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Girls’ (and boys’) night out


It’s been another crazily busy week for me both on and off air. It all started with a group of us from QVC going to watch Lulu in concert at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. I took my daughter Sophie as she so enjoyed the last Lulu concert we went to at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Julia and Lulu

Once again Lulu was incredible! There was no support act so she did two forty-five minute slots either side of an interval. It was a melodic mix of old Lulu hits and some of the new tracks she has penned for her latest album. Watching her it is almost impossible to believe she is in her sixties and has now been in the music industry for FIFTY years! Simply amazing.

Lulu on stage

I was also very impressed that three of the QVC girls who had done the Moonwalk the previous night were in attendance; Jackie Kabler, Ali Keenan and Debs Flint. They had had zero sleep the night before but still turned out to support Lulu – brilliant, and well done to the whole QVC team for their efforts.

'Life's a Beach and Then...' framed cover

Sophie and I arrived home just before midnight and decided to stay up for the official launch of my book on Kindle. It was a very exciting moment, marked by a good luck card, a mini bottle of champagne and my book cover for the paperback thoughtfully framed courtesy of Chris.


Unbelievably I had my first review on Amazon with twenty-four hours, and gratifyingly it was five stars. Those of you who are waiting for the paperback, it will be out next month and available to order online or through bookshops.

Unfortunately my back has still been playing up. It had been easing slightly thanks to Nurofen, arnica gel and Pilates – don’t miss the Aeropilates mini series starting tonight at 8pm – but on Tuesday it was incredibly painful after a visit to the hairdressers. On that subject, thanks for the lovely feedback on my new, slightly shorter hairstyle.

I managed to get an appointment with an osteopath for Thursday morning before my scheduled hospital appointment at UCLH. I have never visited an osteopath before so imagine my surprise when he said, ‘Strip down to your undies!’ Thank goodness I wasn’t wearing my boil-wash bra! I have to go back on Wednesday – would it be odd if I wore a bikini?

I then went up to London for my CML check-up. It was the first time I had seen my professor since my fantastic row of 0000’s! When I walked in he punched the air and it made me realise that remission is as big an achievement for the consultant guiding your treatment as it is for the person receiving it. He was quite taken aback when I gave him a BIG hug before I left his office. I still have to stay on my higher dose of medication for now but hopefully we can start to reduce soon and potentially come off it in two years if I stay in remission.

Molton Brown

I am really looking forward to my weekend off after such a busy time but really sad to be missing the Molton Brown TSV on bank holiday Monday – oh well, I guess I’ll just have to watch (and order) from home. I will however be part of the Elemis twentieth anniversary shows at the end of next week.

Elemis gifts

How fab are these biscuits they have had made especially to celebrate the occasion … must confess I already ate one as I was really hungry after all my to-ing and fro-ing yesterday, which also included a radio interview with Radio Gorgeous, which I’ll tell you more about next week.

I hope you all have a really enjoyable bank holiday weekend… I have a very important football match to attend: Crystal Palace v Swansea City in the last game of the season. I wonder who Daniel, my son, will be supporting??? No, I think I know! Let’s hope Palace can repeat their fantastic performance against Liverpool and maybe even finish in the top half of the table.

Really must dash now. Thanks to those of you who have already bought my book – the link to my Facebook page is here if you would like to.

Much love,

Julia xx


  1. Tina S May 23, 2015 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I don’t know where this past week has gone? I haven’t even been on my lap-top . Anyway, I hope your back is feeling a bit better after seeing the osteopath.
    I ‘ve seen numerous osteopath’s, physio’s etc. over the years. It is so embarrassing when you have to “strip- off” , especially when the therapist is a young, good looking fella!! I find a combination of treatment the best. The last time my back was really bad I found an excellent physiotherapist (I hasten to add!) She did some physio, acupuncture, deep tissue treatment and showed me various exercises to do. She was really worth every penny! I have to do exercises before getting out of bed which has helped a lot. I’ve even had traction in the past.
    So glad your consultant is pleased with your progress. You must be so relieved that your treatment has worked so well.
    Hope you are having some good R. and R. this Bank Holiday weekend. It was quite warm out today! Up until today it has been so windy and cold. We nearly got blown away when we went for our usual trip out by the sea on Thursday. It was cold enough to be still wearing my Dennis Basso fur coat!!!
    Let’s hope the weather keeps like this.
    Take care, best wishes Tina S. (In sunny S. Wales!!!!)

    • Julia roberts June 4, 2015 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      Sorry I’m a bit late catching up with these replies – it really has been full on getting ready for the release of the paperback version of my book on June 19th. I have had the proof copy and approved it so all set to go now.
      At least the weather has turned a bit nicer. Daniel arrived back at our last Saturday while I was at work. Shortly after I had a text from his sister saying ‘ you do know he’s staying until July?’ I have no problem with it, I love have both my children around.
      You didn’t mention how things are going with the sale of your house – any news?
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  2. Annette Roberts May 28, 2015 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Firstly, well done you on your book launch and brilliant reviews so far. Honestly, I have not ordered the e version, because my eyes are terrible at the moment and I don’t think it would do me any favours, but I have read the little teaser on Amazon and will await the paperback, got me hooked!!

    Sorry to hear that your Mum has been poorly again, but I’m sure seeing you and Chris together with lots of hugs helped her tremendously…amazing what a little hug can do. Hope she’s feeling much better.

    Just received the red power cords for my AeroPilates machine and will have fun attaching them, I think…no wait, Chris does have his uses, only joking LOL!!

    Spending time chasing up solicitors, getting quotes for blinds and doing a fair bit of research on fitted wardrobes, one quote we had, they must have thought we’d won the lottery! It’s between 2 at the moment and we’ve chosen very carefully having read some real horror stories online about people being let down and poor workmanship/customer service, but then you can get that anywhere these days!!

    Gatineau’s customer service are brilliant…I had completed my passport with stickers, for 2 products and whilst shredding I found a passport I’d lost when we moved house, so sent that off as well, not sure if it was still applicable being fairly old, so rather than tick a product I said anything would be a bonus. Customer Service rang and asked me which product I would like and all 3 arrived this morning…brilliant, or what!

    Hope you had a nice break and great to see you back with your mate Keeley!
    Annette x

    • Julia Roberts June 4, 2015 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

      Hi Annette
      Great to hear you’ve had such a good experience with Gatineau customer service.
      You sound as though you have been really busy but nice things when it comes to choosing stuff for your new house. Have you got a move in date yet?
      You’ll have to get your Chris to buy you my book as an extra birthday present. I could have released it earlier but it felt right for it to be on what would have been my dad’s birthday. I’m planning doing a little tea party/ book signing tour – hoping to do about ten locations so maybe one will be near you.
      Happy birthday for next Wednesday
      Julia x

  3. Sandie C May 28, 2015 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I downloaded your book via Kindle – have almost finished (don’t tell me the ending!). Loving it and looking forward to the 2nd in the trilogy. Well done you!! Sandie

    • Julia roberts June 4, 2015 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sandie
      So pleased you are enjoying my book – wouldn’t dream of spoiling the end for you. I hope you will like the 2nd book (hopefully ready by the Autumn) as much.
      Maybe you could do a review on Amazon if you have time?
      Julia x

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