Friday, July 02, 2010

Took the night off

These are the folks from Brazil , dissapointed. I don't think so.
Wow Kudos from Brazil !
High praise indeed.
Well tonight I went wild and went to a fundraiser for the Central Remedial Clinic.
A Tango Argentinian night.
You might know that I find Astor Piatzola and tango music great!
If you go to the box on the top left and type "silver fox" you will see tango dancing like it never went out of fashion.
So I bought a ticket and went to the fundraiser
Both dancers knew of the blog! so lessons are coming up.

So there you have it.
Here is Astor

Here is the Taxi dancer.

This is the guy I call him the silver fox.


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  2. Anonymous12:00 AM

    Glad you got an evening off, I feel so sorry for guys in your job having to work at weekends to get some money in, they tell me business is so bad the rest of the time Friday & Saturday nights are the only good nights.

    For some reason I always associate the term Tango with streaky orange limbs (very popular in Ireland since c.1996) but it's nice to see our cultural horizons expanding, hopefully in inverse proportions to our waistlines. Is this how South American girls keep so fit, do you think?

    The origins of the Tango are shrouded in mystery but rumor has it that it was created by an Irishman called O'Toole who emigrated to Buenos Aires (along with a lot of other Irish people, including my distant cousins) in the mid-19th century. Apparently he originally came from somewhere called Montgomery Street in the north inner city, but I haven't been able to find it on any current Dublin street map.

  3. Yes in Famine times thousands of Irish went to Argentina. Almost the entire population of Carnaross Co. Meath went there in the 1840s. They did really well for themselves.
    So I am not really switching sides in the football, I will just be supporting our near neighbors.
    There is loads of tango things coming up soon in Dublin

  4. almost the entire population of Carnaross Co. Meath went there in the 1840s.

    Carnaross sounds like the Irish version of that little town in Italy where all the Italian fish & chip families come from, I believe they all go back there every summer too.

    As Carnaross is supposed to have a big Argentinian population this is probably the reason, our summer is their winter, they are probably back on holiday to see their relatives. Fair dues to them for staying in contact even though they left in the 1840s.

    I think the Irish contribution to the development of the tango may have been underrated, there is a big Irish dancing influence there I think, in particular the fact that the male gets to do all the showy footwork.

    So I am not really switching sides in the football, I will just be supporting our near neighbors.

    You could also support Jamaica of course, I believe a lot of Irish people went there in the 16th and 17th centuries & their descendants are still about.

    But maybe Jamaica is not in the World Cup, I haven't been following it very closely (national incompetence at soccer is probably a genetic trait too, just like laziness & fiscal improbity)

    There is loads of tango things coming up soon in Dublin

    Thank you for letting me know. As ever, your blog is full of knowledge.

  5. Hello, blogger. Of course they are super disappointed. Watch their team lose to Holland was not easy yesterday. All here in Brazil are desolate, including me.
    : (
    PS I'm not believing this story of the origin of the tango, I'll do some research.

  6. Enjoying your blog, discovered it just the other day, I Ike your insights into people, places and the excitement of discovering other cultures. Was surprised to read this bit on tango and enjoyed the videos (love the music and will learn to dance to it one day) and learning about the Irish connection to Argentina and tango. Cheers from North Carolina, USA ( though today visiting inlaws in Pennsylvania for 4th of July holiday weekend) Karen :-)

  7. Anonymous2:48 PM


    I may have been slightly tongue in cheek about the Tango & the Irish. In Ireland we call this sort of speculation a Kitty the Hare story.

    There was a connexion between Ireland & the brothels of Buenos Aires where the tango developed though. Apparently there was a white slave trade going in the 19th and early 20th century, the writer James Joyce certainly believed this, he was fascinated by the idea of Irish girls being seduced into this lifestyle under false pretences, one of his short stories in Dubliners touches on this issue.

    I don't know whether Joyce ever learnt to dance the tango, but I bet he would have enjoyed watching it.