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What Being on Tour is Like For Elton Lately

Tuesday 15 January 2008 @ 16:26 - GMT

Some time ago, a businessman received a thank you card from Elton after sending him a specially-designed gay lovespoon for his civil partnership.

Christopher Smith from Llangollen, had sent the lovespoon to the singer and David Furnish.

In return, Smith got a hand-written card from Elton thanking him and wishing him "many years of happiness."

The Welsh custom of giving lovespoons dates back to the 17th Century.

Now the Swansea Evening Post reports that the entertainer could well be presented with another such gift.

When he plays the Liberty Stadium on June 29,  Gower woman is hoping to hand him a lovespoon.

Hilary Thomas had the item carved especially to celebrate Elton and David's partnership.

She said she has been a fan since the early 1970s, admiring both his music and personality.

"I think he is a very nice, generous, genuine man."

Meanwhile on Monday, Elton was spotted at an exclusive game reserve in Mpumalanga, the Royal Malewane, which has been profiled by Herman's Habits.

The Times noted that complimentary services include a butler and chef, private game drives and daily massages.

Elton, who jetted into Cape Town Airport from Hoedspruit Air Force Base in a Gulfstream V private jet, will stay at the newly built La Residence in Franschhoek, which, like Malewane, is owned by Liz and Phil Bidens Royal Portfolio group.

A Franschhoek resident said about 30 security guards inspected the property, expected to be reserved for Sir Eltons exclusive use, on Tuesday.

Sources in the guesthouse industry said he would also be staying at a private cottage in Hermanus, managed by the Royal Portfolio group.