For the last couple of weeks ITV have been advertising a programme called 'Super Tiny Animals' featuring miniature dogs, pigs, sheep and even horses, but what caught my daughter Sophie's eye were the incredibly small finger monkeys.
She really wanted to watch the show but there were two problems. One, she was working, and two, it was on opposite a VERY important football match… well for me anyway. Thank goodness for Sky + which meant we could record 'Super Tiny Animals' and watch it at a time which suited us, which was this morning.
The size of the animals was almost unbelievable but it was comforting to hear the dog breeder say that these mini dogs actually have a longer life expectancy than their maxi counterparts, although they do require a lot of care and attention. Just one 'tiny' problem has arisen, Sophie would now like a 'tiny' pet for Christmas!
The other 'unbelievable' event last night was that my team, Crystal Palace, beat the mighty Manchester United, at Old Trafford, and in the process progressed through to the semi finals of the Carling Cup. This is a very big deal as eighteen months ago we were in administration and were almost relegated to the third flight of English football after having ten points deducted for our 'off the pitch' troubles.
So the match was on TV and I had planned to stay in and watch it. Yesterday morning I received an email saying that Charlie was sick, (get well soon Charlie!), and could I come in for the midnight launch of the Ronni Nicole TSV.
I did some quick calculations. Kick off was at 7.45, so the match would be over just after 9.30 giving me time to get in and prepare to go 'on air' at midnight. What I didn't make allowances for was the possibility of extra time… even a 'dyed in the wool' Palace fan like me could not have imagined getting to full time with honours even! But that is exactly what happened!
After going ahead with possibly the goal of the season from Darren Ambrose, Palace were pegged back to 1 – 1 by a penalty. So I got into the back of a taxi to head for work and had to listen to rather than watch the extra 30 minutes. When we scored after 10 of those extra minutes we had to endure wave after wave of Manchester Utd attacks.
I have never known 20 minutes last so long! I don't know who was more relieved when the whistle finally blew, me or the taxi driver! It was a fantastic performance from the entire team and just goes to show that you can achieve the seemingly impossible if you believe it enough!
Funnily enough, when I arrived in my dressing room last night there were two of the crystal bead bracelets that were a sell out TSV a couple of months ago, and that we are re-TSV'ing in early December. Guess what the colours were?? Red and blue, the Crystal Palace colours – I certainly wore them with pride last night!
I'm off to the footie at Selhurst Park on Friday night, after my five o clock Fashion on Friday show with Kim and Co, but after the exertions of last evening I would imagine we could be playing a much revised team. I hope you have a lovely weekend whatever your plans, and remember the QVC Countdown to Christmas has now begun!