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Thursday 13 October 2022.

Thursday 13 October 2022....I went to two events tonight... 6.30pm to 9pm...private view... MONEYGAME by ELIZABETH WATERMAN at Boogie Wall Gallery, 193 Piccadilly, London W1. There are 11 black and white blown up photographs adorning the walls. This new gallery next to BAFTA is dimly lit, just like it would be somewhere in like Stringfellows etc. At 7pm we had a speech from the photographer. "the photos were taken over the past four years," says American fine art photographer Elizabeth Waterman, "I have spent most of my Saturday nights in strip clubs, photographing and building a rapport with the dancers who make their livelihoods there". In the middle of the room is a pole for two dancers from the legendary STRINGFELLOWS club. The stunning Roxy and her friend both did top notch pole-dancing routines at 7.15pm and 8pm. It was really great that for once a gallery put on a great piece of entertainment. I will put up a couple of photos on my Facebook page Friday lunchtime. Complimentary prosecco, wines and beers for all the guests here. then 10pm to 11.15pm The Royal Exchange Pub , Paddington, London W2. The Clash bass playing legend PAUL SIMONON is the DJ again here tonight. Paul is helping out his mate ,who runs the pub, get some extra revenue in. I walk past this small pub every so often and there is a dozen folks in there max. Tonight like every Thursday ,there are 100 folks here, with most outside on the pavements. CHRIS MUSTO was here again...he told us he is working with PAUL SIMONON on a new range of shoes with Dr Martens. CHRIS MUSTO's Johnny Thunders tribute album is re-released by Cadiz next week. ------------------------------------ ------------------------------------ Thursday 13 October 2022. The organisers of an event i went to last month have put up a nice 3 mins professional video of the event that was held at The Design Centre, Islington. Type in the search - The Big Christmas Press Show Highlights 2022 -------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- Wednesday 12 October 2022. NATALIE IMBRUGLIA live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Australian singer who now lives in Windsor, is playing a 25th anniversary UK tour. Her massive hit from 1997 "Torn" is still a staple on UK commercial radio. The official video for "Torn" has had over 250 million views on YouTube. "Torn" is best known as Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia's 1997 debut single. Her version peaked at number one on the singles charts of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Spain, and Sweden, as well as the US Billboard charts. Imbruglia's version sold over four million copies worldwide. "Torn " went Top 10 in over 20 countries. Natalie had 5 x Top 10 hits in her heyday, but has not troubled the charts for 15 years, which was mainly due to having writers block for several years. "Torn" is the opening track on her "Left of the Middle" album which was Top 10 in UK and USA in 1997. For the 25th anniversary the album will be released on blue vinyl. Natalie Imbruglia won The UK Masked Singer in Feb 2022. ---------- Tonight is half empty in Level 3 but all others levels are full. Another show with 100 folks on the guest list. Support comes from MARCUS McCOAN & band, who arrive on stage at 7.30pm for their 25 mins. Marcus McCoan is a Cornish singer-songwriter who as performed at Glastonbury Festival and has collaborated on songs for K-pop band BTS, the world’s biggest boy band. Marcus and his band ticked along ok, but were far too loud for this type of crowd. NATALIE IMBRUGLIA & band arrived on stage at 8.35pm and played for 95 mins. Natalie looks pretty amazing and ageless for her 47 years of age, as she bounces around the stage. Highlights included "Shiver" ," Smoke" , "Big Mistake " and her mega hit "Torn". Nice encore encore session ended with a great "Build It Better" A very enjoyable show. Full NATALIE IMBRUGLIA setlist played tonight... What It Feels Like Wrong Impression Wishing I Was There Nothing Missing Shiver City Smoke Pigeons and Crumbs Firebird One More Addiction Leave Me Alone Impressed Just Like Old Times Big Mistake Torn (Ednaswap cover) (with Phil on bass who co-wrote the track) Encore: Something Better Left of the Middle Build It Better