Darlings, my dear friend and media celeb LivseyXXX will be taking over from me for the next few months whilst I’m travelling with my sweatheart in my yacht around the med. See you later, have fun, yours regally Regina.
Oh Hello, I’m Livsey! And what an exiting year it’s been! Showbiz and corporate parties, events, festivals, concerts, restaurants, sporting finales, launch parties. Oh yes, it’s been a wonderfully full and juicy year.
I’m no stranger to the world of showbiz, I’m in it! Listen to my weekly slot "Working His Way Up The Showbusiness Ladder" on Kerrang 105.2FM (www.kerrangradio.co.uk) or Sky if you live out of the Midlands - between 1-1.30am Monday nights Tim Shaw’s Assylum Show. Find out more about me Livsey on websites www.livsey-presenter.co.uk www.livsey-presenter.com
The world will never be the same now I’m on the scene being nosey and exploring the lavish realms of celebrity and rich people. You see it’s all about the rich people! Yes! But it’s also about the parties and with an exciting Christmas season looming there’s a lot to tell you including the bits nobody else knows about, the really juicy bits!
The World Music Awards 2004 moved to Las Vegas this year from it’s home in Monaco. Broadcast live in America to 100 million viewers by ABC Televison Network on 15 September. Usher, Outkast and Norah Jones topped the list of award winners and in addition to his show-stopping performance Usher received three awards including World’s Best Male Artiste, Best Pop Male Artist and Best R&B Artist. Norah Jones was crowned World’s Best Female Artiste and Best Pop Female Artiste. The hip hop duo Outkast took three awards for World’s Best Group, Best Pop Group and Best Rap/ Hip-Hop Artiste. Celine Dion received The Diamond Award. West Life made an appearance as Best Selling Artiste for Ireland alongside our Best British Artiste Dido. What an amazing year for The World Music Awards and it’s not over yet as the show is being broadcast to 160 countries with over one billion viewers, wow! Log on to: www.worldmusicawards.com for more details on the awards.
Livsey’s Place of the month: Little Bay, Battersea
LITTLE BAY, BATTERSEA
Socialising always contains nibbling, my favourite nibble is cream cakes, yummy. I don’t drink alchohol as I prefer squash with juicy bits. But on special occasions I like to eat with my hurd in a good restaurant and what better place this month than Little Bay, Battersea. An amazing little oasis of lush fine décor, giant stone statues towering to the high ceilings, folleage in a sort of opera house come Persian tent style eatery with royal box dining booths fixed around the top under the ceiling. I sat at my table with an interesting crowd chatting and laughing in the relaxed atmosphere. The waiters, dressed in saris and tunics, were fussing descretely as they brought us a wide selection of fine wines and juices. The menu has an unusual variety of options to choose from, I had delicious smoked haddock cooked to a moist tender point on a bed of fresh green spinach with a creamy sauce. The have to say it was the sauce which made this dish a success! £1.75. I was salivating as I moved on to my main course of Fillet of Salmon with brocholi and curried mussels, an interesting combination but it worked extremely well. The salmon simply flaked onto the fork and surprisingly the sweet curried mussels created a bit of excitement but they were a brilliant accomplement to the salmon and gave a twist of mild spicy flavours to dwell on – I simply had to make this dish last savouring each mouthful and tempted to order another one. I was emmensely satisfied and £.5.45 I don’t know how they do it? Overjoyed I couldn’t wait for the desert menu and as I felt my way round a hunch took me to warm apple cake and ice cream and believe me it’s not something to be missed. Having completed my meal I slipped to the lavatory and to my amazement they are painted with pornographic situations in the style of Leonardo’s chapel ceiling. Little bay is worth visiting just to see the loos! My bill was small and my tummy was satisfied, I love it and I’ll be back with my mother! Little Bay has a big future! Little Bay, 228 York Road, Battersea, London 0207 334 334.
Armani hosted a party to launch it’s Autumn Winter collection on 15th September in the Flagship Sloane Street store with a lavish party full of champagne, canapes and style. I was there with my flute of Orange Squash mingling amongst a selection of the world’s social elite. As I was nibbling on the end of my lamb canape as the wonderful Anthea Turner appeared before me. She was looked stunning and as always she’s charming and sweet. I first sort of met Anthea in Blue Peter all those years ago when the famous Ice rink was in the studio. I bumped into her last Christmas as well but it was the fairy lights, little pink ones, what I think we both remember! Wouldn’t it be delightful to see her back with a bang, well I promise you she will be, it’s the twinkle in her eye! The catwalk boasted the very best of Armani fashion from sophisticated suits gripping the elegance of the moment to grey mandarin-collared toggle-fastening jacket with grey cropped flared trousers, an ideal addition to any wardrobe.
Aquascutum launched the £2 million new look regent street branch on 20th September. The new style for Aquascutum marks over 100 years of a fashion label which has adapted well to the growing demands of our modern world.
Burberry launched their autumn winter collection. A three day event in all their branches from 16th September they provided champagne for all guests browsing through their fabulous new collections. Burberry really has excelled in their fashion this year with so many wonderful designs it’s like being in a sweetshop!
Livsey’s Afternoon Tea: Ricardo
MOI WITH RICARDO
I met up with "The Salon's" Ricardo for chat over afternoon tea at The Selfridges Hotel, Oxford Street after traipsing the shops with him dragging me along and waiting as he frustratingly tried to find the right pair of red stilettos for his tiny little feet. Flanked by press we busted our way into the hotel and sat comfortably to an hour of intense nail biting discussion over a delicate afternoon tea. He doesn't have a relationship at the moment as he is working very hard on his TV and showbiz commitments however he does have a bit of hanky panky "I only have sex in public places", I said "Only? Don’t you like that feeling of a soft mattress underneath you?" he said "No, I like the rough feeling of the trees and twigs" the naughty thing! He is a very proud person and enjoys the trappings of celebrity as I saw his reactions to the people asking nervously and excitingly for his autograph, his lips pouted and eyes fluttered with pride. A very sweet person is Ricardo and I like him very much. Ricardo likes to party and one of his favourite haunts is China White where he likes to let himself loose and wiggle the night away (he’s a very good dancer!). He’s into shopping, clothes, make-up (lip gloss) and doesn’t eat very much, I feel like cooking him a big Sunday roast sometimes to fatten him up a bit. Showbiz duties call and we both had to rush off to our next diary entry. Ricardo - “Livsey, you’re so funny!”
What’s happening over the winter?
Fight Night hosted by the Mayfair Sporting Club at The Café Royal, Regent Street, London. Fight Night is a glitzy showbiz evening with a champagne reception, dinner, live boxing and an after show party. Celebrity guests expected it’s something different and a very entertaining evening. It’s another excuse to put on my evening wear. You can go to by calling Pink Pr on 0207 9300886 for tickets. Group bookings also available but be quick to reserve your place.
British Academy Children’s Film and TV Awards on Sunday 28th November. Loaded Magazine’s Awards on 8th December. Busted will be appearing live at Wembley Arena on 17th December.
An adaptation of Raymond Briggs The Snowman will be at the Peacock Theatre Kings Way, Holborn on 11 December till 9 January 2005. I will be going to see the show in December to experience the magic of the animated story being transferred to the stage. This is a wonderful highlight to any family’s Christmas schedule and not to be missed. Box office 0870 737 7737. (Tickets from £12.50)