Peggy’s Shirley Bassey Blog goes live!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to my blog which has gone live today. The blog is dedicated to the fabulous Dame Shirley Bassey. The greatest female entertainer in the world.

It’s a completely unofficial and non-commercial site. It’s for sharing information with fellow fans of the Diamond Dame.

It’s all about having fun and enjoying wonderful music. In celebration of Shirley’s amazing talent and long career.

Hopefully it will be a place to pass on the latest news, rumours and light-hearted gossip from the world of entertainment.



# Thank you for the years #

£1m jewel is icing on the cake for Shirley

It had to be something special to mark the birthday of legendary diva Shirley Bassey.

But even so, staff at an Edinburgh bakery were a little taken aback after receiving the commission for Dame Shirley’s 69th birthday cake. There was one surprise ingredient which made it completely different from anything they had tackled before – a £1 million diamond.

The bakers at House of Sugar in Bruntsfield had to hide the fabulous stone inside the top layer of a spectacular seven-tier creation.

The singer – whose hits include Diamonds are Forever – is believed to have been delighted when she cut into the cake at a London party to find the surprise inside. It is understood that the diamond was flown to Edinburgh from a top London jewellers – complete with its own security guard.

The baker who embedded it in the cake is said to have been obliged by contract to wear short sleeves so he would have no opportunity to whisk it away.

House of Sugar today refused to confirm any details of cakes ordered by celebrities for private events.

By Joanna Valely © The Scotsman

To visit the website of the cake makers click here.

Note: Capricorn Shirley was born on 8th January 1937.
She jokes that at the age of 29 she decided to stop getting any older!

(Non-DSB) An Evening with Joan Collins

The connection with Shirley is that Joan is a great friend. They often go to the same events. Shirley went to Joan’s most recent wedding.

Now Joan is doing a national UK theatre tour, which I wouldn’t miss. It looks like it’s going to be both fun and interesting.

Her Special Guests are “4 Poofs and a Piano” who appear as the comical studio band on Jonathan Ross’s chat show.

Here’s the publicity from a promotional web site:

Joan Collins – the name says it all. A name of international renown, but first and foremost the name of an actress. However, Joan Collins also means best-selling author, accomplished producer, a successful entrepreneur and devoted mother.

A lifetime full of achievements, Joan Collins’ career cannot be defined by one highlight or pinnacle moment. Starring in 55 feature films, as Alexis Carrington Colby in Dynasty, guest performer in TV shows from Space 1999 to Will and Grace or on the UK stage, Joan Collins’ name, beauty and work spans every generation. In 1997 she received the ultimate accolade an O.B.E. for her lifetime contribution to the arts and her continuing charity work.

As well as preparing for her first UK tour, Joan Collins’ work this year has included the release of her thirteenth book ‘Misfortune’s Daughters’, appearing in episodes 5 and 6 of the eagerly awaited fifth series of ‘Footballers Wives’ which will be screened in February/March 2006, a TV drama ‘Hotel Babylon’ with Tamzin Outhwaite & Max Beesley, and will host the Christmas Special of ‘Have I Got News For You’.

Joan Collins will be joined by special guests 4 Poofs & A Piano, who are best known for their TV work on ‘Friday Night With Jonathan Ross’, which is now in its 7th series, whilst appearing on the show they have worked with many huge stars including Jim Carey, Elton John, Liza Minnelli and Sir Paul McCartney.

April 2006
FRI 14th
CARDIFF – St David’s Hall
029 20 878444
SAT 15th
MARGATE – Winter Gardens
01843 292795
SUN 16h
BRIMINGHAM – Alexandra Theatre
0870 607 7533
MON 17th
NEWCASTLE – Journal Tyne Theatre
0870 145 1200
TUES 18th
LEICESTER – De Montfort Hall
0116 233 3111
WED 19th
01256 844244
MON 24th
0870 111 3000
TUES 25th
CROYDON – Fairfield Hall
020 8688 9291
WED 26th
BRISTOL – Hippodrome
0870 607 7500
FRI 28th
LIVERPOOL – Philharmonic
0151 709 3789
SAT 29th
01926 334418
SUN 30th
SWANSEA – Grand Theatre
01792 475715
May 2006
MON 1st
RHYL – Pavilion Theatre
0870 330 0000
TUES 2nd
BLACKPOOL – Opera House
01253 292029
WED 3rd
PORTSMOUTH – Guildhall
023 9282 4355
FRI 5th
TORQUAY – Princess Theatre
08702 414120
SAT 6th
HASTINGS – White Rock Theatre
0870 145 1144
SUN 7th
01277 262616
MON 8th
BRADFORD – St George’s Hall
01274 432000
TUES 9th
EDINBURGH – Usher Hall
0131 228 1155
WED 10th
MANCHESTER – Bridgewater Hall
0161 907 9000
FRI 12th
WORTHING – Assembly Hall
01903 206206
SAT 13th
YORK – Grand Opera House
0870 606 3595
SUN 14th
OXFORD – New Theatre
0870 606 3500
MON 15th
KINGS LYNN – Corn Exchange
01553 764864

Tickets are also available via the web:

National tour hotline – 24 hour ticket sales:
0871 220 0260

Mike Dixon – Musical Director

I’m thrilled that Mike Dixon will be DSB’s Musical Director on the June tour. He was MD at the 2005 Royal Variety Performance and ITV1’s Another Audience With. His work is magnificent, he has a sense of humour, and Shirley gets on well with him.

Together, they are a Dream Ticket!

He’s had a highly successful career, including MD for the hit Queen musical ‘We Will Rock You’

Click here to visit Mike’s own web site.

Mike meets the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance…

… as did our favourite Dame!

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