– Speed dating – which one would you choose?
– Come Dine with Lee – Craigy and I go EAT with one of our fave tech guests!
– Charlize Theron in 'Young Adult' – not your run of the mill movie!
– Bloopers abound – plenty this week, including Julian Ballantyne's unfortunate back ref!
OK, so as the '50 weeks' march on, and my '50 dates' add up, (slowly!), I thought I'd kill six birds with one stone (you know what I mean!) with a fun Valentine's Night this week, which featured speed dating!
Six three minute dates in 20 minutes! Sorted! Now it's ages since I've been on one of those – and whilst the chances of finding 'the one' are sky high against, I thought it'd be fun, so I agreed to go with my similarly single pal Shyama to the one run by singlesolution.com in Marylebone.
It was an 'over 40s' night, but many people were over 55, so it was a really nice, relaxed, friendly evening, without the stress you tend to feel if you're attending one of those 20s and 30s 'cattle market' type singles nights. The people we chatted to were all very nice. No sparks, but very nice to do something different. We certainly had a good laugh.
When speed dating, you get to chat for lots of people for three minutes and then move on. It's a fun way of saying hi to lots of different people! Plus the guys all agreed that I could take a pic and put it on my blog – which was very nice of them. These are the six pictures I took – see if you can guess who is who.
– 'Rand1' – who's a copper, and said he has 'the best kids in the world' – bless! Nice guy. He'd have been the one I'd have agreed to go for a coffee with afterwards, if anybody.
– 'David50' – who's a travel agent boss, who gave me some useful tips about going to Egypt in a year's time when the troubles have calmed down.
– 'John 38' – a chemist by trade, who said he'd quite like a partner who was an archaeologist, since 'as Agatha Christie said, the older you get, the more interesting you'd be!'
– 'Sasomaco' – works in Sainsburys and came to UK from Macedonia 18 years ago
– 'Neil48' – who was given a card in a game where you have to go round looking for others holding a character from the same show – but his was Kermit, so for the rest of the night he was called 'muppet'! He's an astrologer who said Taurus (me) is 'earthy, earthy, very earthy'…
- And 'Jon6' – who made me retake the pic twice – and who said the best line of the night in answer to my question 'what's the best bit of the night?', he replied 'the next three minutes'!
Yes it was good fun. And I was particularly chuffed when at the end, the organiser Stuart invited us to the 30s and 40s event in March in Victoria – I didn't tell him my little secret about my big birthday in May! We'll go again I'm sure.
Meanwhile, see if you can guess which of the guys in the pics – (numbering them 1 – 6, from left to right) – which one would have been my 'coffee date'! Let me know by leaving a comment below!
P.S. For those of you that asked me, yes it was pal Shyama who appeared on Sky Atlantic recently on 'The Devil's Dinner Party' reality show – and yes, she was swindled by being chosen for ejection from the game by a random card given to the most competitive guy in the bunch – she was his biggest threat! And he still didn't win! Hah!
Come Dine with Lee
Firstly, it's the most incredible flat – overlooking the Thames and Canary Wharf (not a lot of people know this (!) but I have always had a hankering for a flat like that since watching 'A Fish Called Wanda'! So very much enjoyed cathartically experiencing it through Lee!)
Secondly, Lee served up the most amaaaazing grub – including scallops for starters, with bacon and onion sauce (a la Gino Di Campo), then fabulous chicken on barley with asparagus a la Gary Rhodes, and finally a taste explosion a la Jamie Oliver, with hazelnut and ginger biscuit base, lemon curd, raspberries and mascarpone topping – yummmm! Left some for Craig tho'!
If we really were on that TV prog, he'd have got 10 points the whole way from me! Delicious grub! Glad it wasn't my turn – as I've said before, I'm a 'packet of this, can of that' kind of girl generally, or a very simple cook (don't even think it! Lol). My motto is 'if you can't make it better, just buy it done'! Are any of you any good at cooking? What's your top recipe recommendation? Something EASY! Remember it's me you're telling! Lol.
And it was also fun to drink out of a very unusual set of glasses for champagne – proper Louboutin-style stiletto glasses! Hehe! Glass slippers with a difference!
I posted it on Facebook and there were all sorts of suggestions about how you use them to drink out of! What's yours? How should you do it, do you think? Answer next week! A great night though, and we even got to hear Lee's old songs from when he was in a band – very talented man – there's more to him than meets the eye!
Now Lee's rarely one to make mistakes on air, but Craigy and I help fulfil the quotient! 'Specially this week when Craig's crafting included a solo demo of that shrink wrap stuff that you shrink with a hot gun – did you see him do it without cutting it up first?! I hope it's on his blog soon! Lol! We also had several other funnies live on QVC this week – here are just a couple for you – I thought they'd make you laugh!
– How funny Julian was during our Yankee Candle show when he was doing his link to promote the midnight launch of the scissors… FUNNY! So many people commented afterwards on Twitter or F'book – and I'm not surprised! You can always count on our Jules for a faux pas or several! Lol.
– And our lovely Glen Campbell having one of those 'moments' on live TV during the Centigrade TSV launch!
– Funny this week at work – there was I hunting around for my iPad, when suddenly there was a mysterious (albeit polite – lucky for them!) status update appearing on my Facebook, ('I work with the best backstage team in the world'!) and a day later, I found this pic on my photo roll! Funny guys! Great crew, we have at QVC – always game for a laff! This is Dave and Aliza, with the scissors TSV – perfect for 'snippets'!
– Saw this in the paper this week – Daniel Radcliffe doing something weird with his tongue, whilst he was on telly publicising his new film ('Woman in Black' – see last week's blog for review). Can you do any quirky little tricks like this? Let me know by leaving a comment below! I can do 'caveman toes' – easy when you've got hobbit feet! Lol.
– Family fun – just had to include this adorable pic of baby Abi-Grace, my great-niece, getting ready for her first snow angel fun in the recent white out! How cute is she!
– Pogs at vets – the mutts went for their usual check-up and vaccinations and I was pleased to be told that Patchy my podgy but playful older black Labrador, has lost another 2kg (if only we all had!).
And Gracie's hips are still the same – limited movement but not any worse (you may recall she has hip dysplasia.) I'll probably start doggy swimming for her again soon! Holly the elder statesman of the bunch was also given a clean bill of health despite being a bit wobbly on her back legs – her face is funny here – she's after more treats!
– Brad came over to give me some Bradley time this week – it was lovely to spend time with my boy – we saw 'Devil's Double' on DVD – and he constructed my new day bed in the little room – a lovely Ikea number. He fits a mean flatpacker, my son!
Now I can proudly show my guests to a proper second guest room, complete with lovely lilac Northern Nights 400TC bedding! Some left on Clearance, if you hurry!
– Facebook fun – had an interesting interchange on Facebook this week, about an old ad for a well known drink. We took turns in saying the next phrase in this well known campaign from the 70s (was it?).
No cheating, no Googling, but what was the brand, and who can complete the rest of the phrase below? Come back next week and I'll show you the whole lot. Turns out several of us learnt it back in the day, and remember it even now! Do you?!
– Twitter – if you're missing our Joanie, you can catch the US fashionista and glam jewellery maker on the current 'The Apprentice USA' – on Tuesday nights late on BBC1, or follow the lovely lady on Twitter – she's @joan_rivers and always tweets some wonderfully witty or hilariously outrageous remarks – worth a follow, tweeps!
– And – favourite saying from the net this week – another little uplifting 'short but meaningful' – thought you might like this one. And if you see any like this yourself, which you think I might like, do copy the link into your comment below or email it to me via the firstname.lastname@example.org!
– Finally – another 'Solo Cougar's Survival Kit' item – #11 - Revitalash! Single ladies – whatever age we are – but especially as lashes start becoming more sparse as you age, or if you wear a lot of falsies! – may benefit from this brilliant conditioner.
I've noticed a distinct improvement in mine in the few weeks I've been using it – my story is much like one of the 13 out of 14 five star reviews on our website. So try it – all the more to bat at a potential new guy! Lol!
WATCH – it's a slightly more unusual one for you this week – 'Young Adult'. Not on wide release, but still in some cinemas, it's Charlize Theron's latest outing in a very challenging role. I'd heard so much about it I thought I'd give it a watch. If her aim was to create a very unlikeable character, she certainly achieved that – but in a very compelling way.
You might not be sympathetic to her psychotic prom queen, back in town to steal back her married high school sweetheart, but you may feel empathy. 'Young Adult' is from the director of 'Up In The Air' (George Clooney frequent flyer movie) and the writer of 'Juno' (acclaimed young girl gets pregnant film). It's certainly gritty, and gets you thinking – and glad to not be her!
Some people are saying 2012 is the year of Charlize Theron as she'll be making a big screen splash as the new Evil Queen in summer blockbuster 'Snow White and the Huntsman', as well as playing Ripley's predecessor in Ridley Scott's 'Alien' prequel, 'Prometheus'. I saw Young Adult purely because Charlize was in it, having been very impressed by her oscar winning 'Monster' several years ago. Eight and a half out of ten from me.
Patrick Wilson also stars in 'Young Adult', as said married target of Charlize’'s affections. And he is also in the other DVD recommendation for this week – 'The Switch'! Jennifer Aniston – one of my faves as regulars will know – brings us yet another goofball rom-com but with a really witty script.
I loved the interactions between her and best mate who commandeers her plans to get pregnant – Jason Bateman – her slightly geeky hypochondriac ex. Well worth it for yet another well-rounded performance by the romantic-drama queen, so 8.5 out of ten from me. You have to watch the trailer to see what it's all about – rather an unusual subject matter! Oh and Jason Bateman is scrummy!
EAT - OK, 'eat' footnote this week obviously has to be Lee's scrummy supper as above! Fave meal of the week for sure! But another one for the 'ready-to-eat' fans amongst you – my new discovery from Marks and Spencer – the Trattoria giant ravioli with spinach and ricotta and pine nuts! Corrr! My kind of cooking! As they say, if you can't cook it better, buy it! Hehe!
QVC - it'll be a packed week ahead – with a super Red Carpet event at the weekend. Join me for Red Carpet Secrets at 7pm on Sunday. And there's also a great value Decleor Today's Special Value on Sunday too – if the stocks last I'll be bringing you it at 9pm!
And we're all looking forward to the return of Charlie and William with another TSV from Charlie Bears at midnight on Sunday and through the day on Monday! Have already had a few people ask me about it on Facebook, and Twitter (@debbieflint), so here's a little glimpse!
And finally, THIS WEEK I ARE BEEN MOSTLY USING - 'Eat Yourself Young' by Elizabeth Payton Jones. 'Take years off your looks with this revolutionary eating plan' says the cover – and I have to say there are many pearls of wisdom in this book that we featured recently on air, lots of which resonate with my own beliefs and knowledge about foods and their impact on our bodies. In more ways than one!
The easy to read magazine style includes 'five most ageing foods' and 'five processes that age you'. Very good info inside, obviously lots of research went into writing it, and I'd be happy to give it for Mother's Day – if I hadn't already bought my mudda Richard Jackson's Plant Food and other bits!
Have a lovely week! Next week – what the psychic lady said about my future! I go on Monday. Also – '39 Steps' in the West End!
Have a great week and don’t forget to leave me a comment below – 'specially if you don't usually! I know you're out there! Just a little comment, it won't take long! Ta!