It's official, QVC is 17 today which set me thinking about my 17th birthday. I was in Guernsey working as a dancer in Summer Season with funny men Cannon and Ball. It was a bit weird actually because the venue where I was working had been told I was turning 18 not 17 and unknown to me, they had organised an 18th birthday party for me.
I had to play along with the whole 'key to the door ' thing, big cake with 18 all over it… very surreal. What was even weirder was the following June when I actually turned 18, it was a bit of an anti-climax!!
Anyway, back to my 'not' 17th birthday. I had been waiting for the day in great anticipation as I couldn't wait to learn to drive. I had my first driving lesson on my actual birthday and absolutely loved it. I was in a fortunate position as a friend of mine's mother owned a hire car company so I was able to have lots of practise in a variety of different cars. With all the practise it meant I only had to have 6 actual lessons before my driving test.
On the day of my test, I had organised to have an hour lesson prior to the actual test BUT unfortunately I overslept. I woke up to the sound of hammering on the front door. It was my driving instructor. I just had time to clean my teeth, throw on a T shirt and a pair of shorts and flip flops and get to the test site for 10am (don't they know I don't do mornings!!). I'm not sure if the Examiner was distracted by the sight of my 17-year-old legs but I managed to pass.
I was living with 2 other girls in Guernsey and we shared a car called 'Bessie' that the venue had bought for us, but my first car that I paid money for was the following summer in Jersey, where I was doing another Summer Season. I bought her with one of the other girls, Debbie, for £50 each. Her name was Petal and she was a two-tone Mini, but not how you may have imagined (see photo above).
The majority of her was a normal red colour, but the rear wing and boot was a kind of matte pinky/ purple. To make her look prettier, we decorated her with a Minnie Mouse sticker on one door and a Dylan (the rabbit from the Magic Roundabout) sticker on the other – very distinctive LOL!!! Do you remember your first car?
I thought this all tied in nicely with our first ever product on QVC – the VW Beetle alarm clock that so many of you correctly remembered in last week's blog. Which reminds me, if you know the colour of the VW you can enter our online competition to win a driving experience.
Enjoy the rest of our Birthday Weekend and do text or phone in!