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Monday, 14 August 2017

ABBA Party Night At Windsor Castle !


Ma'am-a-Mia! Queen allows 500 staff and guests to party at Windsor Castle with music played by an ABBA tribute band

 

  •  Staff and guests danced the night away at Windsor Castle to the sounds of ABBA
  • Fans dressed to match the band's era and sipped champagne for £12.50 a ticket
  • The Windsor Castle Cinema Club was recently set up for Royal Staff and guests

Her favourite song is said to be Dancing Queen – so when Her Majesty allowed 500 staff and guests to dance the night away at Windsor Castle, it’s no surprise the music was provided by an Abba tribute band.


And when it got dark, the blockbuster film Mamma Mia! which features Abba’s hits, blasted out from a giant screen.
Fans dressed in fashions from the Abba era sipped champagne and boogied the night away as guests of the Windsor Castle Cinema Club, paying £12.50 for a ticket.
The club was set up recently for Royal staff and guests and has already shown Star Wars at the castle – but to have a live band and big screen film was a first.


Tanning salon owner Erika Baker, 48, from Windsor, said: ‘Members of the Royal Household were allowed to buy tickets for themselves and guests.

'It meant lots of ordinary people from Windsor could come in for the night.'
‘Everybody was very well behaved, and once you were inside you were encouraged to really let your hair down and dance and sing.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4785456/Queen-allows-staff-guests-party-Windsor-Castle.html 




The Queen hires ABBA tribute band for Windsor Castle party !


The Queen opened up Windsor Castle to her 500 staff and guests for an ABBA inspired party it has been revealed.

According to The Mail on Sunday, Her Majesty gave permission for a party to be held in the castle for her hardworking staff and their guests.

For £12.50 a ticket, the party attendees were treated to a showing of the blockbuster film Mamma Mia!, as well as live music from an ABBA tribute band.

One Windsor resident told the Mail: “Members of the Royal Household were allowed to buy tickets for themselves and guests. 

“It meant lots of ordinary people from Windsor could come in for the night.
“Everybody was very well behaved, and once you were inside you were encouraged to really let your hair down and dance and sing.”
The Queen is reportedly a huge fan of ABBA and loves to dance along to the music.

BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans told a friend that Her Majesty made the revelation during a dinner at Windsor Castle much to the amusement of guests.

When the song Dancing Queen came on, she apparently said: “I always try to dance when this song comes on, because I am the Queen, and I like to dance.”

Guests were said to have been surprised by the news, reacting: “My goodness me, there is the Dancing Queen.”



The 91-year-old Monarch is known to be a fan of music, and recently revealed she would love to sing.

This revelation comes from 23-year-old Laura Wright, who will be performing the National Anthem this weekend at the England versus Wales rugby match at Twickenham Stadium.

According to Ms Wright, The Queen told her that she would love to be able to sing and has even personally been told by Gary Barlow himself that it is “just a matter of learning”.



http://royalcentral.co.uk/uk/thequeen/the-queen-hires-abba-tribute-band-for-windsor-castle-party-86846 


MA'AM-A Mia GIG
 

The Queen opens up Windsor Castle to allow Abba tribute band to perform for 500 music fans

 

After the concert, that took place yards from The Queen's private royal apartments, the hit film Mamma Mia, was shown on a giant screen in her Quadrangle.

THE Queen threw open the gates of Windsor Castle to allow 500 music fans in to dance the night away to an Abba tribute band — right outside her own private royal apartments.

And then when it got dark she gave permission for the hit film Mamma Mia, based on the music of Abba, to be shown on a giant screen in her Quadrangle to carry on the party.

It was no surprise the Queen gave it the thumbs up after DJ Chris Evans revealed that Abba’s Dancing Queen was her favourite song and that she was a huge fan of the group.

Hundreds of fans dressed in 1970s and 1980s costumes sipped champagne and boogied the night away as guests of the Windsor Castle Cinema Club paying £12.50 for a ticket.

The Royal Quadrangle is rarely open to the public but last month while the Queen was at Balmoral she allowed it to be opened up for household staff and their guests to enjoy.

The Windsor Castle Cinema Club was set up recently and has already shown Star Wars at the Castle — but to have a live band and big screen film is a first at the Queen’s home.

Her Majesty was dubbed the Dancing Queen by the Swede Dreamz Abba tribute band that played more than 20 of the super-group’s top hits including Mamma Mia and Waterloo.

Hits like Knowing Me Knowing You, Chiquitita, Super Trouper and Money, Money, Money reverberated off the castle walls taking their fans back to the Swedish band’s heyday.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4236705/the-queen-opens-up-windsor-castle-to-allow-abba-tribute-band-to-perform-for-500-music-fans/ 






Friday, 11 August 2017

ABBA Swedish Trading Cards - Filmisar



I am often asked about the Swedish Trading Cards so I thought I should do a post about them.

Unlike Trading Cards from other countries, the Swedish Cards are not actually just ABBA.

There are 1000 cards in this series of cards.
And the series contains cards of hundreds of artists, not just ABBA. 
They were a 'POP' series released in Sweden.

Others artists include Olivia Newton John, Village People, John Travolta, Bob Marley - just to name a few. 

Actual ABBA cards in the set is 91 and it is possible that there are more. I don't have all cards pictured yet, but working on it ūüėÄ
 
These cards are different to sets from other countries also as they are very small - 4.5 x 7cm.
In comparison, Australian Trading Cards measure 6 x 8.5cm.
They were able to include many pictures from the 1977 Tour which is lovely to see.
What a shame they aren't normal size ! 
And no bubblegum with these ones.
 
Some of the cards have 'Universaltryck Grafiska AB' written across the top while others do not.




The cards came in two types of packaging.

This first type of packaging contained ABBA as well as other artists - 'Collector Image Cards' and were released in the 80's, hence the later images of ABBA:



The second type of packaging  - 'World Famous Favourites' were released in the 70's:


 
Here are 70 of the ABBA cards that are currently in my collection - still searching for the rest ūüė≤

Below these ones you will find images of the other 21 cards.










These are the cards not pictured above - and still needed in my collection - if there are others that I have missed, please share :)























Number on this one to be confirmed







 

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Mamma Mia! The Party - New Restaurant Plans - Bjorn



Hit wins the Björn Ulvaeus billion empire

The successes of Björn Ulvaeus billion empire continue.

In June, his company, Pop House, Cirkus bought at Djurgården - now plans to buy this Abba member to build a house in London where "Mamma Mia the party" will be held.

"Five minutes from Waterloo station, we will build a house that will open sometime 2019. It's a great thing," says Björn Ulvaeus.



 

The year was 1972 when Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad started giving out their music. Two years later, the group formed the name ABBA, which became one of the world's most famous bands.

And the success of ABBA ended not only because the band was playing the tournament on the shelf - on the contrary. The musical "Mamma Mia" based on the group's songs has become a world success. Also the movie with the same name.

Soon, the second "Mamma Mia" film - a project Björn Ulvaeus will be involved in.

"I'm very involved when it comes to casting. Benny has been in the studio recently, and myself I will go to London and record. It's a kidding project, says Björn Ulvaeus.

Björn Ulvaeus involved in more "Mamma Mia" projects.

In addition to the fact that Björn Ulvaeus owns properties for almost SEK 20 million and had an acquisition income of 2.4 million in 2015, there are billions in Ulvaeus companies.

He owns 70 percent of Kopparnäset AB, which in turn has 24 companies - one of them is MM! The Party AB. And "Mamma Mia" has become a huge brand, where Björn Ulvaeus gets his delicious piece of succé cake worth a million.

"I can not say how much, but some of course comes," says Ulvaeus, and continues:

"It's exciting how the brand" Mamma Mia "has grown - with both the stage music and the movies. And now, "Mamma Mia! The Party" that goes for sold out houses in Stockholm, and I'm getting to London, says Björn Ulvaeus.

He tells us that there is currently a planning process in the South Bank of London about Mamma Mia! The Party. "

"We will build a house five minutes from Waterloo station where" Mamma Mia! The Party "opens sometime 2019. And it works that's how it works everywhere I can imagine - it's a great thing, says Björn Ulvaeus.



 

Ulvaeus about Circus: "Will be fun to put your teeth on"

But the former ABBA member also has big plans at home in Sweden. In June Ulvaeus bought company, Pop House, Circus on Djurgården.

"I just do the way I think it's great fun and this with Circus fits so well into Pop House, which also owns the ABBA Museum. So I'm looking forward to working with Cirkus content with other actors and that Pop House and I produce their own stuff. It will be a joke to put your teeth in it, "concludes Björn Ulvaeus.


http://www.expressen.se/noje/hit-gar-vinsten-i-bjorn-ulvaeus-miljardimperium/