Cash In The Attic Filming

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Cash in the Attic - filming

Date: 26th April 2008

Cash in the Attic

The crew came down to my flat on Friday to film the 'rummage' and choice of articles for the Auction on May 6th in Chiswick.

Jonathan couldn't spare the time to be with me so I asked my friend Doreen to come down.  The crew come with 2 cameras and like to be filming concurrently and I couldn't be in two places at once. 

The team arrived at 9.00 and proceeded to turn the flat upside down!  Jenny Bond - the presenter for this edition is a delight to be with - highly professional of course and great fun as well.  Paul the valuer was also good to be with.  The whole team worked extremely hard and we hardly stopped all day - except for a snatched sandwich break at lunchtime.

They were delighted with my EUROVISION SONG CONTEST DRESS with Jenny declaring that it looked much better on than off - as I can still get into it, I modelled it for them. I'm also considering giving another three dresses - 2 by my friend Roland Klein and one by Zandra Rhodes.

Paul was extremely pleased and excited over  the  Oil Painting which our new-found friend from the Cruise had so generously given me for the Auction.  It's a stunning painting of a Belgian Bull by an artist called Albert BenAroya.  It's now been in the flat for over a week and I've really fallen for it.  I'd bid for it myself but it needs either a Stately home or a minimalist flat and I have neither.  Doreen, who wasn't too impressed, had also fallen under it's spell by the end of the day.  I think it's because the more you look at it, the more alive it appears to be and the Bull really does have a docile and kind face. The anatomical detail is amazing. I think back to the Bull I had to lead by the nose in Celebrity and how that huge one-ton creature was so calm and placid.  BenAroya is a modern painter and, I'm told, highly collectable, so the Painting might prove to be a good investment.  He specializes in Animals and Judaica - I'd love to see some of his Wild Animal paintings.

Paul was very generous in his assessment of the humble offerings of two pieces of my work from Silversmithing Classes and a ring from Jewellery class.

Don't know if he was only being polite but he also admired the Watercolour I've donated.  Most of my paintings have either gone already to Charity Sales or been given to friends so I've only a handful left.

I also gave the one item (apart from my Akubra Hat) which they allowed me to keep after I left the Rainforest in I'm a Celebrity - it's a skimpy T-shirt with my name and phone number on the back (phone number to call if you wished to vote for me!!!!!)

There's also a large collection of 'Commercial' Perfume Bottles.  I used to collect antique ones but when they got to cost more than £20, I stopped way back in the 70's.  I cannot bear to throw away beautiful objects so turned my attention to Modern bottles and cannot believe how much perfume I've gone through over the years.  I simply don't have the room to display them anymore so they may as well brighten up someone else's life and bring some money to a good cause.

I've said they turned the flat upside down and I couldn't believe all the rummaging done by the team - most of which I'm sure will end up on the Cutting room floor.  I'm still trying to find my Powder Compact and a few other items!!!

Doreen thoroughly enjoyed herself and was very accomplished on camera.

Jenny conducted a pleasant interview on the beach and in my living room.

The cat got the hump as he's used to grazing on his food in the bathroom.  It was occupied so often - he hightailed it out of the flat and didn't come back till evening.

Although the day was exhausting, it was greatly enjoyable and at least Doreen and I didn't have a long drive after a hard day's work.  Poor Jenny faced a 5 hour drive home and Paul had to drive back North.

So I repeat, if you tune into my Website and read this, please put in a bid either in person or by phone.  Doreen and I will be attending the Auction. The proceeds will go to Orchid - the Male Cancer Charity undertaking research into the main three male cancers - Testicular, Penile and Prostate.  It's a small charity and doesn't spend a huge amount of it's budget on PR. 

With any luck, and if I can get fit enough and don't suffer from Altitude sickness, Jonathan and I might be undertaking a trek up Kilimanjaro next year for Orchid.  Then I think I might just have to call my adventuring days to a halt - STOP WHILST YOU ARE ON TOP.  I've been very fortunate to have taken part in some amazing adventures over the last few years and count myself a Very Lucky Lady.

Incidentally, just a little aside - there are a couple of very nice photos of Jonathan and myself at the Opening Night of Gone with the Wind.  If you'd like to have a look, the link will be found if you Google 'Daily Express'.

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