- Full house chez Flint!
- French & Saunders funny from YouTube – anyone for 'ique-ique'?!
- And a rom com you MUST see – with Steve Carrell and Ryan Gosling's six pack – I mean Ryan Gosling's!
This Easter I got a fab alternative to chocolate eggs – this lovely bunch of flowers – isn't it a great feeling when you get them from the ones you love?
Included some of my favourite two tone tulips too! Hope you had a lovely time – what was your favourite part of Easter this year?
One of my best days was Good Friday, with the weather just about holding up, and mum, sister Lin and pal Jo came with me on a long dog walk – made a change to have one person per dog instead of a tangle of leads! Hehe! Then a nice work out followed by some new nails for me – courtesy of me 'skin-n-blister' (a clever gel nails TSV that she'll be guesting at the end of June).
I worked Saturday and Sunday, and then had a full house on Easter Monday with eight for dinner – a delicious joint effort roast – followed by a joint viewing of 'The Voice' – loving that show at the moment!
So a happy Easter was had by all! Don't forget to treat yourself to a little video of spring lambing in the field next door – ahhh sweeeet! – by visiting last week's blog if you'd like to watch one of my most amazing TiFFT's* ever!
French & Saunders – in a category of their own
Something sent to me this week by one of my Facebook clan took me waaaaay back to the 90s. Remember all those years ago when QVC first became established, how the 'establishment' started putting us on the map with their parodies?
Well here's one of the best! I would have put this as the WATCH section of this week's Footnotes, but I have to say, this clip of the 1999 send up of QVC by the grand dames of British comedy deserves a segment all of its own.
All those years ago I recall watching this with some of the other then-presenters, like Katy John, Kara Tritton, Paul Lavers, Dave Bradford and Dean Wilson, et al, as well as those still here – like our Jules (both of them!) and Jilly – and being both really flattered as well as horrified at the inimitable F&S take on our channel – which was at the time the premier (and almost only) shopping channel of its kind, and a mere fledgling – just six years old!
Also at the time, Trevor and Simon on Saturday morning kids TV, and even Victoria Wood, all did parodies and helped to get us talked about, so if you find any links to any of the other clips, do let me know! Leave me a comment below. And enjoy this clip – it's very funny!
As flagged last week, Miceal and I enjoyed playing around on the opener of 'Love QVC' last Saturday evening – funny! Only a little, but worth a mention. Seen any other bloopers of late?
With today's camcorders you can go out and get lots of links done yourself or with a friend, in local parks, museums, interview local personalities etc, and just get at least 20 hours of recording under your belt, just practising 'being' a TV presenter.
THEN when you've edited the best bits into a 2-minute showreel, you get the chance to apply to people like Guy Lambert – also from the Children's BBC stable – who recently wrote the following article about how to apply for a TV job – and how not to! Interesting.
A lot of it applies to ANY job out there too! Specifically of interest to anyone with literally no experience, as it was in effect an open audition opportunity. Guy's lovely, so do contact him if you want more advice.
- Deb meets the Queen! Probably the nearest I'll get! Haha! (to find out more go to our 'Royals in Bloom' web page to find out why QVC produced The Queen and Prince Phillip heads for Easter!)
Never seen anything quite like it! What did you think? More Queen and Phil? Or Fern and Phil? Lol. Let me know if you saw it on tour!
- Our very own 'queen of style' was on 'The Apprentice: You're Fired!' – this week – funny! Interiors expert Kelly appeared as a guest on the BBC2
- Made good use of some vegetation myself his week as I made – from fresh – the greenest soup I've ever seen in my whole life! Quite proud of myself – wonder what Simon Brown would think! Curly kale, spinach, broccoli and homemade chicken stock – good job I live alone! Hehe! All in the name of 'alkalising' my body…
- This week's 'science bit'! Yes, it's a big 'thing' amongst health enthusiasts, alkalising your cells to help them do what they would do naturally if we didn't fill ourselves up with junk all the time! Apparently.
And since many of you liked the recent topic of healthy eating, and a couple of people have said 'maybe what I eat really does affect how well I am', I've found a great link helping to explain why you need to alkalise and why the pH of your body is so important.
It's such a huge subject, this is a mere grazing of the surface, believe me. But if you're interested in all this stuff, you can Google and YouTube to your heart's content afterwards! NB – this is just one of many many sites explaining more about it, so do go read a few!
- 'Solo Cougar's Survival kit' #17 of 20 – drink pure water!!! Simple as that – water! If you're over a certain age (ie. in Cougar territory!) and have not yet ditched your fizzy drink habit, yes even diet drinks, you know what they say about dehydration being ageing!
As 'everyone' knows (!), you're supposed to drink at least two litres of water a day of water (or equivalent fluids but not diuretic ones like coffee and definitely not ones you add sugar to!). In fact, I'd say 'and the rest'! If you haven't ever drunk enough, you could find it's exactly what you need to make you feel 'raring to go' on those date nights – and it's my little tip for fewer afternoon energy dips.
Genuinely try drinking two litres of water during the day, and by mid-afternoon – even just for a week – see what a difference it makes. Then let me know! It can be your TiFFT* if you like! Report back by leaving a comment below though – don't forget! Do it instead of sugary hot drinks or a sweet snack like chocolate!
My own favourite water is Isklar – which has a low TDS (total dissolved solids – measured in mg per litre – of 'stuff' in the water, eg. like minerals, or rubbishy stuff) and I find it much easier to drink (room temperature) than normal water, specially the higher TDS ones (over 200mg 'dry residue' – it'll be on the label) let alone some tap.
Oops, sorry – launched off onto a pet subject there! All based on a former life – my own business which I ran years ago, importing a special pure water from the USA called Penta. We sold it to retail, and direct, and also to celebs and sports stars. But that's a whole 'nother story! In fact, this week's Boat Race reminded me of it – tell you why next week!
Facebook saying and Tweet talk
This week's nice little saying, doing the rounds on Facebook and Twitter, is for anyone who had a less than fun Easter, and is feeling a bit overwhelmed. And for a lovely special friend of mine, who I've known for many years, big hugs to ya, matey.
And now something to really cheer you up! If you enjoyed my 'autocorrect howlers' from a few weeks ago, this is 'specially for you. If your dog could text. Soooo funny – news that this is going viral (ie. getting more popular as people tell each other!) even made it to the Huffington Post, (which provides the news on AOL) and if you scroll down through all the texts, you'll definitely see why.
BUT – I must warn you – please don't click this link if you are easily offended by expletives! I nearly didn't use this as a result, but it's honestly soooo funny, and so many people on Facebook told me they loved it, that I couldn't resist! Let me know what your dog would say if it could text!
WATCH - have found another wonderful romantic comedy for you to watch, guys – (and by 'guys' you know I mean girls and guys!) – starring one of my favourite actors Steve Carrell, and an excellent supporting cast, 'Crazy Stupid Love' is this week's recommendation.
Kicking off, it makes you think you're watching another hackneyed predictable film about a womaniser, Jacob (Ryan Gosling) and a divorcee-to-be, Cal (Carrell) whom he gives lessons on how to get women. But it quickly develops into something much more refined. I loved the way Jacob changes his tune when 'game changer' Hannah comes into his life, played by the captivating Emma Stone. There's hope for us all girls!
And with a fabulous 'didn't s ee THAT one coming' twist towards the end, it kept me enthralled. In fact, I usually do a couple of things at once (social media, read a paper, watch TV talk on phone or Skype etc.) but it pulled me in and got my full attention. I even delayed Skyping Mr 'Back of my Tandem' to finish watching it! That's why it gets a good 8.5 out of ten. It would have been 8.75 but it wasn't quite original enough throughout. Do get it out on DVD tho' – a fun uplifting movie. (Tissue alert for the end!)
It's a real innovative combination of my fave flavours – and if you can find it! – worth a try if you, like me, are a lover of both dark chocolate and espresso! I know I'm on a health kick, but a square every so often goes down a treat! And anyway, am still in the countdown to my 'macrobiotic workshop week' in Scotland in a couple of weeks' time so, till then…!
QVC - a diverse array on QVC for the week ahead, gang. I'm looking forward to this week's fashion weekend – I've got some lovely shows including two of my favourite ranges Yong Kim with the wonderful Ingrid Tarrant on Saturday evening and an hour with the lovely Renee – haven't had a show with her for ages so will be great – 'specially if there's any TSV left!
Then on Saturday night late, through Sunday, one of my favourites is back, with a new Kipling TSV. Kiplingettes, don't miss out on Marie-Francoise's return with a new fabulous bargain bag – it's £74 direct apparently, but we're doing it for about £49. Six colours including Blue and Red Linear print (shown in the pic), Lilac, Tangerine, Indigo Blaise print, White and Grey.
Sunday will also feature the premiere of a new show called 'Very Vollbracht Fashion Collection', with designer Vollbracht himself. So do join me if you can!
PLUS - an early heads-up for the return of 'Antthony Fashion Designs' coming soon – this purple top is one of his and I love his range! Can't wait to be with him when he's over here again – around 19th – am with him at 2pm in the afternoon – book your space in front of the TV and bagsy the remote well in advance! lol!
Will also see you on Tuesday night (17th) with Dreamkeeper at 10pm, followed by the midnight launch of the first 'Women in Control' Today's Special Value. Since I'm a woman who lives her life in control… pants, that'll be appropriate!
THIS WEEK I ARE BEEN MOSTLY USING - the soup maker of course!
NEXT WEEK - am debating whether to go see 'The Cold Light of Day' at the cinema – it stars Henry Cavill who was a stunning (and delectable!) Earl of Suffolk in the BBC series 'The Tudors'. He's also currently in production as the new Superman. Corr! Heard any good things? Seen it? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Will keep you informed if I do!
Have a great week!
*TiFFT – try it for the first time.