– A one-day competition – enter now! Anti-ageing health talk in Dorking – ticket to win!
– 'Les Mis' movie review – big screen, big drama.
– And family fun in Bath (no, not 'in the bath' – in the city of Bath! Lol)
Don't miss the wonderful film review from my trip to an early screening of the big winter blockbuster, Cameron Macintosh's film of 'Les Misérables'. Plus some really funny doggy pics to make you smile…
Winter weightloss – and a one-day competition – enter by THURSDAY 6TH 5PM!
But first, here's the fast-track competition I promised you last week – you have to leave a comment below by 5pm on THURSDAY 6TH – that's TOMORROW (or TODAY if you're reading it on Thursday! Hehe).
I managed to persuade Marlene to allow a single place – worth £135 – for the workshop and Friday evening talk, to go up for this competition. Why? Well many people have commented over the last seven months or so, about how well I'm looking. And it's choosing my diet more carefully that's helped me get here. I've still a way to go, sure. But for me, post-50, it's all about being healthier too. Therefore I needed to discover some REASONS to eat more plants, salads, veg, spring greens, and what to avoid… and more importantly – WHY.
Now it turns out, it's also an anti-ageing diet! Hey that's good news! And can help with all sorts of health issues. SO if you can:-
– Get yourself to Dorking (Wotton) 10am-4pm, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December – that's THIS weekend!
– Can also, if you like, add the optional Friday night 7pm-9pm talk
– Would really value coming along, and perhaps fancy meeting Craigy and myself too!
Then leave a comment at the bottom, by 5pm Thursday 6th – that's Thursday SIXTH December – it's a one-day-only competition! And I look forward to seeing the winner at the weekend! How exciting!
NB. Please add your telephone number to your comment- this is because the competition running time is so short, my blog lady Sally will ring you to let you know you've won! Don't worry, it's only for the purposes of getting in touch, and absolutely won't be published online. You can read the full terms and conditions here.
The main thing for me, in keeping to this, is that it's a lifestyle, not a temporary diet. And the info Marlene teaches on this workshop is designed to help you stick to it – not rigidly – that's important for me too – but about 80/20. So it works!
If you don't win the competition, but still fancy dropping by, here are the details of the venue and times and prices. Good luck and maybe see you there!
Wotton Hall, behind the Wotton Hatch pub, RH5 6QQ – the Hall is in car park behind the pub. £35 for the Friday talk, including a free copy of 'Macrobiotics for All Seasons' book (rrp £14), arrive 6.45pm, finishes around 9pm. And the Saturday/Sunday workshop is £135 including food! Email Marlenewt@hotmail.co.uk for more info in advance.
Family fun at Bath market
Also this week…
Yes it was time for the annual trip to Bath Market – with mummy this time – and to go see lovely daughter and catch up with grandpog Baloo! (LOVE that puppy!) We trawled around the picturesque city centre picking up a couple of quirky (albeit expensive) handmade present ideas, had a fab dinner, and went to see relatives.
The only hitch was suddenly on the Tuesday afternoon, I was asked to cover an early show as poor Alison was still ill. Then having rearranged everything, got stuck in a horrendous jam on the A4 back into Chiswick and made it on air for the 7pm BareMinerals show with minutes to spare. Phew! Fate was on my side for sure!
Anyway it's always worth going down there, always lovely to see my girl, and as this may be the last Christmas she's in Bath (fingers crossed she'll be nearer London next year!), well worth the trip!
And mummy was hilarious as usual – including asking if my friend who eats gluten-free was a 'celeriac'! Haha! Now you know where Linda and I get it from!
WATCH – 'Les Misérables', the movie
OK, so it's not often that I get to go to an early screening, but on Tuesday, the day before the official premiere, I had a lovely invite to go along to the Empire Leicester Square to see the long-awaited film of the long-running theatre production of 'Les Misérables'!
Cameron Macintosh spoke on stage, and said he'd waited many years to allow it to be made, as he wanted it to be made in a specific way. And that way has resulted in a breathtaking, big screen spectacle with some mind-blowing performances.
For the performances alone by Anne Hathaway – yes really – and Hugh Jackman, who really can sing – it's worth seeing. But there's a proviso. Some of you will hate it – as a stand alone film. But if you've seen the theatre production (as I have twice) and loved the soundtrack, you will absolutely adore it. Yes I cried, at the obvious bits. Yes I laughed – mainly at the Sasha Baron Cohen bits (he's soooo funny as the crooked inn keeper Thénardier).
And yes I also in my geeky analytical-brain way, picked up some major flaws in the plot. Of a film. 'Cos what you can get away with on stage, you can't on film, 'cos there's no reason why some of the holes can't be filled when it's a movie, free from the restrictions of performing in linear fashion in a few hours on a stage. But I'll tell you now, I loved it anyway, shed a lot of tears, and give it a very high 9 out of ten (my scoring rarely gets above 8.5!)
It's a weird thing – 'cos although I enjoyed it, it could be better. But unless you're a director or a technical wizard, you'll probably fall into the 'loved it' category too, mainly for the performances. OMG Anne Hathaway has gone up several levels in my estimation, and I liked her anyway. Respect! WHAT a performance as Fantine, the destitute single mother, cast out into poverty in early 1800s France.
And Hugh Jackman as the ex-con-made-good Jean Valjean has a great voice – it's not amazing in the top registers, but he carries it off with aplomb. Why? Well the most impressive thing of all is this – what you hear, is apparently what they actually SANG – on set – and what a difference it made. Compared to the voices being added in a studio afterwards, you get all the raw emotion of the original acting performance. And that's why I gave it 9. And will probably see it again. Sound track for Christmas, please, family!
Anyway, do go see – I could write another thousand words on it, but all I can say is watch this trailer, see what you think, and if you're a light opera buff (please note it's almost all sung, hardly any spoken words) then go see it and tell me what you think! It premieres tonight (5th) and is out on Christmas Day! Book those tickets now!
(P.S. Now, I want to go watch the 1998 film – spoken – of the original Victor Hugo story… Anyone seen it? Leave me a comment below and tell me what you thought!)
– One last pic from my family trip to Bath – this is Uncle Jeff's angels! Auntie Christine, as well as us three. Nice to see them. And lots more reminiscing about years gone by too – and how hard up people used to be in the 'old days'.
Mum recalls when she and dad first had me (married at 17, had me 18 months later), they got a tiny flat in Streatham and had only two cups! Makes you realise how good things are now, eh. Any of our older readers got similar memories?
So don't forget in the rush of Yuletide, to take time out for yourself to gather your thoughts and just 'be'.
– I tend to relax using my lovely Yankee Candles, in fact. Well this week, I was being rather lazy and had to snip off the top of the black wick in my COLD large jar candle. Cold, note. And did this – serve me right for not fetching the scissors! Several people on my Facebook (ping me a friend request if you like – info below) said that I should use the Yankee trimmer (currently on Waitlist) – guess I should, to avoid soot on my hands! Lol. NB. some thought I'd burnt it, but I hadn't, it was just red from jamming my big mit into the cold jar! Silly Debbie!
– As promised, here are the social media contacts for Jenny and the Together Fashion gang – if you heard us say on air during her show this week that I'd give you their contacts, do follow them and Facebook them – they're a fab bunch! And see below for news of next week's bloopers! @TogetherLtd or https://www.facebook.com/Togetherltd
– Have you seen our presenter advent calendar on our homepage? If not, here it is, and here's the link directly to it so you can see what's under each window every day in the run up to the big day! Nice pic – very festive – and a good fun day when we filmed it all, I can tell you!
– And finally as promised last week, here's what's got to be one of the absolute funniest pics of all time circulating on Pinterest – makes me laugh out loud (LOL) every time! OMG so funny. Poor little pug. (If it had a puppy it would be a pug pog! Lol).
– QVC – this week a faaaabulous Today's Special Value from the lovely Laura Geller throughout Saturday (if it lasts!) Plus – Dale's got the 'Saturday Night Gifts' show this week; we swapped 'cos of course I'm off to Marlene's macrobiotic workshop, so do join him and Will for some fun and great gift ideas.
But an early heads-up – the week after (15th ) we'll have our grand Saturday Night finale – three whole hours with last minute Christmas shopping filled with fun!
I'll see you back on air on Tuesday 11th, including a lovely new faux furry Basso coat, just in time for the the snowy Christmas we're going to be having in many parts of the country! Then a lovely Lulu Guinness cross body bag as TSV – I've got a late afternoon show, to make a change, on the Thursday 13th, plus a fun Yong Kim with lovely Ingrid Tarrant same evening.
Also join me here for next week's blog, when I'll bring you some clips of the funniest moments on air recently with bloopers from Jenny from Together! Just what DID she do to Charlie?! Lol.
Best wishes and big hugs
P.S. Debbie's doggy advent calendar! Another two to go… bleeesssss these little Santa pups!