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Thursday 19 May 2022.

Thursday 19 May 2022....6.30pm to 11.45pm... FUTURE DREAMS FIGHT NIGHT 4 at The Sheraton Grand, Park Lane, Piccadilly, London W1. This was a black tie charity boxing dinner evening to raise funds for Breast Cancer. Around 350 guests downstairs on 35 tables of 10, seated around the boxing ring. Pretty much a 90% male crowd, and the females all had great outfits on. 6.30pm - Louis Roederer champers reception for an hour. 7.30pm - Three course meal with a Roast Rump Of Lamb as mains. wristband to be showed for the complimentary bar (except champers) all through the evening. we have a nice friendly table in the far corner. Around 100 standing guests of the boxers upstairs, but they have a pay bar and no meal. 9pm we have an auction of sporting memorabilia. 9.30pm to 11.15pm - five bouts of three rounds max each. Really great to see the boxing close up....great live commentary. 1st bout - first round stoppage 2nd bout - split decision 3rd bout - female bout - split decision 4th bout - split decision 5th bout - split decision The final bout was very interesting as it featured two over 50 years old heavyweights. One was Derek Redmond (now aged 56) who was a sprinter in the Barcelona olympics. He won his fight. All guests got a goodie bag with a few male and female cosmetic items inside. A great evening. ---------------------------------------------------- PAUL COOK has joined up with STEVE JONES this week in America for the Hollywood premiere of the "Pistol" tv series....along with the cast members. ---------------------------------------------------- Wednesday 18 May 2022...6pm to 8pm... MARK SLOPER AKA ILLUMINATI NEON " THE ART OF CHAOS" - private view - Castle Fine Art Gallery, 25 St Christopher's Place, (near Bond Street tube) , London W1. Mark Sloper aka Illuminati Neon, who works from a studio in Shepherd’s Bush is launching a solo exhibition entitled "The Art of Chaos". He combines hand-blown neon, montage, typography and graphic art to celebrate the legacy of punk anarchy in the UK. The show is inspired by the artist’s punk roots, with pieces emblazoned with lyrics, featuring icons who embodied the punk ethos including Sid Vicious - from the tattooed and pierced Queen to Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and his late friend and Motörhead legend, Lemmy - often incorporating artefacts and memorabilia, such as vintage, Royal Standard flags and rare t-shirts. For the Queens Platinum Jubilee Mark has produced forty specially designed original "Queens" and a 500 limited edition exclusive print run. Illuminati's provocative work has won admirers including Sir Elton John, Boy George and Sting and earned him a place in The World’s Best Emerging Artists exhibition at Saatchi Gallery. He explains, “It’s my homage to punk - not only the way we looked, but the way we thought and treated others". Guests here tonight included.... LORD ED VAISEY HUGH CORNWELL I got a friend to take a photo of me with the Sid Vicious , so that will be up on my Facebook page soon. Complimentary prosecco, wines and beers for all guests here tonight. www.castlefineart.com - Visit their website here for more and to view images of the art. ---------------------