After a pretty hectic five days off, that is exactly what I need to do… breathe. But of course the ‘Breathe’ I am actually referring to is the fabulous film I was invited to a screening of on Monday evening.
Although the subject matter is very close to my heart, for obvious reasons, I think the film will have mass appeal, not least because it has been beautifully filmed by director Andy Serkis, and the acting, from all concerned, is top notch.
I particularly engaged with Claire Foy, who plays Robin Cavendish’s wife – she was superb. Before the screening I was fortunate enough to talk to the film’s producer, Jonathan Cavendish, whose parents formed the basis of the storyline. Although I did reach for my paper tissue a few times, in particular a scene in a German hospital, it wasn’t the ‘sobfest’ I had been expecting. There was plenty of humour and the whole movie left me with a feeling of positivity and making the most of every day we are given. I won’t say too much more, as I don’t want to spoil it for those of you intending to see it, and it’s out on general release from today.
Tuesday was World Polio Day and another busy day for me as we got into a bit of purple crocus planting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 50,000 corms were planted on the day, with lots of Rotary volunteers taking on the majority of the work.
Why 50,000, you may ask?
Well, Rotary International have pledged to raise £50 million a year for the next three years to try and eradicate polio for good. If they do, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will give £100 million a year for the next three years. It was lovely to meet up with Ade Adepitan again. I was surprised to discover that he contracted polio at around the same age as me and it was also his left side that was affected. He is a great ambassador for the Purple4Polio campaign, helping to raise awareness – some of you may have seen him on the evening news?
The rest of my days off were spent ordering the final bits for our new bathroom, where work starts on Tuesday. No writing was achieved I’m afraid!
So, back to work. Yesterday we had a brilliant Today’s Special Value from Mally and I have more make-up for you tomorrow evening. At 7pm I have a Becca show and these gorgeous compacts will be featuring. Not only is the make-up beautiful, the packaging really lends itself to Christmas gifts too.
As does the sparkly bag that comes with the Philosophy Today’s Special Value launching on-air at midnight tonight, although it is already available on our website. There are four 480ml shower gels in Amazing, Pure and Baby Grace, and Falling in Love plus your choice of fragrance (boxed separately), all for under £45!
Talking of fragrance, I have a Miller Harris show on Sunday at 4pm. Having sampled a few of the perfumes, I think my favourite is Tea Tonique which we have in a set with bodywash and lotions. It will look very nice in my new bathroom when it’s finished.
If you are going to be doing some of your Christmas shopping with us this weekend, I wanted to let you know about a little promotion we are running. If you spend over £100 (it doesn’t all have to be in one transaction) between now and midnight Monday, you will qualify for a £10 voucher code off your next purchase. Similarly, if you should spend £200 it will be a £20 voucher code. The codes will be emailed out on November 1st and there is a time limit to use them so check the small print for details so that you don’t miss out. Find the full terms and conditions online.
Just one more thing to tell you about, Wednesday at 6pm is the Butler and Wilson Couture show – definitely one not to be missed!