Mistaken for the paparazzi!


I hope all’s well, as always.

Last week I spent an enjoyable few days at home catching up on the seemingly never-ending list of DIY jobs around my house and garden, together with spending some quality time with my family.

I put in a few miles on some lovely long walks and managed in the main to dodge the rain, although the picture of me in Windsor Great Park would suggest I cut it a little fine! I posted this picture on Instagram under the heading “Ellie can see what’s behind me!”

Talking of which, two days before this picture was taken I was again walking in the great park and took along my DSLR camera with a long telephoto lens, as I often do to catch any wildlife shots. A lady approached me and asked me if I was from the press? I said that I wasn’t and I asked why she asked?

Apparently a famous American actress had been spotted in the park being hounded by the paparazzi. I explained that whilst I was sure she was a lovely person, I hadn’t the slightest interest in her and she replied “oh that’s good, you won’t get thrown out then!” I just had to laugh, but looking at my camera, lens, peaked cap and dark glasses I could see why she might ask. But then I doubt many “paps” take their dogs to photograph Hollywood celebs.

Up and down the land families are preparing for the start of new school terms and university semesters and perhaps the need for a new laptop becomes the topic of much discussion around the family kitchen table. Possible arguments can range from “My laptop’s too heavy, too slow, too noisy” etc or perhaps your family has not needed portability up to this point, having relied on the shared use of the static family desktop.

Talking from personal experience, the need for new laptops became obvious when Ali and Jack started their respective unis three years ago and as their seats of learning were about 150 miles apart – sharing was never an option. Whilst the need for a laptop may not be critical to study, both agreed that they couldn’t have achieved the results they did at university without having their own personal laptops, as they proved essential to them completing their studies and allowed them to enjoy online movies and TV in their digs, during relaxation periods.

This coming Sunday (2nd September) my old pal and QVC’s tech whizz Lee Hohbein will be showcasing a really smart full featured laptop from technology giant Acer. The Acer Swift is a sleek, premium design for everyday computing solutions. Running the Windows 10 64-bit Operating System it boasts a fast (and silent) SSD (solid state drive) for lightning fast start up and quick access to your files and media.

You’ll be able to choose between a 64GB or 128GB storage size. These sizes at first glance may appear small but the need for huge on-board storage drives has diminished greatly as the reliability of cloud storage and the attractive cost of removable storage has improved. The Swift boasts a 13.3″ Full HD wide screen with a stylish narrow bezel. Inside there’s a Quad Core Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processor with 4GB DDR4 SDRAM (think of it as superfast short term memory) It’s a really neat, all-metal body design in a choice of Silver or Gold.

The Swift is highly portable with a wonderful battery life designed to stay at your side for the entirety of the day.

A standout feature I love is the embedded finger print reader which provides a quick and secure way for Windows Hello to verify your identity without a password – both practical and secure!

We’ll be offering Easy Pay instalments and a fantastic price that’ll also qualify you for a £25 25th birthday voucher to put towards another purchase in September (terms and conditions apply, please visit www.qvcuk.com for full details of the offer).

Hope you can join Lee and myself at 2pm.

Until next time stay out of the news and portable…



  1. matin forbes September 9, 2018 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    hi dale hope you and family are well i am not bad

  2. dale franklin September 11, 2018 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

    All good thank you Martin – glad you’re doing well too ! best wishes Dale

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