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Monday 17 June 2024.

Monday 17 June 2024....3.30pm to 8pm... GOFFS LONDON SALE , Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 Goffs London Sale, a boutique thoroughbred auction held on the eve of Royal Ascot, offers a unique platform to buy and sell Royal Ascot entries and international racing prospects as well as elite breeding stock. Held in the beautiful setting of Kensington Palace Gardens, this is the curtain raiser to the most prestigious week in flat racing. Over 500 smartly dressed folks are here, on this lovely sunny afternoon.Lots of stunning woman in their summer dresses. Guests included ex Page 3 girl JACKIE ST CLAIR and CHRIS WRIGHT CBE ( now aged 79 ). Music legend Chris Wright co-founded Chrysalis Records in the late 1960s. Between 1996 and 2001, Wright was the owner of Queens Park Rangers F.C. Also here were ex jockey and trainer JAMIE OSBORNE and his daughter SAFFIE who is also a jockey, and trainer CHARLIE BROOKS and no doubt many more. From 5pm to 6.30pm was the live auction , and around 25 horses were paraded and sold. Lot 11 was called Sparkling Plenty (from Kingsman) was sold for an incredible £8.1 million. This sale has a mad outcome in the end... Auctioneer and Goffs CEO Henry Beeby described the evening’s events as unprecedented in his long career in the business. He told The Irish Field: “I had a live bid of £8 million, but the owner bought it back for £8.1 million, which they are perfectly entitled to do. Now they have decided to sell her for £5 million, or value. From 6.30pm a quartet played an hour of cover songs. Lots of complimentary drinks and food throughout the event ,including Pimm's, Gin & Tonics , wines, beers ,canapes, finger sandwiches, desserts and tubs of ice cream from Fluffy Puffin. An excellent event. ---------------------------------- ---------------------------------- Sunday 16 June 2024. See my Facebook page for a fun posting involving me and THE SEX PISTOLS. ------------------------------------- ------------------------------------- Saturday 15 June 2024. FLEETWOOD BAC (Fleetwood Mac) + DESPERADO (Eagles) live at Shepherds Bush Empire. A nice double bill of tribute bands. I have seen both the original Fleetwood Mac and Eagles a few times each. Both bands have sold mega-millions over the years. This week Fleetwood Mac still have two albums in the UK Top 40 chart. --------- Levels 2 and 3 are closed and plenty of space on the other two levels , so maybe only 500 tickets sold. DESPERADOS on at 7.15pm for their 1 hour 15 mins. Seven members on stage , just in checked shirts. The singer said he has been a big fan of The Eagles since 1971 , when he saw them supporting Neil Young at The Rainbow Theatre , London. Lots of their best tracks played, including Joe Walsh . ' Take It Easy', 'Lyin' Eyes', 'Tequila Sunrise', ' One Of These Nights', 'Lifes Been Good' , 'Life In The Fast Lane' and a mega finale of 'Hotel California'. FLEETWOOD BAC on at 9pm for their 1 Hour 45 mins. All five members of the band are dressed in Fleetwood Mac type stage wear , and a couple of dodgy wigs. They even throw in a a couple of tetchy moments between Stevie and Lyndsey . Lots of their hits played. Like Abba , Fleetwood Mac attract a lot of female fans ,and many are singing loudly and dancing. Highlights included ' The Chain', 'Oh Well', ' Little Lies', 'Songbird', ' Big Love', 'Tusk', 'Rhiannon', 'Everywhere', and top notch encores of 'Dont Stop' and 'Go Your Own Way'. It was only tribute bands , but a really good night.