Back to the 60s, Batman and goodbye London 2012


The Flint family in the 1960sThis week…
Back to the 60s – archiving and reminiscing!
Plus who should have been in the closing ceremony line up?
And big movie review – 'The Dark Knight Rises'!

Back to the 60s – archiving and reminiscing
You know when you have one of those jobs hanging over you which you know you HAVE to do, but you never get round to? Annoying aren't they!

Well, due to (yet another) Groupon offer – one leather-bound digital photo album (or 6, well I am one of 5!) – I finally got round to transferring some of those precious memories to jpeg and putting them in an album online just in time to beat the deadline before the voucher ran out!

It's mostly the Flints' Early Years when we were all kids. And it's so lovely to remember those bygone eras – can you guess which year the pic above was taken? What do you think? Leave me a comment below! Mum, Dad, me and my then two younger siblings Linda and little David, at the races I think. Cute!

A young Debbie hiding behind deckchairsAnother one reminded me how much I used to have to shelter behind the deckchairs out of the sun! Damn that photo-sensitive skin – bless me! Lol! Anyone else never been able to sunbathe like 'normal people'?! (pre-Ultrasun and tan accelerators and L-Tyrosine tablets etc!)

It was a huge job and I completed it and pressed the 'order now' button at around 3am one night after my midnight finish at QVC, sitting in the presenter lounge all on me ownsome! Next step – the years when we all started having kids! Have you done any? Got any tips? The archiving continues…

Olympic closedown – who was missing?
Well I finally caught up with the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics on Sky+ a couple of days after (I was on air when it happened!) Wow – what a show! Loved Take That, Spice Girls, and most of all, Eric Idle's eccentric extravaganza! Wish I'd been able to go to the stadium – for anything! Did you go? What was it like? Leave me a comment below!

LuluThing is, there were lots of less well known UK acts performing during the finale and it made me wonder why some top performers weren't invited – 80s artists, for instance. So – who was missing for you? I nominate Kate Bush – or our own Lulu!

It would have been quite funny to have her perform with Take That and sing 'Relight My Fire' as the Olympic flame went out! Lol. Anyway let me know which of YOUR faves you think should have been included. And what you thought of the show!

First, the hot weather meant it was time to wash the poggies! Here's a little snippet of what happened! Patchy was one of the best behaved!


Marlene moment. Now this week I launched the new Diet Chef TSV. It's not for everybody – but neither is my macrobiotics! So it's good to have choices. However, Carl, alias @mr_mcfisto on Twitter, chose to totally change the way he eats after he followed the link I posted to health expert Marlene Watson-Tara's recent blog – about how to burn fat if you want to lose weight.

Take a look at last week's blog comments to see how he's doing! Special mentions to Tracey Case and Michelle Roberts too – we're getting quite a little clan going here! Keep us informed pls! And do let me know if anyone else has any other stories about your successful weight-loss – macrobiotic or otherwise!

Facebook favourite Facebook fave – what a cute pic this is – just couldn't resist including it this week to make you smile – from all those doing the rounds on Facebook recently!

WATCH – this week – the new Batman movie. 'The Dark Knight Rises' is much-hyped, and features two of my favourite actors -Tom Hardy as muzzled baddie Bane, and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman – it came highly recommended and I really wanted to like it.

But it didn't live up to expectations and I was quite disappointed! If you just love spectacle and special effects, menace and shock, you'll love it. But for me, there were too many questions – 'but WHY would they do that?', 'how would that be possible?', 'how did they GET there?' etc, so in the end I was glad when it was over! BUT I am still glad I saw it.

Get it on DVD even if you don’t see it at the cinema. Gave it 7.75 out of ten – mostly 'cos of redeeming performances by Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine. Sadly our very own Christian Bale just couldn't carry it off for me tho'. Why? Because he's got such a distinctive mouth and way of speaking, and that's the one bit of Batman that shows! It just distracted me! Surely they'd guess him from his mouth?! Gawd. 

ALSO – what on EARTH was Bane's accent?? So distracting – like a poor man's Darth Vader. Very disappointed, as Tom Hardy is amaaaazing – usually. Great role for him tho', and am pleased for all the Brits starring in this big box office belter. Anyway, do let me know what YOU think too!


P.S. As an antidote to action movies, I'd also recommend a lovely little rom com, called 'Something Borrowed' based on a fab book (go here for more info). Very 'me', has one of my screen crushes (John Kaplinski) and gets a good 8.25 out of ten! Get it on DVD! πŸ™‚

QVC – highlights in the week ahead will include Royal Jewels by Sandra Singh on Saturday 18th at 9pm, together with the return of my fave shoes – Marta Jonsson on Sunday at 10pm. Join me if you can!

Have fun and see you next week! Don't forget to leave me a comment below – just pick one of the topics above – or all of them! (N.B. your email will not be shown on the blog).



  1. Cheryl Williams August 16, 2012 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    Looking back at old family photos bring back happy memories but also tears for those who aren’t around anymore.
    Loved the film of Patchy. Your pogs are adorable. The Westie we had used to love a bath. We used to say “Robbie do you want a bath” and he used to run to the bathroom and put his paws on the bath and talk at you until it was ready for him
    Have a great week
    Love Cheryl

  2. Angela Shipman August 17, 2012 at 3:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Deb just reading your blog about olympics (amongst other things)and what a pity you didnt get to go.I was lucky enough to win a pair of tickets in a BT phone book competition, to watch the synchro swimming final on fri 10th aug with my daughter. We had great seats 3 rows from front right behind photographers so great views of medallists when they had their pics taken.Our girls were 6th overall but did a great routine for their 1st olympics – expecting great things for Rio! Robin Cousins was there (he works creatively with team I think) and I managed to catch up with him after and had quick chat spookily both agreeing that we thought the spanish team were the best (they got bronze medal),I also got his autograph and pic with! To top it off I saw Sharon(QVC model)outside the aquatic centre (she had been to the same event)… who recognised me by my Kim and Co top I was wearing!!lol.She stopped to chat and was lovely and so friendly. You could tell her from me that the lady in the red and white Kim & Co top DID watch the Dennis show on Thursday and saw her and she was great…a little cheeky as always… but not TOO cheeky as she did say to me!! he he All in all a great day, if a bit on the hot side, the park was amazing, and we had a wonderful time. It was a long tiring day, but an experience I am so glad I could be a part of.

  3. cynthia martin August 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    Sorry Debs can’t agree with you on closing ceremony, I didn’t get everythin wrapped in newspaper or the Dutch KKK riding bikes. The only bits I enjoyed were John Lennon and Freddie Mercury. Where did they drag George Michael up from, never liked the Spice Girls, or Lulu. I would of liked to see Rolling Stones, Simply Red or Adele. The start of it was so boring I thought it was supposed to be a party, it did liven up a bit but I thought generally it was rubbish. I know you can’t please everyone obviously some people enjoyed it but I didn’t.

  4. Susan August 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    Those jobs…photos and PC’s…hate them!!!!!! So I’m NOT talking about them lol. Washing the dogs is always quite a funny and wet experience in our house. Then end up going for a roll and getting mucky again after! Can’t say I’ll be going to see Batman. It really doesn’t sit well with me at all after the tragedy in the US. Just so awful. I’ve always felt a bit eery where Batman is concerned for some reason. And then Heath Ledger dying as well at the time he was filming not for me.
    LOVED the Olympics though. Really thought it was great and sooo admire the volunteers as I’ve said before! Amazing. I also have to say I was really happy with the Opening and Closing ceremony. I know you can never please everyone but I thought there was something for all generations which I am all for. Not a Spice Girls fan though lol.
    Have a nice weekend,
    Susan x

  5. chalkie August 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm -  Reply

    I think there were at least 3 tricks missed. THe Who are great, very British and very London, but the finale should’ve gone to Bowie, singing Heroes. The other 2 bands that could’ve been there for a sing each were Spandau Ballet, performing Gold and Duran Duran doing Rio. Personally, the Spice girls, Jessie J and One direction added nothing.

  6. Tanya Sheridan August 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm -  Reply

    Kate Bush was asked to perform at the closing ceremony but declined the offer. I thought Phil Collins or Sting would have been asked.

  7. Mandy Baker August 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm -  Reply

    Duran Duran were playing at the wrong end of the olympics – they should have played Rio at the handover.

  8. derekmurphy August 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi beautiful. Genisis, Adele culture club Lulu dusty Springfield and many more.should been at closing ceromony. Oh well, never mind lol

  9. Eric Wiltsher August 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debbie
    I think I am out on a limb here as I wasn’t that impressed with the closing ceremony. The opening was outstanding, by the way.
    The closing ceremony was announced as being the radio playlist to end all playlists – I pity any listeners.
    Ray Davies really shouldn’t have been there, one classic track from George Michael would have been enough, plugging his new single didn’t show him in a good light.
    Not sure if those amazing dancers fitted in the middle of Eric Idle, should have been two separate turns.
    Madness – did they do any sound checks?
    I agree it sounded like some radio stations due to the fact they repeated the same tracks within hours, boring!
    Missing, from the oldies Status Quo and Lulu (yes agree). Fat Boy Slim was fine but the acting, LOL, didn’t work. There should have been more younger artists for the athletes – maybe they should have asked Capital London to produce the playlist – well at least George Michael’s new track wouldn’t have been there.
    A friend suggested by expectation were to high – I think not. But there is a good piece of news/observation. What they churned out kept the print media boys and girls happy meaning GB PLC didn’t shoot itself in the foot as it normally does – so a small ray of light to be thankful for.

  10. Christine Harman August 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Regarding the Olympics, I loved the opening ceremony the Olympics themselves were fantastic, but for me the closing ceremony was a big let down. I didn’t think there was as much thought went into it.A lot of the acts I hated when they first came on the scene and my opinion of them didn’t change..I did like One Direction and Take that but I would have liked to have seen Rod Stewert and the Stones, how can you have the Beatles and not the Stones and lastly, as we were being told, it was going to be a party to end all parties I would have had Status Quo singing Rocking All over the World. To me it didn’t go out with a bang, more of a fizzle

  11. martin forbes August 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    another good blog debs closing ceremony was brillian on taped on sky plus and keeping it

  12. Marlene Watson-Tara August 18, 2012 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    Definetley moving south Debbie, the sun seems to stop short of Scotland!! My Californian hubby is getting weary of the grey skies lol…..- watching your doggies being showered makes me realise how much I miss my golden labs. Had such incredible fun with them for 14 years. Move, settle, golden lab puppy coming my way soon. I popped the disc off in the post to you today.
    Love Marlene x

  13. Debbie G August 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Deb
    I saw the Batman movie in Portugal. Guess what the Portuguese is for Batman? it’s very complicated “o Batman”!!
    Love the photos!

  14. debs flint August 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

    Cheryl – hi hon hope you’re well!
    Love the idea of your westie WANTING a bath! lol
    Mine run a mile and Holly stands there shaking like she’s about to be punished! #thankGodForGardenHose!

  15. debs flint August 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Angela! Thank you for lovely reply.
    would have LOVED to see synchro swimming!
    Will mention you to model Sharon next week in Kim and Co shows! What a coincidence! funny!

  16. debs flint August 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    cynthia – ta for reply hon! much appreciated!Yes i see what you mean about the boring bits. Apparently my pal says the rolling stones were asked but refused? But yes, Adele should definitely have been there! Someone Like You is one of my key singalong songs! πŸ™‚ x

  17. debs flint August 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

    Susan – ta for comment as usual! I do like to read the longer ones!
    yes heath Ledger was amazing such a shame. His passing was the reason why three other actors played the rest of his role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – strange movie anyway I thought. Glad you liked the ceremony.

  18. debs flint August 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Chalkie! How nice of you to leave a comment on here for me! Much appreciated!
    agree re the 80’s bands – and Bowie would have been fab. But my pal says he’s not performed for many years now, deliberately apparently. Except on Extras… ?!
    Do write again!

  19. debs flint August 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    Tanya – ta for commenting hon!
    yes Sting would have been a shoe-in I’d havve thought – I thought he was compulsory at all such events! lol! And shame about Kate Bush – she’s one of my absolute all time faves!Since i did an impression of her during my Larry Grayson interview on The Generation Game all those years ago! hehe!

  20. debs flint August 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm -  Reply

    Mandy – perfect suggestion! How could they have missed that trick eh!
    great comment, thanks!

  21. debs flint August 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Derek – culture club – ahhh they bring back memories! Lots of other 80’s bands didn’t get a look in either eh!Where was Adam Ant when you needed him! hehe!
    Do come back and comment again!

  22. debs flint August 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    Christine – Haha! like it! Rod Stewart doing some of his swing numbers – yesss! πŸ™‚ x

  23. debs flint August 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    martin – am sure you’ll re-watch it over and overΒ¬! d πŸ™‚

  24. debs flint August 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Marlene – keep me away from your puppy when you get it! i’ll be wanting to put him in my bag and take him home with me! πŸ˜‰ x

  25. debs flint August 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm -  Reply

    debbie g – funny! wonder what it is in other languages? Bet the translated soundtrack is funny sometimes! I like it wwhen they dont find other words and still have to keep the English ones! πŸ™‚ x

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