UK Festival Awards


Voting has now closed for the 2007 UK Festival Awards.

As previously stated here, Dame Shirley Bassey was nominated for the best Festival Feel-Good Act.

Hope everybody voted for The Dame Party!

She’s been making us feel good for years.

The winners will be announced on the following web site at 9pm on Tuesday 6th November:-

Thanks to bigspendah for the reminder


Joan Collins on Paul O’Grady


Good mates – Joan and and Shirley during London Fashion Week 2007

Dame Shirley Bassey’s long-term friend Joan Collins appeared on the Paul O’Grady Show today.

On top form as always, Joan recalled the great days of Hollywood and the first time she arrived there.

 They discussed how she stays so beautiful and young looking – it’s all in her books!

“I’ve been doing it for quite a few centuries now!”

Talking about Die Nasty (Dynasty), Joan described the ABC TV series Desperate Housewives as fabulous.

They agreed that the public wants more glamorous shows like Dynasty and Dallas, but the USA networks are trying to appeal to a younger audience.

The elderly audience is ‘between 30 and 50’, which is ridiculously ageist. That sounds familiar in the UK too.

Oscar night tips – as a member of the Academy, Joan will not vote without seeing the movies, unlike some members!

I can understand why DSB gets on so well with JC – they have strong personalities and love having fun.

Paul O’Grady wasn’t on – he’s having a deserved rest.

Light My Bonfire


It’s 5th November – bonfires and fireworks!


Guy Fawkes says “Don’t play with matches”

Instead, let DSB light your fire… in her flaming yellow frock…

Shirley’s always been a hottie!

Thanks to Scot

Moon River


This next one is gorgeous!

A new video added by Chuck Houston as a special dedication to “The Lady with the golden voice.”

With some extra music by Rondo Veneziana.

Shirley starts at 1’50” after a sensitive intro.

Please click on this link to a heavenly few minutes…


Composed by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini in 1961, for whom it won that year’s Academy Award for Best Original Song. 

Moon River is most well-known for being sung in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Audrey Hepburn, although it has been covered by many other artists.

The phrase “Huckleberry friend” was explained by Johnny Mercer in an interview. In his childhood, he would go collect huckleberries with friends along the river, thus it is a nostalgic reference to childhood.

The top photo is from my huckleberry friend Rien