Finally, an Olympic Gold!

OK it was only for three seconds, but this morning I held an Olympic gold medal in my hands, and not just any old gold, but an athletics gold for a blistering run by Christine Ohuruogu in the womens 400m at last year’s games. I’ve written before about my obsession with athletics (see Star Struck at the...

Is this site a Coronation Street Star?

Thanks to eagle-eyed and eared forumite ‘Nile’ for this. Apparently, Coronation Street’s Kirk is a MoneySaver. According to Nile (who kindly watched the repeat so it could be transcribed) this was in the dialogue, and it’s referring to MoneySavingExpert.com Rovers Return scene Kirk: It’s great this website. All these tips about how to save money. I was...

Just been to see the Queen.

I’ve just arrived back at MSE Towers from the Buckingham Palace relaunch of www.royal.gov.uk. While not much of a Royalist generally, I couldn’t resist the chance to glimpse inside and see what it was all about. Though it did involve having to put a suit on, not something I do often, or with relish. It’s a little...

I’m looking forward to watching… Savers in trouble: ITV1 Tonight 8pm.

It may sound strange to say that about a programme I’m presenting, but the truth is I haven’t seen it yet. It’s been done on a tight deadline, and the producer Bob and his team have done well to get so much material out in time. As part of the speedy process, quite a few chunks are...

‘Doing millionaire’…. Tonight… and I’m petrified

Update Note Sept 09. Well it’s been a long time since (this blog was written in Jan 09) we recorded it, but the transmission date is now set and it’ll be shown on Tue 15 Sep if you want to watch. I’m recording “Charity Who wants to be a millionaire” tonight. I thought I’d better blog it...

I look older, uglier and fatter on TV

Coming out of GM-TV the other day, I walked past the tail end of the queue of people waiting to go into Loose Women. Sadly, they’d run out of space, and a few of the women at the end had been turned away. As I passed, one started to talk to me. Her comment was simple, “you...

Free Champagne for EVERYONE… no maybe not.

On Saturday night, we were out for dinner in an upmarket, swanky, slightly dark meeja type place, to celebrate the birthday of one of the MSF’s oldest friends. She works in the high-end “fashion darling….” industry. I had the MSF on my left, and on my right, a woman who works for a very high end Bond...

I’m marrying a hardcore porn star…

Getting married has a few interesting consequences. One, in our case, is that the MSF is planning to change her name. However, having done a quick search check on the web, it seems her soon-to-be namesake has a rather interesting occupation.

RIP It Pays To Watch.

The team and I found out yesterday that the planned series four of It Pays To Watch on Five isn’t going to happen. It was quite likely to be the last series anyway, as I’d already discussed that the additional workload it added was too much, but that’s been overtaken by commercial pressures from new management at...

Beverley Knight: Star sings Singstar

At dinner on Saturday night I sat next to soul star Beverley Knight MBE. The MSF and I were at the Cancer Research UK Charity Halloween Ball, a great and at times very moving event, and something with personal resonance for both of us. Beverley’s a fascinating woman, and I really enjoyed chatting with her. When offered...