Causing havoc on Anything Goes and a little LA sunshine


Debbie with John BarrowmanThis week –

– John Barrowman pressing Charlie’s buttons on Anything Goes!

– Divided by a common language – some surprising Americanisms!

– Sunshine on a rainy day – the last of the sunny LA pics

– Funny, funny bloopers – incl Alison Young losing it on air

– Plus – as promised – Lincoln film review, and The Sapphires

What an incredibly fun show Anything Goes was! Several funny clips here for you this week! Plus the winner of the RCM comp is announced, and how to be in the know ahead of time for some of our best bargains! 


On Saturday it was my first Anything Goes show since early January, so how chuffed was I to find out that not only John Barrowman but also Glynis Barber would be on it! We had so many sell outs – including John’s skincare set, so I’m thrilled to tell you it’ll be available again on next week’s show too (9th).

So there was Charlie, trying to show you what to do with the Body Tech ab belt, when all of a sudden this happened – it’ll go down in the annuals of QVC history that’s for sure! Lol.


John couldn’t stop talking about what he’d done afterwards – here he is in the prep room straight after that item, letting us in on what was really going on that you maybe couldn’t see!


It seemed to inspire our normally quite conservative Charlie to get a bit mischievous – if you see what he’s talking about in this clip, you may raise your eyebrows a little! Hehe!


I had a great time also trying some face yoga with Glynis Barber – it’s part of her Yoga DVD if you didn’t know already – ten minutes is devoted to that. Here’s us and Gill Gauntlett giving it a go, courtesy of nice Howard the instructor – come on, try it at home!


Thanks to those who said I won the gurning competition! Yeh, cheers for that! Lol! All good fun tho. See below for more news about what’s on this weekend’s show!


Now there was another funny little moment I caught on an Elemis show this week! Alison Young never lets us down does she! Here she is having, as she called it, a ‘blonde moment’!



Debbie by the pool in USA Debbie having fun in the pool

Apart from a couple of mild sunny days of late, the worst thing about being back from my LA holiday is the weather. This was the hotel pool – where on the day we left, a film crew were arriving to shoot ‘The Newsroom’ – fab US TV series. In fact, there were so few people staying and swimming that it became ‘my’ pool!

It meant I could lark around a little! Got some wicked exercise tho! And some more lovely memories to look back on now I’m back in the damp and the cold!


Now it’s well known that I love America, LA and San Diego in particular. But if someone doesn’t tell you, there are certain conventions out there which can definitely throw the average tourist. Here’s a few of the ones I’ve picked up over the years…

Penta in the shop– you can turn right on a red light

– they call the ground floor ‘first floor’ – so if your room is on the ‘4th floor’ of the hotel, you’ll be three stories up.

– mobile calls – you pay to receive calls and texts as well as make them

– prices on goods in supermarket shelves are net – tax is added at the till. So when I bought my ‘blast from the past’ Penta, I paid about 8% extra on top of the price ticket (this was the product we sold when I ran my importing business)

– biscuits are actually scones and you have them with your dinner, like a bread roll. English muffins are crumpets. Pancakes at breakfast come with maple syrup plus eggs n bacon on same plate, bacon is inevitably crispy.

View from the plane window– take a kettle – rooms have coffee makers, not kettles, and no tea bags. They also mostly serve this weird concoction called ‘half and half’ instead of milk – it’s – yes you’ve guessed it – half milk and half cream!

– you have to pay for petrol up front at the ‘gas’ station. Petrol is only $4 to $5 per gallon (x per litre) and they moan about it!

It was an amazing trip once again, packed, and I came back really zonked – went to bed at 2am on Friday night, and woke up at 4pm Saturday afternoon – 14 hours straight! Too bad I hadn't had much sleep on the plane – too busy looking at sights like this one – looks like the window is smiling at me!



It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, so here are a couple of plaques I saw in a shop in Ventura Boulevard in LA, specially for all those mums out there this Sunday!

First plaque for mums Second plaque for mums


Debbie and the kids at Brad's birthday

– This Sunday it was my lovely son Brad’s 26th birthday – yes, 26th! Eek! In four years’ time I’ll have a 30 year old son – how’s that even POSSIBLE!!

Anyway, we all went to have a lovely dinner at Carluccios in Wimbledon Village – one of our favourite towns – we all have fond memories of going for a milkshake in Tootsies, no longer there sadly. But it was lovely to see Lolly too, down with her man Nick. 

–  It’s 'Read An E-book Week'! Am currently lucky enough to be in touch with a couple of dozen lovely Facebook ladies who are all helping me proof-read and sanity-check my final edit of my romance novel. They are, in effect, e-book reading!

Do you enjoy e-books? Have a Kindle? Well apparently this week it’s been Read An E-book Week! Who knew!? Click here for the link to tell you more. (link to ) And for those that have asked, if you’d like to become one of the first to buy my book, I’m setting up a yahoo group to let you all know when it’s available. More news next week!

A different box of chocolates– Facebook Cutie! Especially for Mother’s Day (this Sunday) – instead of the fattening kind, how about presenting a box of this type of ‘chocolates’ to your mum! Altogether – aawwwww bless!

– Facebook Ahhhh! – And another one. It’s less ‘the lion sleeps tonight’ and more The Lion Gives its Rescuer a Cuddle!

The caption said that this lion was found in a terrible state injured in a forest, on the verge of death, and taken home and cared for by the lady in this video, then released into a zoo sanctuary when it was all better. It was several months before she returned to visit him, but just look what happened when he saw her! Amazing, huh? And heartwarming!


– P.S. – well done to ‘lashes’ (also known as Edel McKeown) on Twitter, the lucky winner of the RCM competition! Chosen at random from all those entered on either my blog or Twitter up until closing deadline – there were over 230 of you! Another comp next month!


WATCH – First on this week's ‘what to watch’ section, a quick bit of Hot Gossip! Apparently one of my all time film heroes Harrison Ford has signed up to be in the sequel to one of my son Brad’s fave movies – Anchorman 2 (also starring one certain Paul Rudd *sigh*) and so has Bridesmaids star, Kirsten Wiig.
And whilst I was googling more info about them, this popped up online – Star Wars actors then and now – some have aged far better than others that’s for sure!

Click here to see the full gallery

LINCOLN – On the plane home from LA, I got to see Lincoln. It’s a long movie, but very well done – natch, it IS a Spielberg! It’s not so much about war, or slavery, more about political unrest and the behind the scenes machinations and devious tricks that President Lincoln had to resort to, to get emancipation through the house and abolished back in the mid 1800s.

I must admit although I can see why Daniel Day Lewis got his Best Actor Oscar (albeit with a slightly dodgy accent occasionally), he seemed to me to be more obviously acting. The star of the film in my opinion was undoubtedly Sally Field, whom I loved in more recent TV series Brothers and Sisters (did you ever see it? Sooo like my family of five siblings!). She laughed, she cried, she was charming, she cried some more, then she really howled.

Too bad this year she was pitched against Anne ‘Les Mis’ Hathaway – any other year she’d have been a shoo-in for an Oscar! Anyway the film itself gets a deserved 8.5 out of ten from me – more for the performances than the subject matter – it was very good, but overlong, otherwise it would have got more!


And a quick final review – another of my favourite actors – Chris O’Dowd, stars in The Sapphires, which I also saw on the plane (along with about ten episodes of drama series The Newsroom, which is fab!). It’s set in the Vietnam war, where racism is still rife, and follows the funny fortunes of four aborigine girls as they tour soldiers' camps in Saigon and sing soul (very well actually) to the squaddies.

Chris plays their manager. Harmless way to spend an hour and a half or so – and gets a decent 7.25. Worth a watch on Sky films when it comes out or DVD post-rental but don’t buy it. But I will look for the soundtrack!



SlendertoneAnother little look ahead and it’s faaaaaar ahead! Look what I’ve been given to use – daily – for twelve weeks! Yes a new face gadget from market leaders Slendertone.

Anyone remember when the lovely Anita Harris and a model chap called Rhydian (I think) used to be our guests on QVC for the body belts and pads? Anyway this is an interesting head-piece that’s easy to use and looks like something sci-fi. Will keep you informed how I get on! 

Debbie and Jen from TogetherSNEAKY TWEET

And a reminder to follow me on Twitter – @debbieFlint – I tell you secrets! Like this one – a teaser pic of the imminent Bargain Hunter for Together Fashions with Jenny last Sunday, which I posted for you just before TX (that’s telly term for transmission!).

Those in the know got inere fast and the pink top sold out within minutes! 


Debbie and Pipa Julia's book has arrived

– ANYTHING GOES – Yes on this week’s crazy Saturday Night show, not only Pipa and myself hosting, but also appearing will be Debbie G in the IT/Twitter/Facebook hotseat, plus our very own Julia, AND John Barrowman plus many more! (9th, 8-10pm).

-          Julia is going to be talking more about her fab autobiographical hardback book that’s already sold about three quarters of the current stock. I’d like to know any questions you’d like to ask her about her life, being on QVC, the Price is Right, a dancer, on the Benny Hill show etc!

Make sure you tweet both her and me (or @qvcuk on the night) and we will do our best to answer you on Saturday! @debbieflint or @juliarobertsQVC by 7pm Saturday 9th

Lulu Decleor TSV

–  Other highlights in the week ahead include – Sunday (10th) there’s a Tom Tom Today’s Special Value – if it lasts, I will be on with it during the 10pm show, after which lovely Lulu is back with her Timebomb skincare – love her neck cream! 

– And on Tuesday it’s the long-awaited supersize Decleor TSV day! Book your place in front of the TV ladies! 

– And finally if you’re relatively new or just like looking behind the scenes, I’ll be with you at 5pm on Thursday (14th) for a special Inside QVC show. Tweet me what you love about your favourite shopping channel and I may read it out live on air!

Next week – what will my lovely son Brad have treated me to for Mother’s Day? Enjoy your one on Sunday, and I’ll see you on air, or back here next week!

Best wishes



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  1. Andrea Reed March 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Do you know when Carolyn Pollack is coming back to QVC? On her last visit she said she`ll be back in March, but I`ve checked the whole month and can`t find anything.
    Thanks, Andrea

  2. Susan March 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    How are you? Fab photos from sunny LA! Wonderful! You’re so lucky being able to go there! Talking of which I see Julia is off to Mauritius none the less!!! Lucky duck indeed! She has been so fortunate to go to all these exotic locations…Bahamas…that looked stunning, and I remember her Maldives photos and now Mauritius!! I remember seeing Ali’s lovely Oz photos too. If I get to go to one of those I would be a happy gal! So expensive unfortunately. Maybe one day! Lovely blogs for Mothers Day but it is so sad that so many people have lost Mums so young and can’t have children etc. I think as one blogger said people can be really forgetful and some quite incencitive at that. I send my heart out to them.
    Enjoy your Mothers Day though. Look forward to reading,
    Take care
    Susan x

  3. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen March 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    hi debbi 26 your brad but of course you are only 21

  4. Nigel March 9, 2013 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for bringing the LA sun back Debs ~ albeit only for a couple of days as its raining again !
    Just been watching some cute little creatures on NatGeo called sea angels and sea butterflies(clips on YouTube) – like the frost flowers you retweeted i never knew they existed till now – #live&learn.
    Currently surfing the omega3/omega6 ratio debate – bit of a minefield, don’t know who to believe – some even say too much omega3 is a bad thing – u attempting the Penninghame window assault course again this April ?
    If you love what you do,you never work a day in your life.
    Bfn, Nige :))

  5. SHARON HARVEY March 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    HI Debbie,
    What a fantastic blog!! How you fit it in amazes me! You are always so happy and laughing!. The Item on your blog that has just had me in stitches is the face yoga!! I dont need to try it because laughing at you is exercise enough – hahaha!!! Proper gurning!!!
    Thanks for sharing your recent LA trip with us, it looks amazing and what a lovely pool and hotel. Isnt it funny how different language is? I live in essex and we are foreigners to many in this country so i can imagine how weird it would be in America lol.
    Half and Half has always seemed like a weird concoction for me – how fattening in your tea! Glad you enjoyed your flight home and the movie! Will look out for that on dvd.
    Qvc bloopers are very funny and its nice to have a laugh whilst watching the show and everyone always seems to be having a thoroughly good time.Hope you had a great Mothers day xx

  6. vicki hughes March 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debs,
    Enjoyed reading your blog, full of great snippets as usual. Especially liked the “cuddling lion” looked like he was smiling at her!
    Take Care

  7. Cheryl Williams March 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    A great blog again!! Couldn’t stop laughing at the QVC clips! John Barrowman always seems to be a lovely man when ever you see him on anything. Wonder what your 4 dogs would make of his Captain Jack?
    Hope you had a great Mother’s Day

  8. Louise March 12, 2013 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Haven’t posted in a while, but have been keeping up with your blog. It’s been quite a hectic time at work recently; we found out we are being made redundant so, for the first time in years, I’m sending job applications/uploading my CV – thank goodness for the internet – on a daily basis, and attending interviews. I just hope I manage to find something, before I have to sign on – however you go about that, I don’t know!
    Hope you had a great mothering sunday – what did Gracie get you? I probably shouldn’t say this, being the mother of two boys (!), but I think the relationship between a mum and daughter is extra special – you’ve heard the “a son is a son till he gets him a wife, but a daughter’s a daughter the rest of her life” quote? Don’t you think it’s so true?
    I’ve just finished my ojon revitalising mist and, as I have strawberry blond hair below my waist, this is a great detangler and prevents my hair from becoming quite dull. And the aroma is so therapeutic, so I’ve ordered the supersize on today’s show. Can’t be without it, for the smell alone!
    I’ve watched several documentaries on Casey Anthony this last couple of weeks, as it is a case I find so intriguing and involved. A miscarriage of justice? Who knows. I know what I think. We all have guilty pleasures; know what mine is? The Real Housewives of Orange County!The bulk of my tv viewing comprises true crime and murder cases, factual programmes but, recently, I ended up with 34 episodes of RHOC on sky+. Once I started watching, I couldn’t stop! How two faced are those women. Of course they do know they are being filmed, so one has to question what is true and false.But, hey, it’s just a bit of down time.
    Have you read any of Kate Summerscale’s books? I’m about to start Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace:The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady. A true story about a divorce case in victorian times.
    Read on shoppingtelly that Nick Alsbury is leaving QVC to spend more time with his family. Didn’t realise he’s been with you for 15 years! I’m sure we’ll all miss him; I always felt he was so knowledgeable about the products he was presenting.
    Well, you take care, Debs. I’ll try not to leave it so long next time! Love to your babies from mine.

  9. Patricia Balckburn March 14, 2013 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    I am posting as you suggested so that as many others either Breast Cancer survivors or future survivors can benefit from my experience and the information YOU shared with ME. I was diagnosed with Secondary Breast Cancer nearly 4 years ago; it was the first sign of cancer in my body and was quite advanced already. I fired my breast surgeon since she was negative and did not give me much hope. You really need a doctor who believes that you can get well because you can.
    I took the diagnosis like most people and cried but I also heard a little voice in my head say, “You’re gong to get rid of this.” So I set out to find out everything I can about the illness and what I could do to be an active participant in my own recovery. Much to everyone’s surprise, especially the doctors, I went into remission in about 7 months, a dramatic response, a miraculous response but I had done a lot, diet and lifestyle wise, to aid the chemotherapy I was receiving.
    Debbie, you told me recently when I tweeted about my condition, about a wonderful book by Dr. Jane Plant – YOUR LIFE IN YOUR HANDS. So quick like a bunny, I ordered it and read. Much of it sounded familiar since I had been researching breast cancer for a few years already – in fact, I blog about my discoveries. But there was some very interesting and valid suggestions and science to back it up that was new. In particular, I dropped dairy from my diet completely. A damaged and ill breast did not need all of the breast stimulants naturally occurring in milk, cow’s or otherwise. And it has been amazing.
    I am in the midst of a relapse – one that cost me my job – another long sad story I will not bother you all with now since I feel I am on a mission here. My doctors decided not to treat me with chemo again but to try an oestrogen blocker that is being used in a new stronger protocol. It was possible to have a CR – complete response – but more likely it would keep my cancer stabilized and not progressing if it worked at all. My tumor markers began to come down but the tumor in my breast did not feel appreciably smaller until I dropped the diary from my diet. It is now decreasing by more than a centimeter a month and has shrunk to 1/3 of the size it was only 2 1/2 months ago. My progress has even prompted my oncologist to ask what I was doing different lately. I told her and she smiled and said – ‘Well it’s working for you.” The Oestrogen Blocker is working much more efficiently with the new dietary changes.
    Debbie, I cannot thank you enough for telling about Dr Plant. I still have more of her suggestion to incorporate into my lifestyle. I too believe that like so many other complicated serious illnesses, cancer will be found to have a multi-pronged approach to stopping or curing it. I continue to do self hypnosis and guided imagery as per by Louise Hay’s own experience – you and I have an appreciation for Louise in common too – and exercise, especially the deep breathing of Qi Gong which a medical center here in the US – Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center – has found to be the only exercise to have profound positive influence on cancer. And most importantly, I feel, dropping sugar from our diets. Did you know that they use radioactive sugar to detect cancer in the diagnostic scans? Yep, they give you radioactive sugar and wait for an hour or so then scan to see where there is more sugar metabolism in the body. Once you know that, you will never view a candy bar the same way again.
    I want everyone to know that if I can do it so can you so do not give up. Be an active participant in your own treatment. And if you do not have cancer, please read this book and research other ways you can prevent the disease especially important for children who are bombarded with all kinds of hideous chemicals in food and the environment today. If anyone has any more information or their own stories, experience to share- please post it to Debbie and she or I will see it. I am always interested in what is helping others, learning more every day.
    Or contact me on Twitter – @TiciaNYC – I would be happy to share more, help in any way I can. Bless you, Debbie, for inviting me to share my story and maybe do some good. I do love watching you, especially on Anything Goes, and all the products I buy from QVC UK that my friend forwards to me here in the States are wonderful. If I sound like the crazy American on the Beauty Channel last June going on and on to Leighton Denny about how much she loves British fashions, cosmetics and well everything British, that’s because it was me. So keep up the good work and thanks again.

  10. Patricia Balckburn March 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi again,
    Here is the link to my website Help Your Own Healing – all about wellness and cancer prevention from my personal perspective of a secondary breast cancer survivor. Again, thank you Debbie, for inviting me to post on your blog. I love following your fun and love Yong Kim too. Bought 12 items since June last – have fab new wardrobe for when my children’s book publishes and I need to make appearances.
    Here is the link – It is to the first article I wrote about the connection between sugar and cancer. Since I live in the States, some of the conversion info is not metric but I think your nutrition panels are different anyway. I will buy some from my fave British shop – Meyers of Keswick here in NYC and update for all of you. I hope it helps – even one person – and I will be pleased.
    Thanks again, again

  11. debs f March 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    Andrea –
    Thanks for your comment hon – haven’t been given a date yet but two things – first is check up to three weeks ahead on our TV Guide (change to drop down’week to view’) and other is email – they’re fab and much faster than slow old me! Sorry if Carolyn’s not back soon cos I love her stuff and wear SW all the time!

  12. debs f March 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Susan –
    Yes I agree about mother’s day – two of my best pals lost their mums when they were kids, so it’s always good to be sensitive. And yes, Julia’s been to some very exotic places for sure! I think it makes a whole chapter in her book!
    Susan you always post such lovely detailed comments and I’m always so glad to read them! thanks again!

  13. debs f March 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Martin – haha – thanks so much! lol

  14. debs f March 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    nige – wondered where you’d got to! lol!
    Sorry for delay – been away and been busy revising novel!
    Yes the sea butterflies are very pretty arent they – another new trivial pursuits question prepped! lol! Remind me a bit of sea monkeys – had a company called that once.
    No no plans to go to penninghame – much as i would ADORE to do so! Hoping to see marlene again this weekend tho!
    HOpe the weather’s not making you too stir crazy!
    ps did you say once you live near thetford? cant remember – was up there this week! Could have had a chin wag over a coffee! lol!

  15. debs f March 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Sharon – hello my darling!
    Yes half and half eh – the FDA had a lot to answer for over their stoopid decision in 1982! Guess someone somewhere thinks it’s ok to have it cos it’s only half cream! lol! But then – best not get started on the health topics or we’ll be keeping each other here all day! lol

  16. debs f March 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Vicky – yes what a great clip that was! I bet the onlookers’ hearts stopped for a split second tho eh! Saw another clip by a guy in South Africa who play-wrestles with lions too, after years with them – some folks huh!

  17. debs f March 22, 2013 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    Cheryl –
    yes indeed – I bet Captain Jack would give them the run around! lol! John’s so fab to be on with – you never know what he’ll do next – as Dale found out that night, according to that pic! it’s the look of delight on John’s face that gets me! haha!

  18. debs f March 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    Louise –
    welcome back! glad to hear from you but so sorry to hear about redundancy – not good. When i worked in the sub-prime finance industry mid 2000’s, I was made redundant three times in three years! No i dont know RHOC or Summerscale – but the latter sounds fascinating! I love all those old Victorian and turn of the century themes – prob why I’m loving Mrs Selfridge on ITV! lol.
    Didn’t know about Nick – if I find out more I will post it! and the poggies forgot my mother’s day this year – good job the kids remembered! hehe!
    best wishes and come back soon!

  19. debs f March 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Ticia – you are an absolute inspiration to anyone suffering similarly to you – i do hope they will look into your links etc hon.
    Thanks so much for posting and keep up the good work ok!
    keep me informed on twitter if any new updates!

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