World Cup flop!


Keeley with baby Kaya Oh dear!! I have avoided writing anything about England's performance in the World Cup as after the first match against the USA, it was clear that we were not at our best (to put it mildly!!). We were lucky to make it through the group stages but it was entirely our own fault that we came up against Germany at all in the last 16 cos we didn't win our group.

OK there was the debacle of the 'goal that never was' but even so we were only trailing by one goal at half time when I had to stop watching to go 'on air' and present one of the Elemis 15th Anniversary shows.

To be honest I'm quite pleased I missed the disappointment of going out of the World Cup and anyway I love working with Keeley, and after the show I was cheered up by having a cuddle and a play with her adorable little boy Kaya. I can hardly believe he has just turned 1! He is such a contented baby and already walking a little and talking. It's interesting to watch the way that children develop so differently even when they are siblings.

Daniel never crawled at all, he tried it but just got frustrated as he went backwards, so by 10 months he was up on his feet taking his first steps. On the other hand Sophie was a 'speedy gonzalez' when it came to crawling and didn't take her first steps until a couple of days after her first birthday. I think Sophie talked earlier than Daniel though… well she is female!!

Anyway, back to the World Cup. I'm still watching as I'm a football fan and hoping that Spain can win as I like the way they play. I have a sneaking suspicion though that this might be Argentina's tournament, after all they do have the likes of Messi and Milito the latter of whom was almost a Crystal Palace player the last time we were in the Premiership… I'm not joking!

Good luck to Andy Murray this afternoon at Wimbledon, let's hope he makes the final. I'm off to make the birthday cake I promised Alison Young – I don't normally do coffee and walnut so I hope it turns out OK.

Much love, Julia x


  1. Una July 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Hard to believe that Kaya is a year old already.
    Haha, trust the girls to talk first!!
    Good luck with the cake!
    Love Una x

  2. Louise July 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    I’m of the same opinion as you; I think it’s Argentina’s turn this year. Maradona isn’t the best coach tactically, but he does seem to manage to get the best out of his players.
    As for Andy Murray, I’m afraid I feel no affinity toward this guy. He doesn’t even regard it as an honour to play for his country and won’t play Davis Cup. In all honesty, I think he sees himsef as scottish rather than british and, as such, does not feel any pride or even obligation – self-imposed, of course – to ‘do his bit’ for team GB! I don’t think he’ll get past Rafa anyway.
    BTW, how did Cheryl Cole beat Marilyn Monroe in the beauty icons awards?

  3. Magda Chetty July 2, 2010 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Shame about England in the world cup, we had very high hope for them, now we just have to hope that Spain can do it.
    I was just watching Murry playing Nadal, sorry that Murry lost. but at the same time so happy for Rafa, as he is from Mallorca. Eventhough Iam a great Federer fan and was so sad to see him go.
    Wow Kaya looks so cute. Good luck with the cake, coffe and walnut sound great. Enjoy the weather it looks like you are having a hot summer just like us.
    Much love.

  4. julia roberts July 2, 2010 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    The cake looked and smelled sooooo good Ali Young nearly didn’t get it!! First thing she did when she saw it? Stuck her finger in the icing to taste – I think she approved!
    Julia x

  5. julia roberts July 2, 2010 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Louise
    I know what you mean about Andy Murray he just considers himself a Scot – but maybe he is just proud of his heritage. It would have been nice to have a Brit in the final, but not to be ……. yet again!
    Nederlands are still in – they were my outside bet right from the start of the tournament, but I still think it may be Argentina.
    Both Marilyn and Cheryl are lovely, maybe it’s just a reflection on the age of the people that voted??
    Julia x

  6. Steven July 3, 2010 at 11:31 am -  Reply

    Well Mr Murray was well beaten again Julia. Don’t think he’ll ever shake the nearly man tag. Just another Tim Henman? Brazil losing to Holland was a big shock. The Dutch look likely to make the Final now. I think the winners will come from this afternoon’s game between Germany and Argentina. The Germans have been playing the best football from what I have seen. Was Milito nearly a Palace player?? I never knew that. Hows things shaping up for the new season with Palace?
    Speak soon
    Love Steven x

  7. Dorothy July 3, 2010 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Watched you with Keely you are both enjoyable to watch,at least we get a good laugh. Kaya looks gorgeous how time fly’s, I was talking to someone i have’nt seen for a while and when he said his son was 21 i was gob smacked. YOU have done well with your diet hope you dont lose anymore as you look good. AS for england they where useless, and Andy Murry sorry but dont like him he does,nt like us and was not going to bow to the Queen so i was shouting for RAFA hope he wins on Sunday. Hope cake turns out and Alison enjoys it.
    Love best wishes
    Dorothy xxx

  8. Gemma Grierson July 3, 2010 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I was like you and was on holiday in Crete for the world cup, we found that the football seemed to revolve around the holiday and not the other way round! I don’t mind tho, next year will be my year and the holiday will revolve around my wedding! Have just bought the Liz Earle TSV to keep my skin in top to toe perfection in time for the wedding. You are looking fabulous since you have come back from your hols. Glad that you had a good time. I see that the Pilates and the diet chef have been working well, i’m back to the gym this week to shift more pounds. Cannot wait for the rest of the Beauty month!
    Kind Regards Gemxx

  9. Samantha Allen July 4, 2010 at 3:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I am gutted for Andy Murray, he played fantastic all tournament, and what does it matter Scottish, Welsh, British, we are all from the same Country, the United Kingdon.
    He has his years yet to come to win his major titles, and I will be watching when it happens.
    Love you and QVC, simply the best,
    Samantha x

  10. Susan July 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Yes not a great tournament for England! Can’t say I’m rooting for Spain and not a fan of Andy either to be honest! Have to say I think Cheryl is stunning though! Aren’t we all different in our opinions!! Hope the cake was good btw.

  11. June Coffey July 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Have you made the cake yet. If so how did it turn out. Will you be posting the recipe
    Love June xxxx

  12. julia roberts July 5, 2010 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Magda
    Well Spain made it through to the semi finals ( just )thanks to the brilliant David Villa AND Rafa won the tennis – it really does seem to be their year!
    The coffee cake looked so good that I made another one for the family on Saturday before I left for work. I was a bit pushed for time so I made the icing and left it with Chris to slice the cake in half, sandwich it back together and then cover it top and sides. I was very impressed with the job he did and the cake itself was yummy!!!
    much love
    Julia x

  13. julia roberts July 5, 2010 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Would I lie to you?? – honestly Milito was nearly a Palace player but Jordan wouldn’t stump up the cash! We now have a Scottish manager in the shape of George Burley and a Scottish assistant manager in Dougie Friedman – that should be an interesting half time teamtalk for any non Scots players!!!!
    Shock Argentina going out – maybe Germany will do it, they certainly have being playing as a ‘team’ something England failed miserably to do. Thinking the Spain / Germany match may be the match of the tournament BUT don’t write Holland off!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  14. julia roberts July 5, 2010 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dorothy
    Haven’t seen Alison since her birthday so not sure if she enjoyed the cake – judging by her reaction to the icing I think she may have liked it.
    Thanks for the compliments about my weightloss – I just have another 3 or 4 pounds to lose around the middle THEN I will stop!
    much love
    Julia x

  15. julia roberts July 5, 2010 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    H Gem
    Hope you enjoyed your hols – football and all. So won’t your holiday next year technically be a honeymoon?? LOL Did your Liz Earle TSV arrive yet? It was a goodie wasn’t it!
    Almost done with the weightloss, then I will have to keep it off!
    Julia x

  16. Lynn Hind July 5, 2010 at 11:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,ive no idea about footy lol but my hubby shouts at the tele as if they can hear him!!makes me howl sooo funny,hes deadly serious lol.i got my liz earle tsv, no surprise there! she looks super after so soon after her delievery,a very good reccy for her products eh.Babes are such a joy,i was a midwife for many years,the last one i did was in 2007 in the floods,we were shut in no way in or out,my neighbour went into labour we couldnt get her out,so, i had to call on all the experience i had with no back up+deliever her,hes 3yrs old now and a funny little chap.the treatment is going ok am abit “ikky” but am a manager at our local hospice so theres always someone there to help lol until next time take care luv watching you love Lynn :)x p.s to post your photo,you need someone to send you a photo of you+then go to “edit profile” its easy,i did it on facebook,+when i send you a post i use facebook/typepad to post you hope it helps

  17. julia roberts July 5, 2010 at 11:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Samantha
    I agree with you we are all British – I think the point is whether Andy Murray feels he is British or Scottish. I truly hope he does win Wimbledon one day – I don’t think the intense press coverage helps, do you??
    Thanks for your kind words about me and of course QVC
    much love
    Julia x

  18. julia roberts July 5, 2010 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    As I mentioned in my reply to Magda the cake smelled so good I had to make another one for the family ………. that was delicious! – and it wasn’t only my opinion!! LOL
    Now that we know the semifinalists do you have a preference for a victor? Spain are still in there, at the moment anyway.
    much love
    Julia x

  19. julia roberts July 5, 2010 at 11:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi June
    Both cakes ( see previous posts ) turned out really well! Funny you having an interest in Coffee and Walnut cake – anything to do with your surname perhaps?
    I will post the recipe on this weeks blog – I’ll try and get a comment from Ali Young too – maybe she didn’t like it, in which case maybe you won’t want to make it – but my family all thought it was scrummy!
    much love
    Julia x

  20. Steven July 6, 2010 at 5:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. I forgot you had got Burley in. He was a complete failure as Scots boss but to be fair not a lot of talent to work with! Don’t think there will be a lot of money available to spend for him will there? Having said that Palace were going ok last season utill the ten point deduction. Rangers lost Kris Boyd to Mid’sboro yesterday so Palace may be coming up against him next season. I wish him luck because he was great for us but I do find it a strange move. He had offers to go to Turkey to earn 50,000 a WEEK! Now I’m quite a ‘mummys’ boy to be honest and like living near family friends etc, but I think I might have tried it for a year or two with that kind of money on the table. What do you think?
    Take care. I saw one of your shows and you look fab after your hol Julia x

  21. peter July 7, 2010 at 12:01 am -  Reply

    hi julia,
    i just came across your blog , i didnt realise you had one! i watch your shows on qvc quite a lot. I have bought quite a few things as a result for myself but also as gifts for others. i especially like the ojon show you do and the pilates. im in my mid 20s but you sure are athletically fit and very attractive, it makes the shows that much more enjoyable! do you have a web site with more of your pics? or can I get some or is there a fan club?
    would love to hear from you. keep up the good work
    ps: love the blog entry with that amazing dress, you looked amazing! gotta be one of my favs!
    love peter xx

  22. Susan July 7, 2010 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    I’m going for Germany Julia! And just while I’m here just gotta comment on how there are always some intense comments from the guys about you and Ali K!! My goodness! Have a good weekend.

  23. deb munro July 7, 2010 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    hi julia, just had to reply to the comments re andy murray from one of your previuos bloggers. Andy Murray IS Scottish, what is the problem? No one in scotland (myself included) would expect or begrudge the England football team for revelling and being proud of representing their home country, so why is andy murray so vilified for celebrating his heritage? Wonder why scots won’t support the England football team? Look no further than the anti-scottish comments posted previously.
    best wishes

  24. julia roberts July 10, 2010 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lynn
    Thanks for the ‘how to’ for putting up my picture on a post – no way I can do it though as I am fairly useless on the computer – I’ll have to get someone to ‘help’ me!
    Like your hubby I also shout at the TV during the football ….. you mean they can’t hear me?? I also shout when I go to the Palace games, but I try to encourage and would NEVER BOO my team.
    Glad to hear you are coping with your treatment and that you have good support around you, that is THE most important thing. Look after yourself
    Julia x

  25. julia roberts July 10, 2010 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Maybe Kris Boyd is just settled in the UK? I know what you mean though – if you have a short career like footballers do it is quite important to make the most of it financially, and anyway it could have been quite exciting to move to a new country for a while – I loved travelling pre children when I had no ties.
    Spain or Netherlands??? By the time you read this it will all be over. Glad Germany clinched 3rd spot although it was close at the end with Forlan hitting the crossbar from the free kick.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  26. julia roberts July 10, 2010 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Peter
    Thanks for all the flattery – I am so pleased that I have got back into my pilates properly. Not only does it help with the fitness it has also helped me to lose weight – just have to keep it off now.
    I’m not aware of a fan club and I don’t have a website ( at the moment anyway ) – sorry!
    Keep watching and shopping
    Julia x

  27. julia roberts July 10, 2010 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Just watched Germany take 3rd spot – very pleased for them, what a great team performance. This time tomorrow it will all be over for another 4 years – much to the relief of the non footie fans!
    Hope you had a good wekend too
    Julia x

  28. julia roberts July 10, 2010 at 11:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Deb
    I take your point and agree that we should all be proud of our ‘home’ nation but we are all also part of the United Kingdom and Great Britain. I think the difference with football is that all the home nations have their own national team, so compete against each other rather than tennis and athletics where it is Team GB.
    I have never understood why the Scots ( with the exception of Steven this year! ) can’t support the England football team as the only representative of the home nations? My sister, who considers herself Scottish, once supported Sweden in preference to England because they had Henrik Larsson playing for them ( she is a Celtic fan ). I on the other hand happily support Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland as long as they are not playing England.
    You’re right Andy Murray is Scottish but he is also British, shouldn’t we all be proud of that too?
    Julia x

  29. Susan July 12, 2010 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia (and Deb!),
    Controversial points raised!! I do understand the whole debate myself and I don’t have a problem with supporting any of the UK teams I have to say. Let’s not paint all Scottish people with the same brush though!! There’s plenty who will happily support English etc and on the flip side there are plenty English who are very pro England only!! So I think it all balances out. Anyway wherever you go in the world there are the same ‘issues’ – look at the USA & Canada!!!
    Just thought I’d add in a little comment! Hope you all have a good week. Take care,

  30. julia roberts July 13, 2010 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Not sure that USA & Canada is quite the same thing as they are 2 entirely seperate nations not joined in a union like Great Britain. I’m definitely NOT anti Scottish or Welsh or Irish, I just think we should be proud of our own home countries and of being British shouldn’t we?
    We can’t all agree on everything though can we, it would make the world a very dull place.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  31. Susan July 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    Absolutely…that’s all I was trying to say! And maybe it’s not the same things..just trying to think of an example. Maybe like Spain then! Plenty of issues there!! Think the issue should be laid to bed now though lol! Shouldn’t have added in a comment now! Have a good week all.

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