Author: Matthew Willetts

Comedians · Speakers · Celebrities · Entertainers

Get Paid to Speak: A Quick Guide to Becoming a Professional Speaker

As an aspiring public speaker, perhaps you’re wondering what to charge people to hear your words of wisdom. Tony Blair is reputed to be paid £2,000 a minute. How much ambition do you have? You have things to say, but you’re not quite sure how you get to say them in a room full of…
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6 Reasons to Have a Magician at Your Next Corporate Event

Are you looking for something to take your next corporate event up a notch? Then you should consider hiring a different style of entertainment to bring your event up to the next level. Keep reading to learn why hiring a magician for your next event is a great idea. 1. Make it Memorable With a Magician…
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Gatwick Diamond Business: Re-Energise Conference 2020

As we enter a new decade, having been worn down by Brexit issues, facing fresh economic challenges. Gatwick Diamond Business group felt it was time to Re-Energise. Arranging an appropriately titled Business conference with four speakers ready to light the match and send us all into motivational orbit. Stress in Our Lives Psychologist Maria Paviour…
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Famous Football Pundit Gaffes & Blunders

5 Famous Football Pundit Gaffes, Mistakes & Shocking Blunders

Brian Clough: Tomaszewski Gaffe In a must win World Cup Qualifier at Wembley in October 1973, England played Poland. Only a win for England would see them through to the World Cup finals in Germany the next year. Brian Clough was a pundit on ITV working on the match. Before the game he insisted the Poland…
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What Is a Keynote Speaker at a Conference?

Are you hosting a gathering or conference sometime in the near future? Do you want to find a way to make sure that whatever you plan resonates with your audience? A great keynote speaker can be just what you need to have a truly successful event. Curious about what one is and why you should have…
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Kevin Keegan: Love It!

Kevin Keegan was the special guest at the Sussex Cricket Foundation lunch at The Grand, Brighton. However, Kevin had to share top billing with the ICC cricket world cup trophy, so excitingly won by England in July. Thanks to the ECB for loaning such a converted trophy for the occasion. The event was supported by…
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Choosing the Perfect Guest Speaker for Your Event

There were 1.9 million meetings in the year 2016 alone. Out of all those events, how many had a guest speaker that bored the audience to tears? With so many meetings happening per year, you want to make sure that yours is one to remember. You need a brilliant guest speaker that will engage and inspire your audience. With…
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How to Get the Best From a Celebrity at Your Event

How to Get the Best From a Celebrity at Your Event

The excitement and buzz over a big event gathering can be grand. Adding a guest celebrity to that mix can make the entire ordeal electric. The trouble is how do you even begin to get a celebrity at your event? It won’t be easy but with enough effort and the right effort, you can do…
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How to Become a Good Motivational Speaker: Your Complete Guide

If you want to make a career as a motivational speaker, there could be a lot of professional opportunities available to you. Bosses often bring in motivational speakers to motivate their employees, which can be a lucrative professional opportunity. Other organisations and associations may also bring in motivational speakers for events or conferences. In order…
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Tyson Fury: Tribute to Ricky Jordan

Tyson Fury made a Grand Hotel entrance to pay tribute to Ricky Jordan a former amateur boxer who sadly left us after an illness. The evening raised funds for worldwide Boxing charity ‘WBC Cares UK’ who are dedicated to making a real positive difference to the lives of the UK’s younger generation, their families and…
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Frank Bruno: Knocks ‘Em Out! (Comicus in the Community)

The Change Foundation in association with The Berkeley Foundation have, in conjunction with local councils, been running the inner-city initiative called ‘Street Elite’ around London’s Tower Hamlets area. This is a ‘training for work’ initiative that uses sport, mentoring and youth engagement; to help young adults living on the edge of gangs and crime get a job…
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Freddie Starr: A Bright Star Has Gone Out

Freddie Starr was a very talented comedian, impressionist, singer and actor with an extra ordinary self-destructive side which was often present in his performances but even more prevalent in his personal life and on occasions dealing with professional staff and showbusiness executives. Frederick Leslie Fowell He was born Frederick Leslie Fowell in Liverpool, a carpenter’s…
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Jimmy Hill: Emergency Linesman

Jimmy Hill: Football Pundit & Emergency Linesman

Just imagine, there is no fourth official and the linesman gets injured in an important Premier League football match. No one in the crowd is a qualified referee. Who could replace him? Think. Gary Lineker runs on the pitch offering his services. Then Alan Shearer says ‘I’m available?’ Sounds completely ridiculous? Yet this scenario was…
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British Football History: Sky Sports, TV Pundits & Presenters

ITV’s exclusive TV football league contract finished at the end of the 1992 season. Since the mid 1980s, talk of a super league of elite English clubs had been frequently mentioned by various footballing bodies. As the 1990’s approached it became more of a reality. The English football clubs were now invited back into European…
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British Football: Potted History of TV Coverage & Punditry

British Football History: BBC & ITV, Commentators & Pundits

The more outspoken they were the more television valued them. The public would switch on not only because they liked what they saw. But also to hate what they heard. Television football coverage and punditry has changed dramatically with the times. It has developed through the need of audience, growth of technology and the mass…
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George Best & Bobby Moore: Thieves?

George Best & Bobby Moore were footballing icons in the sixties and seventies. Bobby picking up the World Cup in 1966 for England and George Best an instrumental part of the great Manchester United side that won the European cup in 1968. Best is still seen by some as arguably the greatest player to grace…
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George Best & Miss World

George Best & Miss World: The Marjorie Wallace Affair

‘She wanted me because I was George Best and I wanted her because she was Miss World. It wasn’t exactly a meeting of minds, it was a collision of bodies.’ – George Best George Best (1946-2005) finally walked out on Manchester United in January 1974, having done so twice before. Although one of the most…
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Bobby Moore: The Bogotá Bracelet Arrest Scandal

Bobby Moore: Bogotá Bracelet Arrest Scandal Revisited

In preparation for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, one needed to check the England Esso coin collection was complete and the squad poster was neatly pinned to a teenagers wall. The England team left us with a song, ‘Back Home’ appearing on ‘Top of the Pops’ reaching number 1 in the charts on May…
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Comedy Nights @ The New Theatre Royal Lincoln

Comedy Nights @ The New Theatre Royal Lincoln

The New Theatre Royal Lincoln starts their highly popular comedy nights; with some of the country’s leading stand up comedians performing at the beautiful Grade 2 listed Victoria theatre built in 1893. Comedy At The New Theatre Royal Among some of the seasons stand out comics are Tim Clark and Jeff Stevenson; back from their highly…
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Warwick Davis Working With Education (Comicus in the Community)

The Background Nacro Education (Spalding) provides an alternative to college for 16-18 year olds. Nacro students may have struggled at school or attended alternative provision, and some of the students may have had disruption to their studies due to personal issues. Nacro Education Spalding provides a highly supportive educational environment to build confidence in a…
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Jim Tavaré Touring & Speaking (Deadpan to Bedpan)

Jim Tavaré returned to the UK in May 2019 to tour his award winning Edinburgh show – ‘Deadpan to Bedpan’ Arts Centres & Venues Jim appeared at a number of arts centres  and venues including Swindon Arts Centre, Joker Comedy Club (Southend), The Junction (Cambridge), Royal Spa Centre (Leamington Spa), The Capitol (Horsham), Hazlitt Theatre (Maidstone), The Hawth (Crawley), Birmingham Midlands Arts Centre…
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Gordon Banks: Safe Pair Of Hands

Gordon Banks was one of the greatest goalkeepers of his or any other generation and he will forever be remembered for his heroic part in England’s triumphant 1966 World Cup campaign that culminated in the famous 4-2 victory over West Germany at Wembley in the final. Gordon Banks: Football Legend Banks played 73 times for…
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Jeremy Hardy: Said It Straight & Funny

Jeremy Hardy was one of the UK’s foremost stand up comedians. His live work included ‘Just 4 Laughs’, (Montreal Comedy Festival), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he won the prestigious Perrier Award in 1988. Arthur Smith described him as ‘a profoundly witty and honourable man’. Jeremy Hardy Remembered He came up through the 1980’s comedy club…
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Book Review: George Best A Memoir by Michael Parkinson

Michael Parkinson was friends with George Best (1946-2005) for over 30 years; if anyone could shed light on this genesis of a footballer surely, he could. Yet throughout the book (George Best: A Memoir) it contains memories as the title suggests, but does not shed any new light on this complex but highly charismatic footballer.…
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