- New studios ahoy! A first bit of on-air fun with Laura Geller and her amazing lips! Lol.
- Debbie Does Sheena Easton – me on 'Stars In Their Eyes', repeated on Challenge TV this week!
- And 'Prometheu's at the movies – hit or miss, for you?
- Plus, news of a fab new competition coming soon!
New Chiswick Park studios
Well, it’s been an eventful… er… event, our grand opening! What bargains there were to be had at Event Prices! Did you snap one up? If so what were you most proud of securing in your first shopping experience from our new studios? And what do you think of the sets?
So far I've heard 'like a New York loft', and 'quite vintage', and I know they're still tweaking the lighting and so on, but what are your first impressions? Let me know by leaving a comment (go to the P.S. section on this blog post to find out how to leave comments). Plus – see below for a fab blooper – on-air fun with Laura's lips!
The nostalgia continues
After last week's clip from the earliest days of the Marco Polo building and BSB TV a couple of week's ago (see here if you missed it – it's worth a look – see if you can spot Guy Pearce!), on Facebook this week, I had a post from Lee Hohbein, my lovely mate and our IT guest, as well as lots of other friends on there and Twitter, saying I'd been on Challenge TV at the same time as on QVC!
It was that infamous 'Stars In Their Eyes' from 1991. 'Tonight, Leslie, I'm going to be Sheena Easton'! Well it sounded like her, but believe me it looked like Eartha Kitt! Lol! I blame the Elvis wig myself! 'Modern Girl' indeed!
And big thanks to lovely Jeannette Swift, who's now a Facebook friend after all these years, for spotting it and telling me too – she was actually the one who won it with a brilliant 'Clang, clang, clang goes the trolley' Judy Garland! Fun times… Did you see it? What did you think?!
Health focus this week! So many people have been commenting about my weight loss, looking slimmer in the face etc, I thought I'd see if Marlene is thinking about having any courses near me, in case I can tell you guys about them. And she is!
The macrobiotic three-day courses are due to take place in the south London/Surrey area on either 21-23 July or 4-6 August – possibly both, or possibly later in the year. If anyone's interested, leave me a comment below (and do say if you want it not to be posted on here – I don't mind). I'll pass them on to Marlene and let her know you're interested. Some of my family may be there and, who knows – I may go too! Say if you'd like to go on her mailing list too for news of future courses or offers. She's so fascinating, as is her book.
And big news! Yay! Marlene's agreed to run a competition to win one of her books, worth £10, but also to include a consultation – which usually costs over £100! If you read any of my previous blogs – like this one, where I went to Scotland for a week in April to learn all about macrobiotic cookery – you'll have an inkling as to why I'm 'bright eyed and bushy tailed', as one lovely lady said on Facebook – and no, it's not just because I'm off on holiday to LA later this week!
Watch out in the next few weeks for the competition – it’ll be a popular one! P.S. – go here to find out more about the consultations and how to contact Marlene direct.
The papers are catching on - now if you're a regular, you’ll know how interested I've been in all things health and diet, especially how enthusiastic I've been that people watch 'Sugar the Bitter Truth', the so-called YouTube 'sensation'.
Well how chuffed was I, when daughter Lauren rang me and said 'Mum, read today's Guardian – it's everything you've been saying about sugar and low fat diet myths'! Yes, there it was in the G2 section, making headlines. I tell you, a tide's turning somewhere, and we're all along surfing the waves!
Whilst I can't bring you as many pics and vids as usual (normal service resumed in August after our lovely blog team are free again after they have finished their extra work on our new look website), I thought I'd give you a flavour of our new sets with a clip from launch weekend!
As promised, here’s that funny from my show with Laura Geller – I LOVE this woman! Such fun to be on with, and so genuinely caring. Johnny did an amazing job backstage again, of my make-up, so I felt suitably glam to start showing off those 'big lips'! Lol!
WATCH - made it to the movies again and pal Goody and I had those tasty 3-seed coconut bites whilst watching 'Prometheus'. Now have you seen any of the 'Alien' movies? Are you a fan? Then this prequel will definitely appeal to you. BUT – big but – if you're not necessarily a fan of such sci-fi and blood and gore monster movies, then it won't. Guess which category I'm in? Considering I gave it 7 out of ten.
Two major reasons I marked it down on my checklist of 'what makes a great movie' – first one was a couple of tiresome plot tricks – too obvious 'monster about to attack' moments. Second was a poor – and weird – performance from the guy playing a Cockney with some weirdo Clint Eastwood tone to his voice – I was actually glad when he got eaten. Not so Rafe Spall ('One Day', 'Anonymous') – who was totally wasted in this film – he played a – what? American? – and his comic genius was hardly utilised at all. Shame, but an OK film. Glad I saw it? Yes. Would I watch it again? No. Maybe you'll like it tho' – let me know.
EAT - part of the secret to macrobiotic diets is cooking stuff! Yes, I know – sounds obvious. But… me?! Mrs 'packet of this, can of that'? (as Simon Brown will testify after years of listening to my inane questions on his cooking shows ('what – you don't need a packet of cake mix to make a sponge?')!
Well last week I excelled myself, when pal Johnny P was visiting. I also prepared some special detoxing recipes – the Marlene way – carrot and daikon broth as pictured here. It really clears your system, if you know what I mean! (recipe is in her book – comp to win a copy coming soon!) Plus one of my fave dishes in this pic – it's this delicious adzuki bean pate. In addition to which, I actually made – from scratch – a macrobiotic lemon mousse. Came out a bit like a blancmange/jelly/mousse but was very tasty! Using agar flakes instead of gelatin.
Next week, tho', a change from the recent meals which may have bored you a bit!! 'Cos I'm off to LA for that well deserved holiday, and to visit one of my best friends, Mr Back-of-My-Tandem – who writes movies. We're going to Santa Monica – how fun will that be?! But will I be able to stick to the macrobiotic 'path' in the land of the takeaway and giant portions?! Make sure you come back next week to find out!
QVC - this week I are mostly been using – the new Today's Special Value nails invention! If you've spotted my nails the last few weeks, it's the long-lasting gel manicure called 'Red Carpet Manicure' (from the people who gave us Seche Vite).
It's due to launch at the end of June – the last Friday in fact – and I can't believe I've got nearly two and half weeks' wear out of doing my nails with it just ONCE – still shiny and everything! If you saw them on-air, in a deep plum colour, then that's what it is! Will remind you nearer the time, but many people asked me about my nails once they tuned in for the Grand Opening – so I thought I'd flag it up again. I reckon it may well sell out early tho', so be warned!
Also on QVC this week – two highlights for you when I'm away – Kipling's Today's Special Value with lovely Marie Francoise on Friday/Saturday 16th, and Julian's flameless candles – intriguing! – Sunday/Monday 18th.
I'm soon off to LaLa land for a week's hol and will see my other mates too – including Rob Locke – remember him? (Leave me a message for him on here and I'll pass it on, if you like). And also the lovely Antthony – we're meeting for lunch when I'm out there! Should be fun! Then he's back on 27th with another wonderful TSV outfit.
'Till Saturday 23rd, then, when I'm back on air with a new Gatineau special at midnight.
News of my trip in next week's blog! Don't miss it!