On one of our weekend lockdowns, at a Worthing hotel (where we drive just 10 minutes up the road once every few weeks, to get away from domestic life and the over-familiarity of home) I asked. Shocked, she responded, “thank you”. We both laughed at the response and at the thrill of making something good happen in the middle of all the horror around us. The older you get, the more you understand the cosmic complex truth that, somehow, when the house is burning down, remembering to laugh and to dance is important.
Lindyhop is all about free expression and getting into the music. When you look at absolute beginners and very advanced dancers, they look very similar… Programmes like ‘Strictly’ don’t help. Amanda and I resist the temptation right there to do a ‘deplorable things about Strictly’ talk.
One man kept backtracking as he remembered things the family might need in case of shortages – “sorry, sorry”, he kept apologising, unaware in those days of magic hand-sanitiser that his outbreath and loud ‘sorry’ could itself be a vector for spread.
We came over to Worthing to look around for nice places, but really, we just needed an excuse – we’d chosen.
What’s missing from Worthing? I don’t think anything. It doesn’t need to be like anywhere else. It’s got everything that a place needs.
Weedkiller-spraying and care for the environment make the strangest of bedfellows, don’t they?
I’m 19 and still working through what it left me with. I think it’s gonna take time to get rid of the self-hate.
People who are straight often see high school as the best years of their life, but if you’re gay, it’s the worst. Still now.
Keep your bloody prosecco and just cut my hair, seems to be the contemporary woman’s stand.
Most people do live precariously. You only need a couple of upsets and anyone could end up there. Anyone. People seem to live in ignorance of this fact.
The lure of OOdles is no mystery. Neoteny and its appeal make biological anthropologists smirk at puppy-love.
As any anthropologist will tell you – all traditions are invented.