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Friday 21 April 2023.

Friday 21 April 2023. DICK AND DOM live at Shepherds Bush Empire. A throwback for 90s and early-00s kids, Dick & Dom (of Da Bungalow fame) are back with a live tour, resurrecting favourite parts of the much-loved children's TV show. Expect a night of absolute mayhem, including the return of the Creamy Muck Muck game. Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood are the TV personalities best known for bringing anarchy and shrieks of “bogies!” to the BBC Saturday morning slot. With its blend of surreal, gross-out humour, their crowning glory, Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow, won them Baftas, better viewing figures than Ant and Dec and the hearts of students, parents and school kids alike. Since its final series in 2006, they have worked on a number of shows together including Are You Smarter than a 10 Year Old? and Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom. To mark its 20th anniversary, they take Da Bungalow on an interactive tour this autumn. Shepherds Bush Empire is just a few mins walk from where they recorded at Television Centre. --------- This was a stalls seated show, not sold out, with maybe 800 tickets sold. The show was on for 90 mins, over two sets of 50 mins and 40 mins. Basically they are recreating the tv show on the stage, with the old characters and skits. They had a big screen showing some of their old tv clips, and a set with a sofa and a couple of bean bags. There were half a dozen pre-picked members of the public on stage with them to join in the fun & games. All the familiar favourites including Two-Word Tango, Musical Splatues, The Grunty Song, Fairly Hairy Fizzogs, Pants Dance, What a Sweaty Flap and of course BOGIES! In fact their catchphrase BOGIES! was screamed out all night throughout the evening, including the interval, by this crowd who were clearly enjoying all the juvenile antics on stage. Their merch t-shirt just had BOGIES! in big letters on the front. Who on stage could stick the most slices of bread and jam on their bodies , and Pump up your rump were two more of the games played out on stage with the six pre-picked members of public. The Creamy Muck Muck game ended the show, as it got very messy on stage with custard buckets and foam filled plates covering their stage carpet. An enjoyable enough show. ------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------ Thursday 20 April 2023...I went to two events today... Noon to 5pm. Thurs 20 April 2023 to Sat 22 April 2023 - SALON PRIVE LONDON returns to The Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Salon Privé is one of the world's most prestigious automotive events, attracting an eclectic mix of the most exotic and desirable brands. With a spectacular collection of the greatest supercars, sports cars and luxury cars from the world's leading manufacturers, many models will be making their UK debut live at the event. At the heart of the event is the 'Concours de Vente' - a carefully curated selection of 75 rare historic automobiles, which are all for sale. From stately Rolls-Royces from the 20's, to iconic racing Ferraris of the 50's & 60's this is a collection of the most collectable motoring marques in a unique display of power and passion. RICHARD HAMMOND'S The Smallest Cog restoration business will show a unique Chapron-bodied Delahaye at this week's Salon Privé London Concours de Vente - and The Grand Tour presenter himself will be at the Royal Hospital Chelsea event to meet guests. The Smallest Cog has been commissioned to return the 1947 car to its original livery and Richard Hammond said: "We're delighted to have the chance to show off these colours in front of a discerning audience at the fast-becoming-legendary Salon Prive London". Salon Privé set out to give London an automotive extravaganza befitting of its elite global capital status, and over 3 days in 2022 they did just that. Over 16,000 visitors enjoyed the very best the automotive industry has to offer on the lawns of one of London's most iconic venues, The Royal Hospital Chelsea. Twenty-seven automotive brands attended with twelve of them launching new models. For the classic aficionados, no fewer than fifty classic cars were displayed for sale, complemented by a collection of eighteen luxury brands providing the icing on the cake. With the Sloane's hospitality prepared by Absolute Taste, gourmet street food, cocktail bars and Pommery champagne to boot, it was the perfect way to welcome in the London Season. Salon Privé London returns to The Royal Hospital Chelsea from 20 - 22 April 2023. In the meantime, we have our flagship event at Blenheim Palace in September. A very different experience and definitely one for your diary. www.salonprivelondon.com - Buy tickets here. ----------- What a great day out I had at Salon Privé London, the event took place at the historic the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, revered as one of the UK's architectural glories and also home to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Over 200 stunning cars graced the lawn from prestigious classic cars to supercars and all the high-end brands and manufacturers were represented. Pretty amazing how good a condition the older cars are in, just immaculate. There was a 1966 Maserati Sebring bought by Peter Sellers. for his son! To a 1977 Ferrari 512 BB first owned by former Harrods owner Mohammed Al-Fayed. There were several new model UK debuts from Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Wiesmann, Abarth, Polestar, Genesis, Theon Design, Hennessey and more . plus a Concours de Vente, featuring more than 70 classic cars entered by the world's finest collectors' cars and priced from £250,000 to well over £1 million - all of which were available to buy, and I hear, several sales made. A wide array of luxury brands to explore in the Luxury Shopping Village, from boats, motorbikes and helicopters, to watches, Panama hats, garden sculptures to British Jewellery designer Boodles - there's something for everyone, especially the most discerning guest. And of course, food concessions and eclectic bars in which to sit back, relax, and take in the automotive splendour whilst sipping a glass of champagne. The day included two vehicle parades, from the supercars to classics. It was great to hear the cars roar in to life and listen to owner's chat about the history or emerging technology. Apart from Richard Hammond, I spotted some other familiar faces. Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button launching his limited release Coachbuilt Whisky to fellow guests Lewis Hamilton's father Anthony, socialite Lady Victoria Hervey, former Strictly Come Dancer teacher AJ Pitchard to racing driver Max Chilton and lastly not forgetting the scarlet coated Chelsea Pensioners, the iconic faces of the UK's veteran community - all having a mooch around. Complimentary Pommery champers in the Boodles enclosure. Ferrari launched their new supercar with complimentary prosecco and oysters. A really enjoyable event, so try and get there on Saturday, tickets available on the gate. If you can't make it - there's always Salon Privé at Blenheim Palace to look forward to later in the year. then AVA MAX live at The Shepherds Bush Empire. Ava Max plays the second of two sold out shows at this venue. Ava Max is on a UK & European Tour to promote her second album 'Diamonds & Dancefllors'. Her 'Sweet but Psycho' 2018 single was a number one hit in many countries. The official video for the track has had over 800 million views on YouTube. Many critics compare here to Lady Gaga. --------- Lots of gay men in the audience tonight , who seem to like these larger than life female singers. Support act EMLYN from Nashville, arrived on stage at 8.10pm and performed for just 20 mins. She had some good tracks and has looked to leave her grunge-tinged pop mark on the crowd with the release of her first album, ' Loneliest b!tch in America'. AVA MAX arrived on stage at 9.05pm for her 65 mins set. A very nice stage production , with loads of lights and she has four female dancers in white, and Ava joins in with many of the dance routines in this hi-energy dance pop show. There were certainly hints of Lady Gaga in her songs and stage persona. The encore of her massive hit 'Sweet but Psycho' sent the crowd bonkers. Covid may have stunted her plans for world domination , but this pop princess put on a really good show, and she will be surely playing bigger venues next time round. Full AVA MAX setlist played tonight... Diamonds & Dancefloors My Head & My Heart Who's Laughing Now Hold Up (Wait a Minute) Kings & Queens Weapons Maybe You’re the Problem (fan onstage) Ghost Cold As Ice Belladonna (First Verse and Chorus Only) Not Your Barbie Girl (First Verse and Chorus Only) Salt (First Verse and Chorus Only) One of Us (Acoustic) Never Alone Alone, Pt. II (Alan Walker & Ava Max cover) Last Night on Earth Dancing’s Done Sleepwalker Million Dollar Baby Encore: Sweet but Psycho The Motto (Tiësto cover)