My chaotic summer holidays!


It’s been a while since I last posted a blog, largely because during the summer holidays my life is chaos and I haven’t had the time to think, let alone write a blog, sorry!

However, my little darlings are now back at school/nursery and life assumes something of a routine (as much as it can working shifts!). I must admit, I found new respect for my parents as we only have two kids and they had four under the age of six!  

Holidays are great but they are sooooo tiring, I had to get myself into work every now and then for a rest! It’s been an eventful time over the last five or six weeks, kids growing up so fast and life’s little problems testing us all.  

My new car

I decided that as my car had done over 130,000 miles it was time to consider a new one. I spent a fair bit of the last 6-7 weeks considering all the options, but even though I had decided to get myself a conservative and utilitarian car (as always), I did something very unusual for me – I bought something that was a bit more luxurious and special! 

It was my wife that persuaded me, as I spend upwards of 20 hours a week in the car and she told me I deserved it. Well, I was offered a great deal and suddenly I had myself a lovely one year old car that had only done 5.5k miles and was immaculate.

I had only had it for six days and was sitting in it in the outside lane of the M40, just beginning to get used to the idea that I had a car that didn’t smell and was quiet and had no sweetie wrappers stuck to the seats, when out of nowhere, a car skidded across the road and spun round into my lane whilst I was doing 60 – 70mph. Airbags are scary!

“It’s only a car”

We were both ok, but spent a few hours in an ambulance and in A&E at the John Radcliff hospital. The next day I saw my car, which has a very very squashed nose and although it seemed to be a write off, the insurers now  want to fix it.

It does seem that me and a new car were not destined to be. Kismet I guess.  My mantra over the last few weeks has been “it’s only a car” and whilst it did it's job to protect me, I still feel a bit… well peeved, to put it mildly!!

Onwards and upwards! All is well with chickens, cats, dogs and family and work continues to bring new and exciting guests and products. Work is good and it was lovely doing a morning show with Kathy the other day as it’s been quite a while since we last worked together.

The autumn is always a busy time at QVC and as we head into the fourth quarter we can look forward to lots of Christmas shows, the first presenter calendar, Christmas parties (I hope) and my birthday next week (Boooo!).  

I’ll be back in touch soon.

Love Simon X


  1. Shirley September 10, 2010 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon, Glad you were not seriously hurt. Perhaps if the accident was going to happen it was a good job you had swapped your car for a newer and probably safer car. I do believe in fate – when my daughter was 2 we were travelling to Devon about 6.30 am when she wanted to be sick so we pulled over – a single car passed us – we set off again only to find the other car around the corner in the middle of the road with the engine on fire – it had skidded in the mudslide on the road and crashed-after a heavy nights rain – and I always think that that could have been us – so I was thankful that she was often car sick. Hope your car is back on the road soon.

  2. Gail September 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

    Oh Simon, so sorry to hear about your accident. I hope the children weren’t in the car with you. It is terribly upsetting when something like that happens. I do know how you feel because it happened to me once. It shakes you up terribly. Hope you are both okay now.
    It is also the inconvenience of it all, but thank God you were okay. It is only a piece of metal and, more importantly, it’s replaceable so try not to let it upset you too much (easier said that done I know).
    All the family and animals are well; that’s the important thing.
    Happy birthday for next week and please embrace the fact that you are lucky to be getting older (the alternative is quite gloomy). In all seriousness though, I do get very annoyed with people who moan about their age and aging. I always remember what I read once and I will never forget it:
    Grow old gratefully.
    Many are denied the privilege.
    Take care.
    Gail x

  3. Simon Biagi September 22, 2010 at 6:25 pm -  Reply

    Dear Gail and Shirley
    Thank you so much for your comments and well wishes. You are right and I am glad that the kids weren’t with me. Gail, your advice to ” Grow old gratefully” have been the best words of wisdom I have heard for a while, I appreciate them and will remember them!
    Simon X

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