An afternoon at the Palace


Football No prizes for guessing where I was on Saturday afternoon.. yes, the new football season has kicked off and as I wasn't working I headed off to Selhurst Park for our first game.

For those of you who are interested, it ended in a draw, which is never very satisfactory. It was also a bit of a worry that Crystal Palace's best player (in my opinion!) was a lad we have on loan from West Ham!

I hardly dare write about football as I'm presenting some of the Butler & Wilson 14th Anniversary shows later in the week, and Simon always teases me about the subject matter of my blogs, particularly when they're football related!

I can't believe Simon's been coming to QVC for 14 years – I can still remember the very first show when he brought his Westie dog Paddington on air with him… probably for moral support! Look out for his shows on both Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th.

We also have Fashion Day coming up on Friday 14th, and although I'm not presenting on it, I'll definitely be looking out for the new Ronni Nicole styles as I just love her clothes – and judging by your comments on my blog, so do you!

Then later this month on Tuesday 25th it's Craft Day. I probably won't be in demand that day – it's not that I don't like craft, I'm just not very good at it! Recently I had a QVC Selection show with a few craft items in it, and knowing my lack of expertise, the lovely Dickie (who I went to the Pink concert with) made up a some great examples for me, bless him! One of the packs was available in the choice of Teal or Pink, which inspired him to create a Pink scrapbook page with some photos of our night out. I thought you might like to see a few, so here they are!

                    Julia and the gang at the O2   Julia and Vanessa enjoying dinner at the O2   Julia and pals arrive for the Pink concert

Speak soon,
Julia. xx.


  1. Steven August 11, 2009 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Don’t know if you saw my post in your ‘about me’ topic. If you haven’t then you are a mind reader because I was asking you about Palace! A draw’s not the best start especially at home but at least Palace didn’t get beat! Onwards and upwards this season. I think I’ve said to you before I usually keep an eye out for Palace results now that I know you follow them. The Scottish season starts on Saturday an we will be raising the League flag at Ibrox on Saturday against Falkirk. I’m looking forward to that one. First time as a season ticket holder i will have seen that. Well you can tell Simon I always think your blogs are interesting even when they are not about your football team 🙂
    Take care Julia
    Much Love xx

  2. Steven August 11, 2009 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    2-1 against the mighty Torquay tonight I just noticed. Were you there Julia?

  3. james August 17, 2009 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I am a huge fan im off to see pink in newcastle arena on november 2nd with my partner brian. he has been to see her twice and this will be my first! hope she is great.
    Dont know whether or not you replied to my last post about the easy pays, i cant seem to find it anywhere to check so i apologise in advance if you have!
    about me not having enough money to get my mother the northern lights bed. just wondering if i can get this on easy pay even though i have not bought from qvc yet. I am wanting to but not wasting money on myself when my mam has had the worst 3 yrs you could get
    Much love
    James x x

  4. Lindsay August 17, 2009 at 10:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I can completely relate to your footie fever! Im a crazy glasgow rangers fan, wouldnt be without my season – its my most precious possession he he!
    Hope Palace do well this season!
    Much Love
    Lindsay 🙂

  5. julia roberts August 17, 2009 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    I must be a mind reader cos I hadn’t seen your original post in ‘about me’. Thanks for thinking of my team – did you see the debarcle at the weekend ………. we scored a goal but apparently 4 ‘men in black’ MISSED it! Neil Warnock and Simon Jordan went spare – I’m sure we haven’t heard the end of it. Last time we lost to Bristol City in the 2nd league game of the season we won promotion so I’m hoping it’s an omen. I wasn’t at the Torquay game cos I was working, but now that we have been drawn against Man City in the next round I’m trying to get my shift changed so that I can go – fingers crossed! I think I saw that Rangers won at the weekend?? I’m sure you enjoyed the day.
    Julia x

  6. julia roberts August 17, 2009 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello James
    yes I did reply to you in the ‘about me’ section where you posted. You can use easy pays even if you are a new customer, provided the item is on easy pay at the time.
    Pink is more than great she is FANTASTIC a really good show – how on earth does she sing live upside down on a trapeze????
    Lots of love to your mum, I hope things are improving for her?
    Julia x

  7. julia roberts August 17, 2009 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lindsay
    Thanks for the good wishes for Palace – as I mentioned to Steven we were in the news for all the wrong reasons on Saturday – I think the Ref should have gone to Specsavers!!
    I have to be careful wishing Rangers fans a good season as my sister’s entire family are Celtic fans – but may the best team win!
    love Julia x

  8. Steven August 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    Another Rangers fan 🙂 Julia you seem to attract us!

  9. Steven August 18, 2009 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    The decision on Saturday was an absolute Joke and it gets worse each time you see it. I can imagine what Warnock was like because he is quite heated at the best of times! That sounds like a good omen to me! Man City would be a good one to go to. We played them at Ibrox a couple of weeks back and beat them. I’m sure Palace could do the same!
    Yes we won at the weekend. Us Gers fans on here have got you right into it now! Fingers crossed both our teams can keep winning and the referees are kinder 😀

  10. julia roberts August 20, 2009 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven,
    I think even Bristol City fans would agree the decision was a joke ……….. maybe?!? Still we won last night away at Ipswich, very good result for us. You must have been pleased with the other BIG game last night – daren’t speak to my sister yet! QVC have been brilliant in re-arranging my day next Thursday so that I can go to the game – big thanks to Claire Sutton and Rachel, the Presenter scheduler – the latter of whom thinks I’m barking mad ……… no comments please. We have Newcastle at the weekend but can’t get to that one as I’m ‘on air”
    speak soon
    Julia x

  11. Steven August 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Thanks for replying again so quickly! Bet you are loving being able to speak about Palace all time now!!
    I don’t like a certain Mr Keane so was brilliant to see Palace winning and Man U got beat last night too!
    Yes I have to admit I was jumping up and down when Arsenal scored. It will mean more money for us apart from anything else plus I always want Celtic to lose anyway. I suppose thats only natural with your big rivals. Who would Palace’s arch enemy be Julia?
    I always said that Claire Sutton was an absolute star and an angel! – I’m sure you agree.
    Look forward to seeing you ‘on air’ again soon.. cheers

  12. julia roberts August 25, 2009 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven,
    Starting to get nervous about Thursday now, particlarly after Saturday’s result, but to put that into perspective we didn’t have our first choice keeper as he got whacked in the throat in the Ipswich game – hope he’s back for Man City.
    Not sure who our arch enemy would be really – traditionally Brighton/ Millwall/ Charlton ……… but they are all in lower divisions now. It’s certainly not the same as the Celtic/Rangers rivalry!
    Cross your fingers for Thursday
    Julia x

  13. Steven August 25, 2009 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    I hope you enjoy Thursday Julia. I will be rooting for Palace! You guys wear the right shirts too – red white n blue just like Rangers! Newcastle was always going to be a toughy with them having just been relegated. We find out who we play in the Champions League on Thursday and there is a good chance there could be an English team in our group. I could be travelling to one of the away games and I am gaurenteed a ticket for the home games. So I have my fingers crossed for 2 reasons on Thursday.
    PS Saw your show with Ali Defoy and though both of you looked great!
    Take care! Hope you don’t mind me hogging this particular blog! It’s like our private conversation!

  14. julia roberts August 30, 2009 at 12:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Well we couldn’t quite manage to beat the multi millionaires of Man City, but we certainly gave it a go. It was amazing that ‘Sparky’ Hughes put out his best side, and there were Palace’s youngsters and war horses face to face (or should that be shoulder to shoulder) with the likes of Tevez, Robinho, Given, Adebayor and newly signed Lescott ………. it was vaguely surreal! We were really good in the first half and probably should have been at least a couple of goals to the good at half time but for some fantastic goalkeeping from Given. The early goal in the second half was a shame cos it was uphill all the way after that. Oh well, there’s always the FA Cup !
    We’re on the telly again on Monday against Peterboro – I don’t suppose their team cost £200million +
    Hope you are happy with your Champions League draw?
    speak soon
    Julia x

  15. Steven September 1, 2009 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I was impressed with Palace in the game I have to say and you were very unlucky not be in front. As you say the gulf in class told eventually. The future looks promising though. I also watched bits of the game on monday I have to admit not all. Palace have made a reasonable start! Does the Premiership beckon>?! Must have been tough going from playin the millionaires to playing against P’Boro though. It is a similar situation when we play the likes of Kilmarnock(No offence meant) and then play in Europe. We got a great draw in terms of the teams for the Champions League but I would have liked a glamour game if I’m honest. A couple of years back we played Barcelona and I was at Ibrox that was fantastic. I think we have a chance but cant afford to be too confident because we have not got a lot of depth to our squad. It’s Scotland this weekend so you can back the same team as your family this week! I think I’ll allow you.
    Thanks again so much for taking time out to reply to me. Take care gorgeous x

  16. julia roberts September 8, 2009 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven,
    Only just found this – I was away most of last week in Spain – my brother is staying at my house there for a holiday, so we overlapped there for a day, and my sister and 2 of my nieces (the Celtic contingent) were also in Spain so we all met up for dinner. It was great if slightly surreal to be sitting down to dinner all together in Spain!
    I thought Palace did really well against Man City but were poor against Peterboro …….. I know what you mean about the difficulties of playing lower quality teams, it really is a different game.
    Obviously I will be supporting England tonight (I hope you will be??), but I really hope Scotland can beat Holland and keep their World Cup qualification chance alive.
    We have Scunthorpe this weekend…………………
    Julia x

  17. james September 9, 2009 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Got the feather bed and she loves it!!!! thank goodness worth every penny.
    My father is ill and will be placed in a caring home very soon which is very very sad for everyone as you can imagine.
    I am thinking of getting me mam some elimis any suggestions???
    Oh and I do hope your right about pink?!!!!
    looking forward to a well deserved week in Eygpt tommorow.
    James x

  18. Steven September 10, 2009 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like you had a fab time in Spain Julia. It must be weird sitting down to a meal ina foreign country right enough! Well Scotland did it again last night… another brave failure. We actually played well and were unlucky. Unfortuntealy the damage was done before last night. I’m more a club first then country fan so glad it’s back to the Rangers at the weekend!
    To be honest Julia I always want England to get beat!! Oops sorry… but I think it is more to do with the English media more than anything. Having said all that I do think England have a really good chance of winning the World Cup. For your sake fingers crossed on that one.
    Thats strange Palace are playing Scunthorpe I work beside a guy that is a Scunny fan. I hope your team win. We are at Motherwell. As I have said before thank you very much for your reply again.
    Take care and speak soon hopefully. Cheers

  19. julia roberts September 14, 2009 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi James
    I’m I’m so glad your mum liked the feather bed – she will love snuggling into it as we move into winter. I’m really sorry to hear about your dad – hearing things like that puts all our small worries into perspective.
    Regarding Elemis …… if you are going to go for facial products you will need to know your mum’s skin type, and kits with smaller sizes are always a good idea for trying a new range. One of my favourites from the range is ‘Skin Nourishing Milk Bath’ …….. heavenly!
    Have a great holiday in Egypt
    Julia xx

  20. julia roberts September 14, 2009 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Just replied to you on my latest blog, hadn’t seen your post here! As I said sorry about Scotland ……… daren’t speak to the Scottish contingent of the family yet! I don’t share your confidence that England can win the World Cup, although Fabio Capello does seem to be bringing the best out of them.
    Palace were exceedingly poor at the weekend although most of that was down to Neil Warnock’s team selection – it is definitely true Managers can win and lose matches ……
    speak soon
    Julia x

  21. Steven September 14, 2009 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I don’t know where to reply so I think I’ll just leave you a wee message in both ha ha. We certainly did miss McFadden you are right. I’m very impreessed with your knowledge of football – and I am not meaning to sound cheeky or sexist when I say – especially north of the border. Rangers play Stuttgart in the Champions League on Wednesday whcih is going to be tough. Be interesting to see what formation and tactics Walter Smith goes for as we got pelters for our tactics on route to the Uefa Cup Final. They were successful though!
    Whci kind of nicely brings me to Palace. Couldn’t believe the scoreline when I saw it. I actually thought of you when I saw it. What did Mr Warnock do then? I won’t ponder over this one because I guess you wont want to discuss it much if you are anything like me. Keep your fingers crossed for Wednesday for us(don’t tell your family though) xxxxxx

  22. Steven September 17, 2009 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    We drew 1-1 last night Julia. Don’t know if you saw it. Greeat result for us though. I’m pleased today. Got a smile on my face. Catch up soon xx

  23. julia roberts September 20, 2009 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Well done for your midweek result – no wonder you were smiling!
    What a day I had yesterday. It was Beauty Day at QVC and I was down to present just a couple of shows in the evening, so I had planned to go to the footie and then in to work. Unfortunately Jill is not too well, so I was asked to cover her hours as well. Up at 5.15 ( haven’t done that in a while! ) on air at 9,10, and midday, off to the match, back on air at 20 and 21 ……….. crazy, but quite enjoyable in a weird way. Mind you I slept in til 11 this morning!
    At least Palace won against Derby, but the match was not that good particularly the first half, and it’s a good job Speroni wasn’t sent off for handling outside the area as he went on to make 3 or 4 brilliant saves!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  24. Steven September 21, 2009 at 11:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia or you should it now be Mrs hard worker! I’m sure your like that all the time anyway! Sounds like a hectic day! As you say at least your team won. I find it funny how more and more now I am looking out for Palace score and then thinking “I wonder if Julia was there today”
    I think it’s been a little inconsistent the start from Palace and the same could be said for Rangers if I’m honest. We drew on Sat at Kilmarnock and Celtic scored a last minute winner – grrr! – yesterday to go top. The ups and downs of football eh!
    As I’ve said before thanks very much for replying to me once again. Hope you don’t find it a pain and take care. keep up the good work. Steven xx

  25. julia roberts September 28, 2009 at 11:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Not a good weekend for Rangers … I noticed Celtic are still top so my sister will be happy! Good luck against Sevilla.
    Palace actually managed to beat West Brom away at the weekend – as I said before, we play better against the better teams! We have Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night, but I can’t go as I am launching Gem Day with Dale!
    speak soon
    Julia xx

  26. Steven September 28, 2009 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. Not so good no. Thats 3 games ina row we haven’t scored. I fear the worst against Sevilla. I’ll still be there to shout the guys on and then it’s Celtic on Sunday. I’m off all week and next Monday to recover from the Old Firm game!
    That was a brilliant result for Palace. I was a bit shocked to see it if I’m honest as the Baggies have been flying. Must be quite frustrating with the incosistency of the team at the moment. I know all about that too!
    Hopefully it’s a double success for our 2 teams on Tuesday.
    Enjoy Gem day. I’m sure you’ll look fabulous as always.
    Steven x x x

  27. Steven September 30, 2009 at 10:38 am -  Reply

    We were well beaten last night Julia. Unfortunately the gulf in class told in the end. We should have had a penalty in the first half but that sounds like sour grapes. No complaints realy. Decent result for Palace though. Will the Eagles soar now! Woops sorry – I couldn’t resist! Hope you had a great time at the launch xx

  28. julia roberts September 30, 2009 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Kept checking the score last night on my way into QVC – it was 0 – 0 for so long and then you guys seemed to fall apart. You’ll need to pull the stops out for the Old Firm game on Sunday.
    0 – 0 was OK against Sheff Wednesday, but apparently our keeper (Speroni who I believe used to be at Dundee?) kept us in it in the 2nd half.
    Will probs go to the Blackpool game before work on Saturday.
    Hope you are enjoying your week off?
    Julia xx

  29. Steven October 1, 2009 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. As I’ve said before thanks very much for still taking the time to reply to me. I appreciate it.
    Yip as you said it was 0-0 for a long time and there was a few dubious decisions went against us before their first goal. However we were well beaten in the end. At least we have an ‘easier’ game on Sunday!!!!!! << Hope that doesn't come back to haunt me. I am having a good week thanks. Bought myself some new clothes and things yesterday. I think that always give you a good feeling. Don't you think? Speroni did used to play at Dundee yes. We play them in a cup game soon in Dundee. Blackpool are a decent team and they also have Charlie Adam an ex Rangers midfielder who has been doing exceptionally well for them since his summer move. It's 4 goals in 5 I think. Split Loyalties for me on this one. No doubt you shall be the same on Sunday!! Again thanks for your reply. I enjoy our conversations and it seems you do too! Love Steven xx

  30. julia roberts October 6, 2009 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    OMG!!!4 – 1 against Blackpool – typical I wasn’t even there to witness it as I had a bit of a cold so thought I should stay away. I’ll probably get banned from going for the rest of the season now as it could be perceived that I bring them bad luck.
    Good result for you on Sunday – haven’t spoken to my sister about it yet as she is too busy being a great granny!!
    I’m off to Spain for a week with my mum tomorrow – at least I won’t be missing any Palace games.
    speak soon
    Julia x

  31. Steven October 7, 2009 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Totally impressed that you replied again. As I’ve said so often thanks very much. Great result for us on Sunday. The bus back from the game is a bit of a blur though! Couldn’t believe the Palace score. I was shocked as Blackpool have been flying!
    Saw your other post. Hope you are enjoying the new baby and have a great holiday. Don’t dazzle the viewers too much with your tan when you come back.
    Pity for us it’s International week, I would rather be playing again. We can go top if we win our next game. Don’t tell your sis though. Although she will have other things on her mind. Great news Julia. Take care babe xx

  32. julia roberts October 8, 2009 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    It is sunny here, but I’m with my mum who is not a fan of the sun so probs just a light gold colour.
    No Palace this weekend which is why I’m away – England on the internet I DON’T THINK SO!!!!!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  33. Steven October 9, 2009 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    I’m sure you’ll look fab anyway Julia. I heard about that England game – what is that ALL about??? Scandalous really.
    Enjoy the sun and speak when you get back hopefully xx

  34. Steven October 21, 2009 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Back to ‘our’ thread lol! Nah not a happy bunny at all today. We were absolutely atrocious last night. Total embarrassment and to be honest I wish we were out now. The next game is in Romania and I fear we will lose that too.
    Palace should be able to win that one against Forest shouldn’t they. Are you going to that one? We play Hibs and I will be there as usual. Follow follow n all that. Glutton for punishment I think!
    Manchester Utd won tonight too! Can’t stand them either. At this rate Celtic will beat Hamburg tomorrow to complete the week!

  35. julia roberts October 25, 2009 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Yes I was at the Palace v Forest game – it was probs a fair result, we bossed the 1st half and they were marginally better in the 2nd, although their former player, Stern John, showed some class when he came on. I suppose they could argue that we were lucky to finish the game with 11 men – Clint Hill should probably have been sent off for leading with his elbow. We are a mid-table side at the moment – we need at least 2 new players for midfield and up front.
    I think you only got a draw against Hibs too didn’t you?
    At least Celtic lost to Hamburg, so your week wasn’t a total disaster.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  36. Steven October 26, 2009 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Yip we did just draw with Hibs so Celtic are back on top.
    It’s really terrible wanting another Scottish team to lose but I think it’s only natural really when its your big rivals. Don’t you think?
    Are Palace still in the League Cup in England? We play Dunee at there place this midweek. Another toughy the way we are playing at the present moment and there is all sorts of rumours about what is going on off the park with regards to banks etc. Not good times really.
    Oh and just to some it up I was out with my mates after the footie on Sat and twisted my ankle getting out the taxi on the way home. You want to see the bruising… ouch 🙁
    Hope you are having a better start to the week Julia

  37. julia roberts November 3, 2009 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    That will teach you not to drink so much?!?! I hope you’ve got some Arnica Gel handy?? I heard your game was rained off at the weekend?
    Palace are playing QPR tonight, funnily enough a postponed game which was ‘rained off’ a couple of months ago! I’m not there cos I’m at work and anyway it’s an away game – they are losing 1 -0 at half time …………..
    Hope your ankle gets better
    Julia x

  38. Steven November 4, 2009 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

    Well Julia Palace got a draw which isn’t bad. Still hovering at mid table. Yes our game was of and we were winning ggrrr but to be honest it was the right decision as it was becoming farcical. We play the Romanian team Unirea tonight so hope you’ll have your fingers crossed for us. Just don’t tell your family!!
    My ankle is better now thanks. Would you believe me if I said I wasn’t ‘that drunk’ 😀 No… didn’t think so!!
    As I have said previously thanks so much for keeping replying on this thread. We definitely own this blog now ha ha
    Speak soon Julia. Take care xx

  39. julia roberts December 1, 2009 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Long time no speak!! I don’t think I had better mention Rangers???? Palace on the other hand aren’t doing too badly at the moment. We went on Saturday, and although Watford were no great shakes we actually played really well – Victor Moses was like a different player – must be auditioning for a move in the January transfer window!!! The news broke today that the players haven’t been paid this month yet – just when it’s going right on the pitch we’ve got issues off it. Just hope it all gets sorted and that we don’t go into administration again!
    Hope you are well?
    speak soon
    Julia x

  40. Steven December 9, 2009 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia sorry just noticed this post! I’m touched – wrong word -that you remembered about this and I’m not taking the mickey! Rangers wise it’s been a bit of a disaster lately. We play the last of our embarrassing Champions League game tonight. I’ll be glad to get it over. Not a great result for you guys on Sat either was it.
    Are you ready for Christmas? Whats Santa bringng your gorgeous self?
    Ps Is there a way of bumping threads because I had totally forgotten about this until now!
    Take care and speak soon Julia xxxxxxx

  41. julia roberts December 21, 2009 at 1:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    OMG did you see the Victor Moses goal from yesterday?? – no wonder the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona are having a closer look. We need to sell him – if we could get 5 million we may be able to avoid administration.
    Let’s communicate on the Secret Santa thread for a while
    Merry Christmas
    Julia x

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