As most of you know who read my blog, or who have read my book, I am an avid Crystal Palace fan so that is the team that my son, Daniel, has supported since he was five years old. At one time he wanted to play for them but his ambition has changed and he now has his eye on the managerial role in years to come.
Following obtaining a degree in Sports Science (Coaching) he achieved his UEFA B licence and completed the first part of his A licence last summer. He devoted 100s of hours of his time to coaching for various clubs, without being paid, before he was offered a part-time and then a full-time role at the Crystal Palace Academy.
It was with an enormous amount of pride and a lump in my throat that I watched him take his under 10's onto the pitch at Selhurst Park last Saturday, during half-time, to be presented with a trophy they had won in a recent tournament. He then walked the boys around the pitch to a substantial round of applause, probably due to the fact that their opponents in the final had been Millwall!!
A big thank-you to one of the stewards who allowed me into the dug-out area to get this shot of the team – Dan is on the right of the picture above. Palace managed a 0 – 0 draw with high-flying Everton so, all in all, a very happy afternoon!
The following morning we noticed Wilfy the kitten was limping. We presumed he had hurt his left paw while playing and after a phone call to 'Vet's Nurses' I was told to keep him as quiet as possible, observe him and take him to the vet the following day. He was very subdued but picked up towards the evening when our daughter Sophie noticed that he seemed to be limping on the other leg …very odd.
First thing on Monday my partner Chris 'googled'…'kitten limping' and apparently this is a rare reaction that some kittens have to their first vaccination. My vet wasn't convinced at first but, following a call to the vaccine manufacturers he conceded it was a distinct possibility. We have monitored him all week and I'm now happy to say he is back to his mischievous, playful self. I wonder if any of you have heard of or experienced this condition with your own cats?
Monday night was the 'End Polio Now' function I had been invited to in the River Room at The House of Lords. It was vaguely surreal walking down corridors that had been graced by the leaders of our country for hundreds of years.
The event was hosted by Lord Boswell of Ayno (pictured over my left shoulder) and was to draw attention to the importance of eradicating polio once and for all by the year 2018. Politicians, representatives of the World Health Organisation and members of Rotary International, who are huge supporters of this cause, were all in attendance.
Polio has been around for 5,000 years and we are within a hair's breadth of condemning it to the history books, as happened with smallpox, but it needs one final push to get the necessary vaccine to the remotest areas of the three remaining countries where 'wild' polio is still a problem: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The cost to the individual is what concerns me most as it would be wonderful to have a world where no more children need suffer paralysis or death from a disease which is preventable…it makes economic sense too as it is more cost effective to prevent rather than cure.
I had another night out on Wednesday. I went with my daughter, Sophie, her flatmate Gilly, Will Gowing and my friend Nat, to watch Catherine Huntley in her play, 'The Memory of Water'. I really liked the piece and I was very proud of what Catherine had achieved, producing and acting the role of Mary. It is only on until Sunday but if you do get the chance to go I would recommend it …. there are some laugh out loud moments but also some true emotional bits too.
I was out again on Thursday lunchtime meeting up with my friend and former QVC colleague, Julian. We were taking another friend, Teresa, out for lunch and she and I were both delighted to meet Terry Kiely, the actor who played Karl Fletcher in the TV series 'Dream Team'. He and Julian knew each other from when they both appeared in the 2001 film, 'Mike Bassett, England Manager'. By the way Jules says 'hi' to everyone.
So I come to the end of a crazy busy week off-air to what promises to be a crazy busy weekend on-air at QVC. We have the mini iPad TSV launching tonight at midnight…perfect Christmas gift for anyone who has yet to experience the ease of an iPad.
And THEN (drum roll!!!!) the biggest beauty TSV of the year on Sunday. Yes, Keeley is in town for the Elemis Christmas Today's Special Value and it's a cracker (excuse the pun)!! Not only is there a 30ml size of the Pro Collagen Marine Cream, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and virtually the price of the whole collection if you bought it separately, there is a 30g size of the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, winner of the QVC Customer Beauty Awards for best newcomer and also Jasmine and Rose Milk Bath, which is new and exclusive to QVC.
And there's more (said in a Frank Carson style voice): 200ml Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream, 35ml Frangipani Body Oil and one of my favourite Elemis products, Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm. It is a fabulous TSV and we are offering Buy More Save More if you're thinking Christmas presents.
I'll be with Keeley at 11am Sunday morning and again at 1pm so I hope you'll join us. Must dash now for today's Fashion on Friday show in which we are featuring Mr. Max fashion, back on QVC after a break of almost ten years.
See you later, much love,