Thursday, 28 January 2016

Crikey






Crikey. 5.30am and there's a big white van outside with ITV News all over it. What will the neighbours think !!!!!
Ha ha, having fun
XXX

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  1. Have you bought any tea bags yet!!!! Have a ball x

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  2. Are you enjoying the fame Ilona or getting fed up of all the attention and interruptions?

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    1. Hi. I like the tele bit and the radio interviews, but not keen on the newspaper articles because they all get something wrong.

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    2. I think they quite often do that on purpose Ilona!

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  3. Good morning Ileana I get up early too 5-5.30 every day got an 85 year old mother who doesn't know the meaning of a lie in means!to look after. I love reading your blog you're my kinda lady! Absolutely hate wasting anything xxx

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  4. I've the telly on and waiting for you to appear :) :) :) Love your blog Ilona

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  5. You were brilliant! Well done! I love the way your philosophy flies in the face of materialism/capitalism. One of the best things I've seen on TV this year! I hope more people get on board now, reading the blog, changing their lives.

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    1. Hi Jayne. Thanks. We went in the van and replayed it half an hour after it was broadcast. Everyone thought it was brilliant.

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    2. Well you could argue that it only works because of other people's wasteful materialism. If there were no waste then there would be nothing to recycle, have yellow stickers put on them, no freecycle, nothing left on pavements or in skips etc. So maybe some appreciation is due to the greedy excesses of the world's inhabitants without whom everything would be full price and with no freebies.

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  6. Just seen you - Great stuff! Enjoy the rest of the morning. Sarah.

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  7. Hi Ilona, just seen the reporter scoffing your breakfast -and loving it! Hope the whole crew doesn't take a fancy to sprout stew for breakfast. It was lovely to see your art I love the bit of car and the boat underneath, also I bet Felix pouch sales soar after seeing your bags. They should pay you for advertising their product. Enjoy your day, good to see you. Elaine

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  8. Yes I'm one of those educators who lives 'the life of riley' starting work at 9am lol. I am up at 5.30 every morning as although we don't get paid until 8.30am, tell that to the children with 'less than adequate home lives' who arrive at school at 7.15 because they feel safer, it's warm and they can get free breakfast.

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    1. You are the unsung heroes in my eyes. A teacher can make such an impact on a child's life, whether it be through the teaching they do or the safe adult presence they provide. Thank you xx

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    2. Aw Sue, thanks that's lovely! X

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  9. I recognised you from blogland before they even said your name!

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  10. Went to my Morrisons early this morning and they had hardly any yellow label stuff �� so dissapointed! Wanted to make veggi stew!

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    1. Hi. Morning is not the best time to go. there won't be much and it will not have a big discount. Later in the day is best. The later you leave it the bigger the discount. Try different times.

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    2. Thank you Ilona I might try and go later today. I think you're a real cool lady xx

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  11. You were fantastic! You are going to be a star......

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  12. Not seen any of your telly interviews yet, just a thought but perhaps you could start joining Martin Lewis from money saving expert on his weekly spot on Good Morning Britain as a guest presenter? :-) Jo x

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  13. Hope I get to see you on the telly at some point, I seem to keep missing it. Debbie

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  14. That was great, Ilona - I have just watched in on the itv website. Thought it was much more positive than the newspapers, and it was lovely to see your creativity and art work getting such a feature! Well done x

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  15. Just watched the piece you did for Good Morning Britain and I loved it. You should have your own show. Enjoy the rest of your day.

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  16. Just watched it, you are so inspirational x

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  17. Mum phoned to let me know you were on, unfortunately I was out with the dogs, I'll find it online later.

    You seem to be coping with this full on week of fame very well :-)

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  18. Great interview Ilona. You came across really well and hopefully this will dispel all the stuff the newspapers misrepresented. I loved seeing your artwork and especially liked the curtains. I think you have a lovely, creative and characterful home based on thrift and innovation. Kristel.

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  19. I hope we can see links online of all your interviews, as I too am in Canada and can't watch it otherwise.

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  20. Here is a link to Good Morning Britain: http://www.itv.com/goodmorningbritain/britains-thriftiest-pensioner You need a British postal code to watch it though.

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    1. Thanks Gill, that is very useful. I think you may have to wait until they come on Yoootooob.

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    2. Thanks for this link - I can never seem to find them when I look for them :)

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  21. Just watched you Ilona-how calm you were during the interview. It's a pity people can't understand the difference between thrifty and mean. For me, meaness is about a lack of empathy for others but thrifty is just plain common sense. I always read your blog each day and you always inform/entertain or just plain make me smile! Catriona

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    1. Catriona , you hit the nail on the head with the difference twixt mean and thrifty! JanF

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  22. Hi Ilona, Wish I could see the show over here in the US! I'm sure (according to everyone) that you were brilliant! Congrats! Kearnygirl xxoo

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  23. Reading from across the pond - well done you are the famous neighbour.

    I haven't heard anyone say "Crikey" for such a long day (means element of surprise) made me miss home.

    Love the comment from someone who said the crew liked your breakfast - what a kind person you are.

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  24. Will you send a link to your interviews for those of us in the U.S.?

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    1. Plus 1 for that suggestion. I tried various ways to see the ITV broadcast but it won't let us US folks in...at least not that I could figure out. I was offered a chance to buy an iPad ITV app, but declined ;). So if you have a you tube video version, that would be grand.

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    2. Sorry, but I don't have a yoootooob version, someone else might put them on. I don't know how to do it. I can only put my own videos on.

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  25. I managed to see it! You were great, the presenter seemed very nice and liked your sprout stew! Glad you got to show some of your artwork and recycling projects. Debbie

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  26. Ilona, you were brilliant. I am chuffed to bits that you are spreading the word worldwide. I bet it makes a heck of a lot of people sit up and take notice. Iaspire to be much more like you. x

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  27. I'd like a non residential address, so I can send you some tea bags!! ie no street address for privacy. I hope the tv studios give you some supermarket food vouchers-gift vouchers/tea boxes for all this! Make it a long used by date on the products, so it lasts all retirement! So, address please Ilona. Not residential of course.

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    1. Hello Anon. Thank you for your kind offer, but I have no use for tea bags. Please give them to someone who might need them. I have a large box of PG Tips left by a journalist and I'm about to give them away to my friend.

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  28. Just watched your clip on Good Morning Britain, which is not a programme I normally see. You were fab and excellent Ilona. Well done. Just your normal, happy, straightforward self, which the interviewers seemed to be quite thrown by. They should put more folk like yourself on the TV for everyone to see, instead of people who are doing it all for the impression they are going to make instead of just telling it like it is as you do. Let us know when the offers start rolling in! Good on you; a fabulous appearance from a fabulous lady. Ann x

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  29. Why not put the tv bits on yootoob so we can watch them from o/s.

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    1. Oh yes , please. I am jealous of those who can view it in the U.K. JanF

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    2. They are not my videos so I don't know how to do it. Maybe someone else will do it.

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  30. Men in the kitchen, news vans outside, good god you will be fodder for the gossips for months to come :)

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  31. I am sure, you know this, Ilona but you have a lot of people who wish you the very best. Your tips, hints and suggestions are great. I think you would be a great person to have as a friend. You are one of the most balanced people around, very grounded. I feel very privileged that you share so much with us. I love your shed. Thank you.xx

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  32. I followed the link given in an earlier comment and watched the interview. I too thought it was great and the interviewer really liked your stew. I thought your patchwork curtains were really pretty and I love the the bags with the cats, useful and pretty and a good use of recycling. I am meeting up with my retired friend (living on her pension) tomorrow and shall be introducing her to your blog.

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  33. Watched you this morning and we thought you were great. Couldn't get over the stupid comment by Kate Garraway at the end about bags made from cat food would smell. How can anyone be so stupid as to think you wouldn't thoroughly scrub the pkts out!
    I keep on visiting your blog to see what else you are doing and reading the comments.
    Wendy (Wales)

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  34. Ilona. I just watched the tv clip from Gill's link. I loved that artwork you had in your hallway and that part of it was from one of your cars :) Also I am a big sprout fan and I'm not bothered if I have to eat a meal 3 days on the trot, as long as it is tasty. You looked quite relaxed on the programme - shows you are getting used to working in front of the camera - hopefully it won't be too long before you are behind your camera again, sharing photo's of your daily life :)

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