Sunday, 20 March 2011

Justin Bieber, Willow & Jaden Smith with Guest Appearance By Craig David Gig

Well, what can I say to add to the phenomenon that is this decade's Justin trousersnake? My niece, being in her very early teens, wanted to see the Justin Bieber film 'Never say never....'. Unfortunately the only place showing it was in Kingston Upon Thames. So with the right events and concerts intell from Felicity, our proficient concierge manager; I managed to obtain access to quality tickets at a most palatable price. A friend Cheryl, of Eastenders fame, wanted to take her son along so we decided to go together to the O2 last Monday. Mobbed for autographs & pictures by teens and parents alike for her role in BBCs famous drama;we worked our way into the iconic O2 in Greenwhich for an interesting night. I still cannot believe the eardrum bursting shreiks & screams that teenage girls can make. OMG! I was almost deafened by the shout offs between loving factions of fans pronouncing their undying love for this little man.
I have to admit thanks to Usher (the 17 year old was spotted by him on U Tube) this kid not only can sing beautifully but also has some smooth dancing moves that triggered the same reactions from his adoring fans as Elvis must have from his.
I am quite intrigued by Will & Jada Smith having the prescence of mind to catapult their kids Willow & Jaden Smith into this spectacle at such an early age. How very bizarre!
Some of their songs were familiar but most were lost to a gent of my generation.
But I think JB's a good influence on the young as so far his clean living is making a good example to all the kids out there both male & female.

Thanks to a special appearance by Craig David I too was able to sing along to a song or 2 I wholeheartedly recognised!
The Beiber Fever is live !!!!



Willow Smith

Craig David'S guest appearance

February Oil Week Events

Once a year in February, Oil Trading & Commodities Entities come together all around the world to make plans for the summer. Big business meets big numbers. We were lucky enough to throw 1 or 3 of these Events in London. Not the same big budgets as in yesteryear but still lots of fun and love in the room.

Good to see old and new friends thriving during these torrid times. Thanks for the biz Guys!!!

Bring on the dancing girls.......!

ICONS "F**k Me I'm Famous" Exhibition in Olympic Village Gallery


My Fela !

William The Conquerer

With the canter increasingly picking up pace into a gallop destined for the 2012 London Olympic Games, it's getting tasty. Property prices, hoxton quiffs and mega Straford shopping centers are on the up! So when I was invited to a most unique and spacious gallery exhibition on Fish Island in the Olympic Village by my good friend Will Chamberlain, the curator; I prepared a small battalion for the trip across town. Hackney Wick is home to the highest concentration of artist studios in the world, as well as the annual Hackney Wicked Art Festival. Forman's Smokehouse Gallery is an art project space overlooking the London 2012 Olympic Park, and was founded to provide artists with a high profile platform from which to introduce their work to new audiences.

Owned by H. Forman & Sons, most famous for the world's finest smoked salmon, speciality fish, and bespoke prepared food established in 1905.
The exhibition was such a success that I even bought a digital art piece by the London based Ukrainian/Russian genius that is Vitali V
Great art, futuristic venue and the forthcoming games makes this strategy a winning campaign!

Burn's Night Event 25th Jan 2011

At the end of January we organised a most endearing client's dinner at the capital of Scottish pride in London: Caledonian Club . After a last minute dropout my friend JC kindly stepped into a Campbell kilt to preside over the evening's Selkirk Grace right till the end of the Auld Lang Syne. Thanks John - you made the night an utter success!

Here's what it's all about.......

A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scots poems. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet's birthday, 25 January, sometimes also known as Robert Burns Day or Burns Night (Burns Nicht), although they may in principle be held at any time of the year.
Burns suppers are most common in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but occur wherever there are Burns Clubs, Scottish Societies, expatriate Scots, or aficionados of Burns' poetry. There is a particularly strong tradition of them in southern New Zealand's main city Dunedin, of which Burns' nephew Thomas Burns was a founding father.

Burns Night
The Burns Supper is an institution of Scottish life: a night to celebrate the life and works of the national Bard. Suppers can range from an informal gathering of friends to a huge, formal dinner full of pomp and circumstance. This running order covers all the key elements you need to plan and structure a Burns Supper that suits your intentions.
Piping in the guests
A big-time Burns Night calls for a piper to welcome guests. If you don't want all that baggage, some traditional music will do nicely. For more formal events, the audience should stand to welcome arriving guests: the piper plays until the high table is ready to be seated, at which point a round of applause is due. At a more egalitarian gathering - with no high table - the chair can simply bang on the table to draw attention to the start of the evening's proceedings.
Chairman's welcome
The Chair (host/organiser) warmly welcomes and introduces the assembled guests and the evening's entertainment.
The Selkirk Grace
A short but important prayer read to usher in the meal, The Selkirk Grace is also known as Burns's Grace at Kirkcudbright. Although the text is often printed in English, it is usually recited in Scots.Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.
Piping in the haggis
Guests should normally stand to welcome the dinner's star attraction, which should be delivered on a silver platter by a procession comprising the chef, the piper and the person who will address the Haggis. A whisky-bearer should also arrive to ensure the toasts are well lubricated.
During the procession, guests clap in time to the music until the Haggis reaches its destination at the table. The music stops and everyone is seated in anticipation of the address To a Haggis.
Address to the haggis
The honoured reader now seizes their moment of glory by offering a fluent and entertaining rendition of To a Haggis. The reader should have his knife poised at the ready. On cue (His knife see Rustic-labour dight), he cuts the casing along its length, making sure to spill out some of the tasty gore within (trenching its gushing entrails).
Warning: it is wise to have a small cut made in the haggis skin before it is piped in. Instances are recorded of top table guests being scalded by flying pieces of haggis when enthusiastic reciters omitted this precaution! Alternatively, the distribution of bits of haggis about the assembled company is regarded in some quarters as a part of the fun...
The recital ends with the reader raising the haggis in triumph during the final line Gie her a haggis!, which the guests greet with rapturous applause.
Toast to the haggis
Prompted by the speaker, the audience now joins in the toast to the haggis. Raise a glass and shout: The haggis! Then it's time to serve the main course with its traditional companions, neeps and tatties. In larger events, the piper leads a procession carrying the opened haggis out to the kitchen for serving; audience members should clap as the procession departs.
The meal
Served with some suitable background music, the sumptuous Bill o' Fare includes:-
Traditional cock-a-leekie soup;
Main course
Haggis, neeps & tatties (Haggis wi' bashit neeps an' champit tatties);
Clootie Dumpling (a pudding prepared in a linen cloth or cloot) or Typsy Laird (a Scottish sherry trifle);
Cheeseboard with bannocks (oatcakes) and tea/coffee.
Variations do exist: beef lovers can serve the haggis, neeps & tatties as a starter with roast beef or steak pie as the main dish. Vegetarians can of course choose vegetarian haggis, while pescatarians could opt for a seafood main course such as Cullen Skink.

The drink
Liberal lashings of wine or ale should be served with dinner and it's often customary to douse the haggis with a splash of whisky sauce, which, with true Scots understatement, is neat whisky.
After the meal, it's time for connoisseurs to compare notes on the wonderful selection of malts served by the generous chair.
The first entertainment
The nervous first entertainer follows immediately after the meal. Often it will be a singer or musician performing Burns songs such as:-
My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose;
Rantin', Rovin' Robin;
John Anderson, my jo; or
Ae Fond Kiss, and Then We Sever.
Alternatively it could be a moving recital of a Burns poem, with perennial preference for:-
Tam o' Shanter;
Holy Willie's Prayer;
To a Louse;
Address to the Unco Guid; or
For a' that and a' that.
The immortal memory
The keynote speaker takes the stage to deliver a spell-binding oratoration on the life of Robert Burns: his literary genius, his politics, his highs and lows, his human frailty and - most importantly - his nationalism. The speech must bridge the dangerous chasm between serious intent and sparkling wit, painting a colourful picture of Scotland's beloved Bard.
The speaker concludes with a heart-felt toast: To the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns!
The second entertainment
The chair introduces more celebration of Burns' work, preferably a poem or song to complement the earlier entertainment.
Toast to the Lassies
The humorous highlight of any Burns Night comes in this toast, which is designed to praise the role of women in the world today. This should be done by selective quotation from Burns's works and should build towards a positive note. Particular reference to those present makes for a more meaningful toast.
The toast concludes: To the Lassies!
The final entertainment
The final course of the evening's entertainment comprises more Burns readings.
Reply to the Toast to the Lassies
Revenge for the women present as they get their chance to reply.
Vote of thanks
The chair now climbs to his potentially unsteady feet to thank everyone who has contributed to a wonderful evening and to suggest that taxis will arrive shortly.
Auld Lang Syne
The chair closes the proceedings by inviting guests to stand and belt out a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne. The company joins hands and sings as one, having made sure to brush up on those difficult later lines.
Optional extras
These can slot into any part of the evening.
Lost Burns manuscripts
Some Burns Night suppers include a lost manuscript reading, where a participant with literary aspirations recites from a fictitious long-lost musing of the great man on a new subject.
Quizzes and/or recitation competitions
Involving the guests - instead of having them sit passively - is key to a fun and successful Burns night. Make up your own activities for best effect.

Cabaret Dancers All the Rage - Hula Hooper- Circus Vs The Box

Prefer burlesque to trannies ? Or hula hoopers to bearded ladies ? Then stay away from the Box and head to Supperclub or Circus Restaurant . At Circus you'll enjoy a plethora of aesthetically pleasing
entertainers as well as south american creole fusion cuisine off covent garden. This is entertainment & a winner for intimate and large group diners alike.
Don't get swepted along by hype & suckered by some venues shock tactics and over priced door policies ...The Box isn't all that!

Zimbali Fairmont, KwaZulu Natal

I can't help but fondly reminisce the time I spent over New Year in SA. Chilling with my good Friend Brendinium & having a platter of oysters, salmon, eggs & fruits for breakfast at the world renowned Zimbali Fairmont in Kwazulu Natal is one of the memories I shall cherish for a very long while.

Chattering monkeys, singing whales, a vast tumultous Indian Ocean and deep sea diving are some of this southern hemisphere's state's delight!

Bafana, bafana !
Zimbali Waves

Monkey Magic