Alice Does Tango
12th February 2010
"I believe in Nuevo"
Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said: "one can't believe nuevo things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six nuevo things before breakfast."
"When I use a word,like nuevo or traditional." Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."
"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be maestro - that's all."
"I quite agree with you," said the Duchess; "and the moral of that is--'Be what you would seem to be'--or if you'd like it put more simply--'Never imagine tango not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.'"
"I think I should understand that better," Alice said very politely, "'if I had it written down: but I can't quite follow it as you say it."
"That's nothing to what I could say if I chose,if you were dancing tango in 1920 then anything that you saw coming after that you would think to be nuevo, except you would have probably danced it already; so what it traditional is only the nuevo of yesterday and nuevo is only the traditional of tomorrow, becuase people who like old things say nuevo is a bad thing whereas people who like new things think nuevo is a good think but the people who really know know that's it about as sensible as a grin without a cat." the Duchess replied, in a pleased tone.
"Pray don't trouble yourself to say it any longer than that," said Alice.
The Red Queen's Race
The Queen: Now, here, you see, it takes all the milonga you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must milonga at least twice as fast as that!
'One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter.'
'One side of what? The other side of what?' thought Alice to herself.
'Of the mushroom,' said the Caterpillar, just as if she had asked it aloud; and in another moment it was out of sight.
Alice remained looking thoughtfully at the mushroom for a minute, trying to make out which were the two sides of it; and as it was perfectly round, she found this a very difficult question. However, at last she stretched her arms round it as far as they would go, and broke off a bit of the edge with each hand.
'And now which is which?' she said to herself, and nibbled a little of the right-hand bit to try the effect: the next moment she felt a violent blow underneath her chin: it had struck her foot!Her Cifs were growing! now they were at least 18 inches high but they werent stopping there.
~ BorderTangoMan, 12th February 2010