– Fun in the hot tub! And the water dome… and the bowling lanes…Center Parcs time!
– Lee’s legs make an appearance – our IT guest in shorts! Playing Xbox with Charlie.
– Rosemary Shrager’s secret confessions about performing on Comic Relief’s Let’s Dance
– And just how DO you get to be on the customer panel?
Well the week in Elvedon Forest with the family has been marvellous – I know I’ve not long returned from Oscar season in LA but that was last minute! This has been planned for a year! Ever since I was there and rode on a certain tandem… Anyway, read on for full info. Plus some fab sneaky peeks and clips to watch below!
You know every so often you just have to take time out to get away from it all? Well this week was it – at one of my fave places – Center Parcs!
This time I went with my kids and their partners plus my sis and her man joined us too. Not as good weather this March – well we are in the coldest March on UK records aren’t we?! But still lots to do and tons of R&R.
Including having time to myself writing – revising my novel in the Starbucks on the lakeside – lovely restful views to inspire me whilst putting the finishing touches to Hawaiian Affair! (see below for the latest news on my first novel!)
There was lots of activity too tho’! Since we needed 4 bedrooms we shared a fabulous executive woodland lodge which had its own steam room, sauna and hot tub! And en suites in each bedroom! And a games room with Xbox and pool table! No wonder it needed to be this big! Ever been there?
So that’s how we ended up in the hot tub in the pic above – and we were in it quite a lot I can tell you! Including at night – so magical to be out under the stars amongst the pine trees, in hot bubbles!
And bowling – this is our gang on the night we hit the ten pin lanes, and no I didn’t win! Far from it – am a bit rubbish at bowling!
But I also had a TiFFT*at the indoor water paradise – my first ride on their new Cyclone chute – a huge waterslide that is a bit like being on a cross between Mr Burp’s Bubble Works at Chessington, and the log flume at Alton Towers!
Hehe! If you’ve been on it, tell me what you thought!
A good time was had by all. Over too soon – always the way, huh?!
Anyway that’s it for now – until next spring – just had to book again for another trip!
LEE’S LEGS – A KIND OF A BLOOPER
Since last week’s blooper was such a stonker (go here if you want to see my exploding tube of cream episode! Click here) this week’s is more of a highlight! Almost every single Anything Goes has given us some funnies, and last week’s was no exception!
Charlie was on fine form and invited Lee – in shorts! – and Phil Parker to join him and Clare from Xbox for virtual bowling! Who you think did it best?! Couldn’t resist the chance to bring you a sight you’ve never seen before – our Lee is usually all suited and booted (on air at least)! Good calves, that man!
This weekend coming (23rd) it’s Dale and Anne on the penultimate show at 8pm Saturday. Then I’m back the weekend after, and it’s the last Anything Goes in this run (Jan till March). Julia may well be back from her hols and will be on with her autobiographical book. What have you enjoyed most about Anything Goes on Saturday nights? Any suggestions for future runs? Leave me a comment below!
Talking of books, another highlight from Anything Goes last week was Rosemary Shrager – TV chef (Ladettes to Ladies) who was on to discuss her new cookery book (which is jam packed full of step by step photo guides on basic dishes btw! 701793).
Well anyway, I promised you when we ran out of time that I’d go record a quick chat with her for some behind the scenes confessions about when she appeared on Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, and here it is! (Click here) Good luck to her with her cookery school. And all I can say is, well done ladies, it truly looked like fun! And for such a good cause too! So here is the actual dance – watch out for that bit where they nearly dropped her! And with none other than Kim Woodburn – you’d hardly recognise them! (Click here)
READ IT, WRITE IT, SELL IT!
Ok so thank you to ‘Tania’ who last week left me a comment with a suggestion that inspired the above title of this little segment of my blog – which will be devoted to all things writing, reading, studying and publishing.
It was actually a tweet from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (@RHW) which reminded me how many people are still discovering classic books from many years ago.
Her tweet showed a pic of 'water: for Health, for Healing, for Life- not sick but Thirsty' – and she wrote 'a brilliant book I'm reading. We always knew water was good for us. Now discover why'. Good for you girl!
There’s a lot more science about hydration, ever since the classic ‘Your Body’s Many Cries for Water’ by Dr. Batmanghelidj in ’99 (click here) and this version Rosie’s got is from 2003. It may be helpful to you or someone you know, to explore the info out there about how hydration plays a role in good health – and the reviews on the books can help add a balanced view!
Any other books along these lines you’d like to recommend, or indeed swear by? Nothing like a bit of education to broaden your horizons! That’s my excuse as to why my horizons are so broad! Hehe!
Writing Course Spotlight – last week I mentioned that Robert McKee is coming back to London mid April – well I’ll have more space next week for a full feature on his amazing scriptwriting course so don’t miss it! Meanwhile for anyone serious about all types of writing, you’ll probably know already about Arvon.
For those of you that don’t, it’s a charity foundation that runs rural writing houses where you can attend courses dedicated to almost every genre of the craft – from poetry to scripts to biographies to fiction, and they run residential courses year-round, country-wide.
Two years ago I went to their August writers’ retreat in Inverness, made some great friends, cooked our own meals each night, had an amazing time and wrote 15000 words in five days!
Go explore their website where there’s a seven minute inspiring video too, but apply early – their courses sell out fast each year! Grants available. Twitter – @arvonfoundation or click here for more info – http://www.arvonfoundation.org/
Post-script – My Novel – latest update – my lovely ladies on my Facebook group have helped me identify some areas for improvement on my first romance novel, which I’ve been doing at Center Parcs. Plus – so many of you have said you’d like to read it when it comes out, I know I’ll lose track – so I’ll soon be announcing a yahoo group for those of you on email who would like to be kept informed. It’s likely to be on Amazon for Kindle E-book soonest!
To get you in the mood for Hawaiian Affair when it comes out! It’s currently my screensaver on my mobile!
– How’s this for a coincidence? Sometimes the most magical things happen when you least expect them! When you watch this clip of last week’s Inside QVC, where we tell you all about how things work here, keep an eye out for the moment I go to the Beauty Channel tease – look what happens. Couldn’t have planned it! And we didn’t! lol. (click here)
I do have to admit, if Facebook and Twitter were around back then, I’d have probably been a ‘sharent’ too! Are you?
– How to get on Customer Panel. As promised on air, here’s the email address to write to with any off-air questions about QVC and how it works etc. I’m often asked corporate questions and if I don’t know the answer, Lorraine and the team in firstname.lastname@example.org have told me that’s what they are there for! Including asking about customer panel, beauty bash etc. (nb the latter is ‘randomly chosen from our regular customers’ for that category!) Good luck!
WATCH – FILM REVIEWS – making up for last week’s lack of film reviews, here’s a couple of stinkers and a stonker for you this week – out on DVD – Hit, Miss or Meh?!
First a couple of misses – In The Loop – started watching the DVD at Center Parcs with the gang, had high hopes ‘cos it came highly recommended by brother Glenn (a political animal and a Doctor of International Relations.) Too wordy, everyone got restless and had to abandon it! Sorry Glenn! Lol. (click here for trailer). Maybe I will finish it another time when on my own, but right now, it scores a low 3 out of ten. Hard to watch and far too much dialogue and swearing! Hate the main performer too – called Malcolm! Eurgh!
Secondly not much higher a score for The Campaign – some pretty decent actors in cameos but sadly Will Ferrell never floats my boat. His film about a sneaky tricks political campaign to be the next Congressman is just too far-fetched and unfunny. For me. Lauren laughed a bit and at least we finished it, so 4 out of ten. (click here for full trailer)
So finally on to We Bought A Zoo! With Matt Damon and Scarlett Johannsen you would think it would be a cut above, but the title put me off watching it for ages! Then daughter Lauren and Nick fancied watching it with me – on Sky this month – and I was pleasantly surprised! Then I found out it was based on a true story and I forgave the title. Predictable, bit OTT, and unchallenging, plus has about five ‘endings’, but quite a pleasant 6.75 out of ten to enjoy with the kids… of all ages!
PLUS – SNEAKY PEEK 2 – watch out for the new luggage I’ve been trialling – on soon on QVC! Hard cases, and divides into two packing sections, plus fantastically mobile wheels, and there are four of them! Great!
Next week’s sneaky peek – the new Product of the Month from Decleor for April!
QVC – THE WEEK AHEAD – Some exciting midnight launches – worth knowing if you’re a night owl like me! – Saturday night/Sunday’s is the supersize set from Gatineau, and Sunday night at midnight join my lovely pal Craigy with another Kelly Hoppen bed set – this time 700 thread count luxury!
– I’ll see you back on air Tuesday night including the midnight launch of a clever new hair styling tool the Babyliss pro secret style curler
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG – I’ll be telling you amongst other things about the fab scriptwriting course happening soon in London. Plus – what happens when I go to the Woman And Home photo shoot with Lauren – for their June issue!
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