Seeing Michael Buble at the O2


Ali with her sister Jenny outside the 02 I am currently sitting beside an enormous pile of ironing that I should have at least attempted to tackle last night, but Colin had very kindly recorded 'An audience with Michael Buble' for me, and so I watched that instead :) 

I had of course been lucky enough to go and see him live at the O2 with my sister Jenny the weekend before, and it was a really fabulous evening. 

I've not been to the O2 since it was the Millenium Dome and had some incredible exhibition thing filling its vast interior. Forgive me for being vague, but it was a long time ago, and all I remember was trying to be enthusiastic while feeling dreadful on the day with what turned out to be pleurisy! 

However, I was in rude health last weekend and was delighted to see the interior is now filled with restaurants and bars, and a fabulous concert venue which seats 21,000 people! I know Mr. Buble is a consumate professional, but it must have been a tad daunting stepping out onto the stage and facing that many of us. 

He was even brave enough to venture amongst those lucky folk who'd mortgaged their homes for seats next to the stage, and then stood on what looked like a large table and sang 'Home' – one of my favourites.  Considering the size of the venue, the acoustics were brilliant and you could hear every note he sang. 

To be honest, Jenny and I thought the audience would be mainly made up of female fans but there were almost as many men… although the chap in front of us stayed resolutely seated even during the standing ovation, when his partner stood with her hands clasped together and tears rolling down her face… Jenny and I felt their journey home might be a tad strained! 

Mystery man at the 02 There was one guy I saw though while I was queuing for the loo, who pushed past us and bellowed for his wife to get a move on (not terribly polite and not always possible)! He did make a joke out of it for those of us standing cross legged and even allowed us to take his photo – something he's very used to – but can you recognise him?  He used to star in one of our biggest soaps, having started out mainly on the comedy circuit… any idea? Suggestions below please πŸ™‚

Actually I do need your help on a more serious note as having spent a rather extended period of my leisure time painting the garden fences dark brown, the garden has now been adopted by a very large pair of pigeons! They are pooping everywhere and my wooden slats now resemble something worthy of a Turner Prize! Both Dodge and Willows are useless at scaring them off – not surprisingly as the birds are almost the same size – so what would you recommend?? 

Do hope you're well, and that any hay fever sufferers aren't troubled too much with the pollen this year.  Fingers crossed I don't seem to have been affected thus far, but you never know what might manifest itself in the next few weeks! 

Looking forward to your suggestions and to catching up with your news. 

Love Ali xx


  1. Marg May 26, 2010 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I think the person in the photograph is Shane Ritchie, I used to like him when he was in Eastenders,cant imagine being married to someone like that,how embarassing.
    I taped Mr Buble as I watched the show on tele, but I was not impressed at all I thought it was all much of a muchness,a change of tempo helps a bit,and I think he def,needs a new tailor, his suit looked like it belonged to his little brother,the shoulders were so narrow,it looked too small. I was very let down,perhaps I expected too much.
    I’m sure the atmosphere in a large venue would have made for a better evening,sometimes the camera can be unjust.
    The problem with the pigeons, my personal way of solving it would be to hire a vulture and tether it to the roof,dont feed it and the pigeons will dissapear.
    Thought Lucy was lovely,I’m sure you are one proud Mum.
    Hope the family are all well.

  2. Cheryl May 26, 2010 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi, lucky you getting to see Michael Buble, I think he is fantastic, I agree Home is my favourite also.
    Is the bloke in the picture a certain Mr Shane Richie?
    Best wishesxx

  3. Magda Chetty May 26, 2010 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Great to hear you had a good time at O2 with your sister. Iam back in Mallorca now and also looking at an enormous pile of ironing after being away for 2 weeks, but I thought I just have a look at the blogs in QVC, it is much more fun than ironing.
    It is a shame that I missed seeing you, when I came over to QVC, Ihad a great time with Julia, and may be next time we can meet.
    On my last day in London I went to the Theater to see Dirty Dancing, it was great fun, if you have not been, you should, you”ll love it.
    About your problem with the Pigeons, if you find out how to scare them off, do let me know. The man in the house in front of us have about 30 of them, and they spend a great deal of time in our garden, tried everything but can”t move them. Like you I would like any recommendation, mind you they do sleep on the trees when it gets too hot. And lucky us the summer started in Mallorca and is been hot all week.
    Take care and talk soon.

  4. Jenny Meckiffe May 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    Well I’m feeling very noble as I got up early on Saturday and tackled the vast pile of ironing, most of which had been left over from last weekend when I had been with you and..Michael Buble!!What a fabulous evening, and indeed weekend we had:) As I watched the programme on Sunday I found myself being very proprietal with commnets such as, ‘oh yes he sang this one in MY concert’ as if he had been giving a private audience for just us!! I have since ben playing him as my class come in in the morning and they love him too!! We shared your blog as well and they were thrilled as we have just set up our own class blog and it was great to see one from someone famous!! (Well that’s how I’ve sold you to them!!)
    love catching up with your news on this and of course watching you too, think you should do more with the musical stars, like one of your other bloggers I’ll certainly be on hand if Mr buble ever volunteers!
    all love Jenny xxx

  5. Dorothy May 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Glad you enjoyed show i watched Michael on sunday he was good but think it would have been better live, more atmosphere.
    I had a black bird kept coming and pecking all the soil and plants out of pots, so went to garden centre and bought some windmills, the neighbours thought id lost the plot and when davy came in from work he could’nt stop laughing but who cares, so far so good it has’nt been back. So its worth a try. hope all is well with Sam.
    love best wishes.
    Dorothy xxxx

  6. alison keenan May 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    Marg you are a hoot!! And in truth I would agree with your comment about Mr. B’s suit….rather short in jacket and trousers! Perhaps they’d delivered the wrong one and he no alternative but to wear it… πŸ™‚ The suit fitted a tad better at the O2, and the orchestra were superb so to be fair there was a lot of rythm change from ballad to swing and the more recent hits.. I do think there’s a touch of Frank Sinatra in there you know? I’m hoping a couple more of you will hazard a guess as to the identity of my mystery man, so won’t give you a yes or no just yet, but thank for your suggestion….all will be revealed next week! Oh, and thank you for cunning plan to rid my garden of pigeons…. I am in negotiations with Whipsnade Wildlife Park as I write…. πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend Marg, and thanks for writing as always, Ali xx

  7. alison keenan May 27, 2010 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    Cheryl, if I could have enticed him to QVC I’d have got him to sing for all of us!! Yes we felt very lucky, and it’s only the second time I’ve been able to see someone I REALLY admire live – the first was Donny Osmond, and I’d waited 26 years for that, but it was sooooooooo worth it. Should have mentioned the song ‘Quando Quando’ – he didn’t sing it, but I love that one too! Hope the sun shines for you this bank holiday, Love Ali xx

  8. alison keenan May 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to catch up with you Magda, and no I’ve not yet seen Dirty Dancing, but was given Theatre tickets for my birthday so am hoping to go this summer…..Colin’s not too keen on musicals, so may take Jenny again! Crikey it sounds as though you have a major pigeon problem. Perhaps you’re making them too comfortable with warm breezes, sunshine and trees to sleep in….:) Windchimes were suggested to me, but you’d need so many for that number you’d have trouble conversing over the noise! Let’s see what other suggestions apart from a tethered vulture we can come up with. Keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  9. alison keenan May 27, 2010 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    YAY I’m famous!!!! How lovely to think of your class reading the blog Jenny – you must let me have your blogging address and then I can get the lowdown on what you all get up to in your classroom! Times have certainly moved on if you have your pupils walking in to music from Michael. Do you remember Mrs. Preston used to leave a large sign with Mozart or Greig written on it as we meandered into the school hall for assembly? Sadly I never made the connection between the name and the music…. explains a lot really πŸ™‚ Much love and keep in touch, Ali x x

  10. alison keenan May 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Dorothy how big is your garden?? Are you making your own flour?? Davy probably thought he’d be expected to be Windy MIller!! πŸ™‚ Only joking, I know the little ones you mean and it sounds like a good idea, and pretty too! Will have a look once I finish work on Saturday and let you know how I get on. Thanks as always for writing and enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend – blackbird free!! Love to all, Ali xx

  11. Julie May 28, 2010 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I don’t think there was much competition was there-ironing or Michael-um let’s see?? I also watched him on TV. I had his CD for Christmas. You mentioned Donny Osmond,he was also my favourite. I’ve seen him a few times including a very wet and windy evening in June. It was an outdoor event-there’s dedication for you!!
    I think the person’s Shane Ritchie too. A friend of ours was a extra while he was in Eastenders and reckons he was the nicest actor there.
    Sorry no advice regarding birds but have you any ideas on how I can clean my carpet? I’ve just had a very poorly(or pooly-sorry!)dog any suggestions really appreciated!(it’s a new carpet)
    Hope you’re all well,give my love to the family,will keep in touch
    Take Care
    Julie xx

  12. Kristina Moore May 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I can’t recognise the gentleman in the photo or comment on Michael Buble as I missed it. But when a lady restaurant owner on Scilly wanted to get shot of gulls from the outside tables of her emporium she used an oversized water pistol. The gulls on Scilly seem to be extra large in comparison to the ones I experience here in Ipswich but it might work on pigeons too.
    Hope all is well and that Sam is getting on better with his leg and that walking is less painful.

  13. Una May 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Havent spoken to you before. Often read your blog,thats as far as it goes. I have to say, PIGEONS! They absolutely scare me to death. Im TERRIFIED of them. Even thinking of them makes me ill.
    My cousin thought it would be “funny” to throw bird food all over me, when we were in my Grandads pigeon loft, then lock me in. It was HORRENDOUS, they were all over me, pulling my hair with their horrid little feet, and pecky beaks, urrrghh. I even have to cross the street if I see one.
    I have TWO of the hugest fatest wood pigeons I have ever seen, living in the hedge at the bottom of my garden this year. They have appeared from nowhere, and they sit there staring ALL day. Im sure they smell the fear, LOL !!!!!!!
    My cat sits and tries to be big and brave yelping at them, but Im certain I saw them laughing, as they bigger than he is! He got fed up, and fell asleep right under where they were sitting. Some guard cat he is!!
    Lat weekend was beautiful, and I couldnt even sit out, as I could hear them making that awful noise they make.
    Why are there so many ads on TV at the minute with PIGEONS in them? Whats happening!?!!!! I have to hide behind the cushions.
    Phew, I feel so much better now, getting that of my chest. Thanks for that Ali, that would probably have cost me a small fortune in therapy LOL!!!!
    Hopefully they will relocate next year, and take any little horrors they might have with them! If not, I may have to come stay with you!!!!
    Una x

  14. Kathryn sheehan May 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,i too love Michael Buble, i think he’s wonderful, apperantly he has a very glam girlfriend, so no chance for me.Love the shows you do, you are my fav presenter you describe things wonderfully. I love the Blue dress or top you had on Friday night doing the jewelery show about i think, a beautiful colour,especialy with your tan. I am looking for something to wear in a lovely shade like that, any clues please. keep up the good work.
    Kathy x

  15. alison keenan June 1, 2010 at 10:26 am -  Reply

    Julie that is dedication and some to face an outdoor concert on a wet and windy evening in June…and judging by the rain lashing down outside right now we could be in for a few more nights like that this year! I’m sure Donny was delighted by your dedication though πŸ™‚ I’ve been trying to download Mr. Buble’s new album onto my MP3 player, having purchased it online, but don’t think I’ve quite got the hang of the whole process… will have to ask Sam! Thanks for your suggestion re: mystery celebrity, and I will reveal all tomorrow on my blog! Sorry to hear that you’ve had a poorly dog in the house…Am still using the last of my 2001 spray which worked on red wine all over a beige carpet, but for the smell which may remain I’d definitely recommend Urinoff which we sell…! Good luck, and love to your family too Julie x x

  16. alison keenan June 1, 2010 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    Tina, your suggestion of a water pistol for the pigeons caused a frisson of excitement amongst the male members of the family who instantly went on line to suss out the largest and most effective model! Only problem is that the pigeons tend to perch on the bit of the pagoda which backs onto open fields, which in itself shouldn’t pose a problem except it’s actually a dedicatd footpath! Not sure if all those energetic dogwalkers would appreciate additional hydration…..! I’ve never been to Scilly, but spent a number of years close to Ipswich which was a lovely town, but possibly with less breadcrumbs πŸ™‚ Love Ali xx

  17. alison keenan June 1, 2010 at 10:38 am -  Reply

    Sorry Tina, meant to add that yes Sam’s leg is less painful, although he will now have to have a course of deep tissue massage to help break down the scarring… that should ultimately improve things a great deal. thank you for asking πŸ™‚ x x

  18. alison keenan June 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm -  Reply

    hi Dear Una, you’d be more than welcome to come and stay, as it appears my pigeons have decided to leave the premises and poo somewhere else! I’m not at all surprised you don’t like them, having read about your cousins’ prank, and it sounds as though it has not surprisingly scarred you for life! Your cat sounds about as much use as my two, so I’ll keep everything crossed that they will tire of the view (sleeping cat and all)and find another hedge in someone else’s garden. Creepy when they pop up in TV adverts too… let you into a secret… I have the horrors about the Lloyds Bank adverts with that tooty music and those weird characters with long noses….something to do with a scary book years ago I think…My children think I’m mad: others know I am πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for writing, and although it’s the first time you’ve written, I very much hope it’s not the last. Love Ali x x

  19. alison keenan June 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Kathy, you are absolutely spot on, infact Michael announced his engagement at the beginning of the concert and went on to say that he’d probably be announcing his weddding date at the next venue! His fiancee is reportedly the Argentinian Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre, and you’re right she is stunning! (And probably quite happy to be changing her rather long winded surname to the far easier Buble) πŸ™‚ bless you for your kind words and I’m delighted to be able to tell you that the rather lovely navy blue top I was wearing on Friday night was from the Nina Leonard range but is currently out of stock as most things sold out! I’ll try and find the item number for you as I’m sure it’ll be re ordered, and I’d hate you to miss out. Have a good week, Love Ali x

  20. Mrs Janet Jones June 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Glad u had a good time at the Micheal Buble’ concert I watched him on tv he was fab.Both my husband and I(oh dear I sound a bit like the Queen!)always get a tear in our eye when we hear ‘Hold on’ as it was played alot when I was going through chemo.I also have a problem with pigeons so I will be reading any solutions anyone may have sent in on your blog.Going up to Manchester this week to have lunch with my son have not seen him for a few weeks so am really looking forward to it!How was Sams’ MRI and is he finding it any easier to walk? Hope all is well with you and your family
    Take Care Luv Janet xx

  21. Gail June 1, 2010 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, hope all is well. Just had to comment re the pigeons. Sometimes it is just easier to live and let live. Feed them and encourage them; you’ll get lots of other birds visit too which will be lovely. Leave them all to it; it’ll be okay. So you might have a little ‘poo’ on your fence; it’ll wash off with the rain – no big deal. Just leave the wildlife to it; everything will work out okay in the end; no use in worrying or losing sleep over it.
    When my Sui arrived on the scene (you remember, rat catcher cat extraordinaire), peering through my patio doors whilst standing in 3 inches of snow and looking very cold and hungry, I thought “Oh no”. I wasn’t really looking for another cat as I already had an OAP cat named Frisky and an OAP dog named Dandy. In the end though I had to succumb because the stress of knowing she was out in the cold, hungry, was more stressful than letting her in to join the clan, so in she came. Hey ho, all turned out well in the end. Live and let live and don’t worry. In fact, if you watch pigeons they are very loving. They can often be seen ‘necking’ on my garden fence; they are real love birds (no pun intended). I know a lot of people think pigeons are vermin, but they are very loving creatures, but then I love all animals, and I mean all, hence the reason I called our much loved new lodger Sui (anyone guessed yet). Named after the lovely dog of my much loved and much missed Steve Irwin.
    Like I said before, sometimes it is just easier to embrace rather than erase, if you know what I mean.
    Speak soon, Gail xxxxxxxxxxx

  22. alison keenan June 2, 2010 at 9:17 pm -  Reply

    I’m sure you’ll have a lovely weekend with your son, Janet and just make sure you don’t bring TOO much washing back. It’s funny how we all have certain memories associated with music… so glad that time has had such a positive outcome for you πŸ™‚ Perhaps we should take a leaf out of Gail’s book (written below you) when it comes to the pigeons..she’s probably right you know – and unlike poor Una, I do rather like their cooing noise… I hope you’re getting the chance to enjoy the sunshine. Still don’t have the results of Sam’s MRI – it went back to the orthopaedic surgeon – but he’s a lot more mobile these days which is great. I’ll keep in touch, and as always, lovely to hear from you, Ali xxx

  23. alison keenan June 2, 2010 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Gail you write such great comments and I love the story about Sui – so sweet sitting in the snow – and obviously a great companion for Frisky and Dandy (lovely names) πŸ™‚ You are a big hearted lady and are I’m sure just one of many of us who miss Steve Irwin… I’ve passed your advice about the pigeons on to Janet who also wrote, and am lucky enough to have some really pretty little chaffinches, robins and blue tits who regularly visit the garden – albeit briefly!! Have a great week, Love Ali xx

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