- John Barrowman
– last of the mischief this season
– last week Charlie, this week Dale!
– watch this fun video- do you recall these childhood memories?
– Debbie – DON’T open tubes with your teeth or THIS happens…
- which of our guests used to be a Rick Astley look-a-like?
- and some amazing new science about matrixyl peptide – it really DOES boost collagen
Plus – watch Julia’s interview on Anything Goes – revealing some interesting secrets in her book!
Yes it was another fun-packed show last week with Pipa and Debbie Greenwood, John B and myself on Anything Goes – plus Jules came on to talk about her autobiography (see below) AND Dale gatecrashed to tease midnight – and that’s when John got him! This week’s will be me and Charlie again – (8pm Saturday night). The run ends in March. This week there’s no John to cause mayhem – he keeps selling out of the HIM skincare set so there’s no stock! But maybe he’ll be back in the autumn when the format returns for the xmas period. What have you enjoyed most about the regular Saturday night slot? Leave a comment below!
BACK TO THE 80’S
It was all about the reminiscing this week – mainly as a result of Julia’s book, the way it looks back over the years with some interesting pics of her in the 80’s. We worked together on Cable 17 – more about it on the video clip below (see ‘Watch’), and Jules was the one who first told me about a QVC audition way back in 1993.
One of the things featured in the book is Jools and the Fools, the band she was in and what happened when they actually got a record deal way back when – you have to buy the book to find out more! And about how well she’s coping, bless her, with having recently been diagnosed with an illness which she talks about both in chapter 101 and in her blog a few weeks ago. She’s not one to make a fuss tho, so she didn’t want to go into detail again in the interview. So this week’s Watch is the whole of the chat I had with our very own Julia Roberts all about her book!
Here’s part 1 – part 2 below.
What with all the talk about ‘the old day’s it made me remember some of the things I got up to in the 80’s. And at the same time this week – must be fate – I was also sent a link on facebook to a brilliant youtube vid which further jogged my memories.
So I went and dug out a pic of myself and sister Linda – OMG what DO we look like! Oh those fashions… and that hair! So funny.
We had recorded a song and these were the publicity pics – funnily enough one of my oldest pals Gill S met up for dinner this week and just so happened to hand over some copies – how timely! Must mean I am destined to show you some more! So here are another couple. Don’t know what’s worse – trying to be serious or attempting to be funny! Hehe!
So of course that led on to thinking about what our childhood was like in the 70’s and lo and behold along came this video from my pal Sharon on Facebook, totally apt for bringing back some amazing reminiscences – what’s your favourite memory amongst them? And it’s a great tune too!
This week’s blooper is not so much a blooper and more a HOWLER! ‘Oh Debbie! What are you like!’ That was the chorus in my ear after THIS little escapade on the 11pm show last Saturday – our poor No-No guest didn’t know what to say when this happened! Fortunately she allowed me to recover and carry on – I was absolutely killing myself laughing for most of the rest of the hour tho’, every time I remembered!
Needless to say, you can IMAGINE what was being said in my ear about it! So – having initially decided I wouldn’t include it this week, I’m bowing to pressure of demand from those clamouring to see it again – here it is – Debbie does opening tubes with her teeth!
So similar to that original one Alison did on my hair all those years ago – so here’s another bit of reminiscing for you too – some ‘best of the bloopers’ from the early days!
Over the next weeks, I’m going to start featuring all things book – from writing courses to regular author interviews with competitions, through to updates on my own novel.(Currently I’m enjoying getting all the feedback from my little Debbie’s Readers group on Facebook – and final draft 2 of my story is nearly there! Won’t be long and it’ll be on kindle!)
Would any of you like to help proof read it? I can take another three people into our little group, as beta-readers , helping me proof the second version of the ‘final draft’ – if so, just go on to Facebook, and private message me!
It’s an online system we’ve got going at the mo so got to stick to Facebook to communicate with the group right now.
When it changes I’ll let you know! And it’s looking like I’ll kick off with a free sample of it at some stage soon – will keep you informed and thanks to so many of you for being interested in my writing! Hawaiian Affair… coming soon! Haha!
So now it’s my turn to reciprocate and help you with your writing! Or your reading. That’s what this little segment will be about.
SELLING TO THE US
Anyway – if you’re interested in becoming a novelist, there’s an intriguing course being run on 13th April – I may go. Pitch Across The Pond is all about selling in America. A US agent is coming over plus author Elizabeth Edmondson who sells worldwide. Maggie Fox, from my writing group writes this –‘Lizzy's agent from New York is coming over, we've got another author who sells exclusively from here to there (Lizzy sells worldwide), and we'll be looking at the difference the covers make UK/US and the language and spelling – both of which can make a reader stumble and not wish to carry on.
(I found this with an American author who had trains coming from the North East into Paddington rather than King's Cross, which stopped me reading the novel). Plus other things. Anyway the course is on 13th April. We've got the website up www.oxfordauthorcourses.com It will be at St. Hilda's, Oxford full details online!
How affordable was this book?! I couldn’t resist! Have you read it?
It’s ‘Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge’ – on which the fab TV show is based!
Have loved this series on ITV – have you? Here’s the true story on which the tale of the famous department store is based. I will report back after Center Parcs!
Any novel recommendations from you?
Next week – Worldwide Script Guru Robert McKee is back in London – an exclusive discount for my blog readers for his course in London around 18th April.
Future weeks – Mandy Baggot author interview! She’s got a new book out in April – start reading her books now,with Sapphire Star publishing (ebooks and print books) and you’ll be ready to respond when we invite your thoughts about her work!
Question of the Week And I’d love to know what genre of fiction is most popular amongst you lovely blog readers – there are over 12000 views of my blog every week – so do please some of you avid readers out there, add a comment below and tell me your fave type of novel!
Name this Slot! And also – put your thinking caps on – what can I call this little segment each week? Book Corner? Nah. It’ll be about books you can read, as well as about writing them and about script writing too… best answer might get a little gift – if I think it’s great! Lol.
- Had a lovely treat from my son on Mother’s Day on Sunday – Gomshall Mill lunch! And flowers and a pretty Lola Rose scarf from him, and a Lulu Guinness cosmetics purse from my Lauren.
Any of you do something amazing? Leave me a comment about it! See how at the bottom of the page. Hope you had a good one if it was relevant to you and best wishes to you if it wasn’t, or isn’t any more.
- Had a bite in the café with lovely Lee and his wonderful mum Sue – and our fab IT guest Hannah Grey. Caught Sue on camera later that night when she was minding her own business in the corner of the studio and got in view of the laptop webcam – you’re never safe when Lee’s about! Lol.
He’s on qvc again this Friday night (15th) with me for the midnight launch and thru the day Saturday with the new Acer Today’s Special Value touchscreen laptop – don’t miss it! (under £400 I believe!) Interesting Lee fact – he used to be a ‘Rik Astley–a-like’ years ago!
-First, thought I’d draw your attention to the scientific findings that made mainstream news this week – about a skincare cream peptide called ‘Matrixl’. Heard about the ‘new peptide’? Well NOT so new if you’re a regular to QVC! Ever heard some of our lovely guests talk about it being in their skincreams? Since we're unable to reproduce the article here, do go do your own research online on 'matrixyl peptide'!
Prai is a good example! (Search Prai on our website for some of the products featuring this ingredient!).
But once again, QVC has been way out in front for many years with ingredients such as this one. Glad Universities like Reading are now publishing research like this – well done Ian Hamley (see Molecular Pharmaceutics for more info – er – yeh, right. Or better still, just go here! Click here)
-And considering how many lovely bears we’ve had on air lately – including the Steiff Sooty, Sweep and Sue and co (Charlie got squirted – check his blog – he’s sure to feature it!) I’ve chosen this lovely little pic – an homage to cousins.
Have they been important in your life as they have for my children? My kids are two of 15 grandchildren – yes, 15!! And they get on so well, all the cousins, on the whole!
I’m expecting visits from a couple of them when I’m away next week at Center Parcs on a short break. Should be fun!
One of the things I’m looking forward to most, is actually having a break from the dogs! Madame Daisy the Escapologist has been at it again – now I’ve Fort-Knox’d their pen so she shouldn’t drive my brother mad when I’m away!
He’s coming to dog-sit – I’ve told him to lock her in the chiller with no baseball or glove if she tries to do her Steve McQueen and ‘great escape’ once more!
She won’t be impressed if this is anything to go by…
Any tips on how to make Labradors STOP scaling fences let me know below! Or if you have a story about one of yours doing something similar!
FACEBOOK FUNNY – This pic doing the rounds this week made me laugh out loud – so I thought I’d share it!
The caption said ‘dog really looks like Samuel L Jackson’ and it so does! It’s the expression on his little face bless him!
For more from this person go here (click here)
Here’s an easy one for you this week – part 2 of the chat with Julia from Saturday’s Anything Goes show – (part 1 is above) – it’s definitely a TiFFT for me and Jules – a presenter interviewing another presenter acting as a guest with her own product on QVC! (Unless you remember differently and have seen it happen before years ago on QVC? Let me know below if so!) And if you’d like to order Julia’s book it’s 701946 (click here). We went to advanced orders during the show but hopefully it’ll be on again soon.
Jules is on hols now – well-deserved break, bless her considering the year she’s had! But back end of March – when we’ll also have a lovely Today’s Special Value from Honora (around 27th – it’s a fab bangle – will ‘sneaky peek’ it for you next week!) Meanwhile, here’s part 2 with Julia.
Fab Honora pearls torque bangle with trendy coloured leather plaited strap – mine's a purple! Stats on my bigger wrist! Cool!
The date of the TSV is 26th March, tune in!
- Is Saturday night of course! Join me and Charlie for another fun Anything Goes at 8pm – and we’ll have a special cookery guest – the one and only Rosemary Shrager with her Absolutely Foolproof Food book. And we’ll be playing on the x-box! Should be fun!
Next week – what I got up to at Center Parcs! Have a great week and don’t forget to leave me a comment on one of the topics above!
Especially what kind of fiction you like to read! I’m curious!
Best wishes Debs X
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