- To keep or not to keep? Clearing out the clothes continues on the eve of our big studio move.
- Reminiscing on the eve of our studio move – before QVC there was BSB! Remember squarials?
- And one of the best sit coms ever – award-winning Matt LeBlanc's 'Episodes' is my top tip this week.
Back to normal blogging this week after last week's double whammy! Hope you entered the bareMinerals comp – it was indeed an amazing prize and we had the most entries ever for one of my comps – 225! Well done to our winner, Jacqueline O'Connor from Port Glasgow.
Charity, chuck or Chiswick?!
Now what's your advice for having a clear out? Any good tips? My pal LJ has got it down to a tee, so I had to draft her in for the final stage of 'Debbie Does Dressing-room Decluttering’ – and she didn't let me down, despite being faced with a monumental task!
We agreed – mostly – and LJ helped me be harsher on my choices (very necessary given I had double the amount of clothing I'll have space for in the new place in west London!). And the end product was one very much more orderly, compact version of my wardrobe, ready to be transported by the removers to Chiswick Park after my last shift in Battersea on June 5th/6th.
We did disagree on one thing though – and I'd like your opinion to help me make up my mind! Look at the outfit left and tell me what you think I should do – send it to charity, Chiswick, or just chuck it!? Lol. (when I say chuck I don't mean literally, although some tatty well-worn items have gone to the recycling points!). I mentioned it on air during the Entice show on Wednesday, when we had a lovely bracelet to match, and the dress is highly reviewed Print Fusion too! Lol
Your comments will help me decide! And just in case you wondered, the only difference you'll notice about our move is the background – the new sets are fab! But shhhh! Can't reveal any more till the 7th! Mind you, if you'd like to have a peek at our brand new surroundings go see the link about Chiswick Park, just across from Gunnersbury Tube station in west London – it's an amazing place to work!
– Had to post this pic of my lovely labradors all having a little fun in the hot weather in the paddling pool. Holly the eldest is the water fiend, bless her, but Daisy has now learned what 'plosh!' means and joins in – sister Gracie also wanting to get in on the act.
Patch was sat in the shade – she's not silly! (by the way, for those that asked, Holly's back leg is getting weaker so am going to take her to the vets gain soon for another check up.)
– Went to another of my favourite author Julie Cohen's writing courses on Saturday – for advanced novel writing tips – and very interesting it was too! There are a lot of books about how to write and goodness knows I've got loads of them! But only at Julie's clever course did I finally realise a flaw in my novel.
And why Mills & Boon must have decided it wasn't for their imprints here in the UK – it's due to the lack of suspense from the hero – he likes the girl too early. How do we know? Because of the point of view issues in my book. Hah! And with Julie's help, it's easily fixable! And fix them I will – am off to see Alix my writing group mate in Devon – in the motorhome actually! – over the Jubilee weekend to polish it up before I submit it for a second reading to the Romantic Novelists' Association new writers' scheme.
- P.S. Not all bad news though – the M&B editor did, however, think it was worth sending to the editor of the Blaze imprint in North America (which is a bit saucy! Ooer!). Will keep you informed if anything becomes of it, and ditto re the couple of other publishers it's currently out with! Otherwise it will have been good just to finish it and maybe even just stick it on Kindle as a downloadable ebook, if anyone would be interested!
- Oh dear, another 'senior' moment to report to you! Lol. The latest mention is nothing to do with my age, of course! Honestly! Hehe! Merely how rubbish my brain is early morning!
On Saturday, I had to get up really early for my writing course, and went to make a cuppa. The water from the tap wasn't in the right place for filling my kettle, so what did I do? Most normal people would move the tap, but no, muggins here tried to move the actual water stream… 'oh dear mother!', as my daughter would say!
Can you beat that? If so, leave me a comment below – and if you’re new, go HERE (see the P.S. section at the end) to find out how to leave a comment!
It's an 'end of an era' kind of clip this week – considering we're about to move from the Marco Polo building to our new west London home in Chiswick Park. Now 'not a lot of people know this', but if you didn't realise, prior to QVC, BSB was based at the studios, and more specifically a nightly entertainment show called '31 West'.
I was one of the half a dozen or so co-presenters who interviewed guests and just sat and laughed most of the way through it! One of my earliest blogs when I returned to QVC mentioned that the programme was broadcast on the old squarials – did you know someone who had one? – and the actual studio we used for the show was studio 3 – it was to later become the rehearsal and guest audition studio for QVC for the next 20 years!
How poignant then, to show the final episode highlights of '31 West' – a cracking little bit of telly and such fun to work on! Rupert Murdoch's early Sky TV merged with British Satellite Broadcasting, and became what we know today as BskyB. Yes, that's why! And all the BSB series ended.
See if you can spot how many celebrities are featured in this fab little video of some of the best bits of one of the best shows I've ever worked on – and where I met my good pal Shyama. Two babies and marriage and two divorces later, we're still best mates!
And hi to any of the other team here if you know where they are now! Some are Facebook or Twitter pals – and this was more than 21 years ago – how fashion changes! Spot the giggle!
By the time you read the next blog, we'll be all moved out of Marco Polo building! And if anyone knows what they're going to make of it, do let me know!
WATCH - it's TV this week – and I've been raving for a while now to whomever will listen, about an hilarious show that has been making an even bigger splash with its second series – 'Episodes'. It's sooooo funny! And clever, and compelling, and three dimensional and… a groundbreaking sitcom that made its mark across the pond and won a well-deserved Golden Globe.
Stephen 'Green Wing/Barclaycard ads' Mangan and Tamsin 'Black Books' Greig are the two scriptwriter characters who get head-hunted to go to the US to do a remake only to find it's not all as it seemed, especially when they get involved in the Hollywood machine! Here's the general promo – have a look, then tell me what YOU think!
The crucial difference for me about this TV comedy – compared to so many predictable, run-of-the-mill ones – is the amount of pathos and fabulous emotion also to be found – not just from the two UK leads, but ex-Friends star Matt LeBlanc. He is honestly a revelation. No wonder it won him an award!
A Golden Globe no less! And he excels even more in series two – well worth a catch up on BBC iPlayer! And an easy recommendation for me to make as you'll find it for free on the internet! Yay! Let me know if you agree that it's fabulous! I like that it’s totally not PC – in fact the second series comes into its own in cringe-worthy moments of comedy genius, and a very rounded cast of superb actors who complement the main team and create a very addictive programme! Can't wait for Friday nights – love it!
EAT - macrobiotic update! Just a quickie – to say that my 'antibiotic diet', as my daughter calls it (!), is going well still, and I ventured into the world of pea and leek risotto, made from scratch! This was the end product – yumm!
I added a couple of chestnuts and some spring greens for good measure and very tasty it was too! I haven't made many dishes just yet but I already think this one will be a signature dish! I'm even making it for my pal Alix when I stay at hers in Devon. If you'd like the recipe let me know and I'll post it as a comment below!
QVC – this week I are been mostly using - the new loungers I bought as a Today's Special Value recently – and fab they are too! Here's my brother Glenn and his missus Boki relaxing in my garden during the recent sunny weather. I love how these loungers adjust and stay there, and the headrest is in just the right place!
Well what a massive summer this is going to be – and the Best of British celebrations kick off on QVC to mark the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee. Watch out for some of our biggest home-grown brands including a new Richard Jackson gardening pick of the month on his two-hour June launch show on Saturday morning, plus a premiere Links of London show on Sunday at 7pm with Dale.
And on Monday, my Juniper Hill home décor show with pal Victoria Showers, straight after my New CID make-up show at 7pm. Then don't miss the final few shows from our Battersea studios – my Kim & Co Today's Special Value is Tuesday night at midnight – and Julia will, of course(!), be the final person hosting the last hour on air on Wednesday night at midnight (she was the first face on air in '93), before we go live with our brand new look – new sets and backgrounds – from our new Chiswick Park west London studios at 9am on 7th – book your place in front of the telly for The Morning Show! Exciting! And very end of an era!
That's it from me, except to say that my TiFFT for May has to be the huge number of people who sent me kind birthday greetings on my 50th birthday – on 10th May – almost 1000! And all the wonderful things I did to celebrate it! What was your 'try it for the first time' event for May 2012 guys? Something fabulous I hope!
Next week, more about my writing week in Devon, and Jubilee celebrations including my first 'estate barbeque' on the ancient Wotton estate in Dorking. How very 'poshe'! Have a fun time – and don't forget to share what YOU got up to for the Jubilee!