Monthly Archives: August 2012

Issue 51: Edith Sitwell

“My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.” ― Edith Sitwell ( for more about Edith Sitwell, here’s the wikipedia link: and here’s a 1929 recording of Facade: The blurb reads as follows: “The British poet … Continue reading

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Issue 51: Samba in Church

A few Sundays ago,  I took my junk samba kit into church. I had planned to just set it up outside and have a bit of a bash before the service began, but the musicians inside heard the racket, sorry, … Continue reading

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Issue 51: The TES resources site

I’ve been exploring the TES (Times Educational  Supplement) resources pages for a couple of days now.  Here is the blurb on the “about us” page “The TES story is an extraordinary one: its digital community is one of the fastest … Continue reading

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Issue 50: Welcome to the Jungle

Holiday season it might be, but this has been a week of work for me. I have taken the opportunity of a couple of rainy days to create the basic plans for my Wider Opportunities classes for samba and djembe … Continue reading

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Issue 50: A new venture – running workshops

You may have spotted my advertisement for a series of samba workshops in Broadbridge Heath, West Sussex, at the end of August. This is the culmination of weeks – nay, months – of ruminating and research. There were so many questions to be … Continue reading

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Issue 50: The difference a real teacher can make

I started learning the guitar many, many years ago, with my brother’s discarded half-size guitar and tutor book; I think it was a “A Tune A Day for Guitar”. At some stage I learned to play “House of the Rising Sun”, … Continue reading

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Issue 50: Planning Ahead

I’ve spent a lot of time this week working through all I have learned from teaching Wider Opportunities classes in Djembe and Samba in order to create a complete set of plans for the year ahead. Whether or not I manage to … Continue reading

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Samba at the Jungle

What!            Short samba course; 3 sessions, each one hour long. Musical games, songs, chants, and plenty of samba instruments. Where!      St John’s Church Hall, Church Road, Broadbridge Heath, West Sussex RH12 3LD When!  Tuesday 28th August – Thursday 30th August 10:00 – … Continue reading

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