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The actress impressed the judges with her spirited tango

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Sir: "Prices ain't wot they used to be," you report ("How the pound in your pocket took a pounding", 29 August).

Letter: Maddening music

Sir: It is infuriating, when trying to do business on the telephone, to find oneself left listening for minutes on end to an idiotic musical- box representation of Mozart or a foxtrot played by Glenn Miller. I suspect that irritation with this practice is almost universal. So how can customers convey their displeasure to the many companies that use this device?

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Bradley wakes up

A win on Foxtrot Romeo at Fontwell yesterday gave Graham Bradley scant compensation for losing the ride on Alderbrook, the favourite for the Champion Hurdle.

Bracing breezes and ballroom dancing for free at Christmas

REBECCA FOWLER

Ready to rumba

Ballroom dancing, the bingo of Terpsichore, has long since achieved cult status on TV: the sequins, the Mr Whippy hair, the impasto make-up are competition for anything Lily Savage has come up with, and that's before you even look at the competitors. Everyone should spend one evening in a lifetime at a live ballroom competition: like greyhound racing and eating snails, these things expand the horizons and boggle the mind. And where better than the bright lights of Blackpool? The Las Vegas of the North is currently playing host to its 21st annual dance festival, in which couples and teams rumba, foxtrot, waltz and cha-cha-cha their way round the floor of the legendary Winter Gardens, with only the world's stocks of spandex between them and freezing. It's so good to see people strive for excellence with only glory in mind.

'Come Dancing' on last legs

THE BBC yesterday denied that it is planning to axe the cult television series Come Dancing. The show, Britain's longest-running TV series and long the butt of jokes about sequins and flares, has been revamped in recent years but the audience has continued to decline.

She's been tango'd: Confessions of a dance addict

Trouble began when I bought special dancing shoes: gleaming black patent leather T-straps with two-inch heels and customised suede soles for traction.

Review: Dancing towards a South African storm

BALLROOM dancing has long been a source of easy irony for film-makers - the suggestion that behind the sequinned grins and practised rapture lie competitive envy and petulance. But 'Township Tango' (BBC 2), which started Beloved Country, a new series of documentaries about individual South Africans, managed to refresh the conceit. Their ballroom dancer was a nurse and the off-stage back- stabbing was the real thing.

Southern comfort: Fiddlers and box squeezers are heading for Gloucester's Cajun and Zydeco Festival. Roberta Mock does the Jitterbug

I first heard Zydeco performed by some Muppets on Sesame Street. Zydeco is a Z-word, and therefore at a premium for educationalists. From its home in the American swamps, this steamy good-time music with its 'tush-push' dance steps penetrated children's television. It was only a matter of time before it conquered Britain.
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