My accident prone week and the final of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’


Not sure how accident prone you are but whether it's my advancing years or just sheer carelessness, I do seem to be more now than I was before.

Last Wednesday having had a beautiful pedicure in readiness for my Pedpro foot file launch, I managed to stub my toe on the bathroom step and smudge my nail polish!! Then, in a very busy car park – while searching for my keys (which makes a change from searching for my car) – I was shocked to find I was the reason for frantic hooting! My trolley had slyly trundled away from me and into the bumper of a small car that looked like a Lock & Lock container on wheels… the driver was not best pleased. 

I have somehow managed over the last four days to tread on the cat, cut myself while shaving – I won't even go there – and then I inadvertantly sprayed sun protection under my arms instead of deodorant  – which I think even Alison Young would feel a tad too protective…

But in all honesty, when the sun's shining, as it has done over the last four days, I'm a happy bunny. I watched the final of Britain's Got Talent, and thought they made an excellent choice, although I don't envy Piers, Amanda or Simon their task. 

I was once asked to judge a local beauty pageant and didn't sleep a wink for the entire week before!  Who do you risk offending? It's not usually the children who are most upset but the parents! I, for obvious reasons, was never in a local beauty pageant but was dressed up as one of the three bears with my brother and sister for a Butlin's Holiday Camp revue in the '60s. We came 2nd, but I think that was only because the judges took pity on my sister – who having spotted my Mum in the front row burst into tears!

Of course, we'd all have a heck of a way to go to ever compete with our very own Debbie Greenwood, who of course was awarded her own tiara and sash a few years back, having proved herself far more beautiful than everyone else in the British Isles. She hates being reminded of it, so I only wear my 'Debbie for Queen' T-shirt when she's not at QVC Towers! 

Were you ever a beauty queen or entered into a fancy dress competition… do tell!!! I'd love to hear :)

Must fly, my four-day break is now over and I'm returning to spend a fab two hours in the company of something incredibly desirable, expensive and rare… Dale!  And a fantastic collection of diamonds!  
See you today at 3pm.
Love Ali xxx


  1. Magda Chetty June 3, 2009 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Great blog as usual, I do not know what is it about nails, I have been using my OPI (TSV) for a few weeks now and my nails are getting long and strong, thank you QVC and OPI, I polished them yesterday with a great OPI red, but Just as I tried to open the car door, then the house door I managed to break 2 nails in one day. So I do know how you feel.
    Talking about fancy dress, about 10 years ago I went with my husband to a fancy dress party, I hired a Red Indian outfit from a shop, and put my small, very expensive parfume bottle in my small bag, and managed to drop it all over the outfit, which end up costing me a lot more than buying the thing!!! not very good ha.
    I watched your show of diamond with Dale today, great staff, did not buy as my husband just got me last week a great blue topaz ring from QVC of course, love it so much. So could not push my luck and ask for diamond as will. Take care.

  2. alison keenan June 4, 2009 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Magda, Thanks for your news. Love getting a snapshot of your life in the sun :) I’m sure the fancy dress hirers were delighted to have such a sweet smelling return! Yes Dale and I loved the diamond show and I’m just glad your man is spoiling you with pretty things to wear whether they be diamonds or not! Have a lovely week end and weekend. I’ll be back with Dale at 2pm tomorrow with more jewellery, so will give you a mention then. Lotsa love Ali x

  3. Margaret June 6, 2009 at 12:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, love reading your blog you always have some interesting stories to tell , well about fancy dress parties hope this one gives you a laugh a few years ago a friend was celibrating a big birthday and shes a fun loving soul so she insisted we all go in fancy dress I went as Andy Pandy but theres a guy in our social circle who is a bit of a one for the ladies and as it was very near to Christmas he decided to go as Santa of course as the evening wore on everyone was getting merry and we all decided it was time to sit on santas knee and tell him what we wanted for Christmas hoping our hubbies were listening. Well one of our girl friends who is a large lady ( she was then 17 st) now shes slimmed down to 11 st plonked herself on his knee and you could see the colour drain from his face but she just wouldnt get up she just kept on and on with a list of things she wanted and in the end he gave up and pushed her off and said if I get you a drink will that do, strange but after that he became quite a reformed guy and at other party get togethers he spent most of the night on the dance floor , we ladies were in stitches and still talk about it.Best Wishes Margaretx

  4. Steven June 6, 2009 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali are you the only QVC presenter that regularly does blogs :) and you always reply too! Others are hardly ever on.
    I was going to be cheeky and say it is a sign of something but you might not speak to me again if I said that! I agree with you about BGT. I’m Scottish and like Susan Boyle but I think the press coverage was OTT. I actually ended up feeling sorry for her.
    Keep the blogs coming! take care x

  5. julie June 7, 2009 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    What a time you have had.
    i had a week like that a month or do back. I was out walking my dog and went over on my foot and ended up in a&e, had to have it strapped up for a week. Still sore! Then i had finally managed to grow my nails after a very long time of trying, treated myself to a nail polish and smudged it all after doing it. That’s the one thing i hate about doing nails, you always managed to smudge or chup the varnish before it;s dry hard.
    I watched your show, was wonderful. My qvc jewellery wish list is just getting too long!!
    The sunshine was wondeful last week wasn’t it, we even got it up here in Scotland. Makes you feel so much better, hope it returns soon.
    take care Alison.

  6. Maria Johnson June 8, 2009 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I love watching you on QVC. You are so pretty, bubbly and so infectiously ardent about all the products you present. You make us feel so included in all of your presetations. You explain everything so clearly that its like out shopping with your best mate!!
    I’m afraid the accident prone thing is because you are in such a rush to make every minute count. Like you I have had a few mishaps because I was rushing about trying to be all things to everyone and failing dismally! The latest caused me a week in hospital with a broken wrist, having tripped up on a manhole cover protruding on the pavement. Six months later I am still unable to use it and worse still unable to wear all the gorgeous rings purchased via QVC. Wish I had ten fingers on my right hand, then I would’nt have a problem. SO take it from me don’t rush too much it will all get done in the end!!! Perhaps its in our genes. I’m a keenan too by birth!!!
    Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing you on screen soon again.

  7. alison keenan June 9, 2009 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    Steve I am intrigued what my replying to blogs may be a sign off!! Do tell! I agree with your thoughts on Susan Boyle and hope very much that somebody somewhere will pick up on her talent and give her a chance to record an album, but look after her at the same time. Her life changes over the last few months have been phenomenal and no doubt she’s struggling. I hope you’ve had some decent weather over the last week – cracking weekend before last here and I didn’t even have to reach for the faux tan, but it’s been raining since. Hope you’re having a good week, and thanks again for keeping in touch. Lovely to hear from you.
    Ali x

  8. alison keenan June 9, 2009 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Maria, Thank you so much for your kind words! That’s a lovely to thing to say that it’s like shopping with your mate – I rarely get the chance to go shopping with anyone but my 16 year old son to TopMan, and have to admit to missing the sometimes hilarious conversations that took place when trying to decide whether something suited or not! So sorry to hear about your wrist – have you been back to the GP to see if it may need another x ray? Perhaps it wasn’t set properly? It must be a nightmare for you, and I wish you well soon. Shame about the rings – just a thought, our lovely Italian guest Ginetta Martini often suggests you thread a ring through a gold or silver chain and wear it as a pendant. Maybe a band ring could work for you? It is a shame to leave them in boxes as you say :) Take good care, and do keep in touch. I’ll try and slow down a tad – although I think it’s probably more of a woman thing than a gene thing!
    Ali x

  9. alison keenan June 9, 2009 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jules – lovely to hear from you, but sorry that your hurt your foot – I bet you had a heck of a bruise?! Hope you’re able to keep it rested and not do too much. Completely sympathise with the nail polish thing, and I don’t even paint my own nails!! Just when you think it’s dry you snag it on something! Might be worth investing in Seche Vite the quick drying top coat. I, like many others, was cynical, but it really does seem to dry within 5 mins and keeps its shine.
    Talking of shine, so glad the sun reached you last week, and I believe you’ve had some lovely weather recently while it’s been pouring here. All my beautiful roses were battered to bits! Still, more blooms to come and of course the lawn is a lot greener for it. Thank you for writing, and do keep in touch. Makes all the difference :) Ali x

  10. Steven June 9, 2009 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Ha Ha I just meant that it shows you take an interest in what people think of you and what you write on the blogs. You are always quick to reply which I am sure a lot of people who read your blogs appreciate. I certainly do. Yip – even in Scotland we had great weather – how unusual is that! Fake tan? I’m sure you don’t need that Ali, you always look great to me anyway. Thanks again for taking the time to reply x Look forward to your next post
    xx Steven

  11. Margaret June 10, 2009 at 12:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison , hope you had a laugh, you always come across as a fun loving lady so thought I would share, love your presenting you are so clear on details and a total pleasure to watch and listen to and brighten a show. all good wishes Margaret.x

  12. alison keenan June 10, 2009 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    Laugh?…. was definitely a LOL Margaret!! Great to have those memories, and even better to remind those in question of them at inopportune moments I find :)!! Thank you so much for your lovely comments: very good of you and I will carry them with me today and think of you tonight at 10pm and 11pm when I finish our Best of British Day. Very best wishes to you too, and do keep in touch. Ali x

  13. Maria Johnson June 12, 2009 at 8:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Appreciate you responding to my blog so promptly. You looked fantastic when you presented the best of British the other night. When you came on I was blown away by how stunning you looked. The RED really suits you and your hair is just fantastic. Makes me green with envy. You really are a lovely person, you lead such a busy life, yet you take the time to reply to everyone’s blog. We all appreciate it more than words can convey. Been back to the GP and am now waiting for a further Op on my wrist. SO hopefully I will get to wear all my rings before Summer is gone!!! Take care an give yourself sone “me” time. Look forward to your next “screen” appearance. You encourage me to make more effort with my own appearance!!!!! Best wishes Maria XX

  14. alison keenan June 17, 2009 at 12:04 am -  Reply

    Maria, You say the loveliest things! I have to say it was very much a do or die – my decision to wear the red the other night. I had actually bought the dress at Camden Market in London in September last year = an exact copy of a ’50s dress, and for a snip of the kind of price you’d expect. Your words have inspired me to make more of an effort and I very much hope that your next op sorts out your wrist problem and you are able to be back in full health again. I’m certain you will be able to wear all your rings again before the summer is over. I hope you are enjoying the sunshine and will have a grand week. Love Ali xx

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