Easter family fun, and French & Saunders ‘do’ QVC


Easter flowersThis week…
– Full house chez Flint!
– French & Saunders funny from YouTube – anyone for 'ique-ique'?!
– And a rom com you MUST see – with Steve Carrell and Ryan Gosling's six pack – I mean Ryan Gosling's!

Easter treats
This Easter I got a fab alternative to chocolate eggs – this lovely bunch of flowers – isn't it a great feeling when you get them from the ones you love?

Included some of my favourite two tone tulips too! Hope you had a lovely time – what was your favourite part of Easter this year?

The girls out walking the dogsOne of my best days was Good Friday, with the weather just about holding up, and mum, sister Lin and pal Jo came with me on a long dog walk – made a change to have one person per dog instead of a tangle of leads! Hehe! Then a nice work out followed by some new nails for me – courtesy of me 'skin-n-blister' (a clever gel nails TSV that she'll be guesting at the end of June).

All the family round on Easter MondayI worked Saturday and Sunday, and then had a full house on Easter Monday with eight for dinner – a delicious joint effort roast – followed by a joint viewing of 'The Voice' – loving that show at the moment!

So a happy Easter was had by all! Don't forget to treat yourself to a little video of spring lambing in the field next door – ahhh sweeeet! – by visiting last week's blog if you'd like to watch one of my most amazing TiFFT's* ever!

French & Saunders – in a category of their own
French & Saunders 'do' QVCSomething sent to me this week by one of my Facebook clan took me waaaaay back to the 90s. Remember all those years ago when QVC first became established, how the 'establishment' started putting us on the map with their parodies?

Well here's one of the best! I would have put this as the WATCH section of this week's Footnotes, but I have to say, this clip of the 1999 send up of QVC by the grand dames of British comedy deserves a segment all of its own.

All those years ago I recall watching this with some of the other then-presenters, like Katy John, Kara Tritton, Paul Lavers, Dave Bradford and Dean Wilson, et al, as well as those still here – like our Jules (both of them!) and Jilly – and being both really flattered as well as horrified at the inimitable F&S take on our channel – which was at the time the premier (and almost only) shopping channel of its kind, and a mere fledgling – just six years old!

Also at the time, Trevor and Simon on Saturday morning kids TV, and even Victoria Wood, all did parodies and helped to get us talked about, so if you find any links to any of the other clips, do let me know! Leave me a comment below. And enjoy this clip – it's very funny!

As flagged last week, Miceal and I enjoyed playing around on the opener of 'Love QVC' last Saturday evening – funny! Only a little, but worth a mention. Seen any other bloopers of late? 🙂

TV presenting advice– I'm often asked about how to be a TV presenter. I used to do courses, and the basic answer for beginners is that it's all about experience – so just practise, practise, practise!

With today's camcorders you can go out and get lots of links done yourself or with a friend, in local parks, museums, interview local personalities etc, and just get at least 20 hours of recording under your belt, just practising 'being' a TV presenter.

THEN when you've edited the best bits into a 2-minute showreel, you get the chance to apply to people like Guy Lambert – also from the Children's BBC stable – who recently wrote the following article about how to apply for a TV job – and how not to! Interesting.

A lot of it applies to ANY job out there too! Specifically of interest to anyone with literally no experience, as it was in effect an open audition opportunity. Guy's lovely, so do contact him if you want more advice.

Debs meets The Queen!– Deb meets the Queen! Probably the nearest I'll get! Haha! (to find out more go to our 'Royals in Bloom' web page to find out why QVC produced The Queen and Prince Phillip heads for Easter!)

Never seen anything quite like it! What did you think? More Queen and Phil? Or Fern and Phil? Lol. Let me know if you saw it on tour!

– Our very own 'queen of style' was on 'The Apprentice: You're Fired!' – this week – funny! Interiors expert Kelly appeared as a guest on the BBC2 follow up to S'r'alan's (sic) weekly show. The topic for the would-be business people this week was shabby chic and vintage selling, and Kelly gave some valuable input as part of the panel including how to best arrange decorative dried leaves. Plus there was a super blooper! She's back on QVC on Wednesday 18th April at 2pm too!

Deb's green soup– Made good use of some vegetation myself his week as I made – from fresh – the greenest soup I've ever seen in my whole life! Quite proud of myself – wonder what Simon Brown would think! Curly kale, spinach, broccoli and homemade chicken stock – good job I live alone! Hehe! All in the name of 'alkalising' my body…

– This week's 'science bit'! Yes, it's a big 'thing' amongst health enthusiasts, alkalising your cells to help them do what they would do naturally if we didn't fill ourselves up with junk all the time! Apparently.

And since many of you liked the recent topic of healthy eating, and a couple of people have said 'maybe what I eat really does affect how well I am', I've found a great link helping to explain why you need to alkalise and why the pH of your body is so important.

It's such a huge subject, this is a mere grazing of the surface, believe me. But if you're interested in all this stuff, you can Google and YouTube to your heart's content afterwards! NB – this is just one of many many sites explaining more about it, so do go read a few!

Pure water– 'Solo Cougar's Survival kit' #17 of 20 – drink pure water!!! Simple as that – water! If you're over a certain age (ie. in Cougar territory!) and have not yet ditched your fizzy drink habit, yes even diet drinks, you know what they say about dehydration being ageing!

As 'everyone' knows (!), you're supposed to drink at least two litres of water a day of water (or equivalent fluids but not diuretic ones like coffee and definitely not ones you add sugar to!). In fact, I'd say 'and the rest'! If you haven't ever drunk enough, you could find it's exactly what you need to make you feel 'raring to go' on those date nights – and it's my little tip for fewer afternoon energy dips.

Genuinely try drinking two litres of water during the day, and by mid-afternoon – even just for a week – see what a difference it makes. Then let me know! It can be your TiFFT* if you like! Report back by leaving a comment below though – don't forget! Do it instead of sugary hot drinks or a sweet snack like chocolate!

My own favourite water is Isklar – which has a low TDS (total dissolved solids – measured in mg per litre –  of 'stuff' in the water, eg. like minerals, or rubbishy stuff) and I find it much easier to drink (room temperature) than normal water, specially the higher TDS ones (over 200mg 'dry residue' – it'll be on the label) let alone some tap.

Oops, sorry – launched off onto a pet subject there! All based on a former life – my own business which I ran years ago, importing a special pure water from the USA called Penta. We sold it to retail, and direct, and also to celebs and sports stars. But that's a whole 'nother story! In fact, this week's Boat Race reminded me of it – tell you why next week!

Facebook saying and Tweet talk
This week's Facebook sayingThis week's nice little saying, doing the rounds on Facebook and Twitter, is for anyone who had a less than fun Easter, and is feeling a bit overwhelmed. And for a lovely special friend of mine, who I've known for many years, big hugs to ya, matey.

And now something to really cheer you up! If you enjoyed my 'autocorrect howlers' Text From The Dog from a few weeks ago, this is 'specially for you. If your dog could text. Soooo funny – news that this is going viral (ie. getting more popular as people tell each other!) even made it to the Huffington Post, (which provides the news on AOL) and if you scroll down through all the texts, you'll definitely see why.

BUT – I must warn you – please don't click this link if you are easily offended by expletives! I nearly didn't use this as a result, but it's honestly soooo funny, and so many people on Facebook told me they loved it, that I couldn't resist! Let me know what your dog would say if it could text!

WATCH – have found another wonderful romantic comedy for you to watch, guys – (and by 'guys' you know I mean girls and guys!) – starring one of my favourite actors Steve Carrell, and an excellent supporting cast, 'Crazy Stupid Love' is this week's recommendation.

Kicking off, it makes you think you're watching another hackneyed predictable film about a womaniser, Jacob (Ryan Gosling) and a divorcee-to-be, Cal (Carrell) whom he gives lessons on how to get women. But it quickly develops into something much more refined. I loved the way Jacob changes his tune when 'game changer' Hannah comes into his life, played by the captivating Emma Stone. There's hope for us all girls!

And with a fabulous 'didn't s ee THAT one coming' twist towards the end, it kept me enthralled. In fact, I usually do a couple of things at once (social media, read a paper, watch TV talk on phone or Skype etc.) but it pulled me in and got my full attention. I even delayed Skyping Mr 'Back of my Tandem' to finish watching it! That's why it  gets a good 8.5 out of ten. It would have been 8.75 but it wasn't quite original enough throughout. Do get it out on DVD tho' – a fun uplifting movie. (Tissue alert for the end!)

Green & Black's Espresso chocolateEAT – OK, so even though the 'healthy eating' campaign continues, I thought I'd just do something simple post-Easter and mention a treat which helped me avoid the traditional choccie eggs!

It's a real innovative combination of my fave flavours – and if you can find it! – worth a try if you, like me, are a lover of both dark chocolate and espresso! I know I'm on a health kick, but a square every so often goes down a treat! And anyway, am still in the countdown to my 'macrobiotic workshop week' in Scotland in a couple of weeks' time so, till then…!

QVC – a diverse array on QVC for the week ahead, gang. I'm looking Attitudes by Renee Printed Kimono Jacketforward to this week's fashion weekend – I've got some lovely shows including two of my favourite ranges Yong Kim with the wonderful Ingrid Tarrant on Saturday evening and an hour with the lovely Renee – haven't had a show with her for ages so will be great – 'specially if there's any TSV left!

Then on Saturday night late, through Sunday, one of my favourites is Kipling Cammie Large Shoulder Bagback, with a new Kipling TSV. Kiplingettes, don't miss out on Marie-Francoise's return with a new fabulous bargain bag – it's £74 direct apparently, but we're doing it for about £49. Six colours including Blue and Red Linear print (shown in the pic), Lilac, Tangerine, Indigo Blaise print, White and Grey.

Sunday will also feature the premiere of a new show called 'Very Vollbracht Fashion Collection', with designer Vollbracht himself. So do join me if you can!

Debbie in her Antthony Designs topPLUS – an early heads-up for the return of 'Antthony Fashion Designs' coming soon – this purple top is one of his and I love his range! Can't wait to be with him when he's over here again – around 19th – am with him at 2pm in the afternoon – book your space in front of the TV and bagsy the remote well in advance! lol!

Will also see you on Tuesday night (17th) with Dreamkeeper at 10pm, followed by the midnight launch of the first 'Women in Control' Today's Special Value. Since I'm a woman who lives her life in control… pants, that'll be appropriate!

THIS WEEK I ARE BEEN MOSTLY USING – the soup maker of course!

NEXT WEEK – am debating whether to go see 'The Cold Light of Day' at the cinema – it stars Henry Cavill who was a stunning (and delectable!) Earl of Suffolk in the BBC series 'The Tudors'. He's also currently in production as the new Superman. Corr! Heard any good things? Seen it? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Will keep you informed if I do!

Have a great week!

*TiFFT – try it for the first time.


  1. Gill Roberts April 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,I do enjoy your blog very much.You write very well and I await your book with eager anticipation.
    On the last Yankee candle visit ,you said on one show that you had a way of getting rid of the ‘tunneling’,and you would put it on your blog.I have a large Lime and vanilla candle ( with shade) that I have burned correctly,short wick etc and 3 hours min,but 2 thirds down it has started to tunnel.I would be so grateful for your tip so I dont lose any of my candle!
    Thanks Gill

  2. Nigel April 13, 2012 at 12:48 am -  Reply

    Debs – F+S clip so funny, perhaps if done today there would be a few scented candles dotted around(if not mentioned)! BTW maybe you will be shuffling round a leafy studio floor if that ‘Apprentice’ trend catches on !lol!
    Liking the doggy texts – makes me wonder if Daisy has a doppleganger in BATDOG or vice versa! Hope all pogs are OK.
    An acronym that made me smile the other day :- An interviewer always looks for Sincerity,Honesty,Integrity and Trust in people.
    Great blog as always, Nige :))
    P.S. As you like puzzles, a clue to your question :- Monty Don has named his dog ‘Nigel’ which I find ironic given the number of tennis balls I seem to throw while trying to do my job! – although to me its more a way of life as nothing beats making a living out of your hobby ( bit like you wanting to write film scripts in LA I guess).

  3. Helen Lancaster April 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    French and Saunders is hilarious

  4. Joanne Day April 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Debbie I’m going to have to get into the habit of reading your blog posts regularly, am laughing as I type! xx

  5. Carole Ayre April 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, have just watched the French and Saunders spoof and I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes. I have put it on my Facebook page, as I know my daughter who lives in Australia will love it. I so wish they would get back together to make some more comedy specials, but sadly I don’t think it will happen.
    Sounds like you had an amazing Easter. It’s times like Easter and Christmas that I miss my children so much. My daughter Sam and family have been in Oz for ten years now and my son David has been there for five years 🙁 I also have three grandchildren out there as well, produced my my lovely daughter and her husband Chris. I do Skype with them but it is not the same as being able to hug them in person.
    I don’t have a man in my life either…………not sure if that is a good or bad thing lol
    Loving todays TSV with Renee. Have quite a few of her tops and trousers.
    Will be watching you tonight on air, but must go now and pot up my sweet pea plants which came this morning.
    Take care

  6. Brenda Pinkney (Mrs) April 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debby. I loved your Easter flowers, and also lambing pics., how could anyone eat them? I watched the Saunder and French take off of QVC, so funny. Re-the picture of The Queen and Phillip and yourself, it was only reading underneath, that it clicked it was The Queen, I thought it was gadaffi(smiley face) oh dear. I have not logged on for a bit, but back now. Looking forward to Lola Rose hour this evening, but nothing comes up to my Diamonique. love for now Brenda Pinkney

  7. K April 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm -  Reply

    Absolutely LOVED the French and Saunders QVC. What a blast from the past? Having followed QVC from virtually day one I remember watching the send up at the time and nobody knew why I was laughing so much—-now everybody is a member.The “make a cup of tea and get a biscuit” saying WAS often used in the early days along with Steve-who left with you and Paul-with the “We are all a family” (I used to call him Steve ‘Sincere’—because he was NOT—-my son thought that was his name for ages). They were great days and without those teething troubles and sayings we probably would NOT have stayed loyal for so long.I love your blogs and film comments but this one has been my fav—along with that poor blind dog —-LAST BLOG??? I had tears in my eyes—bless him.Thanks for keeping us updated. Love K.X

  8. Susan April 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    You’re a great woman! Superwoman fitting all your activities in! That family dinner and fun looked great at Easter! We had a lovely Easter too. I don’t love F&S as much as a lot of people but tis funny still…and loved you and Miceal. He’s a lovely man isn’t he. I loved his blog at Christmas when he was telling all about serving dinner voluntarily on Christmas Day for hundreds! I love voluntary work…makes you feel good and benefits others! I can’t say I’m dying about K Hoppen either…I always think oh please smile! I’m sure I’m in the minority though!
    Look forward to your next installment!
    PS LOVE The Voice too and didn’t think I would!

  9. Susan April 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    Just meant to say that I LOVE your fleurs!! Stunning colours!

  10. martin forbes April 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    hi debs still enjoying your blogs hop you are well

  11. Joy Shipley, Mansfield April 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs, just had a great half hour reading your blog – you are so funny. Cant wait for the lovely Antthony and yourself will be watching that, its all in the entertainment you know!! That striped top is that one of Antthonys? If so what size did you go for Debs, it really looks nice with the Kim and Co leggings. Better facebook me might be better, get the reply quicker there for the 19th cos would like to order the top. Keep up the good work hun and ps your hair looks a treat, glad you opted for the red – you have a air of wellness about you at the moment it must be the juicing and the health-kick Debs, keep it up – Joy Shipley x

  12. Pauline Johnson April 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

    Debbie can you tell me more about the nail gel you keep dropping hints about as mine are in dire need of some help.
    Pauline XXXXX
    PS have a great break.

  13. debs f April 20, 2012 at 5:48 am -  Reply

    Gill – you are very kind! thanks so much! I was out with Craigy and lee Hohbein (computer guest) this week and they were both talking about how I write so much each week – and I reminded them that the truth is, I’m supposed to be writing my book! So it’s by default rather than design! happy everyone seems to love it tho!
    Hope you can flick onto the new blog (20th) where you’ll see the tunnelling tip! Basically to surround jar with silver foil, and watch it, till it is molten to the sides, then remove foil and burn as normal!
    thanks so much for the reminder hon!

  14. debs f April 20, 2012 at 5:51 am -  Reply

    Nige –
    So you gotta be a tennis coach… or a professional ball boy! hehe! I worked at wimbledon Tennis when I was in 6th form and at uni! Great fun!
    ps love the acronym! lol

  15. debs f April 20, 2012 at 5:52 am -  Reply

    Helen – yes they are hilarious! Watch out for another clip in the next blog hon! Thanks for commenting – much appreciated!

  16. debs f April 20, 2012 at 5:53 am -  Reply

    Joanne – yes that’d be lovely if you would! I always like to hear from regular readers, specially if they’re not regular commenters! Come back soon and thanks for your kind comment!

  17. debs f April 20, 2012 at 5:56 am -  Reply

    Carole A – just wondering hon – why you don’t move to ‘down under’ too? Am sure there’s a reason, was just being nosy!
    Happy you liked the clip – another one in next week’s blog! They’re so goddam funny!
    Sometimes having no man means you can do whatever you like, whenever, with whoever for as long as you like! How are the sweet peas going then ? keep me informed!

  18. debs f April 20, 2012 at 5:58 am -  Reply

    Brenda – thanks so much for your lovely comment! Glad you liked the pics and I laughed at your bit about the flower heads! lol. Hope you enjoyed the Lola shows but I know what you mean about diamonique – or should we say ‘ique-ique’ – hehe!

  19. debs f April 20, 2012 at 6:01 am -  Reply

    K –
    funny comments about the old days eh! Glad you’ve been here so long! And happy you like the blogs hon – I too loved the bit about Fiona the blind dog who got to see again – just loved how she was jumping around all normal once more, bless her!
    Another clip about French and Saunders – this time on tour – in the next blog! Watch out for it!

  20. debs f April 20, 2012 at 6:05 am -  Reply

    susan – glad you liked the easter blog hon – yes I do pack a lot in, as my lovely web lady Sally will agree! She’s so good to me! lol.
    Yes miceal is a nice guy – and inspirational helping out at xmas – I’d like to do that one year. That’d be a TiFFT and a half eh!
    ps love the voice this week too!

  21. debs f April 20, 2012 at 6:05 am -  Reply

    Martin – yes good ta – hope you also had a good easter.
    : – )

  22. debs f April 20, 2012 at 6:07 am -  Reply

    Joy – hope you got to see the Antthony show today (19th) he’s so fab for sure! HOpe you saw the reply and my stating on air that i’m normally a Medium in Antthony’s range (and most of our ranges actually!).
    Yes am pleased with the slightly darker, slightly redder hair too – and thanks for noticing the ‘glow’! And before anyone asks, no I’m not pregnant! lol

  23. Debs f April 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Pauline! Its called red carpet nails, and it’s the new tsv end of June – so far nothing has lasted so well on my bendable nails and they grow up great underneath! You have to soak off carefully, but it lasts me weeks and still shines almost like new! Linda Bignell the guest ( my sis) has more info on Facebook if you want to look on my wall…
    Thanks for asking – in certain circumstances these will be the best bet for many of us. And cheaper than high st – the little light will even be included for the home system – bout 30 manicures for around £2 a go avge use! More info in may! Xx

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