HJ Beans, Butterfly Effect and Benton in Richmond Park!


Deb and baby LollyThis week –
- Going back in time – check out those old pics!
- ‘Jesus Christ in Richmond Park’ – funny viral video you just have to see
- Foiled by Daisy the dog once again…
- And a first for me on QVC!


It was lovely last weekend to have my lovely Lollipop back home for the weekend, with boyfriend Nick. She’s now a fully fledged grown up, but in the clichéd way you hear people say it, it seems like yesterday she was a little baby. In the above pic she’s only a couple of months old, and she’s now 22!

When I left QVC first time round – the NIGHT I left QVC, in fact – my garage sadly burnt down, and along with it, most of the photos and videos from when my kids were small. So imagine how delighted I was that mum found a couple of boxes of pre-2000 pics of my family, and also of me and my brothers and sister as kids. Hooray! This are just a few of the many I thought I’d show you. How funny! I’m the oldest of five, and now the line up of siblings looks a lot different as I’m second smallest! Am about to start archiving them all – using one of our scanners – Mat Trim would be proud!

Family photo 1

Family photo 2

Family photo 3

Family photo 4






OMG I had to tell you this week about a reeeeeally funny youtube video that’s gone viral (ie. loads of people are talking about it on the net and in the papers etc!) Called Jesus Christ in Richmond Park – a dog called Benton, being chased by his posh owner, shouting "Oh God" and the like, running after a herd of deer! It has hit the headlines, had well over a million views and has already spawned several witty send ups – always a sign of popularity! Having four dogs, this really tickled me! Especially having had similar experiences where they just…won't…come…back!  (I'm pleased to say only when chasing other dogs, not herds of deer!)

You must watch it, and then have a look at some of the other send ups, including a ‘mash up’ called Benton Streisand, which features a funny dog ‘sleep running’, hilarious in itself, particularly the end where he wakes up and tries to flee! And also, the very clever ‘Benton In London’, where they overlay the soundtrack on top of a scene from American Werewolf in London – soooo funny! I love these – it’s what the internet was made for! That and buying stuff.

By the way, the QVC UK i-Phone app has an update which now shows you the TV guide, as well as allowing you to watch qvc live – do remember to download the free update from the app store!


Do you recall a blog post last year where I put a clip of Daisy the escaping Labrador jumping over a small fence? Well this week, the whole image came back to haunt me, when I found out how she’d started getting out of their pen once more. In fact, I even had a text when I was in Monaco saying she’d been out down the lane! Narrowing it down, I ended up realising that she’s got such strong hind legs now that she’s found a novel way of embarking upon yet another walkabout…watch this…


But she’s so cute and delightful at other times, I’ll just have to make the fence higher! Didn't realise a dog could scale such a high pen though – have you ever come across anything like it?!


WATCH – the classic film The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Have finally spent some time at home this week! Actually done some washing! Lol. And seen some cool films. Oh my goodness have you ever watched a film and it’s had such an impact on you that you keep thinking about it for days afterwards? That’s what makes a top film for me. And one of my all-time top ten high-scoring films was on TV this week – The Butterfly Effect. So I just had to watch it again. Now if you follow me on facebook you’ll probably be aware of my comments about my favourite types of film, and that anything to do with time travel has a head start! ‘Frequency’, for instance, is another of my faves  for the same reason (and for Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel but that’s another story!). And Groundhog Day, is another, natch! So imagine a tale where you CAN go back in time and change history – change something – one little thing. What would the knock on effect be on the rest of your life?

That's what Ashton Kutcher goes through in this film (pre-Demi Moore betrayal – I'm Team Demi all the way!). His acting is superb though, in this film, as are the performances of everyone else in it – without exception. The plot is excellent, and it kept me guessing about the ending - it's so random it could be anything. Yet there's enough romance and action and powerful effects to keep you utterly hooked from start to end. There’s a bit of a 'retribution' theme too, which is equally as satisfying. But I think it was the sheer heart-pounding I felt virtually throughout, of an intensity that’s very rare, that makes me give this film a whopping  nine and a half! Amazing! Highly recommended on DVD. Let me know what you think. And if you have seen it, add a comment below  if you know of any other movies  along the same lines which YOU could recommend to ME!

P.S. Has anyone seen 'Crazy Stupid Love'? I missed it at the cinema recently. If so, what did you think?


Henry J Beans burgerI have to recommend a fab restaurant this week, if you love burgers! And no, it’s not ‘that’ fast food burger place! (Despite the threats from my dinner buddy that that was exactly where he was going to take me next!) As it happens, it was my shout anyway and I used (yet!) another Groupon voucher to treat my pal Jonny to a meal at the Chelsea branch of Henry J Beans. I’d just done my three hours on air straight, on Tuesday – featuring  beauty (TSV ego straightener), fab coats, then sparkling diamonique – so I was STARVING!

The burger was blinking delicious – well worth waiting for! Curly fries made it for me (far too many to finish them all) and we had a choice of a pitcher of cocktails thrown in too. There are others around the country, including York and Manchester, so if you want a casual but tasty evening out somewhere, do try it! There’s one in Wimbledon too, for which I also have a voucher to use up before next week, just need to decide whom to go with now!


This from Kirsteen, a pal of mine in Aberdeen, on email. It’s from a wide range of ‘brain and body teasers’ or teambuilding tasks, which sometimes produce surprising results – can you defeat the odds and do it?!


It takes 2 seconds. I could not believe it. It is from an orthopaedic surgeon and it will confuseyour mind and you will keep trying over and over again to see if you can outsmart your foot, but, you can't. It is pre-programmed in your brain!

1. While sitting at your desk in front of your computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.

2. Now, while doing this, draw the number '6' in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction.

I told you so! And there's nothing you can do about it! You and I both know how stupid it is, but before the day is done you are going to try it again, if you've not already done so.

Send it to your friends to frustrate them too.
(actually I did manage to do it, not sure how, but it worked! Do you know any others like this?)


Finally a couple of highlights for the next week – am thrilled to tell you that we’ll be bringing you a whole range of xmas gift ideas this weekend – (26th/27th) – from Lily O'Brien chocolates (including on Saturday at 4pm with me – hard job eh! Lol), to another set of those handy little LED torches Gabrielle brought us last year, so good for stocking fillers (join me Sunday night at midnight, 27th/28th).

Big TSVs – Bose on Fri/Saturday and a great value 7-piece set from Bare Escentuals on Sunday through the day. And don’t forget the latest CD appearances – Westlife, Twiggy, Joe McElderry again, and the amazing Il Divo, who have a brand-new album out, and appeared on QVC with the lovely Ali Keenan on Thursday evening.

Deb in OTO fleece!Then next week, watch out for something special on QVC – and a first for me! I’m giving you some insider information! 'I will say zis only wernce'! On Wednesday 30th, in my 10pm-12am Trespass show, there will be a one-off (you know what I’m saying here!) chance to buy a fabulous deal, and I’m being allowed to warn you about it! There’s a first!

It’s a super soft but warm set of two – TWO! – fleeces from Trespass, like this lilac one I’m wearing, in the pic above,  which comes in a pack with a black full zip up one. It’ll be 148256 and the price will be available only on that show. Thing is, it’ll be a one off, temporary price – you GET MY MEANING!! :-) - of less than £15 – for two! Two! So pleeeeease put it in your diary to join me then, if you can, so that you don’t miss out on a superb gift-giving opportunity from the lovely micro-fleece specialists – so warm for the colder weather apparently on its way! Have you ever tried Trespass?

Oh and sorry about the lack of pics from Lee Hohbein’s birthday bash – Craig will have to fill you in on that one! Hehe!

Next week, I’m hoping to bring you news of my upcoming night out at a burlesque place in Camden! Should be interesting! And the annual family girls day out, xmas shopping in London…

Anyway – have a great week, and don’t forget to leave me a comment – whomever you are!





  1. Susan November 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    I actually CANNOT believe that photo of you and Lolly was 22yrs ago!!! Are you sure?! You do not look ANY different at all now!!! You’re a lucky duck!! How lovely you have the daughter and her boyfriend home..and no doubt you got together with Brad and his fiance? It must be such a fun time with the ‘kids’ and partners. I was wondering how Lollyis getting on just the other day in fact? And how are the wedding arrangments coming?
    Chat soon,
    Susan x

  2. Michelle Roberts November 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debs,
    Sat here with my Trespass fleece top on in Pale blue, love love the stuff in fact every day I wear something from this range great for cattery work don’t know how many times I have washed these types of tops, they last for years and don’t require IRONING my real pet hate!!!!! I will be watching left myself a note in the cattery diary.
    Thought the clip of Daisy was so funny really cheered me up we used have a different problem with Dennis the naughty boy Yorkie loved nothing better than digging a big hole and slipping out under the fence, we solved that problem with concrete but he would run round to the front door and sit and start barking to come in.
    Debs had the time of my life in Australia loved the snorkelling on the Barrier reef, enjoyed Whale watching in Sydney playing with the Koala Bears, feeding Kangaroos and the Penguins on Philips Island were so cute, we travelled from Melbourne to Cairns a fair old distance and even managed to fit the Blue Mountains in, hubby was on top form and very romantic we finished up staying the last night in a posh Hotel in Brisbane where he surprised me with champagne and chocolates and a lovely meal (not bad for him) and in all that time no tv so he even found the art of conversation again.
    My sad news was getting back home my poor Rosie suddenly went down hill the horrid tumour finally got the better of her, mum had kept her going so I good say goodbye to her. Molly (Potato Head)looks very lost with out her they used to sleep together in the same bed for all those years.
    Finally just a little note to my lovely cyber friend Caz Julie
    Cohen book Getting away with it is very good read will send you my copy if you want hon, I’ve just started reading Girl from Mars by her too, which I’m finding hard to put down!!
    Any way all for now Debs, thought the picture of Lauren as a baby was really sweet, sorry you lost a lot of your family pic in that garage fire.
    Will be watching for bargains on the Trespass show.
    Big hug from Michelle back in North Wales !!!!

  3. mark kirby November 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    i loved the purple dress you had on today debbie.

  4. Nigel November 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    Debs,But if you draw the 6 in reverse (anticlockwise) its OK ! Strange. Have you seen the Gorgeous Clown(Nov4) and Spiral(Nov14) illusions on Moillisions.com ?
    Better not let Houdini watch Digging the Great Escape (Nov28 CH4 9PM) otherwise she might start going under instead of over especially if you have deer in Dorking !
    Take care, Nige 🙂

  5. Susan November 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    Just thought I’d ask did you go and see gorgeous Catherine in her play this month? I just read her blogs and didn’t realise she was so talented! I knew she was quite the dancer but didn’t know about acting too! Thought it’d be just your thing as you love your nights out but I know she said she didn’t say to everyone at QVC.
    Chat soon, x

  6. Carole cooper November 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Hello deb gud blog again love reading them they are very interesting. R you having the butler and Wilson tsv can’t wait to see it, also mite have the decleor tsv as well this weekend gonna need a loan at this rate to fund my qvc items lol. Are you doing any shows on sat take care Carole Wigan xx

  7. debs f November 29, 2011 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    hi susan – thanks so much for your kind interest! And your kind comment about me all those years ago! I think everything’s a bit more saggy tho, for sure! lolol!
    Anyway yes it was lovely to have her back even for a fleeting visit. But she’s coming back this weekend too because, as it happens, Brad and Kari are also down to stay this weekend – to help get the xmas decs down. I’ll try not to have too many ‘jobs’ for him tho – as he likes to help but prefers not to have to do too much! He’ll have to do some studying too(he’s doing a part time masters too in property valuing – cool! And Kari’s also doing some studying. Plus the hunt continues for the venue for their wedding in 2013!
    When Brad and Kari go back, I’ll be spending the Sunday shopping with Lauren and doing lovely mummy and daughter things so yes it’s very good fun to be with ma kids at the age they are now! I’ve loved all the ages, and this is the most fun as it’s no hassle and all the enjoyment!
    big hugs to you
    ps do you have kids did you say?

  8. debs f November 29, 2011 at 12:28 am -  Reply

    Michelle – nice you have you back and what a holiday that sounded like! The holiday of a lifetime eh! Do message me on facebook when your pics are all on there so I can have a good nose!
    yes as I mentioned to you directly already, so so sorry to hear about poor little poppet Rosie, thoughts with you and big big hugs.
    Enjoy the Julie Cohen book you’re reading – can’t wait to hear what you thought of it when you’ve read it all! i’ve just been given back my Lee Childs ‘the Affair’ as Rocker Nigel’s finished reading it – he liked it too, having never read it before, so I’m looking forward to it very much! Am just getting through another Mills and Boon by one of the authors I met at the RNA conference in July – India Grey – she’s a very clever writer.
    Looking fwd to the OTO in the Trespass show when I’m back on air on Wednesday. Meanwhile am having a lot of lunches and dinners with pals on my days off – am gonna have to do a lot of walking the dogs to make up for it!

  9. debs f November 29, 2011 at 12:29 am -  Reply

    thanks Mark – it was a Nina Leonard – I like it too but have worn it quite a lot and it’s actually a bit bobbly in close ups! Good job there weren’t that many on Saturday!
    : – )

  10. debs f November 29, 2011 at 2:02 am -  Reply

    Nige – hey you – where’ve you been the last few weeks?!!
    : – )
    Will check out those illusion sites – fab stuff – ta for the recommendation!
    hope you’ve been well?

  11. Michelle Roberts November 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs, Sorry I hadn’t seen your face book reply about Rosie before I posted the blog, house all coming to terms now with Rosie, Molly has started eating again but boy the house feels so strange with out her.
    Anyway I will try and post holiday pics on facebook that will be a first for me lol. (never managed it before!!)
    Hubby back at work and he is already stressed out!!! Shame lol
    Well pouring down with rain here, just got soaked walking the remaining dogs I have left, every thing back to normal then ha ha
    Just ordered two lots of the trespass jumpers, thinking for getting another set for mother-in-law, thanks for the tip What a great price.
    Take care
    Michelle x x

  12. debs f November 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Susan – no but I will go to Catherine’s next one! Craigy said she was fab! She kept it a bit quiet cos she said she wasn’t sure how good she’d be, bless her! good tho eh! There are quite a few other talents amongst our presenters on QVC – I wonder what the most unusual one is! lol

  13. debs f November 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Carole – yes I know how you feel! the deliveries have been coming to my house thick and fast too of late! lol.
    Am not on the Decleor – just checked my hours from our online tv guide (you can get it on iphone app now too!) and I’m on sat night only, with lovely Kim from Kim n co at 10pm – then Northern Nights.
    Do watch Saturday after the TSV sells out tho – there will be one time only’s in every show!
    hugs to you and yours Carole

  14. Susan November 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    So the big day is 2013…you have plenty of time to get your hat then!! You and Ali K can compare your notes!! No I don’t have kids. Plenty of friends have gorgeous little ones though which is nice. Enjoy your dinners and lunches with your buddies and of course quality time with kids.
    Love Susan x

  15. debs f December 1, 2011 at 12:13 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Susan – sure will! xx

  16. Nigel December 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

    Debs, Hibernating of course but will occasionally awaken too catch up on your blog posts and comments !
    Card on its way, Nige 🙂

  17. debs f December 3, 2011 at 12:34 am -  Reply

    Ah Nige – I wondered if you were abroad! lol. lovely to have your comments again – I do like hearing regularly from my… er… regulars!! Will look out for the xmas card! Thanks in advance! lol d xx

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