Au Revoir but not Adieu


Julia and DickieLast Tuesday was the leaving 'do' for one of my backstage colleagues at QVC – the infamous 'Dickie'. I'm sure you have probably heard his name mentioned a lot over the last seven years as he was a very popular member of staff, but to me he is more than that, he is a friend. I will miss his innate ability to put a smile on my face, even on days when I don't feel like smiling.

We became friends during the audition stages of QVC's Search For A Presenter, or SFAP as we renamed it, when he was on a permanent mission to get me slightly 'tiddly'! Because I was working I would limit my alcohol intake to a glass of wine with my evening meal – I know my limitations.

At the dinner table of the hotel in Birmingham, Dickie was sitting next to me and as if by magic my wine glass kept filling up… a little bit like the porridge pot in the children's story. By the time I realised what he was up to, I was feeling quite giggly, which made for a very interesting 'pub quiz' evening in the hotel's lounge! Apologies to anyone who was playing the quiz properly as I'm afraid we were a tad on the 'loud' side, and there was rather a lot of 'Googling' going on on our table!!!!

He came to my 'Pink Party' last summer and was one of the last to leave with a bottle of wine stuck in the back pocket of his low slung jeans. Did I say low slung? Trust me, we always knew the brand of Dickie's underwear!!! I'm not sure that it's going to be quite so acceptable in his new position at the BBC? Good luck Dickie, and it is definitely 'Au Revoir' rather than goodbye.

Thursday saw me socialising again, but this time it was the 'Gem Event' at work where we get the chance to meet some of you guys who love to shop with us. I love having the opportunity to chat with you all but there was one story that really made me laugh. One lady was such a keen QVC shopper that the postman became a regular visitor to her house.

On one occasion she had seen the name Pete on the box he was delivering, so, being friendly, she started to refer to him by his first name when he was delivering her parcels. She even told her neighbour that his name was Pete. After one delivery she said 'Thanks Pete', to which he replied, 'Actually, my name's not Pete'. She was puzzled, so explained how she had made the assumption. He laughed as he explained that 'Pete' referred to Peterborough Sorting Office!!

Gem Day kicks off tonight with myself and Dale and we have a beautiful stone featuring in the TSV that you probably haven't seen before. It's called Astroblue Topaz and is a very rich and vibrant shade somewhere between Swiss and London Blue. All will be revealed at midnight tonight, so hope to see you there.

Much love, Julia xx


  1. Debby Slauenwhite April 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia.
    It was great meeting you, Beth and Anneka at the “gems event” last Thursday.I think I can say from every one we all had a great time meeting every one and looking at the new jewellery.
    I’m the lady who put in a request for a Rubalite and Kyanite bi-pass ring or [ the mad lady with the photo’s of her dog for Charlie]. I will be watching all day and there might be a few items going in to my IN tray.
    Once again ” Thank you” for a lovely morning.

  2. Pauline Johnson April 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Julia believe it or not my postmans name is Peter,and he knows to leave parcels in porch if not in, he like my husband thinks I have shares in QVC.
    Pauline XXX

  3. Nuff April 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I’ve just been watching your show with Simon Wilson and he asked when would be the last show that you would be presenting! What have I missed? Where are you going?
    If you are leaving, I will miss you as you are my favourite presenter.

  4. Annette Roberts April 27, 2012 at 8:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I’ve heard you mention Dickie on numerous occasions and it was nice to put a face to the name with your pink party pictures…funny how you have a vision in your head and when you actually see them, they’re nothing like…I expected Dickie to be older somehow LOL!! It’s always sad when people move on to pastures new, especially when you’ve become friends over the years, no doubt you’ll be tweeting each other! Have you heard how he’s getting on with his new job yet?
    Chris has a way of making up new words when not meaning to, the latest being…don’t forget your ‘underella’, instead of ‘umbrella’. I keep saying that we ought to write them down in a little notebook. It reminds me of when Mum was talking about years gone by and describing what my cousin was wearing in the early 50’s. She couldn’t think of what he was wearing on the bottom half and kept saying ‘you know’ and we kept saying we didn’t and after a few more tries she said I know ‘short sleeved trousers’, she meant the old fashioned long shorts they wore back then, but couldn’t just think of the word…Chris and I cried with laughter!!
    Saw the beginning of the Gem day with you and Dale, love the green dress, it really showed off your tan…didn’t buy anything though because I’m having something made for me and will tell you about it again…tease or what?
    Annette x

  5. Carole cooper April 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia just been watching you and simom on the Thursday show 8pm don’t a lot of People like Simon I was laughing at all the text he got even I sent one he is a lovely man and the 2 of you make a gud team. Just got my diet chief this morn so starting with that on mon, hope I lose a stone in a week lol I hate dieting put on a stone over last year so time it came off I will let you know how I go on . Take care carole Wigan x

  6. Marian Bolton April 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    What’s Dickie thinking about leaving QVC for the BBC! I watch QVC far more than boring BBC!! Bet he won’t have half as much fun there! Anyway, he sounds like the perfect dinner partner topping your wine glass up like that. What more could a girl want?!
    As you probably guessed, I know my Postie rather well too! Speaking of which, I managed to get two TSV’s just after 7 this morning. Can’t wait to try the new eye serum. I heard you say how much you loved it.
    Hope your gremlins go away soon. I love to hear back from you. Your replies are always so personal and thoughtful and it’s much appreciated.

  7. Julia May 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debby
    Apologies for the delayed reply, I haven’t been able to post anything because the ‘computer said no!!!!’
    I’m so pleased you enjoyed the customer event and hope you enjoyed the ‘actual’ Gem Day too.
    I put the photos in Charlie’s pigeon hole for you so hopefully he will be in touch
    Julia x

  8. Julia May 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pauline
    Has Pete the postie been visiting lately?? I guess that is very possible as we have just had our Gem Day and the Beauty weekend …. oh dear!
    keep watching
    Julia x

  9. Julia May 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Nuff
    No I’m not leaving QVC. QVC are moving from Marco Polo House to Chiswick Park at the beginning of June. Simon was asking if I was presenting the last show from the old building as I was the first face on air at the launch of QVC. I am and it is an Honora pearl show ( although Simon did threaten to come in with a bottle of bubbly!!!)
    Thanks for your kind comment
    Julia x

  10. Julia May 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I really will miss Dickie and his hugs! I think he will probably be back at QVC for some shifts though …….. none of them can stay away. Sophie had a last minute call last Saturday to cover a shift and she is in again on Monday …… all extra pennies!
    I really like the dress I had on for the Gem Day launch too BUT it has little detachable shoe string straps which I couldn’t find in the mess that is my dressing room!! I had to keep hitching it up when the camera was off me!
    Can’t wait to hear about your ‘bespoke piece’ of jewellery
    Julia x

  11. Julia May 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Carole
    That was such a fun show with Simon – I think he has a lot of fans who wanted to reassure him that he is still their favourite!
    With regard to the Diet Chef – a stone is too much to lose in a week – a bit slower and then it has more chance of staying off.
    Good luck with it, and let me know how you get on
    Julia x

  12. Julia May 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marian
    I am doing these replies from the computer at QVC – still have the gremlins on my one at home! Have you tried the eye serum now??? What do you think? I sometimes use it on its own, and sometimes with pro intense over the top – works both ways!
    I think maybe Dickie does find the Beeb a little more subdued than us but he’ll be back for some freelance shifts!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  13. Marian Bolton May 6, 2012 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I absolutely LOVE the new Elemis eye serum. I have to say it’s the best I have used ever ….. even ahead of the one I know you love from a brand starting with D!
    I’m not surprised Dickie can’t stay away from The Q!
    To digress, have you read the Twilight book series? I’ve just finished the third book in under two weeks. The films are good but the books are something else!

  14. Annette Roberts May 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Nice to hear that Dickie and Sophie will both be popping back for extra shifts at the ‘Q’. Not long until you move to the new location now, are you looking forward to it? I can remember years ago, your visit up to Knowsley to see the new warehouse being built and you wearing your hard hat, may I say with style…now that’s going back a bit!
    I will drop you a line about the bespoke piece of jewellery, which I should have collected on Saturday, but Chris went in last week and changed it a bit, so it won’t be ready until this Saturday, hopefully, fingers crossed! I actually went through all my jewellery and cashed it in, some pieces like large hoop earrings worn years ago, bits ‘n’ pieces the were Mum’s and even some that Chris had bought that I didn’t wear and thought long and hard about having something made, which whilst getting rid of a few sentimental pieces, I would then have a little bit of everybody in the new piece, which I would wear more often.
    I’ve actually found an Aveda Salon, not too far away, so I may give them a try…my hair is way past my shoulders and I have to tie it in ‘pigtails’ or is ‘bunches’ at the sides because of my head when using the aero pilates machine and Chris has started calling me ‘Pippi Longstocking’!! Do you remember her from years ago, I think a childrens TV series?
    Annette x

  15. Julia Roberts May 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marian
    I knew you would love the Elemis eye serum – have you tried layering it with the Pro Intense? That is really good. I have been having a break from Hydratenseur so was looking for something to take over for a while …… might be a long while!!
    No I haven’t read any of the Twilight books – I think I have watched it once with Sophie – is it about vampires?
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  16. Julia Roberts May 10, 2012 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I think Sophie and Dickie both had a good day!:-)
    I have only visited the new studios once so far – it is very swish. Much as I love Marco Polo House it is starting to look a bit ‘tired’ if you know what I mean – very different from the first day in October 1993!
    Glad to hear you have found an Aveda salon near you. I have been today ( Thursday ) and I always so ‘polished’ when I come out. If you are ever in London you should make an appointment to see Alwynne and Micheal.
    Brave you getting rid of some old jewellery pieces. I REALLY need to have a sort out as we are going to be moving again soon! Look forward to seeing some pictures
    Julia x

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