Everyone has got to love Kirstie Allsopp

Everyone has got to love Kirstie Allsopp

Kirstie Allsopp is an all round excellent Gal. Not only does she bound about Location, Location, Location, looking like a bossy, slightly fat but ultmately likable head girl but she’s now going to be presenting a how-to-decorate-a-home-on-a-budget show, HomeMade Home (channel4 April 16). This is great timing for me, as I’m trying to do up my place with practically zero budget and I know there’s a good number of people in a similar position to myself.

Kirstie, who’s going to be an advisor on housing to the Tories, talks sense most of the time  — here she is on MP’s screwing the country with their expenses claims.

Sex Sells

Statement of the Obvious: Sex Sells

Loved Camilla Lang’s ‘A head for business and a body for sin’, subtitle for her interview with Scarlett Johansson in this week’s Times Online. The nicely scoffing ‘Attagirl’ at the end sum’s up Lang’s wised-up cynicism on the subject of turning sex appeal ‘into gold’.


Thanks to this Times blogger’s travel guide to….Lisbon (just a random find) I have not only found another website to spend some meaningful time on but have also discovered this little shop (it’s in Portuguese and I’m not sure just how easy it is to shop there but I love the look of their website and the products seem interesting, either becuase they seem to be authentic to the country or because of their quirky retro appearance).

25 Beautiful Homes

I know it’s probably the beginning of the end but I bought my first ever copy of 25 Beautiful Homes today — prompted by all the renovation/decoration (bit of both) that I’ve been spending a lot of time on recently.

I bought the magazine to give me a little inspiration — and it did — but overall it was a bit dispiriting. People spending £200,000 on upgrading their home while I’m having palpitations at having just spent £150 on paint at B & Q.

I do wonder why people allow the magazine to feature their homes — are they just doing some see-what-I’ve-got gloating or does the fact that many of them are ‘interior designers’ or ‘artists’ have something to do with it? It’s got to be a great way to advertise your business, lets face it. Or do they get paid?

Maybe they do have some less palatial residences in other issues or it might be that no-one would pay to see what Joe Bloggs did to  his semi on an average person’s budget. Perhaps there’s another magazine for that type of thing: 25 Average Homes. Possibly nobody would buy it and advertisers would be in short supply.

I guess if I leave all my bitterness and envy behind I really do want to see what can be done with a bucket load of dosh and work my way (downwards) from there. But does a limited budget necessarily mean a mediocre outcome?

Personally, I think the magazine relies on people’s desire to tap into a lifestyle that  they don’t have but which they may aspire to (with some delusions of (relative) grandeur thrown in.


I now have my first cold in around five years and it is almost enjoyable due to the novelty factor. The shiveryness is not entirely unpleasant and I’ve got to taste my first ever Lemsip (yum).

Greedy Politician

Greedy Politician (allegedly)

Corrupt or greedy — near enough every second one, it would seem. And when they get caught out they change the rules: MPs can now edit their expenses before they are made public.


It’s true — all you have to do is stick this picture of Kelly Brook up on your fridge, so you can see it next time you dig in there for your next slice of cheesecake (or other flab maker).

Daily Mail reporters suggest that the reason Brook is looking so happy is because her romance with England rugby star Danny Cipriani is still going strong but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a photograph of her without a smile on her face.

I know that having what scientists claim to be the ‘perfect figure’is not a guaranteed means of achieving happiness (and ‘it’s what inside that counts’ blah, blah, blah…) but it has got to have a pretty high feel-good factor — better than Mars Bars and possibly even pizza.