Seriously, it is. Or at least it was until my partner Jackie bought it off of him at a recent silent auction charity event in The Adelphi! It's now on the piano in our front room. We went to this evening with David Gest as a friend of mine called Benna was sponsoring it and it was, without a shadow of a doubt, the most singularly surreal experience of my life! We ended up on the front table sitting right in front of David Gest as he was hosting the auction, which was during dinner, and I had to keep putting my knife and fork down in case I bid 7 grand on Michael Jackon's trousers or the chance to have Freda Payne play a 45 minute set for me at home!!! Jacko's keks by the way were being held aloft in front us by none other than his brother Tito! There was original linen film posters for Gone With The Wind, Beatle Gold Discs, dinnner dates with Mr Gest etc etc. And of course the teapot! And then if that wasn't surreal enough, it was then followed by a live concert featuring The Stylistics, Eddie 'Hey There Lonely Girl' Holman, Billy 'Me & Mrs Jones' Paul, Peabo 'Beauty & The Beast' Bryson and then Freda Payne singing Band Of Gold which had the whole room dancing! And then to top things off, the legendary Connie Lush got up with the band and showed them that LIverpool also knows how to sing the blues! Bonkers!!
As I've said the event, which was in aid of The Variety Club, was sponsored by Benna who is an online retailer of very very nice designer accessories! And she's got a sale on!
I've been looking through some photographs I took in Shanghai with regards a project I started a while ago and couldn't help but give them the model village look. And let that be an end to it!!! Promise.
It also seemed right to put them up today as it's Chinese New Year, or at least today is the day that we celebrate it in Liverpool and other cities across the country. The new year itself starts tomorrow. Happy New Year!
I'm in the middle of uploading the last of my photographs to the 0151 366 20908 website and it's the last chance to check out all of the images before the site is replaced with a new one. And if anybody is interested in registering an interest in buying the book when it's published then it can be done online by signing up for the mailing list.
This photo is from Peaches & Cream's make up show at the Pop Up Boutique in Grey Space at the end of November.
Suddenly being tipped as one of this year's breakthrough bands are this band, called Red Light Company, that I photographed for Sony last year whilst they were doing a video shoot in Lewis'. The photograph over at the NME site was shot in the beauty parlour which lies dormant on one of the top 2 disused floor of the store.
And you'd never guess why it got it's name! I recently got an email from a Dutch photographer called Tom Stappers who'd seen one of my photographs from this club in Den Haag that I covered in the early 90's as part of a weekend spent with French DJ Laurent Garnier. The club appears to have been one of his own projects and his photographs from the night are great and I'd well recommend checking out his site if you're in anyway interested in club or street photography. Some of his site is still being sorted out but there's some great work in there if you've got the patience for clunky websites!
With all of the added madness that the Capital of Culture events were going to bring to Liverpool in 2008, I always expected the year to be over quite quickly but the speed with which this year has actually passed has been frightening. One minute I was taking the first photographs, on January 1st, for the 0151 366 2008 project on Crosby Beach and then suddenly it's the end of the year and I'm back on Crosby beach! However in between I've photographed everybody from Macca to the Queen, finally had my Popcultured book published, worked with loads of new people, took as many 'photos a day' for the 366 project as I could and kept up with the usual commercial work. And as some sort of end of year roundup I've decided to try and pick out a 'small' selection of favourites from throughout the year though I reckon this ain't gonna be too easy.