OK so I look like a mummy! But a trip to Champneys to use up my voucher meant the chance to relax and have an Elemis facial in their shop. It was lovely. I tried not to start snoring and dribbling… The best thing tho’, was having complete freedom around food choices again. For those who didn’t see it, Last week’s blog was all about my Malta /Gozo hol, a yoga retreat plus detox spa, go here to see it if you missed it. So once let off the leash it didn’t take long to head straight for my favourite food. More here about what food that is as well as one of the biggest shocks to greet my eyes!
Had a lovely dinner on the second night with my delightful daughter Lauren who came down to join me after she finished work. We had a super time in the newly refurbished spa and hot tub area near their pool. I did a little video but stupidly I left the phone I’d recorded it on, at Champneys! Oops! It’s lovely there tho. Mind you, as I said on social media, the room 230 (Forest Mere, Liphook) that they put me in was right next to building works – they had to place me in another day room so I could get peace and quiet to write, it was so bad during the daytime! By end of summer it should be done tho so I’ve bought a returner’s voucher! Can’t resist a bargain! Lol.
Sunny Afternoon Evening
Well I know it snowed this week, but at least there was a brighter horizon thanks to my lovely niece Becky, a talented head of wigs and a make up artist for West End shows. She’s currently on this one, so my pal Sara and I went along to see the story of the Kinks, Sunny Afternoon. I was knack… er, very tired, due to being on daytimes shifts this week (eurgh!) but it did mean I have evenings free. So off we went to the Harold Pinter theatre near Piccadilly Circus. OMG it was fantastic! See ‘Watch’ below.
But the experience was made all the better due to a quick backstage tour – and they invited me to sit at the drum kit of the ‘Ravens’ – the predecessor of the Kinks according to this charming biopic version of what happened in the heady days of the pop world in the 1960s for the superstars from Muswell Hill. Highly recommended – see why below.
Alison young and Dale face swap! I love these! Who would you suggest I do a face swap with myself?
Lab testing Apart from Daisy mine are like this! My three Labradors were a little bit slimmer when I returned from my week away – the next weigh in will be next month – fingers crossed they’ve halted the trend and go down not up this time! They need a good brush too – must dig out the furminator!
1916 What a difference 100 yers can make. Fascinating. Good last line too! Since my next big writing project involves early 1920s/post WW1 era research, I’m lapping up stuff like this! I wonder how many of these are true?
THE YEAR IS 1916
“One hundred years ago”. What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1916:
The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for cars was sold in chemists only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bath.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
The average British wage in 1916 was £15 per year!
A competent accountant could expect to earn £800 per year.
A dentist £900 per year
A vet between £600 and £900 per year.
And, a mechanical engineer about £2000 per year.
Charlie Chaplin was an international silent movie sensation and a multi-millionaire.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at home
Ninety percent of all Doctors had no university education!
Sugar cost two old pence a pound.
Eggs were 10 old pence a dozen.
Coffee was five old pence a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and, used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The Five leading causes of death were:
- Pneumonia and influenza
- Heart disease
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.
There was neither a Mother’s Day nor a Father’s Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner chemists.
Back then chemists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!”.
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help…
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.! In 2014 this figure had risen to 14,249.
In the UK the murder rate in 1916 was 1420 In 2016 it was 537. (Perhaps we are doing something right!)
Can you imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.
Here’s a little vid of the world in 1916, the world according to Chaplin.
Facebook Funny Talking of dog walks, this was one of the funnies this week – very appropriate! Oh gosh let’s hope for some sun this bank holiday weekend, or you can join us on the Monday for some super gardening shows all day long. Charlie and I are doing The Lunchtime Show – that should be interesting, if our new year’s eve show was anything to go by! Haha!
Meanwhile here’s the Garden Weeder, 507225 which I used this week to remove over 300 dandelions from the garden – very therapeutic I can tell you, especially when a really long root comes up! And do click this link to get the special pricing whilst it lasts, on Richard Jackson’s famous Flower Power, the 1.6kg size – last ages. Now’s the time to start watering the garden and house plants with it twice a week – you might get some of the results we’ve seen on air, you never know if you don’t try. I’m looking forward to seeing what becomes of my new garden during my first spring in the new house – it was beautiful last autumn and it’s quite exciting!
Absolutely… phenomenal Something else that caught my eye this week that I can’t wait to see is the new Absolutely Fabulous film – OMG it’s going to be great! Our very own Kelly Hoppen features too. It’s out 1st July. Me and the girls are going to get a little posse together to go see it at the cinema!
Keeping in the loop –My website updates – incl this week, the regular newsletter, and a fab Read it Write it Sell it blog featuring book of the week Take Me Home – ghostly goings on from Daniela Sacerdoti in Glen Avich book 2. And the lessons learned from the detox hol. You’ll also see the shocking sight I saw at Champneys and the latest update from Lesley the trainee MDD puppy – cute pic alert!
The vlogs continue over on Facebook including this example of my life in video – a rude awakening after the hol!
Watch – Sunny Afternoon – Harold Pinter theatre – the story of The Kinks. Such a great musical!It was like a concert – with performers all playing their own instruments which makes it a little bit of genius. And touches like a superb acapella segment (at 1’30 ish if you watch the interview about it here.) And what amazing hits, some I didn’t realise (like ‘I go to sleep’ – a Chrissie Hynde hit?) plus some of the Top of the Pops songs that helped define a generation in the mid 60s. Do go and see it if you get the chance – you rarely see such amazing passion on stage, and with the exception of one actor whose voice got lost a bit amongst the backing, they were all outstanding, particularly the two leads, playing Ray and David Davies of the British pop phenomenon.
Alison thinks Gatineau is dead posh! Lol
This week on QVC
- This weekend’s Today’s Special Values – Saturday is the debut of Bang and Olufson with a super Bluetooth speaker, then Sunday is the perfect solution for thinning hair, from Hairmax
- Monday is the Luxform lights for the garden on our Gardening Special event day – see Richard Jackson’s blog for more info.
– Plus I’ll be launching the new Kim and Co Brazillian knit short sleeved jumpsuit! – on Tuesday night midnight!
– Finally this Friday we’ll have a Tignanello saffiano leather sip top satchel with RFID credit card slots – very handy in time for summer!
Next week - looking forward to reporting back from another trip up to Milton Keynes to the Medical Detection Dogs charity HQ to see my little sponsor trainee assistance puppies, both Lesley and Derek together for the first time! Derek will be a little teenager now, can’t wait to see him with little 12 week old Lesley puppy! And a BBQ at the nieces’ rugby club, pray for good weather on Sunday for me!
PS here’s where to keep in touch with me on all the social media – including @debbieflint on twitter, my facebook page www.facebook.com/debbieflintqvcfanpage and my own website www.debbieflint.com where you can find out about Freedom Eating and the Till the Fat Lady Slims weight loss books and facebook support group and page too (TTFLS tab) and my writing/book blog page RiWiSi, and my charity page all about MDD. And of course my many novels!
Here’s the latest little post from the amazing ladies on TTFLs group – Eileen D says –
After a life time of dieting and weight gain, II have concentrated on listening for satisfied, I know my portions are much smaller and I am back to consciously eating the best bit first and leaving something even if I don’t hear satisfied or realise that this mouthful is not as nice as the last. And I am doing this quite differently to when I first started TTFLS, as my head space itself is somewhere quite different, my self-awareness is in a new place and many of those nagging voices have been silenced. Hunger is no longer feared; the fridge the shop the petrol station are no longer reminders of shame, areas of loss of control, arenas of secret behaviours. I no longer feel like an imposter, like someone who cannot stay normal sized. Had I still been in the yoyo diet cycle I would be starting from scratch again in every respect. So my NSV is my learning curves are lessening my curves! differently to when I first started TTFLS, as my head space itself is somewhere quite different, my self-awareness is in a new place and many of those nagging voices have been silenced. Hunger is no longer feared; the fridge the shop the petrol station are no longer reminders of shame, areas of loss of control, arenas of secret behaviours. I no longer feel like an imposter, like someone who cannot stay normal sized. Had I still been in the yoyo diet cycle I would be starting from scratch again in every respect. So my NSV is my learning curves are lessening my curves differently to when I first started TTFLS, as my head space itself is somewhere quite different, my self-awareness is in a new place and many of those nagging voices have been silenced. Hunger is no longer feared; the fridge the shop the petrol station are no longer reminders of shame, areas of loss of control, arenas of secret behaviours. I no longer feel like an imposter, like someone who cannot stay normal sized. Had I still been in the yoyo diet cycle I would be starting from scratch again in every respect. So my NSV is my learning curves are lessening my curves