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A Jubilee Weekend To Remember – And A BBC Radio Interview I Would Rather Forget!

Today has been a fabulous culmination of the Diamond Jubilee events which we have spent the weekend enjoying.

I was one of the lucky winning ticket holders to attend the Jubilee picnic in the gardens of Buckingham Palace and the Jubilee concert last night.  Here are a few pics:

It was an absolutely magical occasion to have the opportunity to walk around the Queen’s gardens and see London from her vantage point (her full size tennis courts look so tiny), and the lake – it’s got be to be the size of  Heathrow!  I cannot begin to imagine what her “garden” is worth or how many properties you could fit! Honestly, just the land value of the garden alone of Buckingham Palace has got to make the Queen the Richest Woman in the UK!

Plus, we were lucky enough to get seats for the Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace that night, with so many stars and famous names appearing – from Kylie Minogue, Shirley Bassey and Grace Jones to so many Sir’s – Sir Elton John, Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Paul McCartney – I could go on and on the list was tremendous!

And there were so many highlights – from Madness appearing on the roof top of Buckingham Palace, to Renee Fleming and Alfie Boe performing “Somewhere” from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, Grace Jones hula hooping her entire way through “Slave to the Rhythm” to Paul McCartney’s explosive rendition of “Live & Let Die” to seeing the Queen appear on stage and Prince Charles deliver an emotional speech.

Honestly there were just so many highlights. So many amazing moments…

And, of course, when asked which was my favourite moment I had so many to choose from – so many amazing memories.

But I have learnt that when on live radio, what you thought you were going to say, is not quite what comes out of your mouth.


In my telephone interview with Gaby Roslin on BBC Radio London this morning, for some reason my highlight of the evening seems to have escaped me…

And I think this is what happens when you’re on the spot.

What you thought you knew. You don’t.

What you thought you were going to say. You don’t.

So this is my “radio version” of my favourite moment of the Diamond Jubilee Concert – not quite what I thought it was…but there we go – that’s live radio for you!  But, as my brother has consoled me – at least I said it with confidence!

Sam interview BBC radio london

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