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Archive: August 2016
August 22, 2016
Sunday 21 August 2016.
The Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony Tonight.
It was great watching Team GB having a fantastic Olympics by winning so many medals.
They came second after America in the gold medal table.
Saturday 20 August 2016.
A photographer friend who i see often at West End events has revamped his website.
You can hire him out for events and weddings etc.
www.andybarnesphotographer.co.ukVisit Andy's website here.
Friday 19 August 2016...I went to two events tonight...
5pm to 7pm.
Press view - The BLOOM Gin Terrace at OXO Tower x Harvey Nichols ,London SE1.
I went to the opening of The BLOOM Gin Terrace a few months ago.
We have been invited back to celebrate its summer success.
Again it is buzzing here as it's a Friday night.
Drinks are brought to your table by the waiters and waitresses.
Stunning views along The River Thames from the 8th floor here.
We had four cocktails each here with my faves being the BLOOM Gin Day Dreamer
and The BLOOM Gin Honey Pot.
It is on here until Sunday 21st August.
A choice of six BLOOM Gin cocktails are £13 each.
There are many other drinks available along with food.
www.harveynichols.comVisit the website for more info and to reserve a table.
7.30pm to 9pm.
Casa Havana pop-up - Night Tube Party - 15 Bateman Street,Soho,London W1.
Havana Club Cuban Rum are hosting a party to celebrate the Night Tube.
Soho is totally buzzing with after work drinkers and tourists spilling out of every bar and pub.
The Night Tube will certainly benefit the venues in Soho.
Two different complimentary cocktails for all guests through the evening - Minty Mojito & Cuba Libre.
The first Night Tube services will launch on the Central and Victoria lines on Friday 19 August, with services on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines following in autumn. The Night Tube will offer a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays.
Up to 100,000 folks are expected to use the Night Tube over the weekend.
Thursday 18 August 2016...I went to FOUR events tonight...
4.15pm to 6pm
VEGANUARY 2017 - launch party - Tibits, 12-14 Heddon Street, London, W1.
We are at this popular vegetarian and vegan restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining.
Guests here included Peter Tatchell and tv presenter Jasmine Harman.
This January thousands of people will join the Veganuary campaign, stepping up to the challenge of
giving veganism a go for 31 days after the Christmas excess period.
Traditionally the vegan message has been focused on ending cruelty to animals, but veganism achieves much more. There are many health and environmental benefits to be found in adopting meat-reductionist diets and thinking more about what we eat. With Veganuary we wanted to take a relaxed, non-judgmental approach, asking people to take part whatever their motivation.
The goal is to provide a supportive stepping stone towards adopting a vegan diet for January,
and hopefully to shift the diets and perceptions of thousands of people.
We had a nice presentation and guests enjoyed wines,healthy juices and a tasty vegan food buffet from Tibits.
All guests got a nice goodie bag stuffed with vegan treats.
www.veganuary.comVisit their website for more info.
6.15pm to 6.45pm
Clarisse D'Arcimloes : Forgotten Tale : private view - The Photographers' Gallery, 16 - 18 Ramillies St, London W1.
Performance and Photography is the heart of Clarisse d'Arcimoles' , a French artist currently based in London.
Forgotten Tale combines photography and set design. In the gallery space d'Arcimoles recreates a scene from a found photograph of an East End Slum which she found at Bishopsgate Institute which was very impressive.
Complimentary presecco,wines and beers for all guests.
www.tpg.org.ukVisit their website for more info.
7pm to 9.30pm
Jake Wood-Evans : Subjection & Discipline : private view - Unit London,147 Wardour Street,London W1.
New gallery space owned by two 26 year olds from West London....Joe Kennedy and Jonny Burt .
This was a solo exhibition from Jake Wood-Evans that is on here until 11 Sept 2016.
Faces are defiled and figures appear as apparitions. Subjects range from a ghostly vision of a society lady to a fading portrait of a once proud general and grotesquely disfigured admiral. Viewed together, the body of work is eerily reminiscent of an art collection of a great estate in the early years of the British Empire, but while the haunting redactions of once-heroic subjects might suggest the correcting gaze of a postcolonial sensibility, Wood-Evans’ interest lies more with the original artists and process than with the specific subject. With a strong focus on craftsmanship, his work draws inspiration from a diverse range of Baroque and Old Master figurative painters.
The gallery is super cool with subdued lighting and an edgy feel.
A great vibe as around 200 guests here are enjoying a choice of three complimentary cocktails including
Tom Collins,Nyetimber English Sparkling Wines and other wines which were served by staff from HIX.
A nice surprise to see dj Gary Crowley here.
www.theunitldn.comVisit their website for more info.
9.45pm to 10.15pm.
Prodigal Fox celebrity collections - launch party - DSTRKT, 9 Rupert Street, London, W1.
The girls from Love Island were hosting tonight looking very glamourous.
There was some friendly competition last night between Love Island 's Katie Salmon and close pal Jessica Hayes as they turned up at the launch of their fashion range - in the same dress - but different colours.
The scantily-clad BFFs put everything on display in the matching flesh-flashing ensembles that managed to
reveal a whole lot of leg and cleavage.
Love Island's Olivia Buckland, Cally Jane Beech and Rachel Fenton turned up to support their co-stars.
Also here was Lizzie Cundy.
Drinks were a bit tame as each guest got one token for a glass of wine but there was a goodie bag.
We left before the catwalk show started.
www.prodigalfox.comVisit their website for more info.
Wednesday 17 August 2016.
20 years ago today in 1996 i saw KISS headline Monsters Of Rock Festival at Donington Park.
It was the debut UK show on their first world tour with all four original members since 1979.
In 1979 i saw them in Chicago on that tour...with Judas Priest as the support act.
Later in 1996 I would see all three UK arena shows at Birmingham,Manchester and London.
Tuesday 16 August 2016.
Happy Birthday to Madonna who is 58 today.
Tuesday 16 August 2016.
John Lydon hit by bottle at a gig in Chile at the weekend.
Public Image Ltd. performed at a club called Blondie in Santiago, Chile. During the show, John Lydon was struck by a bottle.
Internet footage shows the aftermath of the moment when Lydon’s head and shirt were covered in blood. “What a fucking coward,” Lydon said to the crowd, apparently referring to the person who threw a bottle at him. Then, after wrapping the towel around his bleeding head, he announced, “We continue!” There’s also footage of him performing later in the show while re-wrapping the towel around his head. Lydon tweeted three photos from the show with the message, “Glass attack last night in Chile. No reflection on the rest of the crowd. Great gig. It lives.”
Saturday 13 August 2016...9.30pm show...
Louis C.K. live at Hammersmith Apollo,London.
Very popular at home American comedian Louis C.K. is playing shows in London.
As part of his European Tour.
Fri 12 Aug---Wembley Arena
Sat 13 Aug---Hammersmith Apollo (2 shows - 7pm and 9.30pm)
14 Aug---Hammersmith Apollo
Louis C.K. has released nine comedy albums in his career and sold tv specials directly via his website.
He is known for his use of observational, self-deprecating, dark and vulgar humour.
His upcoming American tour features three shows at Madison Square Garden in September.
In January 2015 he became the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden three times within the same tour.
His Edinburgh Festival show a couple of days ago was reviewed by many of the daily newspapers and got
some good reviews including 5 stars from The London Standard.
In the words of Chris Rock "The blackest white guy i know".
The venue is totally rammed sold out tonight.
Pretty amazing how popular Louis is over here even though he has never been on mainstream British tv.
His recent series you have to buy via his website but some YouTube clips are very funny.
A warning over the pa before the show starts says "No Filming,No Photos ...and even No Shouting/Heckling".
Security folks are keen on making sure nobody tries anything.
First up we have three American comedians performing short sets of 6 mins each to warm the crowd up.
Louis C.K. arrives on stage to massive applause and cheers for his 75 mins set.
Now age 48 Louis nonchalantly strolls on stage and gives us his thoughts on things.
He rants on ISIS,Suicide,Abortion,Family Life,Kids,Divorce,Relationships,Considering Being Gay,
The Legend Of Achilles,Rescue Dogs, Male Strippers,Race,Capitalism
and reluctantly meeting your spouse in the afterlife.
A couple of the rants I had seen up on YouTube.
A very enjoyable funny show that got a full standing ovation at the end.
Saturday 13 August 2016....another sad death to report...
Music biz veteran David Enthoven has sadly passed away.
Robbie Williams has paid tribute to his long-term manager, David Enthoven, who has died at the age of 72.
"My Friend, Mentor and Hero passed away today," tweeted the singer. "David Enthoven, I love you. RIP."
Enthoven had managed the star since he left Take That in 1996 and helped him battle addiction in the early years of his career.
The music mogul started out managing King Crimson in 1969, also steering the careers of Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music.
He even advised Marc Bolan's band, T. Rex, to shorten their name, because he couldn't spell Tyrannosaurus.
Friday 12 August 2016.
Congratulations to The Blossoms.
Indie pop group Blossoms have gone straight in at Number 1 today with their debut album.
The Stockport band have enjoyed airplay and Record of the Week status on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and 6 Music which has helped the five-piece steamroll the competition. Tom, Charlie, Josh, Joe and Myles finished 9,500 copies ahead of their nearest rival to take their self-titled album to the top spot.
Thursday 11 August 2016.
MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS live at The Hippodrome Casino,London.
Original Motown legend,now aged 75 is back in London.
They scored a few hit singles in the UK between 1964 and 1972 including "Come and Get These Memories",
"Nowhere to Run", " (Love Is Like A )Heat Wave", "Jimmy Mack", and their signature "Dancing In The Street".
I saw Martha play a really good show at Brooklyn Bowl in Dec 2014 but tonight it is even better.
Maybe it's because of the room which is a cosy and plush cabaret type lounge club that holds
around just 200 with seats and standing and everyone has a perfect close to the stage view.
Martha took to the stage at 8pm and was on for 1 hour 45 mins.
The three girls were backed by eight musicians including a four piece brass section.
The sound was perfect throughout the show.
Martha entered the stage wearing a huge feathered creation on her head.
They played all their best tracks along with a few classic soul covers.
Lots of very entertaining chat between songs that took up maybe 25% of the show.
A punter gave them a bottle of champers in a ice bucket and poured out three glasses for the girls.
Hugely enjoyable show.
Highlights of the set included...
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson cover)
Come and Get These Memories
Nowhere to Run
Something (The Beatles cover)
My Baby Loves Me
Watch Your Back
(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave
What's Going On (Marvin Gaye cover)
Dancing in the Street
Dancing in the Street (reprise) (with soul covers medley in the middle)
Wednesday 10 August 2016...I went to three events tonight...
5pm to 7.20pm
David Brent Movie: Life on the Road - UK film premiere - red carpet arrivals and 4 song show...
Held at The Odeon,Leicester Square,London WC2.
5pm---the pr folks want everyone in situ by 5pm so there is an hour of hanging around.
A big event outside the venue as over 500 folks with different wristband areas for tv crews,
general print & online media and comp winners.
They are giving out Ricky Gervais paper face masks to the comp winners.
6pm---host presenter Alex Zane introduces Ricky Gervais to the crowd.
He also then interviews other cast members who then do the red carpet interviews.
A few other celebs here including Keith Chegwin,Marin Kemp,Les Dennis and Katie Piper.
David Brent's big screen outing, following him after he's made redundant from Wernham Hogg.
Film shot in a similar mockumentary style to the hit BBC series 'The Office'.
There will be plenty of 'The Office ' and 'Spinal Tap' type humour in the film.
The clips shown on the big screen tonight were very funny and the tunes had great comedy lyrics.
His band David Brent & Foregone Conclusion feature in the film and played four songs live tonight from 7pm.
The band include ex Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows.
The set included his ode to Slough where he worked when in The Office ,with the lyrics
saying it is better than how it is usually portrayed.
Full setlist played tonight.
1.Life On The Road
3.Equality Street (with Dom Johnson)
4.Free Love Freeway
He fired out a couple of t-shirts into the crowd like he does in the film.
The film is in cinemas nationwide from Friday 19 August.
7.30pm to 9pm
CASPER - UK launch party - The Vinyl Factory, 18 Marshall Street, London, W1.
US online mattresses retailer CASPER is backed by Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.
Casper has launched in the UK after settling into its first full year of business with $100 million in sales.
Casper’s launch here pits it against UK start-ups such as eve Mattress.
Engineered to perfection, CASPER mattress, sheets, and pillow work together to create a perfect sleep environment .
Often copied but never challenged, the award-winning Casper mattress is flipping the industry on its head.
Casper’s standard double bed mattress is retailing for £550.
Around 150 folks here with a dj playing in the background.
Faces here included Nancy Dell'Olio,Olivia Cox,Alistair Guy and Ashley James.
I expected an older crowd here but it's mainly the usual younger fashion crowd.
They had a bed here where folks where being photographed.
A choice of three different complimentary cocktails,beers ,a Bagel station with a choice of four different
bagels and canapés for all guests here.
www.casper.comVisit the CASPER website here for more info.
SLAVES live at The 100 Club,London.
Short notice gig that was only announced the day before the show and sold out pronto.
Slaves are an English punk duo from Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, which formed in 2012. It consists of Laurie Vincent (guitar, bass, vocals) and Isaac Holman (drums, vocals). Their music has been described as "British punk with harsh bluesy garage riffs".
The duo released their debut album, Are You Satisfied?, on Virgin EMI on 1 June 2015.
It reached number 8 in its first week on the UK Albums Chart.
The album was nominated for the 2015 Mercury Music Prize.
I saw them last year at a festival but better to see them in this intimate venue.
They arrive on stage at 9.30pm and are on stage for 65 mins.
Very lively down the front as the drummer takes his shirt off after the first song as he sweats buckets.
They played the album tracks along with a couple of brand new tracks.
They played their new single 'Spit It Out'.
Loads of great crunching rock tunes with security trying to keep folks off the stage.
For the last song a full stage invasion engulfed the stage.
A really good club show.
Full setlist played tonight...
White Knuckle Ride
Spit It Out
Live Like an Animal
Cheer Up London
Rich Man, I'm Not Your Bitch
Where's Your Car Debbie?
Wednesday 10 August 2016.
BRAUN BODYGROOMER BG5030
The nice folks at BRAUN must have been reading my mind when i got these in the post this week.
I had been admiring the smooth hairless chests of the swimmers and divers at The Rio Olympics
and thinking it's about time I got rid of the grey hairs appearing on my chest.
The Braun body groomer is the ideal tool to maintain all areas of your body, from the chest and abs to your armpits and groin. 100 per cent waterproof, it allows you to manscape in the shower to complement your existing routine. As a 2-in-1 device you can trim and clean-shave your body hair in one movement, making your grooming routine fast and hassle-free.
Three trimming combs for different lengths: Sensitive, medium and long (0.6 mm, 3 mm and 8 mm)
Specifically designed sensitive comb to trim delicate areas like the armpit or groin -
for worry free trimming for your whole body.
Ideal combination of a powered body trimmer and Gillette Fusion wet shaving technology for all-round
body grooming Combi mode to trim and shave in one stroke for fast and convenient results.
R.R.P. is £39.99 but can be bought a bit cheaper on some websites.
uk.braun.comVisit the BRAUN website here for more info on their products.
GILLETTE FUSION PROSHIELD
Gillette's most advanced cartridge for the perfect shave.
• ProShield Lubrication BEFORE and after the blades shields from irritation while you shave
• FlexBall Technology that responds to contours and gets virtually every hair*
• 5 precision blades provide less tug and pull*
• Precision Trimmer on back for accurate edging
• Cartridges fit all Fusion and ProGlide® handles
R.R.P. is around £8.
www.gillette.co.ukVisit the GILLETTE website here for more info on their products.
Monday 08 August 2016.
Leonard Cohen sends final letter to dying muse.
Singer Leonard Cohen sent a final message of 'endless love' after learning that the muse behind some of his most celebrated songs was close to death. Cohen, who credits Marianne Ihlen as his inspiration for Bird on the Wire, wrote 'I think I will follow you very soon'. Ihlen died from cancer in Norway on July 28.
Sunday 07 August 2016.
20 years ago this summer The Sex Pistols played the European Leg of their 'Filthy Lucre' world tour.
It was their first re-union shows since splitting up in 1978.
The Shepherds Bush Empire gig on 17 July 1996 was one of the greatest gigs of all time.
I went to five shows---3 shows in the UK --- Finsbury Park,Shepherds Bush,Phoenix Festival
plus Paris and Milan.
These were the European dates on the tour.
21.6.96 Messila Festival, Lahtis, Finland
22.6.96 Helter Skelter Festival, Munchen, Germany
23.6.96 Finsbury Park, London, UK
26.6.96 Sjohistoriska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
28.6.96 Roskilde Festival, Denmark
30.6.96 Open-Air Festival, St Gallen, Switzerland
4.7.96 Zenith, Paris, France
6.7.96 Arena, Berlin, Germany
7.7.96 Sportshall, Prague, Czech Republic
9.7.96 Hala Tivoli, Ljubijana, Slovenia
10.7.96 Curva Stadio, Rome, Italy
11.7.96 Parco Aquatica, Milan, Italy
13.7.96 Munster Festival, Ochtrup, Germany
14.7.96 Unterfrankenhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
16.7.96 S.E.C.C., Glasgow, Scotland, UK
17.7.96 Maysfield Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland – CANCELLED
17.7.96 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK
18.7.96 Point Depot, Dublin, Ireland – CANCELLED
20.7.96 Axion Beach Festival, Zebrugge, Belgium
21.7.96 Phoenix Festival, Stratford On Avon, UK
Saturday 06 August 2016.
Indie band Viola Beach have scored a number one album chart,
six months after they were killed in a car crash.
The self-titled debut was compiled by the band's families, using live sessions and studio recordings,
many of which were originally bound for an EP.
Coldplay covered one of their songs in their Glastonbury Festival headline show in June 2016.
Their album outsold the number two album, ELO's All Over The World, The Very Best Of,
by about 6,000 copies, said the Official Chart Company.
Saturday 06 August 2016...another sad death to report...
Alan the Tout has passed away.
He was always outside Hammersmith Odeon when I worked there in the 1980s.
He then became good friends with Rod Stewart and became part of his inner sanctum.
Penny Lancaster has posted a picture of Rod with Alan on her Instagram page.
Friday 05 August 2016.
GLEN MATLOCK plays a solo acoustic + spoken word UK tour in November.
01/11 - MANCHESTER // Gorilla
04/11 - GLOUCESTER // Gloucester Guildhall
06/11 - RAMSGATE // Ramsgate Music Hall
07/11 - BRIGHTON // Komedia Brighton
10/11 - WOLVERHAMPTON // Newhampton Arts Centre
11/11 - LEEDS // Brudenell Social Club
12/11 - NEWCASTLE // THINK TANK?
13/11 - GLASGOW // Broadcast
17/11 - DERBY // The Hairy Dog
22/11 - BRISTOL // Colston Hall 2
23/11 - FALMOUTH // Pavilions
Wednesday 03 August 2016...I went to two events tonight.
6.15pm to 8.15pm
6 x 6 Creative Selects - private view - Getty Images,46 Eastcastle Street,London W1.
Getty Images Gallery presents 6 by 6 II, the second instalment of the highly successful exhibition designed to celebrate its contemporary fine art print series, Creative Selects.The show looks to follow on from the triumph of last year’s event showcasing 6 works by 6 contemporary photographers from around the globe.
Around 200 folks here and surprisingly lots of folks here i know.
Must be one of those quiet August nights when everyone heads for the same event as not much on.
Complimentary wines,beers and canapés for all guests.
It is on until 03 Sept 2016
www.gettyimagesgallery.comVisit the Getty website here for more info.
8.30pm to 9.45pm
TESCO FINEST pop up wine bar - launch party - 147 Wardour Street,London W1.
Tesco have done a great job of re-creating a wine bar from scratch here.
Supermarket giant Tesco has opened a pop up wine bar for the next two weeks in the heart of
London's Soho neighbourhood.
The bar, which is housed in a Soho art gallery while it shuts for the summer, will serve a range of 40 plus
wines in the Tesco Finest range.
Customers will be able to walk into the pop-up for free without the need for a booking, and will be able to
taste any of the wines and buy by the glass.
Full bottles can be bought in a nearby branch of Tesco.
Guests enjoyed lots of Tesco Finest different wines,Tesco Finest champers,Tesco Finest prosecco and canapés.
All guests got a goodie bag with a bottle of Tesco Finest prosecco.
A dj was playing tunes in the background.
www.tesco.comVisit the TESCO website here for more info.
Tuesday 02 August 2016....I went to three events tonight...
5.30pm to 6pm
Arcadia showcase - Christmas in July - Hoxton Hotel,High Holborn,London WC1.
Arcadia are the umbrella company that owns Topman,Topshop,Evans,Wallis and others.
They are showcasing winter wear for Male and Female and gifting items.
I had a complimentary presecco here and some canapés.
www.arcadiagroup.co.ukVisit the Arcadia website for more info.
6.30pm to 8pm
All-Star Lanes - showcase - Victoria House,Bloomsbury Place,London WC1.
American bowling venue near Holborn is showcasing its private area.
The main area has around a dozen lanes but this area just has the two lanes and holds up
to 80 guests with its own private entrance.
Complimentary prosecco,mulled wine,beers,burgers and canapés for all guests.
Amazing how delicious warm mulled wine can taste in August.
www.allstarlanes.co.ukVisit their website here for more info.
GLEN MATLOCK BAND + ROTTEN HILL GANG live at The 100 Club,London.
£11 advance including booking fee or £15 on the door.
After the success of their Brooklyn Bowl show in July Glen returns to play another London gig.
Original Sex Pistol Glen Matlock brings his all-star line-up to this legendary venue.
Glen Matlock - acoustic guitar and lead vocals
Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) - stand-up drums
Chris Spedding - lead guitar ( Chris Spedding produced the early Sex Pistols demos )
James Halligan - stand-up double bass
With support from Rotten Hill Gang who include Hollie Cook in their line-up.
Hollie is the daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.
The 100 Club is buzzing tonight as the show is totally sold out.
Folks in the crowd included Jordan,Steve English,Spizz Energi,Marco Pirroni,
James Stevenson and Ray McVeigh.
Jordan was pretty godsmacked to see my mate Andy's tattoo on the back of his neck that says
SEX.original which of course was The Kings Road store where she worked in the 1970s.
BRANDY ROW arrives on stage at 8.15pm and plays for around 25 mins.
He looks and sounds like Miles Kane with a hint of Bob Dylan...pretty good...
ROTTEN HILL GANG arrive on stage at 8.45pm and play for 40 mins.
They feature three vocalists - 2 female including Hollie Cook and one male.
They are sounding better than ever as their sound mixes rap,reggae,funk and rock.
PAUL COOK joined them on drums for the last two tracks.
The final track is a stunning cover of The Sex Pistols classic 'Submission' which mixed
their own rapping lyrics for verses along with the original chorus.
GLEN MATLOCK BAND arrive on stage at 9.45pm and play for 75 mins.
Glen and Slim Jim are both wearing bootlace ties to keep with the punkabilly theme.
As expected the setlist is pretty much the same as The Brooklyn Bowl but there are changes.
For the encore we get 'No Fun' instead of 'Steppin' Stone' and the set order was slightly changed.
A great mix of Glen's solo material mixed in with a couple of Pistols classics,a Stray Cats gem and
Chris Speddings big hit Motorbikin' from the 1970s and some other great cover versions.
The band look impressive with the four of them lined up across the front of stage with Slim Jim on the right.
Glen does a great job of getting the crowd to clap along to the simple rockabilly beat.
Chris Spedding is now aged 72 but his deft guitar playing really is something special.
Another great show.
Full setlist played...
Cloud Cuckoo Land
God Save The Queen
Hook In You
Speak Too Soon
The Price Of Love
Motorbikin' (Chris Spedding on vocals)
John I'm Only Dancing
Couldn't Give A Damn
Keep On Pushing
Rock This Town (Slim Jim Phantom on vocals)
Afterwards Glen came out to meet the fans and sign stuff.
Monday 01 August 2016.
A couple of months ago i attended a Braun Mens Styling Range launch.
One of the companies showcasing there were Norton & Sons from Saville Row who i had a fitting for a
made to measure complimentary shirt which arrived in the post today.
Norton & Sons, purveyor of finest quality Savile Row suits, have collaborated with one of Jermyn Street's leading shirt-makers; Turnbull & Asser. The collaboration with deliver a made-to-measure shirt offering available exclusively at Norton's famous number 16 Savile Row store.
Each shirt is made entirely to customers specifications and typically requires just one fitting before the shirt is completed. They make a full range of business, informal, sporting and formal shirts and carry over 2000 shirt cloths including cotton poplins, twills, oxfords and royal oxfords from two fold 100s quality to two fold 300's or two fold Sea Island.
The staff are on hand to discuss cut, styling details, collar shapes and cloth choice.
The shirts are priced from £250 inclusive of VAT at 20%. For new customers they have a minimum order of three shirts, thereafter they may be ordered individually. Hand embroidered monograms are available at an additional charge.
uk.braun.comVisit the BRAUN website here for more info.
www.nortonandsons.co.ukVisit the NORTON & SONS website here for more info.
www.turnbullandasser.co.ukVisit the TURNBULL & ASSER website here for more info.
They currently have a sale on for their ready to wear shirts.
Monday 01 August 2016.
You can't make it up..
Divisions at the heart of Britain’s elite athletics team have been laid bare after it emerged that the governing body paid for a handful of Olympians to fly to Rio in business class based on their chances of winning a medal.
A number of athletes in Team GB were said to be disappointed after learning that they were in economy class of their BA flight to Rio last Saturday while others were upgraded by British Athletics.
Sunday 31 July 2016.
My old mucker Pat Gilbert has finally got his website up and running and updated.
Pat writes for MOJO and Q music magazines.
Read his great blog on his trip last year to New York to interview Keith Richards.
A great combination of the interview itself and the loneliness of an overseas solo press trip.
These trips were common back in the heyday of the music papers but budget cuts and the
internet have cut them back but it's good there is still the odd one or two going on.
www.patgilbert.co.ukClick on the Blog section of his website.
Saturday 30 July 2016.
A reminder to look after your phone when on holiday.
A crime wave has been sweeping popular European travel destinations in recent years, in which organised gangs set up premium rate phone lines before mugging unsuspecting tourists and using their phones to run up huge bills by calling these numbers and then taking a cut of the charges.
MoneySavingExpert.com spoke to one victim who was billed almost £6,000 after his phone was robbed at knife-point and he has been chased for payment by Vodafone for the past 18 months. It was only after MoneySavingExpert got involved that Vodafone finally agreed to waive the charge.
Friday 29 July 2016.
BLUE OYSTER CULT live at The Forum,London.
Their only English show on a short European Tour has been sold out a sold month ago.
They are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their 1976 album 'Agents of Fortune' by playing the album in full.
Needless to say i bought the album when it first came out.
The album featured their most popular hit '(Don't Fear ) The Reaper'.
I have seen them around 20 times since 1975 when Motörhead were the support act.
I saw them last year supporting The Scorpions at The Ramblin' Man Festival,Maidstone.
This special night at the Kentish Town Forum which is BÖC's first gig in London since 2008, will feature the band's original core members Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (guitar, vocals) and Eric Bloom (guitar, keyboards, vocals), with a very special guest appearance from co-founding member Albert Bouchard (percussion, guitar, vocals) who was instrumental in writing the early material.
I did not see their last London show at The Forum on 11 June 2008 as it was the same night i went to see
The Sex Pistols play a small warm up show at The Birmingham Academy.
A sad death this week related to Blue Oyster Cult.
Producer and manager Sandy Pearlman, who worked with artists like Blue Oyster Cult, the Clash and the Dictators, has died in the aftermath of a cerebral hemorrhage that he suffered in December. He was 72. His friend, Robert Duncan, wrote on Facebook: Sandy Pearlman, poet, writer, songwriter, producer, manager, professor, polymath, visionary, passed peacefully.
When i saw B.O.C. at Ramblin' Man last year they played a 60 mins set in daylight as a support act but
tonight it is much better as we have a rammed solid venue with a full headline show indoors to hardcore fans.
As expected the crowd is mainly middle aged men like myself.
The band take the stage at 8.30pm and were on stage for a nice lengthy 2 hours 25 mins over two sets.
They played the 'Agents of Fortune' album in full as the first set followed by a set of their best tracks.
Their biggest hit ' (Don't Fear ) The Reaper ' is played early on in the show.
The band is nice and tight even though it could have been a bit louder like the old days.
Both guitarists played some great solos throughout the show.
A great show.
Full setlist played tonight...
SET ONE - AGENTS OF FORTUNE album played in full.
This Ain't the Summer of Love
(Don't Fear) The Reaper
E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
The Revenge of Vera Gemini (Albert Bouchard on lead vocals)
Sinful Love (Albert Bouchard on lead vocals)
Morning Final (Richie Castellano on lead vocals)
Debbie Denise (Albert Bouchard on lead vocals)
SET TWO - after a 10 mins interval
Dominance and Submission
Golden Age of Leather
OD'd on Life Itself
Burnin' for You
Lips in the Hills
Then Came the Last Days of May
Hot Rails to Hell (Richie Castellano on lead vocals)
ME 262 / 5 Guitars
Born to Be Wild (Mars Bonfire/Steffenwolf cover)
Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll (Albert Bouchard on lead vocals)
Note: Albert Bouchard performed with the band from 'The Revenge of Vera Gemini' to the close of the 'Agents of Fortune' set, and again from '5 Guitars' until the end of the show.
Mainly as another guitarist and some vocals but was second drummer at the end for a couple of songs.
Thursday 28 July 2016...I went to FIVE events today...
5pm to 5.30pm
CRABTREE & EVELYN - Christmas in July showcase - The Ritz Hotel,Piccadilly,London W1.
Always to be at this famous luxury hotel.
We walk past the folks having their traditional afternoon tea experience.
Founded over 40 years ago by Cyrus Harvey, Crabtree & Evelyn has evolved since 1972 from a small, family-run business specialising in fine soaps from around the world, to an international company with over 500 stores worldwide.
Today the brand is renowned and respected for its original fragrances, fine foods and gorgeous gifts, all beautifully packaged to transform the ordinary rituals of daily life into extraordinary pleasurable experiences.
Long before the natural and wellness movement became popular, Crabtree & Evelyn was wholeheartedly embracing the riches of the natural world, introducing product ranges made with fruit, flower and plant essences.
They are showcasing their Christmas gift box sets for men and women as well as tins of biscuits and jams.
Check out their special 3 for 2 offer.
I had a complimentary glass of red wine and some very nice canapés.
All guests got a goodie bag.
wwwcrabtree-evelyn.co.uk.Visit their website here for more info.
5.40pm to 6.30pm
GUINEVERE pop up shop launch party - Weiss Gallery,59 Jermyn Street,St James's,London SW1.
Established on the King’s Road in 1963, Guinevere is opening a pop-up showroom at The Weiss Gallery from 26th July to 10th September 2016. Owners Marc and Kevin Weaver and their team are masters in the art of creating magical and inspiring displays with their unique antique furniture, textiles and decorative accessories. Introducing some of their recent finds to our Central London location, there will be 67 square metres to explore and discover in this exclusive gallery space.
Complimentary Pol Roger champers,Tom Collins cocktails and canapés for all guests.
www.weissgallery.comVisit the Weiss Gallery here for more info.
6.45pm to 7.15pm
PRINGLE OF SCOTLAND x ROLLING STONES launch party - Pringle of Scotland, 94 Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1.
Around 100 guests at this store in this very upmarket street full of expensive designer stores.
Guests here included Zara Martin and Laura Hayden.
Guests celebrated the unveiling of Pringle of Scotland's new window display in collaboration with The Rolling Stones.
The brand's cashmere and merino sweaters featuring the iconic Rolling Stones logo are on display here
as well as in the merch store at The Rolling Stones exhibition at The Saatchi Gallery.
The price tags said £450 and £295.
Complimentary Nyetimber English Sparkling Wine and canapés for all guests.
7.30pm to 10.10pm
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - Theatre Royal,Haymarket,London SW1.
Such is the demand from the media that this was the last of THREE press nights for this production.
I pick up my press envelope that included two tickets in Stalls Row J and two drinks vouchers for the interval
as well as a complimentary programme of the production.
Pixie Lott is in the lead role that was played by Audrey Hepburn in the classic film.
Pixie Lott is an English singer, songwriter and actress. Her debut single, "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)",
was released in 2009 and went straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart.
Her second single, "Boys and Girls", also topped the UK chart in September 2009.
Lott's debut album, Turn It Up, was released in September 2009. It reached number six on the UK Albums Chart, spawned five consecutive top twenty singles, and sold over 1.5 million copies.
Pixie Lott, Matt Barber, Victor McGuire, Charlie De Melo, Richard Greenberg, are cast as Mama Do singer (Lott) makes her acting debut as Holly Golightly in Truman Capote's classic, adapted by Greenberg. Co-production with the Curve Theatre. Nikolai Foster directs.
The show runs for two sets of 75 mins and 60 mins.
Always nice to be at this stunning theatre which is one of the oldest in The West End.
Pixie Lott does a really good job in the lead role.
I lost count of the amount of costume changes Pixie went through ,not to mention her being naked in the bath.
There is a fluffy white cat in a few scenes that is uncannily well behaved.
A highlight is Pixie alone with an acoustic guitar performing the classic "Moon River".
The production could have done with a couple more songs to be honest.
An enjoyable night at the theatre.
Here from July 01 until September 17, 2016.
Breakfast at Tiffany's was received positively at the time in 1961 when the film was released , and won two
Academy Awards: Best Original Score and Best Original Song for "Moon River".
www.trh.co.ukVisit their website for more info and to buy tickets.
10.30pm to 11.45pm
EXPOSURE THE MUSICAL - Life Through a Lens - press night afterparty - St James Theatre, London, SW1.
The afterparty for this opening night was held in the venue bar.
Around 200 folks here for this new musical that has got good reviews in the previews.
The cast are here and they include Michael Greco ex Eastenders.
My friend met someone here she had not seen for 20 years so that was good fun as they caught up.
Complimentary wines,beers and canapes for all.
Wednesday 27 July 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.30pm to 7.45pm
BARON WOLMAN : Woodstock - private view - Proud Camden, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1.
Around 100 folks here at this gallery.
A few folks here I know including Gary Lammin ex Cock Sparrer and now with The Bermondsey Joyriders.
Baron Wolman is still alive at age 79 but has opted to stay in America for the opening.
Complimentary prosecco and Corona beers for all guests
Wolman was at the inception of Rolling Stone magazine, capturing icons of the 60s and 70s, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Rolling Stones. His candid and evocative photographs of Woodstock offer a rare insight into this illustrious event, capturing the true essence of the celebrated rock ‘n’ roll festival. He would venture to the outskirts of the festival, taking photographs of the audiences and their leisure activities away from the music, explaining that “I ended up spending most of my time out in the wild with the crowd because what was happening out there was just too interesting not to explore.” Wolman gives us a vivid and honest view, documenting not only the music and performances but also the cultural and political aspects of people protesting against the war, animal killings and government.
The exhibition is on until 11 Sept 2016.
www.proudonline.co.ukVisit the Proud Galleries website here for more info.
8.15pm to 10.15pm
ORANGINA : Shake La Vie - launch party - Jewel, 4-6 Glasshouse Street, London, W1.
A young buzzing crowd of around 150 folks here.
Guests included Hugo Taylor,Oliver Proudlock,Jessica Wright and all girl act Stooshe.
Orangina is quintessentially French and was first produced in 1936.
Orangina's popularity derives both from its unique flavor and from the design of its 25 cl (8 oz) bottle made in the shape of a pear with a pebbly texture meant to recall the peel of an orange or other citrus fruit.
Larger bottles also include the pebbly texture but use a more regular bottle shape rather than maintaining
the proportions of the smaller bottles.
Downstairs we have a dj playing in the background and there is a magician and contortionists performing.
Upstairs there was a bongo player and a sax player.
We have a choice of six complimentary cocktails with all featuring Orangina in them.
My fave was the one mixing Aperol/Martell Cognac/Orangina which went down a treat.
Also some hot and cold canapés.
www.orangina.co.ukVisit the Orangina website here.
Tuesday 26 July 2016...I went to two events tonight...
6.45pm to 9pm
BERRY BROS - summer party & showcase - 3 St James's Street,St James's,London SW1.
Berry Bros. & Rudd is one of Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchants: in 1698 it opened its doors for the first time at 3 St. James's Street, London, United Kingdom, and today it continues to trade from the same premises. The company also has a discounted store in Basingstoke, Hampshire and offices in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Around 150 folks here in their courtyard space at the rear of the store.
They are also showcasing their cellar and private dining rooms.
Complimentary Berry Bros champers and canapes for all guests.
10.15pm to 11.45pm
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - press night & afterparty - The Haymarket Hotel, 1 Suffolk Place, London, SW1.
This was the afterparty for the press night that was held earlier at The Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Around 300 folks in the basement area by the swimming pool of this plush hotel.
Singer Pixie Lott has the lead role in this production.
Alesha Dixon, Laura Whitmore, Kimberley Walsh and Melanie Sykes were on hand to watch as Pixie Lott took to the stage at the press night of director Nikolai Foster's Breakfast at Tiffany's. The Mama Do singer was supported by her model boyfriend Oliver Cheshire, who joined the likes of Denise Van Outen, Clara Amfo, Jenni Falconer and Jessica Wright at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Rachel Stevens, Hannah Spearritt, Nicola Hughes and Emily Atack were also in the audience to applaud Lott's turn as Holly Golightly in the stage adaptation of Truman Capote's classic.
Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke was here.
Other guests here included well known celebrity agent Jonathan Shalit who is always nice & friendly.
Sir Tom Jones was pictured with Pixie Lott at a preview show on Monday 25 July.
Lots of complimentary booze and food for all guests including a choice of three different cocktails with
names related to the stage show (Moon River,Brazillian Millionaire and Go Lightly),wines,beers and
tasty food including burgers,fish & chips,king prawn tempura and canapés.
It was still lively when i departed as it was on until 1am.
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