Hi there, well I'm still shaking the sand out of my shoes after my brief sojourn to the Desert Island with Alison Young last Friday afternoon! I'd forgotten how much I enjoy working with her, although it cost me a fortune for all those incredible compliments she paid me…
I have LOVED reading all your comments about your first jobs – such a variety of places and experiences and all of them thoroughly readable. Thanks so much for writing
But… enough of work! I had a day off with my boys last week, and I thought you might like to see the photos of Sam and Jack LOVING our time at the Salon Prive Luxury Super Car Event at the Hurlingham Club in London.
Sam and I had been there two years before, when I'd very kindly been given tickets to cheer him up following his accident. It was fantastic then, with every make and model of beautiful cars there from Aston Martin, Jaguar, Bugatti, Lotus, Porsche and Ferrari (to name but a few) but this year was even better!
Both boys dressed up in suit and tie as it was Ladies Day, and I got another day's wear out of the dress I'd worn to Ros's wedding. It's not often I have both Sam and Jack together these days – and even rarer that they're suited and booted, and so I forced them to have their photo taken on the way there. Not terribly keen as you can see, but once we entered the magical world of automobiles, their demeanour completely changed :)
Ever since they were tiny, both Sam and Jack have loved anything to do with cars, and the faster and more expensive the car, the better they like it! The Aston Martin DBS was my absolute favourite – a cool £187,000 plus change – but Jack sat inside a something satisfyingly superior that cost £416,000! It had TV, radio, electric curtains, reclining leather-clad heated seats, carpet, outside toilet, window boxes, etc. etc, and he said he'd be happy to live in it! I told him at that price he wouldn't even get a mortgage on it!!
While there, we bumped into fellow presenters Anthony Heywood and Julian Ballantyne accompanied by one of our producers 'Cool Hand Luke'… his hand permanently cool from being constantly in contact with the chilled champagne! I think this was his 10th!!
Of course once together, the boys quickly shifted into conversation about Wankle engines, ceramic braking systems, torque… that was until any one of the beautiful women there (it was Ladies Day after all) swathed in satin or lace sashayed past, and then all eyes moved at a speed reminiscent to those following Rafael Nadal's serve at Wimbledon! All in all, a corking day and one the boys are still talking about…
And now for the bad news…
I have to admit that luck wasn't exactly on our side a couple of days previously when, having made the decision and consequently the booking to take all Colin's children and my boys away for a last minute holiday in Rhodes, we heard the news about Goldtrail going under. Yes, all 12 flights were booked with one of the companies affiliated to them, and along with literally thousands of other holiday makers, we were faced with losing the entire holiday, or having to find the funds to buy 12 more flights.
I consider ourselves VERY fortunate as together we've been able to cover the latter (funny how the price increased by a third overnight!) yet realise that for many, there will be no holiday and for some, who were left stranded abroad with no money to cover flights home, it has been quite literally a nightmare!
Now begins the process of claiming it all back – with only confirmation of the hotel booking sent to us, it may well be tricky – but with the CAA on the case, fingers crossed it won't take forever. I sincerely hope that none of you are affected by this, but any nuggets of advice for me or others would be gratefully received.
Enough moaning: we all get to go, the children are happy, and after last year's wonderful week in Ibiza with the family, I know we'll have fun!
Have a great week, and I look forward to hearing from you,
Love Ali x x