pandop: (Kali)
The weekend before last was the biannual Day of Dance in Saltaire. I had originally booked onto 3 workshops, but one was cancelled at the last minute as the teacher was ill. Which ended up being for the best as I wasn't overly well that Saturday too.

This left me with two workshops.

1: Tribal
Not really a learning experience, but a lot of fun. I signed up for this workshop to go along in full kit and 'help' - this ended up meaning leading a line of people, as well as providing them with someone to look at when they turned round. 90 minutes with full kit on is hard work!

2: The Wicked Waltz
This was a talk on the history of the dance, and why it was considered 'wicked' when it first became popular. He also looked at some of the possible origins of the waltz in the folk dances of Austria and Bavaria. It was utterly fascinating, and complete with illustrations and music. It was a shame there weren't more of us there, and I hope it hasn't put him off doing more talks. Apparently the talk on the Tango last time was better attended.

To complete my weekend of dance, on Sunday I caught up with the BBC programme recreating the Netherfield Ball from Pride and Prejudice. if you didn't see it, get the DVD (I will, but not in the same month as Woolfest!) as it was so fascinating. The dances, the music, the clothes, the manners. Everything is covered in detail, it got a full 90 minutes on the tv! One of the best history programmes I have seen in quite some time. 
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If anyone didn't catch this on BB4 either last night, or on Saturday, I highly recommend iPlayer-ing it. Fascinating stories from the Women's branch of the ATA, and lovely to see how much the women still look back fondly on the time.
pandop: (regia)
Because really, it isn't very much to save this
pandop: (rain)
On Saturday we (Mum, Bryn & I) went to Leeds City Museum, as there was an exhibition on that Mum and I wanted to see.

The museum is a relatively recent re-addition to Leeds, as most of the exhibits have been in storage for some time, awaiting a new home - and some people were not so keen on the re-purposing of the Civic Institute in this way. It has been done well  - the beauty of the building, both inside and out has been retained, as has the central lecture theatre - which can still, presumably, be used for lectures - especially with the addition of rather nifty AV equipment.

We saw most of the galleries, just missing out the world gallery, which I will go back and see sometime. I particularly liked the Leeds history, and the Leeds connections in the Collections area, as a lot of the ancient worlds/natural history material was nothing special (Leeds Mummy notwithstanding).

The museum has clearly been designed with children in mind, as there was plenty for them to do - and it seems to have paid off, as the place was packed with families - far more than I would have expected to see :) I was also very impressed with the gallery attendants - they were chatty, informative and welcoming.

The photography exhibition was fascinating, it was based around a series of photographs of Leeds taken in 1954 for the Picture Post, and presumed lost until 2004. When they were rediscovered The Guardian commissioned the original photographer to go back and re-take the photos. My only complaint is that there weren't enough of the side-by-side comparisons to see the changes in Leeds (which has changed a lot just in the time I have been here). I really enjoyed seeing the old photographs of Leeds though.




pandop: (edna)
I am currently watching this on the iPlayer. Interesting concept, putting the fashion of a decade on trial - and I am really enjoying the clips of 40s style - there were some wonderful designs - and of course 40s government informations films are a scream. "The board of trade and Harrods have put on an exhibition to show the housewife how to make do and mend"

But it is let down by the bits in between. Stuart Maconie is ok (shoot that shirt please), but Lauren Laverne is getting on my nerves a bit. Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen is about the best of the panel - he knows his stuff. Annalisa Barberi was ok until she mentioned that she had 'spoken to real people from the 1940s'! As for Immodesty Blaize, some of what she says is ok, but I am very distracted by her hair!! 

It feels really apt to be knitting socks while watching this.

pandop: (pretties)
Going here, when they re-open next year

Shiny!

Aug. 7th, 2008 08:05 am
pandop: (regia)
This, is very shiny indeed. 
pandop: (panda)
Roman finds in the Telgraph this morning 
pandop: (regia)
Well not to medievalists anyway. I did my MA dissertation on other 'Englishness propaganda'. 
pandop: (edna)
Well I think this will be the last post, as it appears the season is over.

Christina: a medieval life was fascinating. To be able to trace the life of one person, who lived so long ago, is a social historian/geneaologists dream. The wider background to her life was well told too - she lived through 'interesting times'! I like that they chose a woman for this too, as women's history from this period is still less known than 'regular, male history', although there is great progress being made.

How to Build a Cathedral was worth watching just for the stunning images - but then again I love Gothic architecture. Medieval masons were extremely skilled  - more so than they are sometimes given credit for (unreasonably, I feel, as after all their cathedrals are mostly still standing), although of course, hearing of the mistakes is always more entertaining!

Clarissa and the Kings Cookbook has to have been my favourite programme from this season - I am sorry it was so short (and I bet it never makes it to DVD). I love that the cookbook in question is called 'The form of curry' - it just shows how language has changed, curry no longer just means cooking! The history of the kitchens and the food was fascinating - and links in well with the book I am currently reading (The Spice Route - John Keay), as spices were so important in medieval food, well rich people's food. What was particularly interesting was what had stayed the same (pears in red wine), and what had changed (blancmange is now sweet, not savoury). I would have liked to see more on the presentation though (A Tudor Feast at Christmas, currently on the iPlayer, is much better for this).
Also, Regia should eat more fish, as more than half the days of the year are fish days (according to the church calendar), but I suspect we won't, for practical reasons.

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