A triple celebration


Diamonique Epiphany solitaire ring designed by Julia RobertsOur QVC 20th anniversary celebrations are already well underway with lots of things planned in the run-up to the actual birthday on 1st October. This week we are marking the occasion with a specially commissioned Today's Special Value ring to kick off Diamonique Day on Friday.

The ring is designed by yours truly in collaboration with our senior Diamonique buyer, Emily, and I must confess I was thrilled to be asked for my ideas, even though I have no ability to draw!

The design is centred around a 93-facet, one-carat solitaire to mark the fact that QVC first went 'on air' in 1993. Unlike a brilliant cut, which can be cut by machine, this 93-facet stone has to be cut by hand and requires a high level of expertise from the lapidary.

Diamonique ring design sketchThere are further smaller stones on the shoulders flanking the centrepiece. The gallery alludes to 20 years of QVC with a soft 2 leading into a 0, which we then mirrored to create almost a heart shape but it is not too obvious.

The piece is part of our Epiphany platinum-clad range, as platinum is the metal to celebrate a 20th anniversary, and we also decided to offer it in a simulated emerald option, as well as the clear, because emerald celebrates 20 years too. Coincidentally emerald is also the birthstone for May so it could be a personal birthday treat if you have a birthday this month.

Both Emily and I wanted the ring to have a look of high-end real diamond and I hope you will agree that we achieved it when Dale and I launch the TSV at midnight on Thursday.

So what else am I celebrating on this week's blog? Well, after an absence of eight years, my football team Crystal Palace are back in the Premier League by winning a very tense play-off final at Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday after the game went to extra time.

We had seats behind the goal but they were used very little during the course of the afternoon as we were all on our feet singing and urging our 'red and blue army' on to victory. It was the final game in a Palace shirt for Wilfred Zaha who has signed for Man Utd but what a way to bow out. He has spent ten years with CPFC and is a product of our prolific academy where, I am proud to say, my son is now a coach.

Julia Roberts and Jo Brand at WembleyWe drove to Wembley and, en route, stopped at a set of traffic lights to see Jo Brand in the car alongside us, another Palace supporter on her way to Wembley. As luck would have it she pulled into the car park just after us and I was able to grab this picture (left).

It is hard to imagine that just three years ago our club almost ceased to exist so a big thank you to Steve Parish, Steve Browett, Martin Long and Jeremy Hosking for 'saving' Crystal Palace and giving us the opportunity for this wonderful day out.

I wasn't out until the early hours partying as the following morning I had a hospital appointment for the results of a recent blood test. I can report that my Professor at UCH is very pleased with my progress and that the medication is continuing to work well – thanks so much for all your well wishes over the last couple of months, it really does help to know that you are there.

All in all a fabulous week so far…who knows? Maybe the Presenter team will win the QVC pub quiz on Thursday.

Much love,
Julia xx


  1. Pauline Johnson May 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia not been a good week so far ,cooker packed up ,fridge is now on the blink,and with all the rain yesterday the t porch decided to let the rain in, so David has been on the roof today patching it up.rather like the sound of the ring in the tsv may get the emerald as it is my birthday tomorrow,glad medication is working ,please god it stays that way,off to Wales this weekend to stay with youngest son and family,my daughter in law will spoil me rotten ,so looking forwarded to no cooking,speak soon.xxxx

  2. Chris May 29, 2013 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    It’s great to hear your news about your health and was good to see your last post about the charity swim.
    Your ring looks really special a great celebration of 20 years. Can you ask the buyers to do some men’s rings would love to see a Diamonique ring for guys?

  3. Steven May 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    Well well well Julia to quote you froma few weeks ago in reply to me! How good was that for CPFC… I know I’m now biased because I’m almost an adopted Eagle now but it was well deserved in the end. How cool was the old man Kevin Phillips?! Bet you were a bundle of nerves before he stepped up. Gives us Rangers fans a lot of hope seeing where Palace were and where you guys will be next season. Do you reckon Zaha may be loan out again next season from Man U to Palace? Holloway mentioned that after the game but wasnt sure how serious he was. There needs to be a lot of additions I think to the current squad but the CPFC have a lot of money after that game. Exciting times ahead. Not so quite exciting for us but we have made a few signings and are getting ready for stage 2 in our comeback.
    More importantly than he football its great to hear that your medication is working well and you are progressing steadily.
    Keep smiling and all the best to you and your team in the future! xx

  4. Barbara Coombs May 29, 2013 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I am also a Palace fan and was at Wembley on Monday, behind the goal! What an amazing day, I am still recovering!
    I love the ring and shall be watching on Thursday at Midnight, just happens my birthday is in May!!
    Great news that your results are good, I wish you well.
    Barbara x

  5. Tamie & Mila May 30, 2013 at 1:58 am -  Reply

    Great design Julia. As I (Mila) have a May birthday it will be doubly essential, or maybe even triple-y necessary as it’s also part of 20 years of QVC.

  6. Joanna Downey May 30, 2013 at 10:28 am -  Reply

    Stunning ring and congratulations on promotion – we all know how much you love your team… However, best news is that you are continuing to be stable and your specialist is pleased with you. A big “Well Done” all round. Love from Jo x

  7. Hefina Mitchell May 30, 2013 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia,
    thank God for your progress you have been looking well lately
    hope you stay this way,thinking of you.
    Hefina x

  8. Tina Dunning May 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    I am so pleased that your medication is working well and offer prayers that this may continue to be the case for as long as it is needed. You are such a beautiful person who does not deserve this but then again I am a believer that only the strong are given things difficult to cope with and that is definitely you Julia.
    My thoughts and prayers will be with you always. Love Tina x

  9. Jean Pugh May 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    From what I have seen of your ring it looks stunning. A lot of work must go into designing something like that.
    Glad to hear the news from your recent blood test was good. Hope it continues that way.
    And your football team are doing well.
    Like the photo of you and Jo Brand, I like her, she is very funny, does not care what she says does she.
    Good luck with the Pub Quiz and your Lillies.
    I meant to ask you the other day when you were talking about your cat, how is your Mum’s cat, I believe she had a lovely tabby cat.
    Anyway take care, and have a super day with your TSV.
    Love Jean X

  10. Annette Roberts May 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Wow, haven’t you been a busy girl lately, what with organising your sponsored swim and designing a ring…what next?
    Sorry not been on much lately, but been really stressed out with a few things, which are still going on at the moment, but on the up side, a few blogs ago I mentioned my morning smoothie drink. Well a lot of the ingredients are anti-inflammotry and whilst I’m still awaiting to have the metal out of my leg (yet another story!) it sppears that the smoothie has been working wonders, not that I’m making any claims etc.
    I have a lot less swelling around the ankle and more flexibility to the point where we went shopping in Chester at the weekend and Chris said I was walking better than I had ever done since my accident, which is a good thing because usually after a short distance my ankle aches and I start limping a bit.
    I did send Marjolein an email about the pull-up bar for the AeroPilates machine and she very quickly responded and after a phone call, followed by emails I have one on waitlist…hopefully in time for my Birthday.
    I will write to you shortly (our Birthdays approaching) and sponsor your swim too! Hope the training is going well.
    Good luck with the TSV tonight with the ‘Silver Fox’!
    Annette x

  11. Anne Costello May 30, 2013 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia , you look stunning as always. Take care and do not over work. Your Diamonique Ring looks Fab I have a 65th Birthday may ask hubby to purchase for me as an extra hahaha! Us girlies never have enough bling .
    QVC. addict.love Anne Sctland.

  12. Denise May 30, 2013 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I’m looking forward to Diamonique day tomorrow – the ring is lovely.
    So pleased that it was good news on your test results – a weight off your mind I’m sure.
    I was thinking about you on Monday when it was the Play Offs and glad that Palace won. You will be joining our team Hull City in the Premier League. We were in the Play offs in 2008 and I was lucky enough to go with my son. It was a fab day so I know what you were going through and thankfully we won too which makes all the difference! We were on a high for days!!
    Well done Palace.
    Love Denise xx

  13. diane burgess May 30, 2013 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    As a Chelsea fan I know all about the ups and downs of a football season but must admit my 13 yr old disabled son and I watched your game and we had so much fun and the result was what we wanted so much closer for our fans to travel cant wait for the 2013/14 season to begin with so many new players and managers and well done crystal palace do hope you do well, also Julia very pleased to hear that so far so good with your treatment you still look amazing on my tv lots of love xx

  14. SJ May 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I have been loving that ring in the promo video for diamonique day and am waiting patiently for midnight to place my order, i just really am hoping there’s going to be easy payments galore as i will be able to treat myself to more than 1 or 2 things… i am a huge diamonique fan, and have soo many pieces, my first was a cross pendant and chain (set in 9ct gold) that I purchased from QVC in 1997 (it was also my first QVC purchase), and i went on to order a solitaire ring in gold too… now i have close to 100+ pieces, and it grows bigger and bigger all the time. I even have 2 watches from the collection… and the best part is no one knows they are not the real thing!!! The item I get most comments on are Alison Young’s ring! Although I must confess I am a total jewellery addict and have thousands of pieces all from QVC and spread across almost every range you have, oh my poor debit card…
    Do you remember your first diamonique purchase?
    I am so happy for you that Crystal Palace made it, they and you (and their other loyal fans) really deserved it. But above all else I am thrilled that you are making good progress with the doctors, I was only saying to my son this week how well you are looking!
    Best wishes as always to you and your loved ones.
    P.S. The book is brilliant!

  15. Brian Wellman May 31, 2013 at 9:20 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I too was at Wembley with all the family sitting row 15 left of the home goal post, what a fantastic result especially after the past few matches(prior to Brighton)
    I, my son and grandson are ardent C.P supporters and sit in the upper tier of the Holmesdale stand, in fact my grandfather took me to Palace some 66 years ago!!!
    My Grandson Tom is currently studying Sports Jounalism at Farnham Univerisity and was lucky enough to sit in the press box for Palace v Burnley game and attended the post match interview with both managers.
    However enough about me, we are so pleased to hear you are progressing well with your recent health issues.

  16. Betty Lambert May 31, 2013 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    So glad your meds are working well
    Have ordered the ring in emerald, it looks fab, well done. I missed out on the earrings, was too late.
    Congrats to your team they did well.
    All the best regards Betty x

  17. mrs.morag fyfe May 31, 2013 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    hello Julia,so glad your result was good regarding your ongoing health problem,keep it up.you look lovely on tv.ring is gorgeous,well done.take care.lotsa luv.morag.xx

  18. Julia roberts May 31, 2013 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pauline
    Sorry to hear your week hasn’t been going quite as well as mine ….. understatement! I hope things improve and that you have a lovely weekend with your son being spoiled rotten and that maybe you get treated to the ’emerald’ version of the TSV Diamonique ring as a belated birthday pressie
    Julia x

  19. Julia roberts May 31, 2013 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chris
    I will ask the buyers about doing a 20 year celebration ring for the guys – maybe Charlie or Dale could help design it.
    I will keep everyone posted on here with how my charity swim fundraising efforts are going
    Julia x

  20. Julia roberts May 31, 2013 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    I thought you would be pleased for Crystal Palace – as you say you are an adopted ‘eagle’ ! I was a terrible coward not being able to watch the penalty as it went in but I have seen it several times since and how cool was that? He didn’t even look up and against the team that gave him his first pro job!
    We will obviously have to sign a striker as Murray is out for half the season and strengthen a bit but we have a good nucleus and people shouldn’t underestimate us. I’ m not keen on having Wilfy back on loan not because I don’t think he is a fabulous player but because I really think he is good enough to make it at Man Utd and it would be better to finish his association with us on an absolute high!
    Good luck to Rangers for phase two
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  21. Maureen Davison June 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    A fellow Crystal Palace Supporter here – thrilled of course that we are up now in the premiership – did you manage to get a ticket for Wembley? Now wondering who we will play in our first match? probably Manchester United!
    with love
    Maureen (Davison)

  22. Julia roberts June 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello Barbara
    It took me ages to come down from cloud nine and I am still getting my head round the thought of playing the likes of Man Utd and Chelsea, especially if Mourinho is back ….. surreal! Roll on June 19th when the fixture lst comes out.
    I wonder if you went for the simulated emerald TSV – if so I hope you like it.
    So relieved with my results, better than even my Prof was expecting
    Julia x

  23. Julia roberts June 2, 2013 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Mila
    Hope you got the simulated emerald TSV and also hope that you had a fab birthday
    Julia x

  24. Julia roberts June 2, 2013 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jo
    I think the test results put everything into perspective but I am still over the moon with Palace’s promotion – I think I was grinning in my sleep on Monday night!
    Thanks for caring
    Julia x

  25. Julia roberts June 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Hefina
    My haemoglobin levels are better than they have been for a while so I am feeling less tired lately. I am so thankful for all the research that has gone into blood cancers helping thousands of people like me
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  26. Julia roberts June 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Dear Tina
    Thanks so much for your continued support, I really believe that all the love from QVC fans since I revealed my illness has had a positive effect and as long as the medication keeps working the future is looking more rosy.

  27. Julia roberts June 2, 2013 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    Well maybe the pub quiz was a step too far ….. we came a creditable joint third out of seven teams but it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening! Don’t tell the others but one of my lilies has stuck it’s head out of the soil sshhh!
    My mum’s cat, Tabby, is very well – she was a bit on the ‘tubby’ side a few months back but Mum has had her on a stricter diet so she is almost back to normal size now and she is fabulous company for Mum.
    I was very pleased with the way the ring turned out particularly as I can’t draw at all and neither could our buyer Emily so it was all down to describing what we wanted.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  28. Julia roberts June 2, 2013 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Sorry to hear you’ve had some stress going on lately – not ideal when you still have your health issues! I think food is underestimated regarding our health – spinach, eggs and dark chocolate all seem to be helping my haemoglobin levels! Glad that your ‘magic smoothies’ are working.
    You know me I like keeping busy – still house hunting too and trying to find time to get stuck into writing my next book, but priority has to be the swimming gala for the next few weeks. I haven’t been doing any additional sessions in the pool just trying to swim a few more lengths of the 17 metre pool each time …. managed 100 last session so will try for 110 next time as the gala pool is 25 metres ….. eek! Still it’s just the once and at least it is something I can do to help raise money for the charities – thanks for offering to sponsor me.
    Hope you get your pull-up bar before ‘our’ birthday
    Julia x

  29. Julia roberts June 2, 2013 at 10:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    Thanks for the compliment – funny you should mention not over-working, I was so tired yesterday after a run of 8 days working out of 9, and my day off spent at Wembley, that I had to have an afternoon nap! I have a 10 day break coming up starting on my birthday which I am looking forward to.
    Hope you have a fab 65th birthday with or without the ring
    Julia x

  30. Julia roberts June 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Denise
    Hope you enjoyed Diamonique Day – I thought there were some lovely new styles.
    Well done to your team for winning promotion this season too ….. I guess we are both relegation favourites so let’s hope our teams can prove the sceptics wrong!
    Julia x

  31. Julia roberts June 2, 2013 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Diane
    Thanks for the congratulations for Crystal Palace – you probably enjoyed the game more than me ……. I was very tense particularly when it went to extra time! I wonder who our first game back in the Premier League will be against – we’ll find out on June 19th!
    Thanks also for the compliment – have days when the meds cause puffiness around my eyes but mostly I can cover it with make-up although I have had a few comments about looking tired – the least of my concerns!
    See you in the new season
    Julia x

  32. Julia roberts June 2, 2013 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi SJ
    I hope you enjoyed Diamonique Day? I am guessing you probably added a few pieces to your already huge collection! My first piece was a tennis bracelet in 14ct gold, my Christmas present in 1994, which I still have and I still wear. I am not a fan of big jewellery normally but I must agree with you regarding Ali Young’s ring – I really like it. Did you get the TSV? I thought it looked very real and I loved the fact that it was a special 93 facet cut to celebrate the year we first broadcast.
    It was a relief that my results were so good – always a tense time waiting! And Palace lifted my spirits even more …… what a great few days!
    I am so thrilled that you enjoyed my book …… for those that wanted to wait for the ebook it is available on Amazon from this Thursday, June 6th
    Julia x

  33. Julia roberts June 2, 2013 at 11:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello Brian
    Wasn’t the atmosphere amazing at Wembley! It has been such a long wait to get back into the Premiership that it has hardly sunk in yet – incredible! When they showed the shot of Delaney crying on the big screens I started crying too.
    My season ticket for years was Players Lounge, but I now mostly go with my son on his Coaches tickets, although we occasionally get to sit in a box. Very excited for next season.
    Things seem to be progressing well on the earth front – next UCH visit not until mid July.
    See you at Selhurst
    Julia x

  34. Julia roberts June 2, 2013 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Betty
    I’m so pleased you ordered the ring – I hope you love it when you get it home!
    The Palace boys deserved the win at Wembley – I was very very proud of their team effort!
    I feel so fortunate for all the research that has gone before to allow me to benefit from this new generation of drugs …… I’m a very lucky girl
    Julia x

  35. Julia roberts June 2, 2013 at 11:37 pm -  Reply

    Hello Morag
    It was a very positive result and such a relief to know the drugs are doing their thing!
    Glad you liked the look of the TSV ring – I thought it looked very ‘real’.
    Thanks for the compliment
    Julia x

  36. Pauline Johnson June 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Julia for your message,yes we had a great weekend with our son and family,but ok course there is always one fly in the ointment ,got caught in the 4 hour shut down on the Monday morning in the M4 ,but home safe and sound now,there but for the grace of god etc.
    Love Pauline xx

  37. Steven June 3, 2013 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    Are you a big fan of Mr Mourinho Julia?! Most women are. You could get a close up next season at Selhurst. Thanks for your best wishes regarding my team too x

  38. Marian Bolton June 3, 2013 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    You looked gorgeous on the Diamonique TSV launch show. That green dress/top? really suited you. In fact, I’m being a copy cat again and am going to look for something in that colour. As you know, our colouring is similar. I only caught 15 mins or so of the repeat show whilst having my breakfast. You seemed to be having lots of fun with Mr Handsome Devil!!
    The ring was lovely but I’m not much of a ring wearer to be honest. I love your idea to do that DKNY watch in diamonique though! I think that would be a definite purchase for me!
    Congratulations on your team making it back into the premier league and really great news about your test results. xx
    Glad to see Elemis with three contenders in the Beauty Awards. No prizes for guessing who I have voted for!
    Have a lovely birthday if I don’t ‘speak’ before.

  39. Annette Roberts June 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Glad to hear the swimming is going great, adding a few more lengths each time, but what do you do to pass the time now that you have done ‘100 lengths of the pool’?
    Still house hunting, it takes something really special to catch your eye and it has to be right.
    Had a few more levels added to the stress counter yesterday…went shopping, stopped off at the village Post Office, got back in my car and it died on me! I wasn’t so much concerned for me, but the bags of groceries in the boot. The lady from the Post Office would have offered me a lift home, but somebody had blocked her in, then a neighbour from further up the village arrived and offered to take me and my shopping home, which was really nice of her. My little car is in hospital being fixed (hopefully), you don’t realise how much you miss it until it’s gone, although I can’t complain, it’s 11 years old and has never let me down before, I think it’s more to do with the electrics, there was plenty of life in the battery. Anyway, here’s hoping it’s nothing too expensive!
    Going to find the link to sponsor you now!
    Annette x

  40. angela white June 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

    hi Julia,im so glad to hear you are doing well and the meds are doing there job its such a worry isn’t it when you are waiting for results but its marvellous how things are improving all the while. I was diagnosed 5yrs ago with breast cancer and had my check up last Friday which was clear so waiting for mamagram now I thought I would be discharged after 5yrs but its 10yrs! I had done my bc nurse a goody bag of liz earle products to say thank you. I still gave it to her though! take care Julia just keep doing what you doing and obey the doctors!! xx

  41. Julia roberts June 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Maureen
    Yes I was at Wembley and so glad I was – what a fabulous and overdue day for our club.
    Not long to wait for the fixture list now … just two weeks to wait. Hoping our first game will be at Selhurst Park – not really too fussed who it’s against just glad to be there!
    Julia x

  42. Julia roberts June 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pauline
    Sorry you got caught in such a traffic jam but at least you had a lovely weekend with your son – hope you will be able to do it again soon
    Julia x

  43. Julia roberts June 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    I do quite like the ‘special one’ but disappointed we won’t be seeing Mancini at Selhurst Park – fixtures out in two weeks ….. exciting times!
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  44. Julia roberts June 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marian
    That dress was a really old one from Karen Millen with a matching cardie – I thought it went nicely with the emerald version of the TSV ring.
    I think I can guess who you will be voting for in the Customer Beauty Awards!
    Did I already thank you for the donation for my charity swim? If not thanks! I went swimming today – 114 lengths of a 17 metre pool so just under 2km – the charity swim is 2.5km so a little way to go yet! If you are wondering why I stopped at such a random number it’s because it took me an hour ….. guessing it will be about an hour and a quarter on the day! …… wrinkly fingers and cramp in my toes but hopefully it will be worth it.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  45. martin forbes June 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    hi Julia.
    how are you iam well.
    iam off work for 2weeks having anice lazy holiday.
    doing absolutely nothing .weather wise not bad sunny.i am not very happy our local radio station lost another dj due to saving money on wages eventually like all sations it will be all networked cheaper to pay I dj than 5 bad times the station is northsound 2 in Aberdeen been on air since july 1981 when one station.did you ever work at aradio sation as adj Julia.

  46. Julia roberts June 6, 2013 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Sorry to hear about the drama with your car …… it never rains but it pours! Hope you get it fixed ok!
    Yes the swimming is going well – I’m not overdoing the training as I get tired more easily now but I swam nearly 2k yesterday and the charity swim is only 2.5km so should be able to manage it! (Fingers crossed)
    Thanks for sponsoring me – the total is rising nicely and still 4 weeks to go.
    Going to see a house tomorrow so maybe this will be the one
    Julia x

  47. Julia roberts June 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Angela
    So pleased to hear your 5 year check was clear and really glad you still gave your breast cancer nurse her goody bag …. very thoughtful of you.
    Was so relieved to get good results this time but always acutely aware that the drugs need to keep working – I’m hoping remission won’t be too far away.
    Look after yourself
    Julia x

  48. Julia roberts June 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    How lucky have you been with the weather! I hope you made the most of it and spent plenty of time in the sunshine?
    It’s a shame that technology allows 1 DJ to cover so many stations – the local shows lose their localness! I only worked in radio briefly for a local station called Eclipse FM based in Sutton in Surrey. I hosted The Palace Programme about my team Crystal Palace.
    Thought you might be interested to know that Sophie is doing the Tough Mudder challenge in aid of Leukaemia &Lymphoma Research on Saturday – I hope she comes out unscathed
    Julia x

  49. Annette Roberts June 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    You are doing very well with your swimming, afraid I’m like your Chris, I got knocked over by a big wave when I was little and can still see the seaweed floating past my face now…put me off for life LOL!
    Good news, the car is only going to cost a few pounds, the fuse had blown to the fuel pump, so it wasn’t getting any juice! Unfortunately though, had to call the Vet out yesterday to Bobby, he was trying to be sick with nothing coming out and was very distressed…now that did cost a bit more!!! He’s much better today, more himself again.
    If we don’t speak before, hope you have a wonderful Birthday (choccie cake?) and Good Luck with the house viewing!
    Annette x

  50. martin forbes June 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    hope sophie got on well on Saturday hope your chris and dan is well and yourself how is your illness are you still taking your tablets hope they are helping. my 2weeks holiday has went nice and slowv but I still have 2local radio stations that I can still listen to all 2 24 hours locally they are small stations and they are their own iam not afan of the sun for the 2oth bday in October will you be wearing your blue jacket .will katy john and paul lavers and maybe kara triton and jon briggs will they maybe make an appearance live on 1st of October I hope the bosses give you anice present and abig bday cake.

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