Xmas chez Flints, Sherlock Holmes and more…


Debbie, her Mum and the kidsWell it’s all over, bar the shouting, and with over 20 people all together at one point, there was a lot of shouting! Lol! Another family xmas chez Flints been and gone, and I’ve lived to tell the tale! Not that the ‘pub quiz’ devised by nephew Dean helped provide much peace on Xmas night.

As you know, I’m a bit of a fan of quizzes, so we all settled down for it, but were soon faced with impossible questions! Here’s a typical one – ‘Name the wars in which the most american soldiers died, in order of number of fatalities’ – cheery eh!

A million people at Glenn'sAnd even if you guessed ‘WW2, Vietnam, and WW1,’ if you didn’t get them in exactly the right order, you didn’t get any points! Next year, noooooo quizzes! We’ll stick to ‘slap it on the head’ instead! (the Flint family version of ‘Who am I’!).

One of the most satisfying things this xmas was being able to make the kids look at the camera, courtesy of my little purple Samsung – a TSV a while back which I bought as an update to my old compact.

The three little girlsIts clever little video on the front screen keeps the kids’ attention – just look at this pic of Lara seeing the video on the front for the first time ever! Funny! The camera got a lot of use in the last week, I can tell you!

So although we had dinner at mum’s club, (19 of us!) and Boxing Day at Glenn’s – that’s where the million people are in the shot above! – I most enjoyed my time with my own kids. I did excel myself however with a ‘Debbie Does Dinner’ on xmas eve – I was very proud that I managed to organise it all in advance and time the cooking of it all almost perfectly – with a little help from my skilled son Brad of course!

The Christmas Eve dinner table
I had eight people round the dinner table – doable in my size of kitchen and a big thanks to Marks and Sparks for the role they played in the extravaganza too! A good salmon en croute was had by all! Lol. Maybe next year I should avoid the huge get togethers and just have several small dinner parties at mine! Or maybe not…


A lot of us presenters are now on Twitter and update QVC news there – you can get in touch via @qvcuk, the new official site of QVCUK. If you just look at all the ‘followers’, you should see most of us! Even Julia’s tweeting now!  

Here are a couple for you to ‘follow’ yourself if you’re on Twitter, or making it your new year’s resolution!

and of course @debbieflint.

As I’ve mentioned before, I follow a lot of writers and authors, publishers and scriptwriters on Twitter, but am happy to accept friend requests on my Facebook Page if you’d like to ping me a request – n.b. I am behind with accepting them all, but planning to catch up in the new year!


And talking of such social media things, I do like to see you guys giving QVC a good plug on blogs! Well done to pink chic Claire with her review of a Bobbi Brown set on her blog. If you do one along these lines, let me know and I’ll take a look!

What was your favourite xmas TV over yuletide?

Did you enjoy AbFab? Or the new Great Expectations or Borrowers? Let me know! If you’d like a little jolly, something the kids decided to put on the telly over xmas was the Generation Game I was in with my dad all those years ago! Fancy someone putting the whole show online! So dated, so funny – so cockney! Haha! Wouldn’t mind a waist like that again tho! Maybe a new year’s resolution to fix it..! After the xmas I had? Oh purleeeeeeeez!!! : – )

Now there are far too many classic yuletide programmes to feature in depth – I am very proud to have had a festive film bonanza, including some of my favourites of all time, like Groundhog Day and Frequency (GOD I love that film) plus National Lampoon’s Xmas Vacation (Brad, Lauren and me –  xmas tradition!).

But the cinema blockbuster I went to see with pal Rocker Nige was Sherlock Holmes 2, A Game of Shadows with Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law. Worth it for the banter between the men, very funny, and for the cutting edge touch to the edit – a spectacle of fast action combined with true Guy Ritchie Slo-Mo. Think ‘Lock Stock’ crossed with the last Batman, and set in Victorian Times and you’ve got the idea.

The film itself was something I observed rather than felt included in, cos you get told the clues, rather than being presented with them in such a way as to be able to guess them yourself. It meant the two hour movie felt about half an hour too long – of mostly escaping and chasing, escaping and pursuing, then some more escaping. Then chasing. But if you’re a fan of the Downey Jr physique, go anyway, as there’s more than enough rippling on the big screen to keep a girl entertained! Nevertheless it gets a 7 and half out of ten from me.

Watch the trailer below… 

QVC – it’s end of the year Review Time!
I’m only on air until 6pm on Saturday – join me if you can – then it’s Alison Young’s beauty review of the year till midnight. My big highlight for early next week will be my first Shiseido hour – the famous skincare brand with unique bio-ingredients and anti-ageing formulations as well as over 100 years of heritage. Their Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum looks like one of the most powerful of the latest advancements – I do hope it’s in my show at 10pm on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd Jan.

Shiseido Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam  I tell you what will be back in stock tho – the creamy cleanser. And you’ve loved it too! As one viewer put it – “Shiseido Creamy Cleansing Foam and the Lotion are the best skin care products I have ever come across! The skin is really very fresh, conditioned and glowing after it. It is very subtle and delicate. I am 64 and I’ve been using these for a month and the results are so visible that all my friends and family compliment me as I look at least 10 years younger! Definitely every woman of my age must have these products.”

It’s fabulous when we bring you products and offers that help make such a difference! Makes me proud! : – )

What’s your big discovery this year? Anything from the beauty dept? Cleaning range? Fashion brand? And any messages from you to me or the team? Now’s the best time of year to leave your wishes! And also any highlights you’ve had from QVC in the past year – especially anything funny!

If you can give me an exact idea of when it was on air, I may be able to find it and put it on YouTube and include it in my blog next year! And a final note from one of my Facebook friends, Tracy Back, who posted the following – not sure if the figures are 100% accurate but it makes interesting reading:

“If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the world… if you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy. If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week… if you can read this message you are more fortunate than the 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all… if only we would count our blessings rather than our problems, the world would be a happier place!”

It certainly makes you think, doesn’t it? Big hugs for a peaceful and happy new year, more from me in 2012!

Luv Debs x

Snap Fresh by Prepology Microban Storage ContainersP.S. This Week I Have Mostly Been Using – my snapfresh! For all those left-overs, what else! I chose bright green lids so when they go to other people’s houses, I’ll always know they’re mine and get them back again! (well, eventually I will, eh brother Glenn!) Fab value too – my set was 833139 – heavy duty and great seals! Every home should have some! Dxx


  1. martin forbes December 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    happy new year debbie.

  2. Alana December 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Thanks for my xmas card, it arrived today. It seems like you had a very busy Christmas,mine involved a lot of visiting on the, ‘big day’ and I was really glad to put my feet up and watch AB FAB! It was great to see it back on the telly!
    Have a very happy new year.

  3. josephine ellis December 30, 2011 at 8:55 am -  Reply

    HAPPY NEW YEAR debbie i hope its a good one for you…..jo yorkshire…x

  4. Pearl Emery December 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Happy New Year Debbie,Please keep up the blogs as they are brilliant.Pearl

  5. Michelle Roberts December 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Glad you had a nice Christmas gosh you have a big family, well just four of us for Christmas but we had 67 Cats in residence so that was some cat food we went through!
    We have recorded the three part great Expectations for New Years Eve,we will be eating lots of Chocolates and drinking some fine wine. Usually fall asleep before midnight, I know I’m a dead loss!!1 I will let you know what I think.
    I think my big discovery this year was my Ultra Sun for the first time in my life I didn’t burn on holiday and despite some very temperatures I only applied it once like it said to do, I was very impressed it actually worked like it said it would and I even came home with a bit of a tan which for me was good as normally I am the same colour as a bottle of milk!! a great product which I will continue to purchase.
    Just wanted to wish you a Blwyddan Newydd Dda for 2012
    I hope it’s a brilliant year for you Debs!!!
    Love and big hug
    Michelle x x

  6. debs f December 31, 2011 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    happy new year to you too Martin

  7. debs f December 31, 2011 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    Alana – yes I’ve been loving the Ab Fab reruns too – you forget the sheer genius of Patsy and Bubble don’t you! Looking forward to the newest episode out New Years Day! Have a good one!

  8. debs f December 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    Jo – me too! And wishing you the same hon! Thanks for commenting! I appreciate hearing from you guys!

  9. Susan December 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Happy New Year Debs! Keep up the fab shows and you’re looking so well. Hope you have a nice night later,
    Love SUsan x

  10. Debbie Molloy January 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs, Happy New Year to you and yours! I loved the words from Tracey Back, she is a very dear friend of mine and for all her wisecracks and madness she sometimes has a very wise head on her shoulders. She will laugh at that for sure. So, it’s all over for another year, let’s hope it will be a happy new one for us all. I have to move house soon so am busy looking for somewhere to rent which is not easy on a mini budget!!!! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos…………… shows what a good time you had. Take care and look forward to reading more of your lovely blogs. Debbie M.

  11. Mo Whitelaw January 2, 2012 at 2:02 am -  Reply

    Happy New Year Debs – Thanks for the Christmas card was well made up when I got it. Here’s to you 2012 xx

  12. debs f January 2, 2012 at 4:39 am -  Reply

    Jo – you too hon, you too! d xx

  13. ron hjerling January 2, 2012 at 8:06 am -  Reply

    I wanted you for christmas but had to make do with socks and pullovers again.Maybe next year.Have a good and prosperous one.

  14. Steven January 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Happy New year Debbie. Loooking forward to more of your blogs in 2012. Take care xxx

  15. debs f January 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Pearly – same to you too hon – and thank you for your kind comments! glad you enjoy them! d xx

  16. debs f January 3, 2012 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    michelle – 67 cats!!! OMG! lol
    so glad you found ultrasun too – it’s a miracle worker eh!
    big hugs for continued chats in 2011 hon!

  17. debs f January 3, 2012 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    Susan – yes it was a fun night, specially the hour of diamonique ribbing Dale! lol. Thanks – am feeling well too! Not as well as I’m gonna feel when i’m back into my healthy eating plan – amazing what a difference it makes to your frame of mind! d xx

  18. debs f January 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    Mo – my pleasure my lovely! thanks for yours! and to everyone else who sent me one and put their address inside!
    have a fab 2012 – dont forget to leave me comments each week on my blog! @-)

  19. debs f January 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    Ron – haha! Santa obviously saw your list and thought he’d spare you! lol!
    have a great new year!

  20. debs f January 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Steven – thanks hon. are you a regular? It’s interesting hearing from people who don’t leave weekly replies for me – do feel free to join the debates each week when the new blogs go up! It’s always nice to hear from you guys!
    : -)

  21. Carole cooper January 4, 2012 at 8:34 am -  Reply

    Happy new year debs Carole wigan x

  22. Steven January 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    Im not a regular Debs to be honest but I do read your blogs but dont very often write to you. They are always interesting reads

  23. debs f January 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    you too Carole – hope to see you on here more in 2012! luv hearing from you guyys! d x

  24. Pinkchickclaire January 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Guys,
    Thanks to Debbie for promoting my beauty blog on the QVC website!
    Just so you all know my blog page is in correct it is –
    I review lots of QVC porducts that I have purchased myself as well as other beauty products so please take a look!
    I hope this will be the start of a great year for me and my blog and QVC!
    Lots of love
    thanks you sooo much Debbie

  25. debs f January 12, 2012 at 1:13 am -  Reply

    Thanks Claire, and for your msj on fbook. Good luck with it and hope you carry on enjoying the products from QVC!

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