Hey Bag Spender!


The eBay auction has just closed for the Burberry.

Full details were posted here on 14th November – click here.


Congratulations to the winning bidder at £390.


Congratulations to the charity benefiting from this auction, the Colingwood Special School, and thanks to Sarah Shotton for asking me to promote it here.


And congratulations to Dame Shirley Bassey for yet again helping a worthy cause. Nice one!


More here about the school in Morpeth’s local newspaper


Just a reminder that there are two more great charity auctions on the go, both for shoes, as already posted here.

Le Grand Echiquier – Trenet


Here’s the fourth in the series of restored videos from Pieter in the Netherlands.

TV5 France’s superb Le Grand Echiquier programme in 1988 with Shirley Bassey, Charles Trenet and Michel Legrand.

Fans have expressed their delight at this rare treat of a TV show. The four videos so far have shown Shirley in a relaxed setting, and in sensitive company. When she bursts into song it’s startling. Even though she had a slight cold at the time.

Songs: I Wish You Love (with Charles Trenet) & Kiss Me Honey, Honey Kiss Me:

It’s good to see her being interviewed by distinguished intellectual people. A welcome contrast to some of the more anxious UK interviewers with questions full of cliches. After seeing the quality of this broadcast, I’m not surprised Shirley declined a guest appearance on the Jonathan Ross chat show! She’s great fun, but cajoling and swearing are not her style. Music definitely is.


Above: Charles Trenet with Salvador Dali, the Spanish surrealist

Charles Trenet (1913-2001) was a French singer and poetic songwriter. He wrote a thousand songs, including La Mer (Beyond The Sea) and Boum.

Tribute web site (French):