The Tango Two

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Years ago my father gave me a very unusual item. Called The Tango Two, this novelty came in a small, cardboard box. Inside the box are two cardboard dancers, a metal ‘table’ with rotating wheel and magnetic spindle, along with three various shaped, metal ‘dancing clips’. It was something that caught his fancy back in the 1930s or 40s.

When the ‘table’ is placed next to a gramophone (we’re talking 78 revolutions per minute, of course) the wheel rotates the spindle as the record plays. Contact made with the magnetic spindle causes the metal clip, to which the dancers are attached, to move. By changing the clips and playing the appropriate music, ‘Fred and Ginger’ can ‘strut their stuff’, waltzing, fox-trotting or one-stepping around your record player. Ingenious!

Every home should have one! Better than the latest app! Complete the coupon, include a postal note, place in an envelope and … here the level of difficulty surpasses my intentions.

 

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The Music of Dane Zanes and Friends

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I have just returned from a week in Melbourne, visiting my daughter and her family. Last year my two year old granddaughter Eloise introduced me to one of her favourite performers, Dan Zanes. She had attended two of his concerts and when staying for Christmas shared her DVD and CDs of this American singer. I was hooked and said that if he ever visits again, count me in.

This year Dan Zanes and his band of friends were invited back to Melbourne for the International Arts Festival. So down the Hume Highway I journeyed to attend two concerts. We actually had a bonus as Dan and his friends opened the festival with a free evening concert and we happened to see their sound check for this as well.

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