First this week, thanks to everyone who spotted the spooky face in last week's scary lounge pic – if you didn't see it, go here and don't read on below till you've had a go at guessing it!
Also this week…
– Wintertrax Leanne's stand up comedy night!
- Snow in Dorking. Like my pic of sheep in the sunset?!?
- Diamonique blooper – Beth's blushes!
- And some of the funniest autocorrect howlers I've ever read!
- Plus – 'Anonymous' film review and the excellent 'Just Go With It'
So, to set your mind at rest if you haven't checked all the comments last week, or seen my Facebook where many of you posted, yes the scary face was in the bottom left behind the sofa – but how did it happen? Was it a ghostly apparition? Shadows on the sofa trim playing with the lighting? Or just plain photoshop magic!? (NB. If you've heard any new info about the pic, do leave a comment below – I'd love to find out more about it!)
Snow starts play…
Talking of photos, how about that lovely pic I took of the sheep in a field near my house? The same sheep in last week's blog which the poggies were so intrigued by. Thing is, in the snow, the sheep are actually not white, I noticed – they're kind of dirty cream coloured! But they still look very picturesque, especially against the setting sun. Loooovely!
It did make me feel a bit sorry for them though when I (finally) arrived home safely in driving snow, on Saturday night late after finishing the garden show at midnight. And only two little skids on Coast Hill – the hill that stalled my previous car last year if you recall! (Hence swapping it for a 4×4!).
But then I remembered that the sheep evolved something to cope with the freezing weather, living in the mountains and outdoors – it's called wool. So they must be hardy enough! And if sheepskin – like on my EMUs – can keep MY feet warm in the snow, it must work even better on the sheep! Sure enough, next day, there they were grazing away, completely not bothered! As much as sheep can look 'not bothered' anyway. Or not 'baaaa-thered' haha!
Yes the snow this weekend made Surrey look fabulously quaint. 'The Holiday' all over again! (the Christmas film which was shot near me in Shere). And prompted the dogs to come over all playful – so funny when they first went out in the snow. We had about four or five inches in Dorking. You? (ahem!! YOU know what I mean!). What's it been like where you are? My pal Gill said she was still stuck in snow and ice and freezing temperatures in Essex long after our roads had cleared in London. Let me know with a comment below. This is what my dogs thought of it anyway!
And talking of funnies – three others to tell you about this week!
Funny 1 – stand up in Clapham
Well, I had another experience of going to a stand up comedy night last week, courtesy of lovely Leanne Stott, Craig and Craigy's angels (see pic!) including many faces you may recognise – Gill Gauntlett, Becky Redfern, Justine Balmer, Beverley Cressman and Gabrielle Bradshaw – who along with Craigy and I, all turned up to support our lovely Wintertrax guest Leanne in her comedy night in a room out the back of the Bread and Roses pub in Clapham.
And guess what? She was really good! Very experienced, and made the audience laugh a lot – I can't repeat any of her lines though – even though it was all done in the best poooooossssible taste! Well most of it! But as we were sat near the front you can imagine how some of us came in for a bit of stick from some of the other comedians, one of whom was brilliant – Danny Bhoy – who'd actually reached the dizzy heights of performing in the US on the David Letterman show! You should Google or YouTube him – he's funny!
He appealed to my sense of geeky humour, including with a skit about Shakespearean Scrabble! Lol! And how honoured were we that he was appearing in our tiny little venue in the back streets of south London, when he's such a big name in stand up! And good too. I'd go see him again.
Top marks to all of them though – it takes such guts to stand in front of an audience of people all waiting for you to make them laugh! I'm ok with cameras – with people not so much! Like I said, I'm shy… (!)
Funny 2 – funniest autocorrects
Isn't it amazing how the 'autocorrect' function on some mobile phones (specially iPhones and iPads!) creates some hilarious text interchanges! OMG what's your favourite!? Do follow the link, then when you've scrolled through them all by pressing the red 'next' button at the top, do click on the 'parental autocorrects' box that pops up and read those too.
Sooooo funny. I have to say I was sitting here late one night with tears in my eyes having laughed out loud so much that the dogs went to lie in the kitchen away from the noise! I'm sure you can imagine! Lol. Anyway I thought it might make you smile!
Funny 3 – QVC blooper – Beth's blushes
On Monday I did a fun Diamonique show with the lovely Jubilee ring and pendant (I bought the pend ant!). I was really impressed with the new 60-facet stone, specially created by QVC in honour of our Queen's 60 years on the throne. Loved the romance card and 'squoval' shape! Or given that it's a kind of a squashed cushion cut, maybe it's a squa-shion shape!
Anyway, during the show, Beth the model had a little moment – watch this blooper - was it something I said?…
I never found out what exactly she was thinking to make her blush like that! Lol! Doubt it was my earlier boo boo when I said the 'Queen's Diamonique Jubilee' – hah! Now THAT would be a fine celebration eh! Lol. Wonder how many years it would celebrate!? Or what it would celebrate?! What do you think?! Hehe!
- Met Sharon Escudier – regulars to my blog may recall an old school pal of mine from my years at Links Primary in Tooting, Sharon Escudier, getting in touch with me via my blog. Well we finally got to catch up when she came into QVC last week for a coffee in the QCafé! Lovely to hook up. She also got to meet Simon Brown!
- Birthday update – guess what! After talking about it for so long, we 'ommed' vouchers for the medieval banquet in St Catherine's Dock this week! (manifested – made them appear!) Yay! Groupon had a great deal on! So we bought 30 between us, and sometime in May, we'll be dressing up as Tudors for at least one of my celebrations this year when I'm the big 5-0! Pic of event
- And if facing another birthday – particularly a significant one – is having a seriously bad effect on you, or anything else is this time of year, you might be interested in this link to a Daily Mail article about the lovely author Marian Keyes and her problems with depression and how she's dealt with it.
For anyone who's suffered, you'll be only too aware it's not a nice place to be – and having been there or thereabouts myself a little in years gone by, it's comforting to know about others in the same boat. 'Specially if you've enjoyed any of her pithy family novels. And do enjoy this week's funnies too – just for you!
- In the meantime, to make you smile, here's my favourite Tweet this week – 'bad spellers of the world untie' – haha! Have you read some funny ones? Tell me your best ones below. If you'd like to follow me I'm @debbieflint.
“Hi Debbie, I think I am turning into Mrs QVC! Woken by clock radio I got from qvc, got out of bed, feather bed, pillows, duvet and flannel all northern nights, wearing my Heavenly Sleepwear pj's, showered with Liz Earle orange blossom, washed and conditioned hair in Phillip Kingsley, applied more Liz Earle face cream and Laura Geller make up (tsv not long ago) put Kings Realm chicken in slow cooker (I ordered tsv slow cooker too) went out wearing Nina Leonard, Emu boots and Centigrade coat – typing this on laptop from qvc too….. someone save me!!lol
This is absolutely true!!! You and Craig Rowe Qvc Presenter have nothing on me!"
- Quick one for you – if you didn't already realise – there are a lot of ways to find out what's on when on QVC – and one of them arrives in almost every parcel dispatched from Liverpool! A schedule leaflet – which currently has yours truly as the featured presenter on it! Always worth keeping as it gives a heads-up of our shows up to a month away!
- And final snippet – another addition to the Solo Cougar's Survival Kit. Firstly, No.8, a video of Madonna! What an amazing live set she performed during the Superbowl this week – look it up on YouTube if you missed it. But she's 53, and an inspiration for any would-be Cougar that finds themselves solo! Secondly, a must have for the surv ival kit – coping with living alone – is No. 9 – a trusty sat nav!
I love sat nav! I'm currently using a TomTom with live services – OMG how handy was it this week when at a bottleneck junction on the A3 into Wandsworth, it's traffic service alerted me to divert onto a different route, and avoid a 26 minute delay. 26 minutes!! Fantastic! Worth it's weight for that alone! Would have been well late for work otherwise!
How smug was I to be going around the Tibbett's Corner roundabout looking down on half a mile of solid red lights, and not be in them! I'd never be without a sat nav. I like to use one with live services, but I do think most solo women-drivers might cope a lot better navigating our highways, accompanied by even the most basic of models. It takes the hard work and confusion out of map reading!
And if you just want a basic model, look out next week (join me at midnight on Wednesday 15th February, then through Thursday 16th) for a new one from TomTom which will give you superb route guidance – especially at confusing junctions because of it's clever display – which is actually the first one to be 5 inches in size too, so less need for glasses! Wish they did them with a George Clooney voice tho! Lol!
WATCH – OK, so this is a weird one – turns out quite a few cinemas round the country are showing the Shakespeare conspiracy movie from last year, 'Anonymous'. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie so thought I'd include it as a review in case it's showing near you.
It's a really interesting mix of a serious drama based on historical fact, and comedy genius. Rhys Ifans puts in a powerful performance as the Earl of Oxford – one of the many people conspiracy theorists say really wrote Shakespeare's works. (He's come a looooong way since baring his underpants on the doorstep in 'Notting Hill'!) And it's in stark contrast with the comedy turns – particularly Rafe Spall as the bard himself – in idiot mode. (Rafe was excellent as failed comic hubby of heroine Emma in 'One Day' – remember? And he's the son of Timothy Spall).
And was really impressed with Vanessa Redgrave as an elderly Elizabeth I. It's a really well put together story, very thought provoking. You know a film has got to you when you find yourself Googling the characters long afterwards, to see how much of it was fact – turns out much of the story and events were real! Interesting twist at the end too – I wasn't expecting that one and it kept me thinking about it for a few days! So it's a good eight and a quarter from me.
Now for those that don't go to the cinema, and to continue the comedy theme for this week, here's a DVD recommendation to make you laugh and to lift your spirits. Perfect for the forthcoming Valentine's Day next week, it's 'Just Go With It'. I recorded it on Sky because I do like Jennifer Anniston, and although I am not usually fussed about Adam Sandler, he was fab in this. Both very funny too, as were their supporting cast.
You have to see it just for the superb comedy performance from the precocious daughter Kiki – and the wonderful web of lies that plastic surgeon Danny tells, as he tries to land the young girl of his dreams, only to realise that he was working alongside his soulmate all along. Great if predictable ending – but what else do you expect from me so near to the most romantic night of the year!? (or so I'm told!). Eight out of ten – a good way to spend an hour and half of your life, and a nice warm fuzzy at the end! We like our warm fuzzies, don't we girls! (and some guys!).
Oh OK, I give in – here's one just for the other guys too. I guess some of you will also be sin the single zone this Valentine's Day, and whilst it's not really my favourite kind of film, many chaps spoke highly of it on Facebook to me, so here's a trailer of it just for you – Stallone's bunch of heroes well past their sell-by date in 'The Expendables' (6.25!)
(More cinema next week – would have had a 'J Edgar' or a 'Shame' or a 'W.E.' but snow kinda stopped play – but the plan is next week I'll be reviewing 'The Woman In Black' which I'm aiming to see with pal Goody on Sunday in Wimbledon.)
LISTEN – decided to get a bit trendy this week, and bought the new Lana Del Rey CD. Must say it's quite good. I do like her original style (well I am a Kate Bush fan) and whilst some of the tracks are quite samey, it's a good album to play in the car. What do you think? Do you (or your kids!?) like her stuff?
I heard her being interviewed by Rick Astley on his Magic FM show, and her speaking voice is really quite normal and high, completely different to how I thought she'd talk considering how distinctive her slightly nasal singing voice is. A good buy though!
And finally, This week I are Mostly Been Using… Gatineau! As you might have heard me mention if you watched that Diamonique show, I've been really pleased with what Gatineau has done for my hands of late. Now they're not exactly my best feature, but now at least in jewellery shows they're starting to look a bit better! Try the Age Benefit for hands or if you have any excess supplies of Melatogenine cream, just see what a difference it makes overnight to the backs of your hands! Fab!
Next week – Craig 'n' me are going horse riding – theoretically, at time of writing anyway! It'll be a proper TiFFT*. Plus what happened on Valentine's Day – where will me n Goody go?!
Have a good week and enjoy Valentine's night if you're doing anything spesh!
*Try it For the First Time Club