“Saved by the smell…”


Toby in the snowAnother quick blog as there's so much going on at Q Towers – everyday there's loads of great Christmas gift ideas and that's the thing really.

I've included the arty photo of Toby in the snow from last year, just to get us even more "Christmassy" as December approaches (any excuse!)

At this time of year we know that everyone is thinking the same thing – "what can I get them?"

And, we know it's part of our job to come up with great and varied ideas, as well as giving you a great price and often an Easy Pay option, particularly with our Today's Special Value.


Kelly Hoppen throwThis week is no different and I wanted to give my loyal blog readers a
early warning of two of this week's fabulous TSVs. On Thursday night at midnight I'm back with Kelly Hoppen, the British Queen of Interior Designers, and we've got a stunning Velvet and satin reversible throw from Kelly's collection. Yes, it would make a fab gift for an individual, but it's also something to gift your home – especially if you have family staying over! Very classy!

On Friday night again at midnight I'll be bringing you a superb Bose SoundDock TSV – this is an amazing portable way to enjoy your music anywhere, with the fantastic "life-like" Bose sound! It has a built Bose Portable SoundDockin iPod/iPhone dock and an aux input that means with a simple connecting cable (not supplied) you could plug in other mp3 players or a DVD and enjoy the fab sound quality. It has its own built-in rechargeable batteries – so as I say, you can listen to it anywhere! Being QVC, we are throwing in a fantastic pair of IE2 in-ear headphones into the bargain, for those moments when you don't want to or can't share your music. Watch out for that great bargain!

As some of you may have noticed from the comments on my last "Smell the Coffee" blog – I bumped into the infamous Marian at Q Towers last week. It was so funny and indeed fate that our paths crossed. As previously mentioned, I was enjoying a week of daytime shifts and was asked by Tina our fantastic Guest Manager to help her out with some guest auditions. Tina is responsible for the thousands of QVC guests you see on-air and she has to decide if a guest is ready to "go live".

It was between auditions that I happened to pass through the Atrium, our huge reception hall, and there she was beaming from ear to ear. I thought, "I know that face and waved back, but I have to confess I didn't realise it was our Ma! I got into the lift to go to the rehearsal studio and Tina said, "there are some of our customers in reception, would you like to go and say 'Hello', as we've got a few minutes before the next audition".

So, I popped back down and as I approached them Marian said, "you haven't got the foggiest who I am, have you Silver Fox" (or something similar). As she said this, she waved her Visitor Pass at me and I stumbled back in horror surprise! I told all the others how saucy some of her comments were – then as quickly as we had met she was whisked away to the Elemis event. So, you could say I was "saved by the smell" – haha, that's dreadful on so many levels. Particularly as Elemis has an aroma rather than a smell! Ma – you know I'm only joking! It's always fun to catch up with our customers and I hope to meet many of you, one day.

Take care, happy shopping

Dale x


  1. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen November 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    hi dale .hope you and your family are well.
    iam well.you will get your xmas card in the post shortly

  2. Marian Bolton November 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    “We are not amused” say me and my little tiger to your blog title DALE (note, Sunday name Gail!!)
    You know you wanted to whisk me off to the Kelly Hoppen set really!! And I’m having none of your ‘story’ about only being at The Q by chance either. I reckon you planned it all really. What say Gail??!!
    And another thing ….. just wait till I tell Keeley that you said her products smell!! You’ll be in right bother! I’m going to suggest that you have to do an Elemis show with me on the couch as a penalty!! Would you like to see that Gail??!! I predict your answer again (see last comment on Dale’s last blog – if The Q have published it that is!!!!) will be “Yes, Yes, Yeeeeeeeeeeesssssssss”!!! Though, thinking about it, that would probably be my response after a couple of minutes on the couch next to Dale’icious!!!!!
    As for Chris’y presents , as the song goes, ‘All I want for Christmas is youuuuuuuuu’ Daleo!!
    Being serious for a mo (soz Gail and Gill!) The Q is fab for pressies. I’ve done most of my seasonal shopping off you for the last few years. Of course, The Q could always enhance their customer service by having you deliver my stuff Daleo!! Personally, I hate shopping malls these days. Much sooner stay home and ogle you!!!!

  3. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen November 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    hi dale.
    Still enjoying your blogs.
    you will get your xmas cards shortly.
    Hope you are well

  4. dale franklin November 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marian and Martin, Ma or “Tiger” I can just picture it now on the Kelly Hoppen set – you chasing me waving your visitor pass and me “hoppen” from Bed to Bed – hilarious! You do make me laugh Ma and glad the Q have helped you on the gift side – that’s one of the reasons we r here. Martin don’t stress about the card – it’s lovely to receive them from you every year – how many years now ? 7 or 8 I would guess, but if you don’t please don’t worry – it’s great to know your reading my blog and tuning in.
    Thanks both as always
    Dale x

  5. Gail November 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale, I’ve heard of ‘saved by the bell’, never ‘saved by the smell’. Is everyone at this time of year thinking “What can I get them?” I’m not, I’m thinking “What can they all get ME?”
    I love Christmas Dale, I’ve even got one of those ‘Santa Stop Here, Or Else’ signs in my garden (I added the ‘or else’ just in case).
    Regarding Christmas shopping, usually I’m a little behind but this year I’m ALL behind (personally I blame the steroids). Actually Dale I’m telling lies. When my husband recently asked if I’d done my Christmas pressie list yet, I HAD, and swiftly handed him all 15 pages of it (only joking, only joking, it was only 14 pages).
    As for our Ma’s visit, how wonderful for you both to meet like that. She looked at you, you looked at her, she flashed you her …………….. Visitor Pass and you Daleo breathed a sigh of relief. I personally think Ma is secretly planning to take over the Q Dale. Every show will be ‘In the Bedroom with Dale’ and every Guest Presenter will be, yes you’ve guessed it, Ma. We may one day even see the Ma And Dale show, or MAD for short. LOL Ma xxx
    Daleo, you’ve been keeping a very big secret from us – the size of your Atrium. I saw it on Saturday when Will was demonstrating the fab Bose TSV. It’s huge; a very big reception indeed (phew, he who dares Daleo, he who dares or in this case, she who dares!!).
    Lots of love Dale xx

  6. Gail November 28, 2011 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

    Lots of love to Ma too. xxxxx

  7. Marian Bolton November 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    Lol Dale! Puts me in mind of the sketch at the end of the Benny Hill Show. I’m sure you know which one I mean! The Q should get all your fan club in one day and film that. You know, all the ones that have ordered you on Waitlist and that!! Yes, I’ve heard them all calling in, you know I don’t miss a trick. Speaking of which, caught that picture of you slanking in the pink/leopard print number yesterday. It did make me smile! x

  8. dale franklin November 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Ma, I’ve got the Benny Hill theme tune as a ringtone and it always makes anyone that hears it smile. Cheekie Girl Gail you should have been there, in the reception. You’re also quite correct about the size – 3 floors high Missus !! I feel yet another blog coming along shortly. Dale x

  9. Marian Bolton November 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    Absolutely hilarious but at the same time totally ingenious Gail. I never thought The Q could top ‘In the Salon with Alison’ but I reckon you’re really onto something there. Just needs Daleo to sort it. Go on Daleo, you know you want to! And I want it long and regular! None of that short intermittent nonsense we get from you. You could never get enough ‘In the Bedroom’ with Dale could you Gail!!! And I don’t want none of your flannel either Dale! Oooohhhh but then again, a bit of flannel is lovely this time of year. All warm and cosy. Have you got some Gail? If not, add it to that weeny Christmas pressie list of yours. Sounds like it could do with some padding out!!
    And yes, I have to say having experienced it first hand Gail, that Dale has a very big one ……………….. Atrium that is!

  10. Gail November 29, 2011 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    Ma, I haven’t got any flannel because I’m always sooooooooooooo hot in bed!!!!! I’m sure Daleo does have a big one though, HEADACHE that is, listening to us two. Must go as I’m in the middle of making out my Christmas pressie list for my son. xxx

  11. Marian Bolton November 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Big lol Gail, I should av seen that one coming!
    Daleo, give us yer phone number. Don’t get me wrong gorgeous, I only want to make people smile …. :-)))))
    Gail, did you hear that woman that rang in to the Butler and Wilson Show last night? She said she rang in and spoke to Dale once and her parrot (yeah, right!!) was shouting “give us a kiss”!! What a scam, I wish I’d have thought of it. “Who’s a pretty boy then”!!!
    And I reckon that’s about enough from me …………. well, at least for this blog anyhow! You’ll have to hurry up and do another though Daleo, you know I can’t keep away for long!
    Nighty night all

  12. Gail December 1, 2011 at 9:14 am -  Reply

    Ma, I did hear that lady on the Simon Wilson Show; how funny was that? Mind you, Daleo does have a way with the birds don’t you think Ma? Hope she rings in again when Daleo is on, she sounded great fun. Mind you, I don’t want that parrot getting any ideas – I’M DALE’S BIRD!!!!
    Poor Daleo, how are you Tweetie Pie, oops, I mean sweetie pie? I think I’m going to be sending you some Paracetamol for Chrissie, OR ANY OTHER REPUTABLE BRAND (see, proves I watch the Q Daleo).
    Right, that’s yer lot.
    Over and out.

  13. sandie December 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale.I am new to Qvc and have to say you are my favourite presenter. l have been watching you today eating all those lovely thorntons chocolates and as mouth watering as they are you are my eye candy.
    keep up the good work. i think Qvc is fantastic Sandie

  14. Marian Bolton December 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    OMG Gail, I just had to come back on and tell you that Dale is going the Naturally Active show at 9pm on Wednesday! Looks like the Q are getting him trained up to do the Beauty shows. I bet their planning that Elemis Show penalty I suggested! Oh, be still my beating heart (and that’s putting it politely!!!!!!)

  15. dale franklin December 5, 2011 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sandie ! Welcome to the blog of the Fox! I didn’t pace myself very well with the choccies did I – The last 10 mins were a challenge – I just can’t resist them! Feel free to join the fun and frolics with Ma, Gail and the Gang every week. M&G, it’s true I’m presenting Clogau Gold with fellow “Silver Fox” Graham Stock, Getting “Naturally Active” with the Liz Earle team followed by an hour with a glamorous “Loose Woman” Andrea McLean !Hope you can join us this Wednesday from 4pm ! Dale x

  16. Gail December 6, 2011 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    Ma, there I was on Saturday relaxing in bed eating my ham rolls, quiche, picnic eggs, cocktail sausages, pork pies, crisps, mince pies, box of chocs and packet of pork scratchings, when I heard Dale’s voice. I looked in the cupboard, wardrobe, under the bed, IN THE BED; then realised he was in the bedroom, but in the bedroom with Northern Nights with the lovely Susie. He was demonstrating the 1-2-3 zip pillow. He was soooooooooooooooo naughty teasing the lovely Susie. I know that Susie hates the word GUSSETT; well, naughty Daleo mentioned that word I don’t know how many times. I would have said, “1-2-3 zip IT Daleo”. Poor Susie. Actually, I’m sooooo jealous Ma, I wish D would tease me in BRAVO, ECHO, DELTA!!!!
    There he was Ma, draped all across the bed trying out this pillow when he suddenly said, “I don’t know if I prefer the gusset or knife edge” – Well, if you don’t know by now Daleo !!!
    I sat bolt upright when I heard D say, “Try me price.” HOW MUCH, HOW MUCH ” I screamed at the TV.
    He then presented two more shows, but this time in the company of beautiful women, so there was only one thing to do – SWITCH OFF.

  17. Marian Bolton December 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    You on a diet before the seasonal pig out then Gail, lol?
    I also witnessed D’s shameless teasing on Saturday afternoon, over the ironing actually. Of course I would much sooner have been over Daleo but that lucky Susie got there first didn’t she! I tell ya, I was drooling that much, I didn’t need any water in the iron!
    And I’d love to join you at 4pm tomorrow Daleo but, unfortunately, some of us have to do a proper job for a living! I’ll be home in time to join you for a bit of Naturally Active though. Of course, I’m up for joining you for a lot any time you like!
    Wonder if this will end up on a second page of Dale’s blog Gail? Shall we go for it on D’s next blog sweetie? After all, tis the season to be jolly …….. fa la la la la la la la Ma (and Gail and anyone else who wants to join in)!

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