Happiest New Year and resolution time!


Debbie at ChristmasWhat a lovely new year I had – one of the best in recent years! More later, plus…
- Review of my year – on and off QVC including Honora's Ralph losing it on air!
- Tom Cruise on a 'Mission'.. and it's a good one!
- And resolutions ahoy! I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours!

"Another year over… and a new one's just begun…"
New Year's Eve gathering at Shyama'sHad a lovely New Year's Eve – you? After the plethora of family and casual acquaintances abounding over Christmas, it was refreshing and fun to spend New Year's Eve with an interesting group of people at my lovely pal Shyama's house in Kilburn!

I hot-footed it across after finishing my shift at 6, which had included a fabulously fun hour co-presenting with Dale – doing best of Diamonique – he mentioned he'd had a few 'ripe' comments on his blog – must remember to go read them! lol. Thanks for all the lovely texts brightening up our New Year on air that night!

Anyway the company I enjoyed at the dinner party this New Year's Eve was stimulating, fascinating and consisted of a couple of people I'd met before, and others I hadn't – but my little team still won 'Articulate'! hehe! Congrats to Shyama's pals Martina and Keith on their honours list mentions, and thanks to all for a fun night, specially my lovely mate Shyama and her super kitchen!

Shyama and Debbie on New Year's EveIt's always a time for reminiscing, isn't it? Well we worked out we've known each other since meeting 21 years ago, in the green room of a nightly live showbiz programme called '31 West' on BSB – we were presenters. (Incidentially, said Green Room is now one of the offices on the first floor of our QVC building! Well it will be for another five or six months anyway – the move to Chiswick approaches fast!)

Anyway our kids are the same age, we've both been divorced about ten years and have many similar interests – so it's always fun to spend time together – as many of my blogs have shown! I look forward to much more of the same in 2012!

'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol' – just HAD to get straight to the excellent new film I saw this week with Tom Cruise. The fourth 'Mission Impossible' film could have been very 'so-so', but it's been revamped with more than a meagre dose of fun and a fair bit of fallibility! Mostly courtesy of our own Simon Pegg – who is fab.

Intriguingly, the possiblity that some of the gadgets and stunts might go wrong keeps it fresh, rather than predictable, and it's jollied along by the extra humour injection from the supporting crew, all of whom are well-cast, and not a weak link amongst them. So having had a very enjoyable couple of hours (it's a long one!) I gave it 8.5 out of ten! Go see it if you can! And read on below for my own film of the year!

Review of the Debbie year
BEST FILM - 'Bridesmaids', what else!

Sticking with films, then, to kick off my look back at 2011… the brilliant 'Bridesmaids'! Oh my goodness, if you haven't seen this chick-flick yet, do put it on your DVD list! It's my film of the year, simply because it resonates so much with some of my own experiences, or those of my female pals.

I had tears in my eyes at some of the antics I can tell you! And also because of the deliciously warm, fuzzy feeling it leaves you with, especially how adorable the policeman character turns out to be! (our own Chris O'Dowd). And because Kristen Wiig both wrote and starred in it. A real talent to watch! And it gets a nine out of ten from me – that's almost top marks (nothing has ever got ten yet!).

Runners up would be 'Return to the Planet of the Apes', (for the jaw-dropping moment the whole audience gasped when the ape first spoke!), and probably 'Friends with Benefits', 'cos I just blinking love that film! What was your highlight? At the cinema or on DVD release?

BEST ON-AIR MOMENTS – hard to choose; it's been a fun year!
But my most memorable moments from 2011 on QVC were the super interviewees I got to chat to on air! Peter Andre, natch! And Lee Child (top-selling author, a real role model!). And some of the smashing regular guests – including my first time with some new ones – like the delightful Anttony, and also Harald Glockler from Pompoos!

Three highlights for you -
• Peter Andre, in to promote his single 'Perfect Night', was every bit as charming and gracious and 'normal'! – as you expect him to be from his reality show; when I chatted to him in May/June time – he even did a little piece to camera for my 'blog people'!

• Lee Child was also a thoroughly decent chap too – he was in to promote his new 'Jack Reacher' novel, 'The Affair' – out in September in hardback and we were amongst the first to have it – signed too! It was fascinating hearing how he only does one draft, and what he had to say about why this 'prequel' story sets the scene for all the existing novels. And what he thought of Tom Cruise being cast as his 6'5" hero!

BEST FUNNY – Ralph Rossini from Honora Pearls loses it on air!
My third highlight just has to be this one – it's also my funniest on-air blooper-type memory, from those featured on this year's blogs. Not only because it was Ralph and we all want to see more of him(!), but also because he made himself go so unusually red-faced! Here's the longer version of his little episode at the end of a long visit and many shows – funny!

He's a pleasure to be on air with, and it's no wonder he's one of your favourites as well! if you can remember any other moments that made you laugh during 2011, let me know below!

BEST MEAL – The Lobster Pot
Ooooh yummmy! As you'll know if you read my blogs regularly, I try to do little restaurant or meal reviews. Well of all those featured, one stands out above all the rest. Maybe because I'd never had lobster before, or maybe because of the decor and the uniforms of the staff, or maybe because of the French Jazz in the brasserie next door afterwards, but it easily got my vote as the most memorable meal in 2011.

Most of the new places I've tried have been via those daily deals vouchers – Groupon, Wahanda, KGB, Living Social and others – well worth signing up for if you fancy doing the same!

Lauren's graduationWell where do I start? Far too many to mention, but as a little snapshot of my year, here are some that spring to mind. And what a fab year it's been – never had such an action packed summer!

- My lovely Lauren's graduation, for her music degree in Bath. Just like with my son Brad's a couple of years ago, definitely one of my proudest 'mummy moments'!

Debbie and Nigel- Rocker Nigel came along to the graduation, of course, and as well as Center Parcs, scuba diving, cruising up the Thames, and visiting all sorts of restaurants and seeing all sorts of films, it was lovely to spend time with this funny, lovely man, whom I'd known for 30 years! Some lovely times to look back on for sure!

Nige is still one of my film buddies – in fact, we're due to go see 'Silent Movie' next  week! Debbie's nieces

- This next one's a lovely one – I became a great-aunt! Now I have three little nieces/great-nieces to spend time on and relive my own kids' younger years with! An excuse to go see 'Puss in Boots' or 'Cars 3' as well! Lol.

– Getting trimmer was quite an achievement too – Ship shape!like when I squeezed into this Cydney Mar dress in October! Just got to get back on track now, that's definitely one of my resolutions with the aim of losing a further stone by my big birthday in May!

- It made walking for miles and miles a lot easier that's for sure, on little holidays like my Stonehenge weekend in September with one of my oldest friends, Gill!

Second time for me, but being an archaeology geek, I luv it, luv it, luv it, as does Gill. As she says, whomever I end up with, he'd better like history! Lol.

Gail, Liz and Debbie at the cottage- And of course to tie in with my writing, there were lots of events to look back on and smile, including a trip to Monaco with lovely pal, our model Goody: partly for research and partly for fun! We achieved lots of both!

- And of course the August writing retreat in Inverness, where I met some more amazing new writing friends, and wrote another 12000 words in four days! It's been a very productive year, I've learned a lot, and hopefully it'll all help get a publishing deal in 2012!

BEST TiFFT OF 2011 – wakeboarding!
Debbie does wakeboardingThe concept of 'try it for the first time' continued throughout the year, basically doing something new every month that I've never done before, and brought me some innovative ways of whiling away my time – including wakeboarding (Groupon!).

I loved it so much, I went a few more times, and intend doing it lots more in 2012! In fact, I've one for scuba diving in open water, and for horse riding (never done it before, believe it or not!). Check out my previous blog for the full story – enormous fun and what a challenge! But suffice it to say, after the first time, it took me a week to be able to walk properly again!

Resolutions – what are yours?
Ahhhh, January, January… Those resolutions, then. It's an easy list – similar to most of the last few years to be honest! No surprises that it'll be to continue doing my fitness routine and getting trimmer – back to the grindstone in 2012!

Plus finish the final draft of the remainder of my first novel, having submitted the first three chapters already to Mills & Boon (fingers crossed); also, as mentioned previously, to go on 50 first dates in 50 weeks (!); and, here's a new one – considering the karaoke fever we've had this year – to create an album of songs for myself, to mark my 50th in May; and of course to keep doing a TiFFT every month!

Thanks so much for leaving a comment on here – it's fabulous to hear from you guys too! Let me know what yours are, and best wishes for the new year! Normal format back next week, featuring a review of the new Daniel Craig movie, 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', and a look ahead to some on air highlights for the weeks ahead!

Best wishes,


  1. martin forbes January 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    you dont look 50 debbie only 40 happy new year still enjotying your blogs

  2. Alexandra O’Donovan January 5, 2012 at 7:44 am -  Reply

    As usual a thoroughly entertaining blog. all the nest for 2012! Alexandra.

  3. debs f January 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    martin – why thank u!

  4. debs f January 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm -  Reply

    Alexandra – thanks hon! All the best to you n yours too! hugs d x

  5. Mo Whitelaw January 5, 2012 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    I love reading your blogs Debbie, I talk to you on Facebook too – I think you are the nicest presesnters on QVC…. so geninue!
    Where is the review of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Lol
    Hoping you get yourself a lovely fella in 2012 Debs, you deserve it…. my resolutions are to lose weight and get myself a fella.
    Fingers crossed!! Good luck Debs – and the best of health xx

  6. Gaye Denyer January 5, 2012 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    Happy New Year Debbie,really laughed at Ralph’s blooper.

  7. cd January 6, 2012 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    wow debbie that is some long blog – where’d you find the time?!

  8. Debs f January 6, 2012 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    Hello mo my lovely! Ta for nice comments! Yes fingers crossed for our wishes in 2012!
    Ps dragon tattoo in next weeks blog! I’d already submitted this one! Xx

  9. debs f January 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Gaye – funniest thing was – he kept laughing about that long after the show too! lovely guy and so fun to be on with!

  10. debs f January 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    cd – it’s called ‘distraction’! Remember i’m supposed to be putting the finishing touches to my novel, so i find myself quite happily writing a blog instead – displacement activity i believe!

  11. Michelle Roberts January 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Really Really good blog !!
    My New years resolutions are like you I want to lose a stone in weight, just starting swimming again as Yoga out for the moment with my poorly wrist. secondly sorting my knicker drawer out anything grey looking going to the bin to be replaced with white, I would love always to have matching knickers and bra but I know that would never happen as I could never get that organised in a million years Lol Lol. Also I’m going back to school on a computer course I really want to learn how to down load photo’s on the computer and lots of other computer stuff!!
    We are going to see the Tom Cruise Film tomorrow, so I will let you know my thoughts,really looking forward to it.
    I thought the Great Expectations series wasn’t that brilliant it was a bit whimsical for me, I can remember reading the book a very long time ago and it be a very powerful read I didn’t feel this came across, far too much floaty white dress for me!!!
    Finally I hope you have a good year Debs what with you hitting the big 50!!!
    Love and hugs
    Michelle x x

  12. Nigel January 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Debs – Mine is ‘stop watching soaps and get a life’ which I’ve interpreted as cutting out soaps so I have time to read the Country Life mag I’ve just subscribed to !! Simples.
    Does the move to Chiswick mean a different address for Xmas cards – I just like to plan ahead !
    All the best for 2012, Nige :)
    P.S. Thought the suggestion of ‘gossip’ as opposed to ‘gaggle’ was very appropriate !LOL!

  13. Jan Gradwell January 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debbie, I love to watch QVC when you are presenting. You always get it just right; you seem to have the answers to customer queries, even before we ask them, and you take the time and trouble to describe things beautifully and get the sizing right. Debs I so enjoyed your take off of “Bubbles” from Ab Fab – how about some more? Wishing you all the best for 2012

  14. Joy Shipley, Mansfield January 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs, Joy here, (hobbit feet) ps Mexico was great! 50 you are joking? Seriously, i have inspected your face on tv, you have no lines, wrinkes or anything, your decollete is of that of a 20 year old, i honestly cannot believe that you are 50 – i thought you were gonna say 40 and at that i thought you looked brilliant! My word gal, you should be snapped up quickly, you have so much going for you, a beautiful face, fabulous personality, a zest for life and well, what can i say about that laugh of yours, it puts i’m sure not just me in stitches! I love watching you on QVC but at the same time i’ve always said this about you and you know that you are totally professional. ~I’ll raise the glass with you, your a joy to us all and whatever your using dont stop, you look a million dollars! All the best for 2012 love Joy, Mansfield xxxxxxxxx

  15. Sheila Rolland January 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi hun,just read your blog.you look really well.are you doing a particular diet and excercise? by the way you dont look 50.i am in a similar boat to you.50 divorced with two grown up children.still looking for the perfect man.xxxxxx

  16. Susan January 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    I so agree with the comments below…you don’t look at all like you’re turning 50!! You are sooo youthful and bubbly but my how your skin is sooo smooth! Hope 2012 is a happy year for you. No doubt you won’t try one new thing just like many people but about 520 new things lol!
    Chat soon,
    Susan x

  17. debs f January 12, 2012 at 1:00 am -  Reply

    Michelle – I love your ‘matching knickers and bra’ plan! Good plan! Maybe I should join you! lol
    Hope you liked Tom Cruise film. As you’ll know from facebook I’ve since seen Dragon tattoo – am reviewing it in next blog – and it’s even better than Mission Impossible!
    Anyway I’ve just found a fab idea for my one of my 50th celebrations – going to see Dream boys at wimbledon theatre! hehe!

  18. debs f January 12, 2012 at 1:03 am -  Reply

    Nige – you are funny! AS usual! Country life eh – how cultured! Is your subscription along the same lines as my one to New Scientist? There to confound the newsagent?! lol. Yes all going well for the move to chiswick – we begin behind the scenes rehearsals after Easter. New address will be ‘studio park’ how glam!
    best wishes

  19. debs f January 12, 2012 at 1:05 am -  Reply

    Jan – is that your first time leaving me a comment hon? Or first one for ages? lovely to have you on board! yes I love abfab – I got the box set of all the series – and Bubble is sheer comic genius IMO! THanks for your comments about sizing – it’s one of my most important priorities, and I try to read reviews and make the relevant points, as we don’t want returns and unhappy customers! Glad you’re a happy one!
    hugs for the new year!

  20. debs f January 12, 2012 at 1:08 am -  Reply

    Joy – why thank you so much, kind lady! You flatterer you! I’ll send you the tenner later! lol. I think the best thing I’ve done is – apart from use great products on my face and neck most of my life – is stay out of the sun. My photosensitive skin had a use after all eh, even if it meant being left out of summertime activities when i was growing up! Anyway you wanna see me when I first arrive hon – it’s amazing what makeup and lighting – and a brush! – can do! hehe! Thanks tho – appreciated!

  21. debs f January 12, 2012 at 1:11 am -  Reply

    Sheila – hi hon! Thanks! Yes it’s been sensible eating and more exercise – squats and lunges and dog walking and pilates etc! Back to it with a vengeance to shift a further stone before May tho eh! There, I’ve committed to it!
    you’re in same boat eh? how old are your kids? how long you been divorced? what do you do in order to possibly meet a new man? Just wondering! Am creating a new concept with a pal of mine , a published author, which might be a bit of fun aimed at us singletons, but we’re way away from discussing it yet! Will keep you informed!”…
    best wishes in the meantime!

  22. debs f January 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm -  Reply

    susan – haha! I think youre right! I’m already planning lots of new stuff to do this year – it’ll be even more busy than the last one! But honestly, so many choices, it’s hard for a girl to choose! lol
    ps nice to hear from you and ta so much for your kind compliments! As i said, you should see me first thing in the morning and you might not have the same opinion! haha!

  23. Susan January 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Lol I bet you have soo many new plans as you say Debs! And glad you don’t mind hearing from me! We have sarcastic humour – got from my dad – and I think I can annoy when I don’t mean to so apologies.
    Bet you’re so right about the sun and your gorgeous skin!
    Take care
    Susan x

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