My trip to QVC Italy


Deb on QVC Italy Hi all,

As I write this the London rain is streaming down again and I'm in a cab on my way in to QVC for an evening shift including Bare Escentuals and the Ojon TSV. Also, if I'm there in time, for Antony's leaving do – will take a pic if I'm able to. The reason I'm in a cab is I've just returned from a flying visit to Italy.

Sometimes in this job you get some interesting opportunities to do some unusual things and this week I was filling in for Marjolein Brugman as a guest QVC Italy, with the Back Magic TSV and a Pilates machine. Hence asking on my Facebook for any feedback from back magic users!

QVC Italy launched last summer and it is all so reminiscent of here in the early days – the numbers, the atmosphere and the studio set up! The people are lovely – I particularly enjoyed working with Sylvia, the lovely lady in the picture, who has been described as the Catherine of the team, and Marco, who they said was the Charlie! Lol. They both spoke quite good English which was handy as I speak no Italian! Maybe I should learn…

Everything's done via a translator, and the back magic in particular had a very rigid script to stick to – same wording every time, as it included some medical claims about how it releases back tension, which were allowed to be made on QVC Italy.

It was nice being able to say them, albeit parrot-fashion from the voice in my earpiece – if you've ever seen the film Broadcast News, it was a bit like that, only repeated immediately afterwards in Italian!


I loved doing the Pilates machine too – that was just a normal presentation – and I discovered the word 'saddlebags' translates as 'sacks of a horse'!

Debbie and an apple Tough, long shifts, but fun. At least now I know what some of the TSV guests here go through! LOL. But the hotel was very comfy, with some of the best coffee ever, and the largest golden delicious apple I've ever seen!

But – for those who ask – no, I didn't find any eligible Italian men, hehe! What they did have though were many of the big brands we've come to know and love  – Gatineau, Kipling, Michael Di Cesare and Laura Geller just whilst I was out there. There was even the smiling face of Leighton Denny on a promo they were running, beaming out from the TV in the opulent guest lounge I spent hours in!

Anyway it's good to be home, aching all over, as you can imagine from so much fabulous Pilates! And looking forward to getting back to my newly tidy post-Christmas house, (the resolution is working out!) so I can tackle the novel-writing!

Oh and I got accepted into the RNA ( this week on their New Writers' Scheme which I'm really excited about. It means a professional appraisal of a complete novel and a deadline of August this year. Motivation or what! So I'll get cracking and make this year the year my first novel is finished! At least I've had a nice foreign excursion to inspire me!

Anyway have a great week!





  1. Jean January 15, 2011 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    Lucky you going to Italy, it sounds as if you really enjoyed it over there. The apple looks like a Melon. Look forward to hearing how you get on with your novel, yes Italy is the ideal place for romance, a very romantic place I should imagine.
    I did reply to your question about the dogs the other day, you may not have seen it yet, I expect it was posted when you were away.
    Anyway good luck with the novel.
    Love Jean XX

  2. Jean January 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    It sounds as if you had a super time in Italy, very romantic so they say. The apple you are holding looks like a melon.
    Good luck with your novel, it will be interesting to see how you get on.
    How is Houdini, I did answer you the other day when you asked me about the dogs. Maybe you have not read it yet as you were away.
    Take care.
    Love Jean XX

  3. Di January 17, 2011 at 12:46 am -  Reply

    Well done you on getting into the RNA and best of luck with the novel, u can do it Debs.. Can I have a signed copy of your first book xxxxx
    Italy is a lovely place, shame you were on a flying visit and didn’t get chance to get out and about, to meet the men!!! lol, maybe next time…
    Luv Di xxxxx

  4. nigel January 17, 2011 at 10:14 am -  Reply

    Although she jumped the fence again, bringing Houdini to QVC Towers could be the thin end of the wedge. Before you know it she’ll escape into the studio and become star of the show (e.g. Monty Halls’ Reuben and Rick Stein’s Chalky).
    Best of luck ! Nige

  5. Michelle Roberts January 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, Lucky girl going to Italy although it sounds like you had to work very hard. Very well done on your RNA acceptance you will have to knuckle down to some writing now, i would also love aa signed copy of you novel, back to work now painting cattery while everything is quiet.
    Love Michelle North Wales

  6. Susan January 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    How fabulous to fill in for the lovely Marjolein! Bet you were great. And lovely flying visit none the less. I was wondering if you could find out – or know – if you still stock Paul McKenna CD’s? I can’t find them on the internet. Thank you.
    Take care,
    Susan x

  7. Cheryl January 19, 2011 at 9:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Deb
    Congratulations on getting into RNA I can’t wait to read the book. You will definately have to be motivated with a deadline.
    Sounds like you had a good time in Italy pity no time to meet an Italian Stallion a finely tuned one and not one with sacks of a horse!
    Hope your girls were good when you were away.
    Take care
    Love n hugs
    Cheryl xx

  8. debs flint January 26, 2011 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    jean, di , michelle, cheryl – nige – yes italy was fab and houdini is now under house arrest so i’m re-thinking the whole strategy! She nearly made it on to the Steiff hour the other night for obvious ‘puppies ears’ reasons, but producer said no just in case! He’s obviously read my blog!
    Not sure about Italian Stallions – a good solid old cart horse has a lot going for it compared to some of those unreliable young upstarts!! hehe! But in the romance novels, of COURSE a stallion is essential! lol
    Susan – not sure – dont’ think we do McKenna any more but do leavce aquestion on QVC’s facebook if you can, that’s best place to get faster reply, tehy’ve got a team there to do such things! (LAUREN do add link if you can?)
    Have just received my RNA pack so am very excited about getting cracking – will have to take my netbook to Egypt next week for those lazy afternoon hours to continue on the novel! Monaco and Hawaii in spirit (the story’s set there), up the Nile in ‘body’
    – I’m a lucky girlie!

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