Err where did 2009 go?

I can’t believe that it’s already holiday time and another 12 months has slipped by. For me it has been a year of extremes; I have experienced great loss and also tremendous joy in the summer as I wed my feller, surrounded by my wonderful family. I now have a new dimension to my life which I am very grateful for.

In terms of work it has, as ever, been hectic. The Gadget Show continues to go from strength to strength and our first adventure with a live performance worked very well at the NEC in Birmingham back in April: in fact we will be extending the run next year to 4 days from April 8th – 11th, it’s a lot of fun. We have already filmed some of series 13 and it looks as though it will be a cracker, I also feel as though I am back to full strength and able to cope with more rugged challenges…look out boys! So far we have embarked upon a crazy desert challenge and directed pop videos, it all airs in February.

MotoGP was a full on calendar with Valentino reaping the rewards. I was thrilled that our BBC interview with him made world headlines (not the UK though with their apathy for bike sport!) He was very forthright about his views on team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha and a future at Ducati. It sets a good stage for the 2010 battle. At this time I am uncertain of my position regarding coverage for next year, there is much to be discussed.

Biker Blast OffMy ipod application Biker Blastoff reached number 1, twice, in the itunes charts, so thank-you if you downloaded and tapped, rubbed and shook me to the top spot! It also passed 2 million downloads worldwide which is incredible and I would like to pass on my deepest thanks to Mediatonic, the game designers and the gang in the office who were all instrumental in its great success, cheers guys, who’d have thought it! Also it made my cat Gingi famous!

I continued with my writing; the MotoGP column in the Daily Telegraphs Motoring Section, the BBC Bike review magazine and also a guest spot in T3 Magazine, which I very much enjoyed doing. I met the gang at the T3 awards where I presented the Drop Dead Gadget Award to Apple for their MacBookPro, it was quite a night!

I will be enjoying a rest over the Christmas period and then in January I am off to South Africa for a 3 week honeymoon, can’t wait; I have been planning it for months!

Next year the website will change somewhat. It will still be a port of contact, there will still be photo’s but it’s going on a diet and will be streamlined somewhat! You can still follow me on twitter @suziperry and also I hope to create a blog, so all my info will remain current.

On the 4th December, I took part in a Panto at the Promise Dreams Dinner at Walsall Town Hall.  As always the charity was very well supported and everyone seemed to have a good time.  My fellow cast members included Steve Bull and Don Goodman, Jenny Jones and Jenny Wilkes from Radio WM and we were absolutely delighted to welcome the wonderful Jaki Graham who not only took part in the panto but performed 3 numbers for us including ‘Set me Free’  to a fantastic response from the audience.  She’s an amazing lady and I was so pleased to have had the opportunity to meet her.

Number Ones!

Biker Blast OffAs part of a Gadget Show Challenge Jason and I had to design an application for the iphone and ipod touch. Jase made social beacon and I made a game called Biker Blast-off. It was a lot of fun designing the idea and working with a company called Mediatonic who helped me to get my app up and running.
We decided on a bike stunt game and I even managed to get my cat Ginge put into the crowd! We unleashed the apps onto the market and 4 days later Biker Blast-off made the number one spot! It was the closest I’ll ever get to being Top Of The Pops and it was a complete surprise. I had previously thought that a top 100 spot would be creditable so I was over the moon, still am! Then i discovered that it was jumping up the American chart and into the top 10. So, thank-you to anyone who downloaded and played it, I hope you enjoyed the rubbing and tapping experience!
As an aside, apparently according to my twitter colleagues I was also voted as the Number One Dream Pillion Passenger! Personally if my husband was busy I’d go for Patrick Dempsey!

Honoured!

So honoured!Wolverhampton University and the department of Applied Science presented me with an Honorary Fellowship. It had extra meaning for me as I didn’t finish my BA in Business and Finance way back when, because I chose to go and work in Japan. I intended to complete the degree when I returned, however my career took off and I never found the time to complete the mission! So the honour bestowed upon me by my home Uni completes the circle. It was a wonderful evening and finally my parents got to see me in a cap and gown!

Thankyou Wolverhampton.

Running for Dreams

Our 4th Run for Dreams took place on Sunday morning and guess what – the rain didn’t happen until the latter stages which was really good.  The numbers this year were slightly down on last year but we are aware that we have so much competition now in the fun run category so for next year, we are looking at marketing our run differently and bringing in some new ideas. Our first planning meeting for 2010 will be in a couple of weeks.
What was very apparent however, was the amazing atmosphere yet again. It’s brilliant to see that even with a small amount of people, the goodwill and love is there in abundance.  This year we were delighted to welcome the beautiful Beverley Knight.  She was working in London the night before but still drove to Wolverhampton to support Promise Dreams.  She was bright eyed and raring to go at 8.15 on Sunday morning in spite of not getting home until 2.30 am.  Beverley stayed on after the run had finished to have photographs taken with lots of those that had taken part.
Over a dozen of our lovely Gadget Show crew turned up bright and early too which was fantastic and then of course we also had many ‘tweeters’ turn up from all parts of the UK.  One group, who called themselves the Dreamtwits took park and Beverley’s mum baked a beautiful rum soaked fruit cake for them.  Both Beverley and I are avid tweeters and we were both delighted to see so many of them come to run for Promise Dreams. A very big thank you  to my Gadget Show friends, to the ‘tweeters’, to Tress and Trevor from Somerset, Ian from Solihull and to absolutely everybody who came and supported us again this year. Thank you also to Steve Dale who came down from Lancashire to take loads of photos for the websites.
I want to thank my mate Owen for setting up a Just Giving page which he ran on his official fan website and then let us put it on our site too.  We had an original target of £500 but this has now realised more than double the amount and thank you so much to everybody who contributed to Run for Dreams through the Just Giving page.  Thank you to all of you that sent in cheques in support of the run as well. You’re all very kind and it’s really appreciated – thank you.
There are some amazing people out there and on behalf of Steve, Don and Bev and Amy and the girls at Promise Dreams let me thank you one and all for being there. A very special thank you to Beverley Knight – it was great to have you with us.
All we need now is for everyone that did the run, to get their personal sponsorship monies in to Promise Dreams as soon as possible so that the girls can turn the cash into some more wonderful dreams for the many youngsters that the Charity is all about.

Tying the knot!

On August 6th I tied the knot to my Dutch boyfriend of 3 years Bastien. We flew to Sin City and had a blast! We whisked our families and a few friends off to stay at the Bellagio hotel with a view to have the best week ever and we did. We got hitched at the Gracelands Chapel which I will admit to having reservations about. On the one hand I am a huge Elvis fan and I believe that when in Vegas.. .but I wanted the tackiness to be, well, limited. It was and the Elvis impersonator was not only jaw droppingly gorgeous but had a fabulous voice and had us all dancing and singing our hearts out! We wanted the day to be pure fun for everyone, so we embraced the stretch hummers, Elvis shades and endless supply of champers and made our way to the Paris hotel to have dinner in the Eiffel Tower which overlooks the gorgeous Bellagio fountains. After getting stuck in the lift for several minutes we made it and it was perfect.

If you want to check out some of the pix from the wedding, go to www.wattswhere.co.uk
The following day, at sunset, we chartered 2 helicopters to fly into the Grand Canyon. It is possibly one of the most awe inspiring experiences out there. We took the wedding cake with us and I am sure it tasted so good because of the surroundings! Tom Jones was up next at the MGM Grand, Tony Curtis was enjoying his fabulous show on the next table and as I boogied away, surrounded by my favourite people I realised that life couldn’t get any better, it was a week to savour, the best week ever!

Royal Ascot 2009

I was at Royal Ascot all week covering the fashion for the BBC with the lovely James Sherwood, the oracle on threads. It has been a few years since we worked together so I was really thrilled to be back on the box with him. I wore outfits by Jasper Conran, Bruce Oldfield and Ralph Lauren. My gorgeous hats were provided by Philip Treacy, Emily-London and Inga Roubi. I was very lucky and am extremely grateful to all of them for helping me out at such short notice.

James and I had an enormous amount of fun together and I lost a lot of money on the gee gee’s! Frankie lost me a packet! So if you ever see me never take a tip from me: I am hopeless.

Gadget Show Series 12

Our filming is well underway for series 12. The boys and I have been head to head in various challenges and I have a feeling that this series will be our best yet. It is now 5’s flagship programme and we are all very proud of that, we get to do some incredible things and handle some amazing tech. I can’t give anything away about the challenges but have posted a few pics of some of the filming. Up till now I have been a London courier, raced a Range Rover against banger cars but from a hut, ridden electric bikes, driven electric cars, discovered our top 5 50cc scooters, sports watches, been down the longest zip-wire in the country and even took part in another treasure hunt with the lovely Anneka Rice ! And that’s just 4 shows!

Oh and there was a F1 experience thrown in for good measure! This will be a long-running series with 21 episodes and will run until Christmas, the fun starts on August 3rd. The line up is the regulars, Jase, John, Ortis and myself.

Catalan Grand Prix 2009

Despite knowing beforehand that it would be a close run contest between the Yamahas, no-one could have dreamed that it would end up being such a spectacular showdown. The last 3 laps beggered belief; I think it was the best race that I have ever seen. If you haven’t seen it you should you-tube it because it is one of the most incredible moments of sport that you will ever see, even if you don’t think you like motor-sport, you will be hooked! Both Jorge and Vale were simply astonishing and ultimately Rossi proved there was life in the old goat yet! I wrote my Daily Telegraph column on the encounter if you want to read more. It was sweltering off the track and hot stuff on.

Thank you from me!

During the past few months your support has been amazing and I have been constantly overwhelmed by the kind comments and well wishes from everyone.  I feel as though I am now in a good place both mentally and physically so would like to move on and put the entire event behind me.  Every message has helped me to become stronger and well again so from my heart to yours, thank you. Xxx

Gadget Show Live

I am very busy filming Gadget Show items for the new series. Initially I returned to work for Gadget Show Live and I can only describe the whole event as a phenomenal success. It took place at the NEC in Birmingham over 3 days and we were all totally shocked by the sell out figures and wonderful atmosphere. All four presenters appeared in the Sony Super-theatre to host 3 x 1 hour shows a day, which was a baptism of fire for me having been out of it for 10 weeks! However, adrenalin is a wonderful thing and I got through them all until the final show where I almost collapsed!

We are just coming to the end of series 11, most of which I missed through illness, but series 12 will be a long run of at least 20 shows, I just hope I am fit enough!