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'!
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 (romanticnovelistsassociation.org) 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!