Advent calenders and enlightening revelations!



Well, following on from last week’s blog I’m pleased to say, if a little embarrassed, we have five chocolate advent calendars in our home! In our defence most were given as gifts and it would have been rude not to accept them. ; ) Now I’m not saying it’s the perfect diet or start to the day (we tend to open our calendars first thing) however I do love a glass of deliciously cold milk with chocolate. They go together beautifully!

Flowerpot cairn

Speaking of beautiful, I’ve just been browsing through the pictures on my iPad and found this one of my mischievous Cairn terrier taking residence in a large plant pot for the afternoon! Also, I’m rather pleased with this wonderful skyline I was able to take earlier this year.

Sunset silhouettes

We are in the midst of pulling out our Christmas decorations. We don’t have a real Christmas tree – partly because I’m concerned about water seeping onto our wooden floor and also because I can’t help feel a little sorry for a real tree at the end of the season : (

I simply love Christmas. It’s a magical time of the year – however there is an aspect of Christmas which can really get on my nerves! At the risk of sounding a little bah-humbug let me continue! Christmas Songs! To be fair, not all of them, by any means, but there’s a handful which I struggle to listen to! Ok, granted, it does sound a little bah-humbug!

It goes back to my days in radio when we played them incessantly – hour after hour – day after day the same songs would come round again and again. When you’re presenting a four hour radio show five days a week it can wear a little thin! Radio can be guilty of overplaying certain tracks and often falls foul of this with new releases from time-to-time too.

So, rather than highlight the songs which make me reach over to retune the radio in a mad rush I’ll focus on the ones which I love! Perhaps you can add your favourite in the comments section below and maybe, between us, we can find our viewers’ choice this Christmas time!

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I love Chris Rea, Driving home for Christmas. Then of course the brilliant Pogues and Kirsty Maccoll with Fairytale of New York and not to forget Bing Crosby with White Christmas! Magical! Speaking of music – I am loving the current song from Coldplay, have you heard it?

It’s been a really busy few weeks as we lead up to Christmas here at the Q. I love my time on air but off air can be quite enlightening too!

Claire Hair before

My dressing room is opposite Claire Sutton and Jackie Kabler. Well, I’m not one for listening into conversation but our doors were open to be fair. ; ) Claire wasn’t happy about her roots showing – by the way, she has given me permission to share this! – and that Colour Wow needed to come to the rescue. And it did – but not until I was permitted a before and after photo. It’s really, really clever and apparently quite a number of my colleagues use this brilliant product.

Claire Hair after

It clearly is a firm favourite among my colleagues and many of our viewers too, which reminds me of one of my all-time favourite purchases from QVC coming up this weekend – Vitamix. I’m presenting a one hour show this Saturday 5th December at 7pm. It is a considered purchase and I did consider it for quite a while but I have to say it’s some of the best money I’ve ever spent. I know Anne Dawson and our very own Alison Young is a fan too.

804419 Vitamix

Do hope you can join me, we’ll have loads of delicious recipes during the show – from Boxing Day soup to peanut butter and more.
I wonder if Alison Young uses Colour Wow?

Take care and see you soon.
Charlie x
Twitter @mecharliebrook


  1. Jill December 4, 2015 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    I agree Charlie a totally superb, emotional and top class Christmas song. Have a great Christmas and a happy healthy new year.

  2. Valerie Wilding December 7, 2015 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

    Best Christmas song ever Great improvement to that awful Christmas tune that sounds like frightened cats on QVC and it was the same as last year! Please get them to have a change next year.

  3. Charlie Brook December 7, 2015 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill and thank you!

    Merry Christmas to you too!

    Charlie 🙂

  4. Debby Slauenwhite December 10, 2015 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Charlie.
    Not too sure what happened to my first comment it didn’t come up. So I’ll do a quick one now.
    I agree some of the Christmas songs do get over play. One of your favs: is mine too I love Chris Rhea’s ” Driving home for Christmas ” \i also love ” Winter wonderland ” [ I have no idea why !!!]. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas with out ” White Christmas “. Can’t say I’ve the Cold play song yet though.
    HUM I wonder if Alison Young uses Colour wow too ????? Ah but would she admit to it ???
    Take care.
    Debby and whoof’s from Bella

  5. Charlie Brook December 15, 2015 at 8:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Valerie

    Thanks for getting in touch. I will certainly feed that back for you.

    All the best


  6. Charlie Brook December 15, 2015 at 8:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Debby and festive whoofs to Bella!

    Of course, Winter Wonderland – another magical choice!

    Merry Christmas!

    All the best

    Charlie 🙂

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