Noah’s Ark bad news

DSB has always been a big supporter of the Noah’s Ark Appeal for the new Children’s Hospital for Wales.

Including the memorable fundraising Diamonds Ball at Cardiff City Hall.

It’s a revolutionary hospital, all bright, colourful and cheerful decor. With innovative ideas to make the experience better for children and parents.

Shirley sponsored a special cancer ward for teenagers.  

Today I received the appeal’s latest newsletter which caused concern. The Local Health Board has stopped the funding to finish the hospital. Below is a scan from their front page that says it all. I’m sure that Shirley is disappointed along with hundreds of people who have donated to the hospital.



The Noah’s Ark Appeal

Cardiff Royal Infirmary

Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0SZ

Telephone: 029 2033 5016

Meet Shirley’s violinist


Lucy Morgan was one of the violinists in Shirley’s orchestra at Glastonbury.

She recalls the event in an interview with Gavin Allen from the South Wales Echo, on the excellent icWales website…

Click here

The interview is mainly about the Kanye West concert at the Cardiff International Arena on Tuesday.

(There was a report recently that DSB was interested in working with the rap singer, but nothing more has been heard about that rumour.)

Lucy, a classical violinist, says that everything was topped by her summer experience of playing on the main stage at Glastonbury with Dame Shirley Bassey.

“It was absolutely amazing to see that sea of people in front of you, just extraordinary, and I loved it,” said Lucy, whose previous musical employers include Lionel Ritchie, Michael Ball and Il Divo.

“I never thought I would play at Glastonbury because of the style of music it is, but to have played there on the Pyramid Stage with Shirley Bassey, for me that was special.

“She was an incredible performer on the day, even down to her diamond encrusted wellies. I had my wellies on too but they weren’t quite as bling as hers.”

 Copyright : Gavin Allen, South Wales Echo


Joke for England football fans:

What have Scott Carson and Michael Jackson both got in common?

They both wear gloves for no apparent reason.

Le Grand Echiquier

From TV5 France in 1988

Thanks to Pieter for restoring these videos, by special request of fan Laurent from France

Part 1 

Songs: Goldfinger / Diamonds Are Forever & Almost Like Being In Love

Part 2

Song: Never Never Never, followed by an interview

Anyone (in France maybe) who has the complete show in good quality on video or dvd please contact Pieter.

TV5MONDE (formerly known until 2006 as TV5) is a global television network, broadcasting several channels of French language programming. It is now the fourth largest global television network available around the world after the BBC, CNN and MTV.

In the UK it can be found on Sky Digital channel 799 and on digital cable on Virgin Media on channel 825.

Official web site (French)

Last chance to bag the bag


Buy Bassey’s big bright Burberry bag! 

Just a final reminder because there are only two days to go before the auction ends.

I promised the charity to give it max promo!

Here again is the link to their eBay page