4th Oct 2011
Oxford First Tuesday 4th Oct Meeting
""King's Arms Broad Street Oxford " "
By: Philip Hunt
Oxford 1st Tuesday's meeting on the evening of 4th October was
a pretty lively occasion. Many of the group were fresh from the
previous Saturday's workshop on Blogging for Journalists, with
ideas still surfacing and a lot of experiment going on.
The Kings Arms was also full of this year's intake of freshers,
which produced a lot of highly animated conversation, or
background noise if you were trying to hear someone. Among the
highlights, Michael explained the ins and outs of organising
specialist video festivals for fans of motorsport, especially
the more historic or classic events, while Dai entertained us
with his account of the difficulty of trying to remain sober
while working in the high-pressure environment that was Thames
Television back in its creative peak of the 1980s.
Newcomer Paul also explained why he was back in England after
many years in Galicia, northern Spain, giving an account of the
realities of life in modern Spain against a background of
economic crisis. The evening also saw a performance from an
all-female group called the Mabel Gubbins Rapper Sword Dance.
The dance was impressive, even if it was a version of something
I've seen before by the Headington Quarry Morris men.
However, I was told afterwards by one of the performers, it was
most definitely not Morris dancing, but a rapper sword dance. I
therefore stand corrected, and blame my apparent confusion on
the 2nd pint of Young's Special. In any case I was impressed by
the solo concertina player accompanying the performers; he was
playing an English concertina, a rare instrument and something
that I know requires skill to play well.