SALSA PLAN FOR FEBRUARY 2018

WEEK 1 (Completed - click on date to see web page report) Wed 31: Salsa at Portsmouth Irish Club (Salsa Katanga) Thu 1: Bailando at Drift Southsea (Dale Afro Entertainment - S,B,M&K) Fri 2: Salsa at The Venue every First Friday of the Month in Brighton (Carlton Thomas) Sat 3: ABCD XIII ★Burn The Floor (FADI K) hopefully with my daughter Katie if she completes her assignment on time - fingers crossed - unfortunately she didn't but I went to see her at Herts Uni before going Read more [...]
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SALSA PLAN FOR JANUARY 2018

WEEK 1 (Completed!) Wed 3: First party in 2018! Joanna Wosk - S,B&K at Bar So in Bournemouth Thu 4: Bailando at Drift Southsea (S,B,M&K - see Dale Afro Entertainment) Fri 5: Salsa at The Venue January 2018 in Brighton Sat 6: Salsa Fusion Welcome Party 2018 at Great Portland Street in London WEEK 2 (Completed!) Wed 10: Salsa at Bar So in Bournemouth (See I Love Salsa Bournemouth) Thu 11: Bailando at Drift Southsea (S,B,M&K - see Dale Afro Entertainment) Fri 12: Que Read more [...]
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SUMMER TIME IN WINTER! 

I turned the storage heater on full for my studio flat a couple of days ago and I woke up this morning to 25°C in the shade. I'm now working out how much extra it will cost me but even if it uses the maximum storage capacity of 17KW a night that's only 6KW more than I estimated. So if I keep it on full for December & January that will only cost me an extra 40p a day. That comes to £12 a month which will add only £24 for the year. My DD is currently £26 a month so I will only have to increase Read more [...]
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TUMBLE DRYER STUFFED!

I recently noticed that my tumble dryer is taking more than an hour to dry clothes it used to dry in 40 minutes so I decided to check for fluff in the condenser as I haven't done it for a year. It's a messy job so I was putting it off. It was stuffed with fluff AND with a label from one of my pillow slips! Lol Getting the condenser back in can be a problem (another reason why I put it off for so long) but I've discovered that you just have to give it angular lift up so the part where it engages Read more [...]
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TOTAL COST OF RUNNING A CAR!

THE COST OF RUNNING A CAR! Just taken the car in for an MOT. If it gets through and it lasts for another year the yearly cost will be: £333 for purchase (£999 divided by 3 years) £600 for insurance (3rd party fire & theft plus recovery) £300 for MOT, service & tyres £140 for tax -------- £1373 total yearly cost £115 per month or £27 a week or 6p a mile (at 400 miles per week) With an average fuel consumption of 60mpg the diesel cost per mile is 10p making the total cost Read more [...]
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A WISH THAT CAME TRUE!

When I was 12 my brother was always being asked to play the piano when friends and relatives came round. He was very shy however and never obliged them even though is was really talented. I remember thinking: "I wish I was good at something - I'd do it for them!" 60 years later ladies often say to me after a salsa dance with me: "You're amazing!" "You're such a good lead!" "You make following so easy for me!" "You make me feel like I'm really dancing!" "Thank you - I've never danced Read more [...]
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FLAT TYRE – FLAT NIGHT! 

The right front tyre of my car was totally flat when I got back home last night (Wednesday) - a pin prick puncture it turns out today (Thursday). I need two new front tyres & tracking because the other one is nearly on the limit and unevenly worn too. However, the tyres won't available until tomorrow morning at the local service station I trust. Ah well - looks like it's a TV night for me! At least the car will be ready for EL GRANDE - Friday 20 October, 4 rooms, 10 DJs, 10 teachers, Classes, Read more [...]
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GIVING UP SMOKING IS AS EASY AS PRETENDING YOU NEVER DID!

I gave up smoking cold turkey in November 2012 after I realised that 99% of the time when that feeling comes into your mouth that you want a cigarette you are really thirsty.  Exactly the same feeling happens to a non-smoker every day of their lives but as they don't smoke they don't even think of having a cigarette. But smokers do because that's what they've learned to do and they like it that way. All you have to do is pretend you're a non-smoker and do what they do . . . every day of their Read more [...]
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WHAT A WEEK OF SALSA!

That was a good week of salsa - 19 hours altogether - a bit more than the usual which is around 12 hours. Wednesday: Salsa at Irish Club then Drift Bar on Wednesdays! (3.5hrs) Thursday: Salsa & Bachata at TLC in Southampton on Thursdays and Drift afterwards for Dilshad’s Birthday! (3.5hrs) Friday: Neon Latin Party at The Grapes in Portsmouth and at Drift afterward until 4am! (6hrs) Saturday: Salsa Fiesta at La Tasca in Bournemouth! (3.5hrs) Sunday: Salsa at Medbar in Read more [...]
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MOBILE PHONE HOLDER – FIXED OUTSIDE THE BOX!

I bought this Universal Mobile Phone Holder from the Fareham Market a couple of months ago for what I thought was a good price - £5 - but clearly not as good as available on eBay! Lol. It seemed very clever because of the numerous ways that it could be used and the way it folded down to look like a mouse. I chose to mount it on my windscreen next to my rear view mirror as the place least likely to disturb my driving and discovered that the suction cap was so good that using the so called quick Read more [...]
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VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN – IRRELEVANT – BE NATURIAN!

The important thing is to eat unprocessed food without added sugar or fat. This means not eating cakes, biscuits, pies, sausages, pizza, sweets or any other processed food which looks good on the outside but you can't see what it's made of! That includes cheese and all spreads including butter which are processed foods very high in fat. It also includes alcoholic beverages which are highly processed liquid foods containing alcohol which the body cannot deal with properly. Naturally it means not Read more [...]
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LEASEHOLD GROUND RENT BALONEY!

There's a lot of talk about ground rent of £250 in 2010 becoming £10,000 in 1960. Really? If ground rent doubles every 10 years it becomes £8000 in 2060 but worth only £2159 in todays money at an average inflation rate of 3%. That's still outrageous of course - about 8 times the original ground rent but it's a long way from the £10,000 with which the news media are frightening people! There was a time when inflation did effectively halve the value of money every 10 years. For example, Read more [...]
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MONDAY IS FAREHAM MARKET & CHIPS DAY!

12:00 After 5 nights of salsa dancing, rest day number 1 is welcome: Event 2017-07-23: Salsa at the Medbar in Southampton on Sundays! 23rd July 2017 Event 2017-07-22: Latin Party in Watford with Rumba Latina! 22nd July 2017 Event 2017-07-21: Salsa at El Grande at Scala on the 3rd Friday of the month! 21st July 2017 Event 2017-07-20: Salsa & Bachata at TLC in Southampton then Salsa at Drift in Southsea! 21st July 2017 Event 2017-07-19: Salsa at Irish Club then Read more [...]
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AT THE ALTAR OF SALSA DANCING!

Providing something for the plebs to believe in while they suffered poverty for the benefit of their lords and masters was the original reason for religion. This was quite successful until the downside of believing a religion to the extent that it can be the only one lead to the belief that other religions must be wrong and the people who believe in them must be "corrected"! This has lead to their having been more violent deaths of innocent people in the name of religion than for any other reason. Read more [...]
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HOLES IN MY POCKET!

It's only a matter of time before the coins and keys you put in your pocket create a hole through which you lose a fortune. It happened to me 2 days ago and no matter how much I tried I couldn't remember to use the left pocket instead of the right one! So this morning I cut from a piece of leather from an old wallet into a rectangle 10cm by 5cm. I glued it to the bottom of the pocket by holding it in place while I applied the glue to the other side of the material until there was enough to do the Read more [...]
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ROBOT TAX – MY ASS!

Just watched a program which suggested that with more and more robots taking peoples jobs there will be less tax revenue to run countries so governments will have to consider creating a new robot tax. Apart from the fact that automation has always created more jobs than it destroyed - for example somebody has to invent, develop, make, program and maintain robots - it is surely clear that if companies uses robots instead of people they will make more profit so governments will get more tax through Read more [...]
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CHIPS & BAKED BEANS FOR LUNCH TODAY!

The Natural Low Density Eating version of chips with baked beans is only 16% compared with 43% for the usual fried chips with baked bean in tomato sauce version which means it's nearly 3 times as satisfying calorie for calorie. In other words you would only be able to consume 37% of the high density version to keep to the same number of calories as the low density version! I didn't have any onions today so had 500g of potatoes and I used Piri Piri Seasoning for a taste of Nandos! Read more [...]
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RICE, OSMOSIS & ARSENIC!

Do you add salt to water before boiling your rice to increase the boiling point of the water and make the rice cook quicker? WRONG! Do you rinse your cooked rice well to reduce the amount of starch which makes rice clump? RIGHT! But did you realise that the real reason for rinsing rice is to reduce the arsenic levels and thereby not poison yourself slowly over the years! See this recipe for Natural Low Density Eating - Meal 3: Rice & Peas with Tuna if you would like to live longer! Read more [...]
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ACCIDENTAL INTELLIGENCE – THE PERFECT KETTLE!

  Amazing how sometimes you buy something because it's cheap and then discover it's just what you wanted. As you can see there's a smooth metal plate over the heating element of my new kettle which means that you can boil a single cup of water to make one cup of coffee using only 25 watts costing approximately .3 of a penny - very green don't you think! . ORIGINAL FACEBOOK POST Read more [...]
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SALSA SALSA EVERY DAY KEEPS YOU FIT IN EVERY WAY!

04:30 Just got back from Salsatricity at Barnet - later than expected because I stopped off for a sleep around 30 miles out from Gosport as I had danced non stop from 10pm to midnight and blew my legs away! I'll sleep until at least midday - possibly 2pm before getting up and looking forward to my 5th night of salsa dancing while a feed my spirit with memories of dancing with so many lovely salseras and feed my body with Natural Low Density Eating: 1. Wed 5: Salsa at The Irish Club 2. Thu 6: Read more [...]
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ASTROLOGY IS AN APOLOGY!

Just remember there are 500 million people with the same star sign as you so when they read about their sign for today 50 million of them our bound to think it's true and propagate this nonsense as a science. There is also no physical force which could explain the connection between the 12 constellations - and by the way there are actually 13 - and mind kind! Notice how astrological prediction for the day are carefully worded to ensure they are likely to be thought by most people to be applicable Read more [...]
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FORGOT MY CHIPS ON MONDAY!

Can you believe I forgot to have chips on Monday - it's part of my eating regime - I follow Natural Low Density Eating principles which in summary means: - No process food (ie no biscuits, cake, pie, sausages, etc) - No added sugar - No added fat (no frying) - No milk products (these are processed foods and lactose blows me up) - No wheat products (these are made from highly processed wheat flour and gluten gives me arthritis) but I do allow myself chips twice a week providing they are Read more [...]
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FATHERS DAY – NAY – FATHERS WEEK FOR ME

Today is Father Day but I've had a Father's Week.  Time for a quiet day of rest & contemplation! 🙂 Four nights this week brought me even more of the magic of salsa dancing with amazing partners - particularly at Southampton University Student Union on Saturday where I had an interesting chat with a lady who asked me about my life since salsa began. It reminded me how I got where I am today and how much I love my life and the people in it! Although she had never danced salsa before I Read more [...]
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THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS HARD BREXIT – ONLY HARD NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE BEST DEAL WE CAN GET!

But if that deal involved paying £100 billion to the EU for the divorce we would have to walk away because that's the equivalent of paying them £250 million a week for 8 years which would mean that we might as well stay in the EU and have a say in it's management. "If Britain left the EU how would it gain access to the single market? In the past week, Leave campaigners have confirmed that they would not want to remain part of the single market by signing deals similar to Norway or Switzerland. They Read more [...]
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SALSA IS ABOUT DANCING IN THE MUSIC – NOT ABOUT MOVES!

I've heard a lot of talk about Cuban, Cross Body, LA, New York & Cali but to me all salsa is the same - it's about how the salsa music makes you want to move and lead your partner so that you both dance on the spur of the musical moment! When I say salsa music I mean music with the underlying 3-2 clavé because without that it does not inspire the quick-quick-slow way of moving that makes a dance become a dream! Also, as my basic salsa steps do not include a break which can be felt by my Read more [...]
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MACRON’S PARTY OF CHAOS IN TOTAL CONTROL

I was wrong about the French having a pointless voting system because the party that Emmanuel Macron invented only a year ago is set for a landslide victory. Can you imagine 450 new MPs (out of the 557 in the French parliament) - people who have never been MPs before and some not even ever politically active before - a Party of Chaos but in total control! Lol Map of Visitors 12Jun2017 7647 Unique Visitors in the last year 104 in last 1 day 172 in last 2 days 261 in last 3 days 303 in Read more [...]
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TIME FOR A QUIET NIGHT IN!

Four nights this week brought me the magic of salsa dancing with amazing partners and reminded me how much I love my life and the people in it! Tonight is time for a quiet night in watching movies and thinking about what I'm doing next week! 🙂 Event 2017-06-07: Salsa at Irish Club then Drift Bar on Wednesdays! 7th June 2017 Event 2017-06-08: Party after Salsa Lessons at Drift on Thursdays! 8th June 2017 Event 2017-06-09: Que-Rico 2-room monthly party at the Bedford in Balham! 9th June Read more [...]
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HUNG PARLIAMENT

There are 650 seats for MPs in the UK parliament but the 7 Sinn Fein MPs never turn up so there are really only 643 which means the actual number of MPs required to avoid a hung parliament is 322. As the Tories are projected to get 319 that means they could easily run a minority government particularly with regard to Brexit because Labour agree that Brexit must happen. However, Theresa may have to compromise on some of her policies, for example: "No deal is better than a bad deal!". She may also Read more [...]
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Memory 2015-09-22: Dancing with Píďa Hetzendorfová at the Drift Bar in Southsea!

 Philip Wake shared Píďa Hetzendorfová's video in this post 24 May 2017 at 16:11 It's Píďa's birthday today and I'm reminded of the excellent dances we used to have together in 2015. I so glad a mutual good friend made a video of one of them - makes me smile every time I come across it! www.facebook.com/Pidule/videos/1059745784036028/ Loves 2: Píďa Hetzendorfová & Katrinah Phenyo Likes 3: Sian Jay, Ana Maria Martinez Read more [...]
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TV Viewing Angle

If you've got a 40 inch TV and are thinking of upgrading to a 50 inch for a better wide-screen cinema effect why not just sit closer. For example, the recommended distance for viewing a 50 inch screen is 1.8m which is a viewing angle of 34 degrees but if you sit just 35cm closer to your 40 inch screen (1.45m) you will get the same result without having to spend any money! For a 32 inch screen sit 1.15m away for the same result For a 26 inch screen - sit 0.95m away for the same result I think Read more [...]
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No more heart attacks!

Going vegetarian or vegan as suggested in the video below is one way of making yourself heart attack proof but there are other solutions such as Natural Low Density Eating which is just as good and includes eating fish & meat which even caveman used to do so it can't really be that bad for you can it. I only eat tuna & sardines most of the time because they're so cheap at Asda but I sometimes have meat when my daughter Katrinah is staying with me because she's from Botswana and Batswana Read more [...]
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Happy 60th Anniversary of Independence Day to Ghana & my Kente shirts!

Where would I be without my Kente shirts! Thank you Ghana - you changed my life forever! My original shirts were a present from by ex-wife after she visited Ghana to collect an African Achievers Award but they suffered a bit from wear, washing, drying & ironing so I was very pleased to find that Afrofrocks sold them online for a reasonable price! 🙂 Read more [...]
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Diary 2016-07-28 Moved just one mile down the road!

Isn't it good when a plan comes together! Today I moved a mile down the road from an end-terraced house to a studio flat. I was quite looking forward to it because the house was too big for just me and the studio flat is a lot better that the bedsit I lived in when my parents went to live in Wales many years ago. I remember entertaining my first wife-to-be there so it must have been in 1972. I remember getting a stiff letter from the landlord when he discovered from one of the other tenants that Read more [...]
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Diary 2016-07-02: Road rage and the customer is always right isn’t he!

I decided to drive into Gosport to have a chat with the nice lady in David Seymour about the logistics of my impending move from house ownership to flat rental I took my usual route which avoids all the traffic lights: Station Road Right into Brockhurst Road Right into Anns Hill Road Left into Carnarvon Road Right into Whitworrth Road becomes Gordon Road Left in Bury Road Left into Stoke Road becomes Walpole Street and Park at Morrisons. and as I was driving slowly down Read more [...]
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Bread is off the menu again – the arthritis in my knees came back!

I thought it was safe to have a couple of slices of toast a day after giving up bread altogether for a year but after a few months the arthritis in my knees has come back again. This is bad news for a guy who lives for salsa dancing so I had no choice but to give up bread again and within a couple of days the arthritis in my knees has totally disappeared.  I don't know if it's the gluten or the raising agent in bread that does it to me.  If the latter I may be able to have the occasional pizza Read more [...]
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Diary: Sunday 29th May 2016

After a lovely weekend in Uxbridge with my ex & Katie which featured me strimming the front garden and making it look much neater than before I drove down to the The Bedford in Balham for a dreamy night of salsa.  I took the M25/M4 route to minimize traffic and arrived at 10pm after an hour's drive just in time to miss the lessons and go straight to the social dancing as is my wont.  I had some wonderful dances which will be imprinted on my mind forever but had to leave a bit earlier than Read more [...]
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The truth about fat in your diet!

"Current UK government guidelines advise cutting down on all fats and replacing saturated fat with some unsaturated fat. In recent years, the popular media has turned the debate about the causes of major public health issues such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity into something of a "fat versus sugar" dogfight. But the question should not be about choosing between fat or sugar: there are good reasons for cutting down on both." See the full article on the NHS website here.   Read more [...]
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Diary: Monday 23rd May 2016 – Sunny or Moody!

I had a pleasant walk through the Gosport Town Shopping Precinct from the Morrison's end this afternoon and ended up at the Gosport Ferry end.  I walked down the right hand side of the access pontoon and went through the sliding doors at the end on the right to the pontoon which is marked Authorised persons only so that I could have an uninterrupted view of the Solent on what was a lovely sunny day - so sunny was carrying my leather jacket instead of wearing it.  I took a picture as you can Read more [...]
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“Eat fat to get thin!” is the daftest headline I’ve seen this year!

‘Eat fat to get thin’: Official diet advice is ‘disastrous’ for obesity fight, new report warns You can read the article in the Telegraph for yourself as I’m not going to pass on the daftest advice a so called group of experts have given this century! What really happened is that people were told to avoid fat for silly reasons – like lowering cholesterol and losing weight when the real reason to avoid fat AND sugar is to keep the calories in your food each day down to a reasonable Read more [...]
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Diary: Thursday 19th May 2016

Dancing at Drift tonight was great upstairs once it got started - had lots of lovely salsa & bachata dances and even a merengue & a kizomba! Stayed until 1am but then decided I need all my energy for Friday night at El Grande until 3am at least! It's been a busy day but very productive having now got my new blog site www.wake.co.uk going well including the facility for people to connect via facebook for making comments and sharing on facebook & other Read more [...]
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My New Blog

I have just installed a WordPress Blog theme on my website and have a lot of work to do to start my blogging.  Meanwhile please see my facebook profile and my new facebook page called Natural Low Density Eating which is the final solution as far as losing weight is concerned because if you adopt the principles permanently your weight will reduce to what it should be and it will stay that way for the rest of your life! You won't get hungry because can eat enormous quantities of natural food because Read more [...]
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