This week's blog brings you not only part 2 of the birthday celebrations, and some medieval disco dancing (isn't that an oxymoron?) but also some of Ralph from Honora's cheekiest on-air moments from his recent shows with me on QVC!
Enjoy the bloopers! And don't forget to leave me a comment at the bottom of this blog – what did you do for YOUR 50th?!
OK, so a couple of weeks ago I had the trial run, going to the medieval banquet in St Catherine's Dock, with Jester Craig et al. Well last Saturday, the coach full of 30 of us descended upon the venue, and a fab time was had by all!
Coach driver Kevin from Banstead Coaches managed to get us there in one almost-sober piece, (no mean feat with my family!). And the food and entertainment was, as usual, top dollar! Or should that be shilling?
Anyway, here's a selection of the pics from the night, and as you can tell, with everyone getting into the spirit and taking advantage of the inclusive costume hire voucher (don'tcha just love Groupon vouchers?!). It was a colourful evening – in more ways than one!
The big day itself on Thursday was lovely – very relaxing – well it NEEDED to be a chill-out day after all the other events, eh! I was treated to a lovely lunch (see EAT below), then I was cooked a lovely dinner that night. Plus I got some amazing pressies – things I really wanted. Not just the vintage phone (see last week's blog), but also a fabulous ammonite from Lauren to add to my geeky fossil collection, and some wonderful flowers.
All in all one of the best birthdays I've ever had! And thanks to the 943 people who wished me happy birthday on Facebook – now that's gotta be a record for me! And definitely a TiFFT!* I capped it off with my first visit to the pub nearby in Dorking, when happily the weather on Sunday was good enough to sit outside for the first time, enjoying the lovely views and loving the tranquillity! Well after the week I'd had, no wonder eh! Lol.
– The cows are back! Holly, my oldest pog, is completely nonplussed by the new calves which have joined us in the field next door. Even though Daisy and Gracie get all excited whenever the little calves come over to have a nosy, Holly just mosies on down into the field for a sniff around, completely oblivious to the curious onlookers!
– Another rehearsal day at our new studios in Chiswick Park, West London, and another meal in the sparkly new restaurant! So swish! Bet it won't look like that for long once we leave the old studios and move across once and for all, from Battersea in early June!
– Freecycle – heard of it? I was talking to Mr Back-of-My-Tandem this week, who is, it must be said, somewhat worldly, and I was surprised to find out he'd never heard of FREECYCLE – have you?
It's one of the best ways to get rid of your old stuff that's too good for the tip, and also for students and the like to acquire some really good quality basics for the home. For free.
I even offloaded Brad's old clapped out Vectra which needed loads of work, a few years ago, to a family who had a little girl in a wheelchair and the dad was a mechanic. It's worth a look! And better than just dumping stuff eh! What's your best freecycle acquisition? Or the most unusual? Leave me a comment below to let me know!
– And finally a little science bit – as you may know, I get 'The Sun' and 'The New Scientist' each week. It's not just to confound the newsagent (hehe) but 'cos I'm generally a bit nerdy sometimes and I like me science stuff!
So I was intrigued to read about new studies which show WHY the outer layer of the skin is waterproof! Yet it still lets in tiny molecules (eg. via nicotine patches or essential oil treatments!). Water can't get through 'cos basically the tiny fat droplets (lipid moleclues) between the cells of the skin in the outermost layer (stratum corneum) are unlike anything ever discovered before – they are 'arranged in a way never before seen in nature' – how exciting!
Lipids are usually like a hairpin shape, and one end attracts water (hydrophillic) and the other end, which is the part that's split into two, repels water (hydrophobic). Normally the two tails point inwards, in the same direction, hence looking like a hairpin. But in a clever microscopic examination, scientists in Stockholm found that in that part of the skin, they actually split, so that one end is pointing one way, and the other the opposite way. Like lots of bent hairpins all tightly packed.
It makes that outer layer more dense, hence water can't get through! That's why we don't swell up like a balloon when we go swimming! Genius! Love it. The research is to lead to scientists being able to identify drugs that can get through the skin more easily, sidestepping the side effects of taking drugs through the mouth and into the stomach. Now I'll just have to find a way of challenging myself to incorporate these new findings into the QVC sell of some skincare! Or maybe not! Heehe!
The wonderful thing about Facebook often, is hearing from old pals and colleagues. John Grayson makes this week's Facebook feature, since he found an old photo from his archives – of the Merton Youth Theatre's production of 'Much Ado About Nothing' – circa 1979. It was SUCH fun to do.
Hi to anyone reading this who knows some of the people here – including John, Kevin Sargent (still a pal – he was the friar!), Adrian Chamberlain (another Facebook pal), Bob Hamilton (still a big am-dram star in this area), Suzanne Doe (her brother Martin was my childhood sweetheart – he sent me a lovely message for my birthday last week!), Laura Holmes from my class at Morden Farm Middle School (whose brother Robert and I formed a group in the early 80s and did a couple of gigs – it was called 'Moonlight by Moonlight'! Wish I could find Robert, as I'd love to know if he's still got copies of some of those old tracks!).
Guess which one of these is me, and which role I played? Will tell you next week (leave me a comment below – and if you don't know how to, go to my instructions at the end of my blog a couple of weeks back and you'll see how easy it is!). But as you can see, old pics can really trigger off memories can't they! Did you ever do am-dram? I'd love before I'm 60 to star in a production of my favourite musical, 'City of Angels' – it'd just be which role to play as I got older! Lol!
WATCH – Ralph from Honora's bloopers. There have actually been tons of funny moments on QVC recently on my shows, and I'm going to look for the funniest, which was with 'Fashion by Together's' Jenny this week.
However, since there's been a dearth of bloopers over the past couple of blogs due to time constraints in the run up to my birthday celebrations, I thought I'd make this week's WATCH a little Ralph from Honora-fest! So here are three classic little moments of fun with the gorgeous Ralph – and if you haven't seen his shows before, it'll make you realise why he's so popular with our audience! Enjoy!
EAT – OMG – what an amazing dish I had at the relatively new café/restaurant in Gomshall, near me in Surrey. It's already soooo busy there, and it's not long opened! An old pub has been transformed into a gallery upstairs, and a really healthy eating, homemade-fayre café downstairs.
And macrobiotic me was delighted to find some gluten-free quiche with sprouted salads (and I treated myself by pinching two of my companion's chips!). Delicious! And highly recommended.
QVC – well, back in full swing this week on air, in the run-down to moving studios. Some of us are over in Chiswick Park at the new place, meaning fewer on-air shifts, and two full crews at all times – hectic and very intense!
The most amusing thing about the new dressing rooms is that our shower is built as a wet room, only no one seems to have told the person doing the floor that. He built it flat, instead of sloping twards the plug! Which meant when poor Anna had the first shower, it went straight over the tiles, out the door and onto the now sopping wet carpet! Hehe! Surely that's 'wet room 101'?!! Never mind, am sure it& #39;ll be sorted soon enough!
I'm off for a few days, collecting brother Glenn's new motorhome with him in Nottingham actually – will be interesting! And then I'm back on Wednesday night at 10pm with Gatineau, plus a fabulous new Nina Leonard Today's Special Value launching with me at midnight on Wednesday 23rd and on through Thursday 24th.
This week I are mostly been using – old clothes I haven't seen for a while, and make-up and skincare samples I forgot I had! Why? Because the great dressing room clear out continues of course! Lol!
Next week – looking forward to bringing you that PR launch kit of the new bareMinerals 'ready' range of solid make-ups – it's a great kit and worth waiting for the chance to win one by leaving a comment on my next blog! Meanwhile, don't forget to comment on some of the topics above, I always love hearing from you and last week I had a record number of comments – keep it up!
QVC did you know – by the way – if you ever wonder what's on QVC when, did you know you can go four week's ahead on our website to find out? If you don't have handy one of the little month-ahead schedule planners that are sent out with our packages despatched from Liverpool, you can click on the link on the TV guide page – see the little 'hand' on the pic to the left if you're not sure!
And if you have any other questions about QVC then our firstname.lastname@example.org are more than happy to help!
Enjoy the week and see you soon!
*TiFFT = Try It For the First Time club!