Monday 20 June 2011

Royal Ascot Memories

Looking forward to Ladies Day at Royal Ascot next week. The last Royal Ascot Ladies Day I attended, I wore a huge hat, an even bigger tent of a dress (well, I was eight months pregnant) and I got into Big Trouble.

Because I had taken the day off work – I’d cried off sick, I seem to remember. But unfortunately, I was snapped by a photographer and the picture of me in full bloom appeared in many of the next day’s papers.

My long suffering boss at breakfast TV station, TVam, was not amused. Nor was I, because that particular picture was so awful I dreaded that it would haunt me for years. I looked like one of those “stately galleons” Joyce Grenfell used to sing about – all frills and furbelows ballooning in the wind, with my hand firmly clamped upon my hat and a stressed look on my face!

I haven’t been back for Ladies Day since. But this week, I’ll be returning to present my BBC Radio Berkshire show live from what’s sure to be one heck of a party there, as the racecourse celebrates its three hundredth year. No doubt my friends and celebrity pals will be planning their ridiculous headgear even now. Perhaps we should all be looking out for a reprise of Princess Eugenie’s beige pretzel. Last time, I popped into milliner David Shilling’s Knightsbridge salon for an especially bold statement, wide-brimmed extravaganza. This time, I’m going for something just a little larger than a fascinator and smaller than a dinner plate so that my “cans” (radio earphones) can fit around it. Life is slightly less glamorous nowadays! I’ll have to look through my jewelry box, too, for something appropriately sparkly to wear. I bet I’ll come across more jewelry that’s old, broken or just plain unfashionable. If that’s what your jewelry box is like, too, then don’t forget you can always send off to Post Gold for Cash to sell gold for cash. They’ll make you a great offer – and you can always do it in time for a little flutter at the races!

Tuesday 14 June 2011

The Oscars of the Medical World

I gave away gold this week – and was proud to do so! 

It’s amazing how many seriously brilliant ideas are based on technology which has actually been developed for computer gaming. I was at a big awards do – at what used to be the Billingsgate Fish market on the banks of the river just up from Tower Bridge in London. 

There’s now not even the slightest whiff of fish – it’s a super huge and very plush exhibition hall and banqueting venue called “Old Billingsgate”. Very nice. But this ceremony, dubbed “The Oscars of the medical world” and sprinkled generously with celebrities, was to celebrate the best of Britain’s inventors and innovators in the medical world. 

One of the winners featured an interactive exercise programme for cardiac patients – so they could, over the internet and with Wii-style hand devices, follow very detailed and specific movements designed to be good for their  heart. 

Another award, which I was there to present, was a baby breathing monitor which simply “watches” (rather like the scanning device in the new Xbox Kinect) a baby’s chest and can tell whether it is breathing well. Nothing touches the baby! I was proud to give the inventors their gold award. 

Hugely valuable to them, cos now they’re looking for funding to develop their idea commercially. Just in case you want to get your hands on the money, too, don’t forget you can still cash in your old gold for useful money. 

Simply get hold of a envelope, send off your old, unwanted or scrap gold or silver jewelry and you’ll be given a quote you won’t want to refuse.