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  1. Can anyone recommend a good external decorator for woodwork on fascia boards, gutter, and dormer? Not a huge job, but awkward because as a typical Sheffield terrace it's pretty tall and on slopey ground.
  2. On snopes.com, the Teletubbies have launched a cryptocurrency, Duolingo have launched a 'word of the day' range of toilet papers for language learners, and Paddington has announced that he doesn't like marmalade any more.
  3. It's an excellent low-intensity low-impact way to keep fit. How many people do you know who go to the gym and exercise for three hours at a time? But people think nothing of dancing for three hours in an evening. BBC Breakfast this morning covered a story in one of the papers about a new scientific finding that just 35 minutes of low-intensity exercise - and it specifically mentioned dancing - reduces the risk of depression by 17%. And that's before you take into account the social side of it - at Modern Jive you dance with anyone, and a lot of people build good friendships and even relationships on the dancefloor.
  4. Strictly's back and looking like it's going to be a great season. Is this the year you're going to Staaart Dancing? Easy Jive's class has moved to Chesterfield, but the other venues listed above are still running Modern Jive classes on those nights at the same venues. Start learning now and you'll be fab-u-lous dancers by the Christmas party season.
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  6. Can't help with step or aerobics, but why not try modern jive dancing at Blitz (at Crookes Social Club on Mulehouse Lane S10)? It's a full evening of 'stepping' exercise as well as a lot of fun and a good social scene. Come and join us any Wednesday - beginners' class starts at 7.30pm.
  7. Most of the dancers are in the 40-65 range, and there's more above that range than below it. Sadly that seems to be normal in the North - modern jive attracts a younger audience down South for no apparent reason.
  8. And yes, it's Strictly season again - will you be up to wowing everyone with your skills by Christmas party season? (Most women take about six lessons to become competent Modern Jive dancers, men take a bit longer because we lead so have to think about what comes next as well as what we're doing!) Blitz confirmed last night that beginners pay for their first night as usual, and get a voucher for your next four sessions free. Ceroc's offer is pay for 3 plus membership (total £26) and get voucher for entry for another 5 (worth £40).
  9. This weekend (Sat 30th June & Sun 1st July) local medieval re-enactment group Knights In Battle are performing at the Bishops' House. Come and see us - there are combat displays in the gardens, and Living History inside the house from 11am - 3pm. Admission is £3 per adult, accompanied children free. (No dogs in the house, please.) As well as seeing our performances you can find out more about re-enactment and handle our armour, weapons, and equipment. Bishops' House is at the top of Meersbrook Park, Lees Hall Ave, Sheffield S8 9NA.
  10. A friend of mine is in Purple Cats, based at St Mary's on Bramhall Lane. She recommends it.
  11. Really, DC? All boys love football? All girls love netball? I wonder what that makes me, since I never enjoyed either. (OK, to be fair, I've never tried netball.) Believe me, since I speak from my own experience: being forced into sports they don't enjoy really puts kids off exercise. Don't do it. And you clearly missed a major point of the original post: "...exercise for exercise’s sake is not fun. You need to do something you enjoy for its own sake." A good smartwatch/fitness tracker should recognise dance steps as steps, Mariaco. After all, they are steps - it's just that some of them are backwards! Having said that, my girlfriend's doesn't always, but then it doesn't recognise most of the flights of stairs she climbs in a day either!
  12. There is bound to be a minority of people who do have the motivation to do exercise, and to keep it up for months or years. But as the programme reported, most people find the social aspect a major part of motivation. Look around you for plenty of examples: people talking about or looking for gym buddies, running partners, walking/cycling groups, 'Zumba with the girls'... My original post said 'if you've already stopped going to the gym...' and that's something you hear a lot of, and who it was directed towards: people who start out with good intentions, but don't keep them up. It sounds like you or a close friend have had a bad experience, Tup, and you or they have my sympathy, but I can assure you that dancing's not about 'motives that are not platonic'. Most dancers I know have good, stable relationships, whether their partner is also a dancer or not. Others (including me) started dancing to meet someone, and having done so we continue to dance because it is pleasurable in itself. And finally, yes I know some people whose relationships broke down when they met someone through dancing. But that happens whatever people do in the world: if they meet someone, there's a chance they will fall for them: at work, in the gym, waiting around to pick up the kids from football practice... The fact that you mention that these friends were looking for "attention" tells me that they were feeling neglected in their relationship, taken for granted, and therefore the relationship was over before they went out dancing.
  13. I’ve just watched ‘The Truth About Getting Fit’ on the BBC i-player. After rigorous scientific investigation, it agreed with several other high-quality health programmes in recent years: the best way to get fit is to take up dancing. It’s not just physical exercise, it’s mental exercise too. It trains your mind to multi-task, working out what move to do next while actually doing the current one and keeping in time to the music. The programme also made the point that the reason people don’t keep up their gym memberships is because (unless you get ‘runner’s bliss’) exercise for exercise’s sake is not fun. You need to do something you enjoy for its own sake. And it’s better to do things with friends, as the social aspect reinforces your motivation. There isn’t much that’s more fun and sociable than dancing. So if you’ve already stopped going to that gym you joined after Christmas, come Modern Jive dancing instead. It’s the easiest style to learn and you can do it to any music, so it’s great for dancing at parties. Don’t worry if you think you have two left feet: chances are your previous experiences are from being pitched in at the deep end with something with complex footwork. Modern Jive keeps it all simple, and you’ll develop the ability to follow the rhythm naturally and easily. Best places to learn are Blitz at Crookes Social Club (Mulehouse Road) on Wednesdays, or Boogie Nightz Jive at Eckington Civic Centre on Tuesdays. Both are very welcoming to beginners (no partner necessary), and many dancers go to both places. Come along and give it a try.
  14. First number is the magnification. 8x30 makes things look eight times as big, 10x40 makes them look ten times the size. Second number is the diameter of the front lens, the bigger the better. It decides how bright the image is: a larger front lens collects more light, which makes the image clearer, especially when the light is failing. Generally you'll find them increasing proportionally in good optics: the greater the magnification, the more light you need to make the image clear. 25x25 would be rubbish! I'm not a birder, but as I'd expect that the larger the magnification, the better view you'd get of far-away birds. But good optics, as Dennis says, cost. So 10x40 is better than 8x30, but if you see them for about the same price you should be concerned about the quality of the 10x40s.
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