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Julia's son Daniel with the Crystal Palace FC Under-10 teamAs most of you know who read my blog, or who have read my book, I am an avid Crystal Palace fan so that is the team that my son, Daniel, has supported since he was five years old. At one time he wanted to play for them but his ambition has changed and he now has his eye on the managerial role in years to come.

Following obtaining a degree in Sports Science (Coaching) he achieved his UEFA B licence and completed the first part of his A licence last summer. He devoted 100s of hours of his time to coaching for various clubs, without being paid, before he was offered a part-time and then a full-time role at the Crystal Palace Academy.

It was with an enormous amount of pride and a lump in my throat that I watched him take his under 10's onto the pitch at Selhurst Park last Saturday, during half-time, to be presented with a trophy they had won in a recent tournament. He then walked the boys around the pitch to a substantial round of applause, probably due to the fact that their opponents in the final had been Millwall!!

A big thank-you to one of the stewards who allowed me into the dug-out area to get this shot of the team – Dan is on the right of the picture above. Palace managed a 0 – 0 draw with high-flying Everton so, all in all, a very happy afternoon!

WilfyThe following morning we noticed Wilfy the kitten was limping. We presumed he had hurt his left paw while playing and after a phone call to 'Vet's Nurses' I was told to keep him as quiet as possible, observe him and take him to the vet the following day. He was very subdued but picked up towards the evening when our daughter Sophie noticed that he seemed to be limping on the other leg …very odd.

First thing on Monday my partner Chris 'googled'…'kitten limping' and apparently this is a rare reaction that some kittens have to their first vaccination. My vet wasn't convinced at first but, following a call to the vaccine manufacturers he conceded it was a distinct possibility. We have monitored him all week and I'm now happy to say he is back to his mischievous, playful self. I wonder if any of you have heard of or experienced this condition with your own cats?

Julia with Lord Boswell of Ayno and other End Polio Now attendees at the House of Lords - photo by Damien DavisMonday night was the 'End Polio Now' function I had been invited to in the River Room at The House of Lords. It was vaguely surreal walking down corridors that had been graced by the leaders of our country for hundreds of years.

The event was hosted by Lord Boswell of Ayno (pictured over my left shoulder) and was to draw attention to the importance of eradicating polio once and for all by the year 2018. Politicians, representatives of the World Health Organisation and members of Rotary International, who are huge supporters of this cause, were all in attendance.

Julia at the End Polio Now function at the House of Lords - photo by Damien DavisPolio has been around for 5,000 years and we are within a hair's breadth of condemning it to the history books, as happened with smallpox, but it needs one final push to get the necessary vaccine to the remotest areas of the three remaining countries where 'wild' polio is still a problem: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The cost to the individual is what concerns me most as it would be wonderful to have a world where no more children need suffer paralysis or death from a disease which is preventable…it makes economic sense too as it is more cost effective to prevent rather than cure.

Julia and Catherine HuntleyI had another night out on Wednesday. I went with my daughter, Sophie, her flatmate Gilly, Will Gowing and my friend Nat, to watch Catherine Huntley in her play, 'The Memory of Water'. I really liked the piece and I was very proud of what Catherine had achieved, producing and acting the role of Mary. It is only on until Sunday but if you do get the chance to go I would recommend it …. there are some laugh out loud moments but also some true emotional bits too.


Teresa, Terry Kiely and JuliaI was out again on Thursday lunchtime meeting up with my friend and former QVC colleague, Julian. We were taking another friend, Teresa, out for lunch and she and I were both delighted to meet Terry Kiely, the actor who played Karl Fletcher in the TV series 'Dream Team'. He and Julian knew each other from when they both appeared in the 2001 film, 'Mike Bassett, England Manager'. By the way Jules says 'hi' to everyone.

So I come to the end of a crazy busy week off-air to what promises to be a crazy busy weekend on-air at QVC. We have the mini iPad TSV launching tonight at midnight…perfect Christmas gift for anyone who has yet to experience the ease of an iPad.

Elemis TSV - 203557And THEN (drum roll!!!!) the biggest beauty TSV of the year on Sunday. Yes, Keeley is in town for the Elemis Christmas Today's Special Value and it's a cracker (excuse the pun)!! Not only is there a 30ml size of the Pro Collagen Marine Cream, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and virtually the price of the whole collection if you bought it separately, there is a 30g size of the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, winner of the QVC Customer Beauty Awards for best newcomer and also Jasmine and Rose Milk Bath, which is new and exclusive to QVC.

And there's more (said in a Frank Carson style voice): 200ml Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream, 35ml Frangipani Body Oil and one of my favourite Elemis products, Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm. It is a fabulous TSV and we are offering Buy More Save More if you're thinking Christmas presents.

I'll be with Keeley at 11am Sunday morning and again at 1pm so I hope you'll join us. Must dash now for today's Fashion on Friday show in which we are featuring Mr. Max fashion, back on QVC after a break of almost ten years.

See you later, much love,

Julia xx  


  1. Diane gilbank November 16, 2013 at 8:38 am -  Reply

    Wow julia! How did you fit all that in, in a week? But what a wonderful week it was. Such a wonderful testament to your son and getting where he wanted to be through sheer hard work. You could feel the pride jumping off the screen, and that was a treasured photo I am sure of his team on the pitch. Sadly I don’t have your passion for football, but have an avid fan in my father so can understand the passion you have.
    Onto the Stirling work you do with polio. It must have felt surreal being in those corridors, but what an amazing ambassador you are. I have such great admiration for you and all that you do considering your own health issues.
    Onto your cutie of the week, Wilfy. A good thing you found out what was wrong with the little man! He is gorgeous. My middle daughter has just got their first kitten. He is all black too and our grandchildren who are 7 and 4 went to collect him last week . So we had a very long skype call to be introduced. Makes me want one even more now! It my birthday soon, so hoping a kitten may be my present??
    Lovely to see you doing this weeks shows, I sadly missed out on the Denis basso one time only, so consoled myself with the knitted hat, as you looked so good in it.
    Looking forward to Sunday and the elemis tsv.
    Take care, oh and I love the length and style of your hair!!
    Much love and affection Diane xxx

  2. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv November 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    hi julia busy life you have well done to daniel and sophie and chris hope they are well,. i have just had my last weeks hioliday from work i weeks doing nothing but being lazy can you give me qvcs new mailing address please so ican send your xmas card to you please

  3. Tania E November 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Great blog. Glad Wilfy is ok, he is spot on cute!! Love his bright eyes. My current feline companion, Nikita, had a temperature and started panting after her booster last year i was told to keep her quiet and observe her. Thankfully she was ok after a while. This year she was ok after her booster, phew. I suppose its like us we can react to something one time and not another for all sorts of reasons. Even them using a different brand of vaccine can make a difference like us having meds that are the same but from a different brand can make us react differently. The pic of you and Catherine is beautiful. Hearing of ones going ahead and pursuing things helps with my motivation and my determination in gaining the victory over depression.
    Thanks for sharing and i wish you continued good health!

  4. Jean November 19, 2013 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Well done to Daniel, yes I expect you felt really proud of him on Saturday, and lucky you getting the photograph.
    Sorry to hear about that gorgeous little Wilfy, hope he is okay now, I must admit I have not heard of the reaction he had to his vaccination, I know that the dog’s can sometimes react to some of the vaccination’s. As long as he is on the mend bless him.
    Sounds as if you had a great time at the Polio function, you do a wonderful job.
    Yes Catherine has done well and I expect it was nice to go and see her. You have had one busy week and now deserve a rest.
    I did get the Elemis TSV, wow what a super TSV. And my daughter Heidi has got the Mini TSV. I purchased the larger Apple one that was on a while back.
    One show I have really enjoyed on QVC lately is Andi’s kitchen, what with him and Dale you cannot stop laughing, really good show, it is a shame there is only one more show, maybe QVC will do some more later on.
    You take care and have that well deserved rest. A big hug for Wilfy.
    Love Jean XX

  5. Julia roberts November 19, 2013 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Diane
    Would you like Wilfy for your birthday???? …. only kidding, but he can be a little rascal sometimes. He can be all lovey-dovey and then suddenly nip me and his teeth are very sharp (as are his claws). When he is loving he sits on my chest and ponches his paws whilst sucking my dressing gown. He also likes to chew my hair if it is loose. Glad you like it at the moment. I changed stylist about six months ago and she has cut it shorter with layers … I think it works better now I’m sooooo old! I keep toying with the idea of a fringe but they take such a long while to grow out if it’s a mistake!
    When is your birthday? Daniel’s is the 27th November … are you a Sagittarius too? Maybe you will have been treated to an Elemis TSV if not a kitten. Have a lovely one
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  6. Julia roberts November 19, 2013 at 10:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    It feels just a little too busy at the moment so I am going to book some time off in January – sounds like you had the right idea just relaxing for a week.
    The QVC address is:
    Building 8,
    Chiswick Park
    566 Chiswick High Road
    W4 5 XU
    Sophie has a bit of a cough at the moment and a dodgy knee as she did another ‘assault course’ for charity at the weekend. It’s Dan’s birthday next week … can’t believe he will be 27!
    Julia x

  7. Julia roberts November 19, 2013 at 10:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Tania
    You are right about the different brands of vaccines and the way we react. I think you are more likely to have a reaction if it is a treated live vaccine and this one was I discovered after questioning my vet. I only really know about the different types since the swimming gala I organised in the summer – the Paralympian James Crisp contracted polio from the vaccine they were administering at the time. They have since developed a new vaccine that doesn’t have the risk associated with it.
    I’m sorry to hear you are suffering from depression – it is such a debilitating condition and one that is little understood unless you know a sufferer … I wish you all the best with your battle.
    Julia x

  8. Julia roberts November 19, 2013 at 10:20 am -  Reply

    Hello Jean
    Sounds like you and Heidi have had a busy weekend shopping on QVC – wasn’t the Elemis TSV fabulous? You will have to let me know what you think of the Jasmine and Rose milk bath. It is very different in aroma from the original but equally as gorgeous I think.
    It has almost been too busy lately and because I agreed to go in on my weekend off for Keeley’s TSV and we have a photoshoot for new Presenter postcards tomorrow ( another should-be day off) I am not really have a rest before my next run of eight days on-air out of nine starts on Thursday ….. I must admit I’m feeling a bit worn out, particularly with the house-hunting too. I think Catherine did so well managing her rehearsal period for her play and still going on QVC ….. she is back on air this afternoon.
    I watched a bit of Andi’s Kitchen last night and it did look like they were having fun – particularly the interludes with Jilly!
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  9. Beth Morton November 19, 2013 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I love hearing how everything is going for you and what a busy time you’ve had this past week or so!
    The photo you took of Dan, his colleagues and the under 10s is great. One of the boys is looking to his left with such a happy smile on his face, it’s heartwarming. I am a volunteer Youth Worker and know how rewarding it is to work with youngsters. Your son is a credit to you and your partner Chris!
    Good to hear that the event at the House of Lords went well and I know you will have held your own and contributed a lot of input to any discussions.
    Glad to hear that you got the chance to see Catherine’s play – everyone has given such good feedback, I am sure she will be planning her next play soon. Fingers crossed she can stay on at QVC though! And pleased to hear that Jules is fine – he was always so chirpy on screen, glad to hear things are good for him.
    Finally, being a cat lover, I am delighted to hear that Wilfy is now recovered – he is bringing a lot of fun and mischief into your home!
    You take care and do rest when you get the chance(!),
    Beth XXX.

  10. Hefina Mitchell November 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    only a short blog to say how well you are looking ,hope you are feeling as good as you look,your hair is lovely to,good luck in your house hunting my sister is moving in a couple of weeks,her six house move in seven years.she said it keeps her fit lol
    take care,
    Hefina x

  11. Marian Bolton November 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia. It’s the Bucket woman here, lol!
    Well done to Daniel on his marvellous achievements and for making you proud. I hope his dream comes true one day. How is Sophie doing in her job? I couldn’t believe it when she left QVC …. why would you???!! (Don’t take that the wrong way Julia …. you know me and QVC …..bit like me and Elemis!!)
    So happy Wilfy is ok and sounds like you had a smashing time at the House of Lords.
    Nice to hear you had lunch with Julian. I miss him on QVC, He always used to make me laugh and I was sorry to hear he had left and Debs Greenwood.
    LOVE the new Elemis Jasmine and Rose Milk Bath! Yet another ‘must have’ Elemis product! I know I tweeted it but just to say again how lovely and well you looked on Sunday. As for Keeley, well, you just have to love her to bits right?!

  12. Diane gilbank November 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Ohhhhh julia, I know you believe in fate, but this week has been extraordinary! I am in bed with a kitten at my feet! Wanted to post you a photo on twitter to show you, but don’t do twitter. Will ask my daughter to do it.
    My eldest girl who lives round the corner text me Monday am, to say someone had called asking if she had lost a kitten. To which she said no, but if you can’t can its owner my mum wants a kitten.10mins later she was back with her, gave her to Laura and left. Martyn was warming gently to the idea, but when I asked him to go and pick her up, he wasn’t happy. But this beautiful tortoise shell scrap came thro the door. 10 mins later a book plopped through letterbox entitled…how to raise a kitten!!!
    So after extensive searching, a visit to the vet I have a 5 month old new life with me! Hoping nobody comes for her, some one in the village had taken a similar kitten in too. So all very sad, but happy for me. Martyn softened within the first few hours. We have named her Elsa. And she has been so good so far. Can’t quite believe the happiness already.
    Yes I am Sagittarius ,2nd of dec my birthday. My mums 89th on the 27th nov. How uncanny,
    Much love to you julia, kitten happy Diane xx

  13. Julia roberts November 21, 2013 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Beth
    I am so pleased for Daniel, he has sacrificed going out drinking with his mates because he simply couldn’t afford it BUT it is all starting to pay off now in terms of the satisfaction he derives from coaching and managing his lads … money is still not up to much though LOL!
    It was great to see Jules again. Our shifts at QVC meant that we didn’t see much of each other but it was always such a pleasure when we did. Catherine is back on air now.
    Wilfy is a live wire but he still loves his cuddles with his ‘mummy’!
    Not much time to relax at the moment but hopefully a nice long holiday in January after the move!
    Julia x

  14. Julia roberts November 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Hefina
    I’m not feeling too bad thanks apart from a little tired!
    This will be our third house move in three years and I can’t say I enjoy it much. Was hoping to be able to buy this one but struggling to find somewhere I love!
    Julia x

  15. Julia roberts November 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marion
    ‘Bouquet’ surely, with all the fragrant Elemis products you use …. thought you would like the Jasmine and Rose Milk Bath!
    Sophie is doing well in the ‘head-hunting’ business ….. I don’t think it is a forever job but the position she had at QVC didn’t challenge her enough or make use of her talents. She has never had such a direct ambition as Daniel but is prepared to try something new.
    I really liked that Ingenue dress, going to be a favourite I think!
    You know I adore Keeley – say no more.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  16. Steven November 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Well done Daniel eh. You must be very proud. Looks like you might get your wish with Mr Pulis. Good appointment you reckon? Hope Wilfy is better – thats the cat not the player lol. Hows the pilates coming along? Not seen many shows lately
    Hope you are well
    Steven x

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