Does anyone watch it anymore?


Julia on A Song For EuropeI am referring to Eurovision, which hits our TV screens this weekend and the answer is, astonishingly, an outstanding yes … well in our house at least! I am no longer the biggest fan of this musical extravaganza as I think it has become less about the best song and more about voting for political allies, which is a real shame in my opinion, but apparently we always watched it when my children were growing up so they like to continue the tradition.

I don't think it has anything to do with me appearing in The Song for Europe contest to find the British entry back in 1980 but maybe subconsciously it is? If you want a giggle here is the link to the YouTube clip of the Main Event performing 'I'm Gonna Do My Best to Please You' … if you're in any doubt, I am the dark-haired one in green!

That was when I first met Cheryl Baker, who I am sure you will also recognise from the clip, and was the year before she joined Buck's Fizz and they won the contest with 'Making Your Mind Up'! Cheryl and I are still in touch with each other and, in case you didn't know, she is currently touring in the 'Happy Days' production produced by none other than our lovely No!No! guest Amy Anzel. I've yet to see the show but it has had excellent reviews so hopefully it may come into the West End.

KitI also know the lead singer from the 1984 entry, Kit Rolfe. The song was 'Love Games' performed by Belle and the Devotions. Kit used to work a lot with my 'other half' and I got to know her when I accompanied Chris on a cruise he did on the SS Canberra.

We had a great time and if you've never been on a cruise and always fancied it, check out our new shows called 'Imagine Cruising' which Kathy and Dale have been bringing to you. It is a great way to visit a number of different locations from the luxury of 5 star accommodation.



In MaltaThis photo of me was taken dockside in one of our ports of call, Valletta in Malta, a destination I returned to years later with my two children. And then of course there is the lovely Lulu, who won the contest in 1969 with Boom Bang-a-bang!




Bob BallardMaybe that's why I still watch it, because of my past connections. I wonder what Bob Ballard's excuse is? Bob is a well-known sports commentator who very kindly agreed to MC my charity swimming gala last year. He has already been tweeting about the two semi-final shows building the excitement for tomorrow … he absolutely loves it!

I hope you all enjoyed the Bank Holiday last Monday? I certainly did! My daughter, Sophie, came over with two of her friends and we took Milo the cat for another walk on his lead … she did a short video of him on her phone which I might try and add to this blog if I can work out how!

Then in the evening we went to Selhurst Park. Even if you are not a football fan you have potentially seen news reports about Crystal Palace coming back from a three goal deficit to secure a 3 – 3 draw against Liverpool in the last twelve minutes of the game. It more or less scuppered their chances of winning the title, for which I am sorry, but to me it underlined what smaller, less fashionable clubs like Crystal Palace are all about.

Yes, there is individual talent in the team but it is the team spirit and determination, and the unrivalled support of the fans whether we are winning or losing, that has marked this season as one of the best ever since I have been supporting them. It was our Player of the Year Awards on Tuesday night and Joel Ward very deservedly won Young POTY with the main award going to our stalwart between the sticks Julian Speroni.

But for me my Player of the Year is Damien Delaney – if ever a player could inspire a 'never give up' attitude it is him. I've liked him ever since he broke down in tears when we won promotion through the play-offs last year and after this season I like him even more.

I'm heading in to work now for Home and Garden Day on QVC. I'm on air at 4pm, 5pm (which is Yankee Candles today rather than our usual Fashion on Friday) and 7pm so hope to see you there.

Have a lovely weekend.

Julia xx


  1. Diane gilbank May 9, 2014 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi julia, I love to read of your passion for football and all your players and team. A true fan if ever there was one me think!!
    Lovely to read your replies to me, I really look forward to your new posts every Friday and keeping in touch this way, makes me feel less isolated somehow, so thank you xxx
    Just watched your Yankee candles show and what a great partnership, you should do more shows together, and I love the true rose! It along with white jasmine are my favourites, and may just buy some more today as you can never have too any can you?? Seem to say that a lot about qvc items!!
    Have felt a bit better this week and know I am as I have been making cards again. I’ve had 4 commissions all wedding cards so my creative juices have been flowing so to speak. I love the whole process of choosing the cardstock, ribbons ect and seeing what I can turn out. So really understand how you feel about your book!!
    Elsa has just come across to me as if to say….busy on that thing are you?? Well you won’t be for long!! Love her! Much love and hugs to you too xxx

  2. Jean Pugh May 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Watched the video of you and we get to see another of your hidden talents. Love the outfits. I agree with you about the Eurovision Song Contest, not the same any more, not that I watch it.
    You mention the cruises that are now on QVC, I have this awful fear of deep water so I don’t think we will be booking one. Which one are you going on?
    Like the photo of you on the dock, was he worth waiting for.
    How is Wilfie is he behaving or still up to mischief.
    Take care.
    Love Jean xx

  3. TINA S May 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Well I have to say I am not a great fan myself of the Eurovision Song Contest. I think the scoring goes on so long that it is off putting for many people, but each to their own.
    We don’t usually go anywhere on a Bank Holiday. I always think of “One Foot in the Grave” , the episode when they go out on a Bank Holiday and they are stuck in the car in a traffic jam! So this is why we don’t bother.
    We have been having problems with a “leaky” roof for some time now. My husband(who is no great D.I.Y.’er) has been trying to sort it out.I finally had to call in a roofing firm today. It is a nightmare trying to find someone. Hopefully it should be sorted out this week. Everytime it rains I’m dashing out the kitchen to see if the water is coming in!!
    Once one thing goes wrong everything else seems to go. We’ve also had problems with the boiler and water pressure. These have been sorted now though!
    I’m looking forward to our weekly treat by the sea.The sea has a real calming effect.We would love to move to somewhere by the sea, if only we could win the lottery, LOL.
    Still I should’nt grumble, there are so many worse off.I can hear my father now saying “count your blessings…”
    Well my tummy is calling as it’s tea time.
    All the best, Tina (South Wales.)

  4. Steven May 12, 2014 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Loving the outfits for the Eurovision. Not a big fan of the event now its all political in terms of the votes in my opinion.
    What a game the Liverpool Palace game was. I wanted Liverpool to win the title but it really was remarkable from the Eagles. Some fantastic highlights for you in the first season back. Did Tony Pullis get manager of the yer? He couldnt have been far off it. The Palace fans are unbelievable too – what a racket they make brilliant just brilliant.
    Not long until the World Cup now. What were your views on the England squad? Less pressure this year because no one expects you guys to win it for a change! Could spring a surprise possibly
    Hope all is well with you xxx

  5. Annette Roberts May 13, 2014 at 11:45 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Love the Eurovision clip and the outfit you are wearing wouldn’t be too out of place in today’s fashion, they say things come full circle.
    Every year we say no, we’re not watching the Eurovision, but always end up doing so. Afraid we didn’t agree with the outcome, we both thought the Netherlands should have won, followed by Sweden.
    Bank holiday was a quiet one, Chris painted the parasol base which had rusted over the years, in readiness for the new purple parasol, when the weather permits its use.
    The tummy pains have settled down at last, so upped the exercise again. Really enjoyed the body blade show you did, wouldn’t mind one myself, but I think we have got enough equipment with the Aero Pilates machine, Total Gym and Kettlebells for the time being.
    I dread to think what damage Chris could do to any surrounding objects if we did have one…he managed a full glass of water all over the new bed the other night, thankfully the new mattress protector did its job well. He says himself he’s accident prone, I’ve lost count of all the things he’s done over the years…mainly to my things and never his own. One thing he did manage to break was a musical 21st key that Mum and Dad gave me. He’d put it up in the loft without telling me and then one day put a heavy box up there on top of it, split the box it was in and snapped the key straight in two, which upset me at the time, but memories are still there.
    Not sure if Chris has got a cold or if its an allergy, he’s coughing, spluttering and has a sore throat. I feel a jug of hot honey and lemon coming on, then I’m off to make some flapjacks and cook a load of beetroot, which I can’t leave alone at the moment, even putting it in my smoothies!
    Annette x

  6. Julia roberts May 15, 2014 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Diane
    I’m so pleased to hear you are feeling a bit better and that you feel up to being creative. I think it really helps if you feel well enough to do the things that are ‘normal’ for you. If Chris and I ever get married you can do the invitations! ….. don’t hold your breath!
    I managed to get another couple of chapters written on Monday but really hoping to get it finished while I’m off work after tomorrow for a week or so.
    Wilfie has now decided he loves the garden but he gave us a scare on Tuesday when he didn’t come back when called. He is micro-chipped but he doesn’t have a collar with his name and address so he will have to stay indoors until we sorted that out, particularly as he is Daniel’s cat.
    I’m on with more Yankee Candles tonight with Rosa so you had better put your credit card away … wouldn’t want Martin falling out with me!
    Take things steady
    Julia x

  7. Julia roberts May 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    Thanks for taking the time to watch my Song for Europe clip …. all such a long time ago! I made the green outfits as we simply couldn’t buy anything in that colour.
    I’m not going on a cruise anytime soon although my partner Chris was offered a gig on one for a month later in the year. He turned it down – obviously couldn’t bear to be apart from me for that long …. NOT!
    Yes Wilfie is still being a rascal – he keeps jumping on the table to a chorus of “GET DOWN”!
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  8. Julia roberts May 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tina
    I know what you mean about the scoring – worst part of the show for me particularly when the representatives start to ‘chat’ ….. we were all saying to the TV ‘get on with it’ not that they can hear us!
    I am with you, I would love to live by the sea even in the winter months when it is grey or angry and turbulent. When I eventually retire from QVC I think we will have to ‘move’ again but hopefully not for a while yet.
    I hope you got your roof sorted out, we had such a wet winter that I think it exposed problems for a lot of households.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  9. Julia roberts May 15, 2014 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    I made those green outfits …. not sure I should own up to that! There was still a lot of political voting with not many votes cast for us because no-one likes us much but at least, in my opinion, the best song performed really well won this year.
    YES Tony Pulis won LMA Premiership Manager of the Year very well deserved! Brendan Rodgers won overall Manager of the Year. Sorry we spoiled Liverpool’s chances ….. don’t suppose I’ve got many fans at our call centre and warehouse at the moment!
    Re Roy’s England squad – not bad but I think he should have taken Ashley Cole for experience. We’ll see
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  10. Julia roberts May 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette,
    As I already mentioned to Steven and Jean I made those green outfits …. you certainly wouldn’t catch me wearing it now, not that it would fit of course!
    I did like the Swedish entry but I thought Conchita performed the winning song really well – I thought it sounded a bit like a Bond movie theme tune. Wasn’t keen on the Netherlands entry I’m afraid.
    The Bodyblade is good. One f the best things is not needing much space to store it and of course the speed of the workout.
    I’ve had a cold this week, sneezing, runny nose and now a tickly cough …. no sore throat though …. Yet!
    Have you tied blending beetroot, feta and Greek yoghurt? Makes a lovely dip! How long do you cook your beetroot for?
    You sound like you’re feeling a bit better – I hope so
    Julia x

  11. Steven May 15, 2014 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    I agree with you on Cole Julia.
    As you can imagine those outfits are too GREEN for me :D
    Thanks God its Friday tomorrow. Have a nice weekend x

  12. Julia roberts May 16, 2014 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    Hahaha Steven
    Of course you don’t like the green outfits but my sister would approve!
    Hope you have a good weekend too
    Julia x

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