I hope you enjoyed the opening of Charlie and my 2pm show on Tuesday. When I suggested it to Charlie he wasn't too sure at first but he played along beautifully and I think it worked, particularly as I was wearing THE blue jacket.
On that subject can I just say that I am NEVER wearing it again! I also want to thank Warren for taking the time to photograph and tweet his dad's VW beetle alarm clock - the first product QVC UK sold – apparently it still works!
We had a lovely surprise at the end of the hour when Gina, QVC UK's first employee, came onto the set with a lovely bunch of purple flowers for me. Talking of flowers, my home smells beautiful as my family also treated me to flowers, which included freesias, one of my favourites.
Tuesday had been a busy day for me as it started very early with some radio interviews. One of the stations, BBC Radio Merseyside, tested my ability to sell anything by asking me how I would sell an old pair of socks he'd found under his bed…nothing like putting me on the spot!
I started by saying you can buy new socks on the High Street but these were 'vintage or retro' socks…I think I got away with it! I didn't leave the radio studios until midday and that was across the other side of London from Chizzy Park. Thanks to the traffic, I almost missed the 2pm show!
My only day off so far this week was yesterday so I had a nice relaxing day, right? Well no. I had my latest check-up at the hospital – blood tests all good again, apart from slight anaemia – and then I came home to get ready for a night out at the Royal Albert Hall.
British Polio Fellowship had been given a box for the International Dance Championships and they had very kindly invited me as a guest. It tied in nicely with the start of the new Strictly Come Dancing season. My favourites in the amateur Latin American contest made it through to the final but I couldn't stay to see who won as I would have missed the last train home.
The ballroom section took me back a few years. When I was a little girl my mum and dad used to compete as amateurs. I have very vivid memories of sticking thousands of diamante stones to highlight the lace on one of my mum's dresses…I was eight or nine at the time so it's probably where I acquired the taste for sparkle!
I have this weekend off but I am at work this afternoon. For Fashion on Friday today we are launching a new Italian brand of leather handbags called Gabs Firenze. They are all actually made in Italy and are distinctive as they all feature turquoise press studs, which allow you to change the shape and size of the bags…very clever.
P.S. Congratulations to our new presenter, Marverine, for her first shows yesterday. Unfortunately I missed them as I was at the hospital but apparently she was great – well done, Marv!