

The guy organising our do over at the Living Room has advertised the night as having "mostly electro swing from 1am".

He's a good mate - but he does seem to fly by the seat of his pants. I've just asked him what he's got planned with regards this electro swing bit (seeing as he usually DJs for swing and blues dancers - and we like gaps between our tunes), and he came up with this:

Am thinking that I don't really want a full-on electro swing DJ. Want to keep a balance of music that will satisfy both dancers and normal punters (impossible task!) and think i may be better doing that myself with a little bit of help from somoeone lese who understands the two crowds, i.e. you.

....shit.  Smashed It's going to be rubbish unless I get some good advice in here. He's smart enough to realise it'll be pretty impossible to please both crowds at once, but it looks like he's going to try it on anyway.

My question dear Hijackers - is what the fuck would you do?

I can't mix. I certainly don't have any decent body of electro-swing to hand.  Arrrggghhhhhh.   Undecided
41  General / The Forum / Re: It struck me on: June 08, 2010, 21:53:57
surely fox hunting is cuntish and should be discouraged  Smashed

Well they /are/ from the cuntry.
42  General / The Forum / Re: Most boring forum member. on: June 05, 2010, 16:20:42
Or could 1984 have faked it to see what people would say behind his back?

43  General / The Forum / Re: MP3 player question... on: June 02, 2010, 17:11:56

sansa clip is excellent if you want a cheap one. Is small, light, drag and drop, good battery power, generic usb and has a slot for micro sd card

This. They're getting rave reviews online, particularly the new Clip+ with the aforementioned slot for uSD and improved clip - PLUS folder/file browsing as well as via ID3 tags.

Also, if you don't need much space, I got one of the 1gig original Clip players online for £12 delivered (eBay). Proper good for running etc. Tiny wee thing.
44  General / The Forum / Re: Most irritating voices? on: March 30, 2010, 15:45:59
Mine. Nasal and occasionally irritatingly posh - had forgotten about it until ignite bristol started publishing their videos, brrr.
45  General / The Forum / Re: Ladies things.... ! on: March 24, 2010, 14:06:52
Have any of you had sex-drive being affected in any way?  Undecided It doesnt say in the brochures if if makes u want more or less sex!! probably less, i imagine.....  Sad
It, erm, made me a bit dry. You might need to start buying lube if you don't already. Otherwise I'm not sure it had much of an effect on libido - apart from the spotting putting me off (was like a period was trying to get through but just wasn't allowed to get going).
46  General / The Forum / Re: Amusing spam on: March 24, 2010, 12:15:48
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47  General / The Forum / Re: Ladies things.... ! on: March 24, 2010, 12:11:42
I went on the contraceptive injection but I found I was 'spotting' for the best part of each quarter (once every 3 months, innit?).

I seem to be pretty sensitive to the levels of hormone - like if you miss a pill or two mid-packet it's supposed to not be a problem, but it does mean my period comes on early, or I 'spot' all the way to the break between packets. Nice.

With regards missing a pill now and again, this may put your mind at ease:
48  General / The Forum / Re: Them Tesco Squatters being evicted today..well right now in fact on: March 17, 2010, 10:02:57

is the application you are looking for.

I'm sure the no Tesco lot would know which agents dealt with the planning applications.

Here we go, and here's the dates of the notices to the public and neighbours - in October and November last year: http://e2eweb.bristol.gov.uk/PublicAccess/tdc/DcApplication/application_detailview.aspx?keyval=KQSHOXDNK8000&searchtype=PROPERTY&module=P3

They apparently received only TWO enquiries, and neither of those negative.

Too late! Too late! Well done for staging a nice bit of protest theatre, but it's just-too-late.

Silly sods.
49  General / The Forum / Re: Amusing spam on: March 05, 2010, 12:26:15
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50  General / The Forum / Re: Budget tetris shelves on: March 04, 2010, 18:14:11

Man, I wish I had space in my new place... Maybe I could make space... hrm will talk to the bloke... What's the dimensions..?
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