Hi all - and welcome to a little round-up of January on planet Derky. It's been a busy one too. First up, I hope you and yours had a fantastic Christmas and New Year Celebrations. It all went a bit quickly for my liking - but I hope you all enjoyed a good break. I was working to and from a visit to catch up with the family in Kent, which was fantastic. Great to switch off, and see what everyone has been up to. My Christmas Day proper at home, with presents and all was on the 30th of December - hopping straight from Christmas to New Year in 24 hours was a little odd, but all good nevertheless. Then, along comes January - a mammoth month of cold and snow - and one or two adventures, including Venice. It was the start of a mammoth week that started off in the 'millionaire's row' of the South Coast, down in Poole to film a new series of 'The Showcase' for The Holiday and Cruise Channel. TDN Management put on a mammoth showcase of performers for the night - and I'm excited to see the show when it is edited together later this year. The following day, I hot-footed it off to Gatwick Airport for a brief 24 hours in Venice, for the Vicenza Jewellery Fair for The Jewellery Channel, watching our buyers negotiating some great deals for the upcoming season. Back home, via a shift to The Jewellery Channel to a snowy Chorley. Great to meet so many people at the Liverpool Cruise Club Cruise Fairs too. I have learnt so much about cruise holidays and why they are so appealing from many people telling me their adventures. If you've ever been on a cruise - what did you love, what would you recommend. I'd love to hear from you. Drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . Well, two more days of January left, I'm spending the 30th in the company of Jewellery designer Rachel Galley www.rachelgalleydesign.com as we have a TJC show - and on the 31st meeting a brand new UK based designer - Sari Jules. Let's see what February brings - oohhhh yeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhhhh. Talk Soon :)
Friday 11th of January at 10am marks a major celebration for The Liverpool Cruise Club as a new show, 'Holiday 2013' takes to the air LIVE on sky284 - The Holiday and Cruise Channel. It's an immense achievement after such a short time that the channel will be trialling this, the first of many live studio shows. Derek will be presenting the show with John Cooper, which will air in a regular weekend slot.
For more info, go to www.holidayandcruisechannel.co.uk/
Thanks for popping in again. Called this post January - at last because it's all been a bit of a blur lately. I'm just having a bit of a day off in Manchester to catch up with myself. I was thinking on a very quiet New Year's Eve of changing a few things - and, guess what - woke up on January 1st and forgot them all ha ha. I certainly want to travel some more this year if I can. I think it's a sign of age that I decided that 2012 went too quickly while I wasn't paying attention. So, as for resolutions - maybe just to stop a bit more often and breathe some air. Have you managed any changes so far this year? If you have, well done - and if you haven't, well there's always next year. I hope it's a cracker for you. Right, I'm going back to people-watching with a mint tea in Manchester. Have a great day :)
Hi Everyone - and a massive thanks for visiting my new website. I'd like to say it's my own handiwork - but long gone are the days where I know one end of a computer from the other. It has been great though starting to delve into my own archives to bring something new (well, something old) to this website. I'm going to add more sections as time goes by - but for now, I hope you enjoy your look around. I have lots of plans going forward in 2013 and this blog will be full of news as time goes by. Thanks so much for your support always - and I hope you all had an ace Christmas and New Year for 2013. Lots of Love, Derek