Here come the girls – QVC style!


Alison with Julia and Alison Young at the concert I feel as though the last week has flown by! So much has happened, beginning with an awesome night out with Julia and Alison Y, where we were well and truly entertained by Lulu, Anastacia and Chaka Khan!

HERE COME THE GIRLS is the three woman tour you will have heard Lulu telling us about last time she was at QVC, and have no doubt since read the rave reviews from all those literary folk lucky enough to have been part of this fantastic night out. 

Julia brought her daughter Sophie – like mother like daughter – both gorgeous I'm sure you'll agree (see photo bottom right) :)  Alison Young brought her lovely husband Simon but I managed to prise them apart long enough to have a photo taken of us  – THE GIRLS QVC style…"you could be sisters," my Mum said, before putting on her glasses…

Julia and daughter Sophie at the concert How we danced!! The Apollo was literally shaking in its foundations as we stomped around to 'I'm Every Woman', 'Mercy', 'Relight my Fire', and of course 'Shout'. Lulu is INCREDIBLE! I tell you if I was that fit now I'd be happy! After the show we all belted upstairs in the hope of catching the three divas before they went home for a cup of tea and a well earned rest.

It was there Ali Young and I met Lulu's son, who talked to us about the pending birth of his first child… Lulu a grandma! Doesn't seem possible when you see her snaking across the stage in lycra and 6 inch heels. There's hope for me yet 🙂

Back to real life…

Then it was back to real life and food shopping, only to find when returning to my car that someone had reversed into me and ruined my front bumper. I would have been far sadder had it not have been for a little note on my windscreen. Not from the driver of the car but from a lady who had witnessed the accident and taken the drivers' number down!  Bless her. 

And she's not the only kind hearted person in the county either as Sam dropped his wallet in the village, complete with money and ALL his credit cards, and it was posted back through our front door the following morning with everything still inside. I have to say it cheered me and reminded me of a similar incident that happened whilst I was sitting in my car at traffic lights on the Finchley Road. 

Suddenly the passenger door was wrenched open and a young chap reached in and grabbed my handbag.  He was wearing a balaclava and thumped me so hard on the arm I had to let go of the bag I was struggling to hold on to. I did get out of the car to shout for help, but was tooted by other drivers as I was in their way and on the road. The police, however, were incredibly helpful once at the scene and we drove around for ages trying to catch a glimpse of the young lad, but nothing. He did try every one of my credit cards in the cash machines, but the banks were quick to act and all was well.

Moments of kindness

Can you imagine my amazement when I had a call the following morning from a doctors' surgery saying they had my handbag. It had been thrown over the surgery wall and the nurse there had meticulously picked up every last receipt, photo of the children, shopping list, a note from Jack saying he missed me, even my diary of our visit to Australia to see my brother. 

I was stunned and exceptionally grateful. The cards and wallet you can replace, but some of the things I had kept in my handbag were irreplacable, and silly though it may seem they were very precious to me. I was so grateful to have them back that the rest of it paled into insignificance, and I will be forever grateful to Jill the nurse for taking time out of her day to pick through the mud and gather together the pieces of my life.  🙂

I hope you've never experienced anything like that but I'm sure there have have been times when you've had your faith restored in human kindness – if so do share 🙂

Must fly – exciting night with a brand-new Mum, and a brand-new TSV! Join me at midnight to find out more… might even get to see the baby! YAAY!

Love Ali x


  1. Julie December 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    About 4 years Bek and I went into our local town to go to the Bank.Whilst we were in the precinct on the way to the Bank I noticed a wad of notes on the floor, we went over to them and I picked them up-I felt so guilty, I expected it to be some kind of Candid Camera style joke. I counted them-£200, we immediately took it to the local Police station 5 mins away. All the way there I carried the money looking over my shoulder and as if I was carrying the Crown jewels!Gave all my details to the Policewoman who said “oh nobody will collect this, after a month it’s yours” I’d just arrived home when the phone rung-yes you’ve guessed it somebody had lost the money and was going to send me a Thank You card and flowers as it was her Mortgage money-I’m still waiting. Don’t get me wrong I would never have kept it and would do it again but a kind message would have been nice-oh, we never got to the Bank, the very reason we went out that day! Could never be a Bank Robber could I?
    Take Care
    Julie xx

  2. Margaret December 9, 2009 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison ,sounds as though you had a good night out, cant beat a girly night ,just let your hair down and dance and sing, if you ever get to go to see Jane Mcdonald you would enjoy what an amazing singer and her entire show is just supurb everyone is up dancing at the finish, we are already booked for her next one due in the summer.Please Alison when you are in your car dont drive with your doors unlocked its not happened to us thankfully but I know of people who have been stopped waiting at traffic lights only for their doors to be pulled open and bags snatched and horridly knives have been pulled thankfully no one was hurt just the way of the world now I guess but its not nice, hubby has to travel to work in the early morning and I always remind him to lock up to the point of getting on his nerves but as they say better to be safe than sorry.Now on a happier note I Wish you and all your family A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year, Margaretxx

  3. alison keenan December 10, 2009 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Julie, I think a little thank you note would have a really nice gesture – and would have taken very little effort for returning a very large sum of money! Perhaps the relief of having it found wiped everything else from their minds 🙂 Still it was very good of you, and I’m sure they probably still talk about their good fortune to this day! I know that feeling of guilt though at picking something up like that – you automatically feel as though people are judging you. Make you smile though, the last time I tried to pick any money up it was glued to the table… 🙂 A pub landlord’s way of catching you out 🙂 Hope all your Christmas plans are going well. Love Ali x

  4. alison keenan December 10, 2009 at 11:20 am -  Reply

    Margaret, thank you. Sage advice and the same as was given to me by our lovely Dale. He told me how I could automatically lock my doors once I’d started the engine, which was a relief. Also, the police did suggest I stopped putting handbag on the front seat – which is also excellent advice! I would love to see Jane Macdonald live. I think she’s excellent on Loose Women, and I’m sure a cracking entertainer. I want to make more of an effort to spend evenings out in the New Year, as there are so many excellent shows to go to, and so many more venues close to home these days. Watch this space though as I have bought tickets to see someone VERY special next year, but can’t say yet, as the person I’m taking may well be reading this! Love to you Margaret, and I hope your hubby is still taking care when out and about driving. Ali x

  5. Julie December 10, 2009 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Regarding driving with locked doors-not always a good idea. If you have an accident not all doors open automatically and you could be trapped(you know our track record!!) It depends how you feel safer.
    Christmas plans going well-tree’s been put today and I’ve done some retail therapy today too!
    Hope you’re well and speak soon
    Julie xx

  6. dorothy December 10, 2009 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    hi alison
    a few years ago i was in supermarket car park and someone just pushed trolly down side car an old couple had seen it happen and they waited for me but where upset as they could not remember car number bless them it was the thought that counts. everytime laura comes over i keep telling her about her handbag on front seat im going to show her your blog she might take notice. how did sam come on at hospital hope it was good news. hope you all have great christmas and a better new year.
    love best wishes.
    dorothy xx

  7. alison keenan December 11, 2009 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

    Hadn’t thought of that Julie… although the car I have now you have to lock the doors manually, so hopefully they’d open automatically if needed. Handbag out of sight is probably the safest option 🙂 I’m sure your tree will look lovely, and had all things been even I would have managed to get mine tomorrow, but am helping out with a Christmas event at the local Gym and then work and the boys aren’t home this weekend. Lucy though has already offered, so am hoping we can get one on Sunday afternoon. I love the smell of pine in the house. Take care and thanks for writing Love Ali x

  8. alison keenan December 11, 2009 at 2:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Dorothy please do show Laura “and Laura, please don’t do as I did!” Actually the number that the lady left for me hasn’t been traceable, so I will have to sort it myself, but it was still very kind of her to have taken the time. Bless the old couple. Very thoughtful of them too. So sorry, meant to tell you that following our visit to the consultant on Tuesday, Sam was given the all clear 🙂 The scar has healed really well, and even with quite hard prodding he wasn’t feeling the same old discomfort at all, so let’s hope once he’s had a refit for his leg that he will indeed be up and walking painfree. Thank you for your constant kindness in asking. I hope you have a lovely weekend, and manage to stay warm! Jolly cold here. Love Ali xx

  9. julie December 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Sounds like you had a wonderful night with the girls. Gorgeous photos by the way.
    Glad you got all the bad things sorted, how awful, but how good it all worked out.
    I did have an act of kindness. I think these days you loose all faith in human kindness with the way the world is and many people only caring about themselves. Thankfully there are still many good people.
    I went to the hairdressers near my mums a few years back and parked at the car park it shared with a few other shops. I came out andthe side of my car was all bashed in. i got into my car and cried. My car was only 1, my folks had bought me it as my first car and got it brand new. I had had a very bad crash a couple of year before in the car which i shared with mum and it was written off and so very nearly was i. So all the memories came flodding back and i was and still am suffering from injuries. However as i looked up a note was on my windscreen from the man who had hit me with all his details and we got it all sorted. How honest of the man, so kind!!
    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Ali, you continue to be one of my faves on qvc and feel like a friend to me.
    Love Jules

  10. alison keenan December 14, 2009 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jules, thanks so much for writing to me. I was so glad to hear there was a happy ending, when it could have been a nightmare. Sadly the police haven’t got anywhere with the car reg so I’ll have to get my bumper done myself. Still, as you’ve said, no one was hurt, which is most important. Gosh it’s freezing today! We had our presenter lunch and Claire and I went without our coats on. Luckily the taxi was waiting when it came time to leave 🙂 Take care and I hope you too have a wonderful Christmas. Love Ali xx

  11. Anita Belding December 15, 2009 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, what a mixture of things that have happened, you must have been terrified !… at the car jacking, what a world will live in, but what a lovely night you had with Julie and Ali Young is Lulu’s skin as good as it looks on screen? You are always happy , and a lovely presenter, you make me laugh, have a good Christmas Ali x x
    Anita Hampshire

  12. Julie December 16, 2009 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Yes, tree up looks nice although I don’t think the dog thinks so. She keeps knocking the baubles off-don’t bounce on wooden floors do they?! She then looks at you as if to say “now look what you’ve done”
    I’ve done some Christmas food shopping today as I’m working up until 23rd, I have to admit though I don’t enjoy it-too busy and people seem to buy for a month or they’re expecting snow, mind you that may not be far from the truth in some parts of the country.
    As always take care, have a lovely Christmas and New Year-I know you’re going to be very busy!!
    Julie xx

  13. alison keenan December 17, 2009 at 10:35 am -  Reply

    Anita, lovely to hear from you, and yes Lulu’s skin is in fabulous condition, as I know from sitting right next to her! She’s also incredibly fit! Anyone who can dance while wearing 5″ heels deserves a medal – or a safety net! We did all have a fab night, and it’s been literally years since the three of us were together outside of work, so it was a treat. It’s lovely to hear you enjoy watching the shows, and yes I really do enjoy what I do, and probably more evidently, enjoy working with the team here and all our guests, who make me happy. I feel very lucky 🙂 You have a lovely Christmas and happy New Year to you. Love Ali x

  14. alison keenan December 17, 2009 at 10:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Julie, I too have the tree up, but carpet down, so nice composition for the pine needles to work their way into…! The cats aren’t even giving it a second glance which is a relief. I have to admit to doing my final food shopping on Christmas Eve as traditionally Colin does the last of his present shopping on that day, and this year the boys won’t be with me, so it keeps me busy. We have a lovely farm shop not far from here, so I get the vegetables from there, and have ordered the turkey etc. from Exmoor at QVC. We had snow here yesterday, and as I’m without the car at the moment am rather pleased to be sitting in a warm train instead. You take care and have a lovely Christmas too, and thanks as always for keeping in touch. Love ali xx

  15. Carol Bruce February 10, 2010 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    hi Alison
    Recently purchased the watch i have heard you rave about and am delighted with quality and look of it, fabulous. However, one small problem, the watch is snug on my wrist and I could do with and extra link. I do want to keep it and have contacted customer services with the hope of purchasing more links, without any joy.
    I am deeply upset at the prospect of having to send it back or be limited with the amount of time i can wear it as the winder rubs against back of my hand.
    I would like you to speak with powers that be on my behalf, as extra links are made and could be made available to purchase by customers who would benefit from the extra length. I hope you can help with my delema and look forward to hearing from you.
    Thanks, Carol.

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