What a finale


Julia at the Olympic ParkI've been looking forward to going to the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games since securing the tickets a few weeks ago. Sometimes the anticipation is better than the actuality but that was definitely not the case and I feel so fortunate to have been part of it.

Even the travel to and from the Olympic Park was not as bad as I had imagined it would be, although I didn't get home until just before 1am… an early night for me!

For once I had remembered to take a camera, and not just any camera. I managed to 'borrow' the TSV from last weekend so that I would be able to zoom in and get some good shots and, as you will see from the pictures of Rhianna, Chris Martin, and Ellie Simmonds with Johnnie Peacock just prior to extinguishing the Olympic flame, it did the business.

'mobot' and the 'Usain Bolt'It was also a handy size to fit into my Kipling cross body bag… I was a walking advert for QVC!! We had a wander around the Olympic Park before going into the stadium, although in truth there wasn't much open, which was the only negative of the whole experience.

Daniel and Sophie couldn't resist doing the 'mobot' and the 'Usain Bolt' and I thought the picture of me with the stadium behind me looked like I was wearing it as a crown, not to mention my 'beehive-like' hairdo as I posed in front of the 'Orbit'.

Posing aside, I thought the ceremony itself was fab. I have heard people say it was more like a Coldplay concert but as I love Coldplay, that was fine by me. Although I had heard a rumour that Rhianna might be appearing, Jay-z was an unexpected bonus!

Julia at the Olympic stadium Rhianna Paralympics Closing Ceremony


There were some spectacular moments from the aerial performers and the guy riding the motorbike on the high wire with the girl suspended beneath him set off on his daredevil manoeuvres from just over my right shoulder. 

We had a great view of all the 'fiery' machines as they made their way into the stadium, and I made Sophie laugh when I described the black feathered stilt walkers as weird. "And the rest of it isn't?" she asked. It was a bit weird, but very wonderful too. One of the highlights of the evening for me was when the Korean doctor was handing out awards.

Paralympics closing ceremonyLike myself, she was a polio sufferer and although she stood to make the presentations, she left the stage in a wheelchair. I felt very emotional as I was reminded how lucky I am that my disability is limited to a weakened left leg, but it also made me realise that disability is not something to be ashamed of. The Paralympics was a celebration of triumphing against all the odds.

Boris was brilliant with his flag waving again, and Lord Coe's speech said it all. We should all be immensely proud of the best Paralympic Games ever… I know I am.

So now it is all over, although Andy Murray managed to continue our fantastic Summer for British sport by winning the U.S. Open. What an achievement, and probably one he will now have the confidence to repeat… even his coach Ivan Lendl 'almost' managed a smile!

So it's back to earth with a bump as we all go back to our day to day lives. I'm very grateful that mine involves me working with some terrific guests, one of whom you will see tomorrow during my 'Fashion on Friday' show on our New York event day at 5pm. It's none other than former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammed Ali's daughter. Khalia. She is bringing her fashion range to QVC tomorrow for the first time so hope to see you there.

Much love Julia xx

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  1. Jean Pugh September 14, 2012 at 10:42 am -  Reply

    Unfortunately I missed the closing cerenomy, I did watch a lot of the events, what they achieved is fantastic. Love the photographs. Looking forward to seeing the fashion from Khalia. You said to let you know how I got on with the Elemis TSV, love the new moisturizer it goes on the skin beautifully, have used it for just on a week, beginning to notice a difference, you can definately feel a plumpness after applying it to your skin, will keep using it for another week and then let you know again. I did read some reviews online, gosh some people put some very rude comments dont they. Enjoy your weekend.
    Love Jean X

  2. Alana September 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Great blog! I absolutely loved the Olympics and the Paralypics, there has been some great talent shown over the past few weeks and It’s a shame It’s all over. Your pictures look great too! Wish I’d have known about the camera as a TSV as I could do with one that has a good zoom.
    Enjoyed Beauty Day at the weekend and the easy pay was fab as it meant I could buy more than one thing!! 🙂
    How’s your book coming along? Will it soon be ready to go on sale? You’ll have to make sure you let everyone know where you can purchase it and if it would be possible to get a signed copy -that would be lovely!
    Enjoy the weekend.

  3. GINNY BOOKER September 16, 2012 at 1:15 am -  Reply

    JULIA!! Finally I have TIME to get on your BLOG!!! We have had a very nice and busy summer at PUR lake home in Vermont and managed to get away over Labor day here for about ten days to BUY our Naples beach home in Florida. We are SOO lucky that one was for sale at Barfoot Beach and is Sooo lovely. WISH you could have time to EMAIL me as you have mine and I could send you Pics since you are not on FB!!! They are all there BUT you are busy enough without adding FB to your list!! SOOOO PLEASE EMAIL and I will send them on to you!! Maybe sometime you could come and visit US!!! YIPES YOU WOULD LUV IT!!!
    Now I do read your Blog even though I am far away across the pond and luv reading all the news. Glad you and ALI had such a great visit. My good friend Susie, my Realtor in Naples, is going through the same as ALI!! Bless them both and any female who has to endure all that. I am very proud of all who are so strong and manage to get through all their treatments. I have been so proud of my adopted country all summer long with so much going o n and doing it Sooo well. It gave me GOOSEY BUMPS!!! I miss lots of things having lived in North Wsles for so long like since the early 80’s!! Back and forth for sure but in the UK most of the years..
    Now a bit of advice!! we will be moving in early Nov and will be in Florida most all the year but for awhile in the summer for a change in the summer. Should I use my Solar products year round at least once a day since I will be in the SUN ALL TNE WHILE!!! Up until now I did this from April till OCT! I think those days are over now but tell me what you think!
    I think of you and MOVING each day as I am at it again selling our HUGH 1847 Farmhouse beautifully restore 28 acres!!! OMG and all my ” STUFF ” from the UK move in the 40 ft container!! Again betting rid of SOO many things!! BUT I have come across so many lovely items from many purchases from QVC UK over the years!! Many still brand new ” Cause ” being on the FARM I had little time for many items!! NOW I DO!!!
    We are crazy busy and will be glad when the big jobs are over!! Little by Little and Steady by Jerk it will all come together!! DO NOT FORGET TO EMAIL MEE!! XXXX. MUAH!! GINNY

  4. Denise September 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, How lucky were you getting to go to the closing ceremony of the Paralympics – I’m very jealous. It looked amazing and not surprised you had a wonderful time. I’m quite proud to say that a very good Uni friend of my sons was on the C4 coverage his name is Alex Brooker. He interviewed David Cameron and Boris Johnson at the opening ceremony and bless him only had 2 minutes notice that he would be doing so! He coped admirably. Don’t know if you managed to catch it but through that he was on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man last week and also won £25,000 on the Million Pound drop for a local charity The Echoes Foundation of which he is a patron. I’m so pleased for him – he’s a lovely young man.
    I don’t know about you but I am missing all the Olympics and Para’s – everyhting seems so empty now! Oh well there’s always the new series of Strictly ha ha
    Love Denise

  5. Annette Roberts September 21, 2012 at 10:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Love the photos you have added to your blog, especially your heart shaped union jack t-shirt and Daniel and Sophie’s ‘mobot and bolt’ poses. So glad you enjoyed the closing ceremony…afraid we only glimpsed at some of it.
    I suppose in a way, I also now have a disability as I can’t do the things I used to…even walking is still an issue, as I can’t walk as fast as I used to and constantly tell Chris to slow down and running is out of the question, it’s more of a hobble now lol! As you say, we are lucky in a way compared to most people, but it’s amazing how many people give me funny looks when I say my leg is playing up or hurting along the metalwork…I would love to see how they would cope, there’s nowt as queer as folk as they say eh!
    Like everyone else we thought, what can we watch now all the sport has finished…then came ‘DALLAS’! A real blast from the past, JR, Bobby, Cliff Barnes and not forgetting Sue Ellen. The plots are as brilliant as ever and hasn’t Patrick Duffy aged well, eye candy at his age, cor!! Then as Denise said there is Strictly as well!!!
    I did watch you and Marjolein last night…aeropilates has helped sooo many people, me included and I absolutely love my machine. Still having my neck stretched and spoke to the physio about the wrist braces and she told me to wear them loosely at night and that has done the trick.
    Hope the house hunting is still going well and street view is brilliant for that, so you can get a look at the area. Fingers crossed that you will find your dream house soon.
    Annette x

  6. julia roberts September 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    I replied to you on my ‘apple pie’ blog yesterday forgetting I hadn’t done these yet! What did you think of the Khaliah Ali fashion?
    I think I might have been using too many pumps of my Elemis moisturiser as it is feeling quite empty and I’ve only been using it for a month – mind you that has been twice a day. I suspect I will get a telling off from Keeley when I see her on Monday for our show at 6pm!!
    Hope you are still enjoying the effects on your skin
    Julia x

  7. julia roberts September 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alana
    The closing ceremony seems like ‘yonks’ ago! Every time I hear a Coldplay track I am reminded of that magical evening.
    I was very impressed with that little camera – maybe it will come back on air at an Introductory price ….. I would certainly recommend it if you are looking for a compact with a good zoom!
    The book is finished but won’t be out until after Christmas now. I didn’t realize how long the publishing process takes but I have a meeting with the publishers in a couple of weeks so I will have a better idea of timescale then. You will be able to buy it on QVC and I will certainly be doing some signed copies.
    Thank you for your continued interest and sorry it seems to be taking so long
    Julia x

  8. julia roberts September 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ginny
    Great to hear from you and catch up on all your news. I think the whole of the UK was extremely proud of the success of the London Olympic Games and Paralympics, especially the latter. I did hear a news report that said that the USA didn’t show any coverage of the Paralympics which, if true, is a terrible shame as it was totally inspirational.
    Well I am not a skincare expert but I would say if you are going to be exposing your skin to the sun all year round you should probably use suncare products year round too. Have you tried the Decleor Aromessence Solaire? You can use it under your everyday moisturiser or your SPF cream and when I’ve been in the sun I also use the Solaire balm at night.
    It is Ali’s BIG day on Wednesday at the BCC Fashion Show. Loads of us Presenters are going to support her – I’m really looking forward to seeing her up on the stage – she deserves a special night after all she has been through. Dale and I are hosting the QVC BCC show on the 17th at 6pm – you could maybe watch a bit online if it fits in with the time difference?
    We haven’t found a new house yet and time is ticking away on this rental but I have faith that ‘something’ will turn up.
    Keep in touch from over the pond
    Julia x

  9. julia roberts September 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    Hello Denise
    I don’t think I caught Alex Brooker on the Paralympic coverage – very impressed that he could collect his thoughts in 2 minutes to interview the PM and Boris ………. I love Boris, he seems such a genuinely good nut!!!
    I haven’t manged to catch any of Strictly yet but am hoping I might get to one of the live shows this year as a friend of mine works on it. I was always an X Factor fan, but it is even more staged than ever this year so I might give it a miss!
    Julia x

  10. julia roberts September 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    So pleased to hear that loosening the wrist braces seems to have done the trick. Everything crossed that this step forward will stay a step forward and not turn into two steps back!
    Isn’t it funny I wish I could persuade everyone to give Aeropilates a go ….. you and I both know how brilliant it is.
    Still haven’t found ‘the right’ house yet despite hours spent searching. I agree that street view is an enormous help – you find something with possibilities only to find it’s next door to the sewage farm!!!!!! Still looking though.
    Hope things keep improving for you
    Julia x

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