Robbie Savage’s mum Val explains perfectly the arguments we all have with Alexa – Val Savage

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I’ve fallen out with Alexa. We’re not talking.

Since she moved in with me I’ve requested her only one query and he or she couldn’t reply it.

She’d been enjoying my 50s and 60s music all morning and I fancied a tin of soup. However after having Heinz hen or tomato soup so typically I fancied a change for this week’s buying listing.

So I mentioned: “Alexa, are you able to inform me all of the kinds of Heinz soup?”

She was so baffled she was quiet for a second, then mentioned: “I don’t know that one”. I believe she thought I used to be asking her for a music. Alexa is both thick, obstinate or simply messing with me. I didn’t know whether or not to show her off on the wall or throw her out the window.

Already irritated, my temper worsened after I realised my legs have been too sore to stroll up the stool ladder steps to rummage across the high cabinet in my kitchen the place I preserve my tins.

Heinz is a staple in Val’s cabinet

I believed I’d pull one down with the hooked finish of my strolling stick. And since I used to be all the time good at rounders I used to be assured I’d catch it.

I didn’t. The tin bounced off my nostril which now sports activities a black bruise.

Ultimately I referred to as my granddaughter Caitln who appeared up Heinz soup varieties on her iPad. I’ve added carrot and coriander to my listing, and it should be Heinz.

There’s one thing in regards to the model I actually belief. I’ve tried others however all the time return to them.

I’ve 12 tins of their Baked Beans within the cabinet and am consuming my approach by them greater than ever since Dr Chris Steele mentioned on TV they’ve nutritional vitamins to guard us from Covid.

After all there are negative effects.

My mum all the time used to say: “Let your wind go free wherever you might be. In church or chapel, let it rattle’.

She mentioned it’s best to by no means maintain your wind or it’ll offer you ache. It’s a superb job I reside by myself.

I’ve heard Alexa performs breaking wind noises should you ask her to. She may know loads about wind however she is aware of nothing about soup.

Dropping chains, it retains us collectively

An empty Liverpool waterfront

Lockdown has pressured us to seek out issues inside ourselves we by no means knew we had. And to understand issues we’ve got on our doorsteps.

This week I opened the kitchen door to let some contemporary air in, and stood for some time admiring the frost on the leaves and timber. I’ve by no means appreciated it earlier than.

The world is altering however there are issues we will embrace.

Once I was rising up, everybody shopped domestically. My mum had a crimson guide of all of the neighbours’ buying and, as the one younger lady amongst boys and older individuals within the village, I did all their searching for them on daily basis. Mum settled up with the baker, butcher, dairy farmer and ironmongery shop on the finish of every week.

After we first went to Sainsbury’s, we thought it was wonderful to have every little thing below the identical roof. However such comfort led to the closure of so many native household companies which was unhappy.

Now we see massive companies like Debenhams fold, and that’s an enormous disgrace for consumers like me who preferred the shop and naturally for 1000’s of staff who’ve misplaced their jobs.

We all the time need to search for positives. And possibly dropping massive chain shops will imply profitable again smaller impartial retailers in our cities and villages and a return to private service.

Rash footballers

Marcus Rashford is a shining instance

Some footballers I’d wish to have a phrase with embrace all those that broke restrictions and threw New 12 months events.

There’s no level in fining them. What’s £10,000 to somebody who earns £250,000 per week?

As a substitute, they need to give a bit of their wages to Marcus Rashford to assist his marketing campaign to feed kids. And for no less than a month the footballers must put on luminous vests as an alternative of designer gear whereas emptying bins, selecting up litter and cleansing graffiti. They’re meant to be function fashions.

Is there nobody of their lives they love and really feel the necessity to shield from this virus? Can’t they see medical workers are exhausted however combating to maintain us alive?

In the mean time nobody wants a celebration. If they’ve their well being, that’s all anybody wants, particularly in the mean time.

Princess Diana is such a tragic story

Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor as Princess Diana and Prince Charles

The Crown has handed me by as a result of I don’t have Netflix and wouldn’t know find out how to use it. However I heard that the brand new sequence covers the Diana years.

What a gorgeous woman with a tragic story. I do know she was younger, naive and below immense strain when she married. However Prince Charles was in love with Camilla from day one and that massive marriage ceremony ought to by no means have occurred.

Although I used to be fully in love with my late husband Colin, if I’d came upon he was in love with one other girl I’d have mentioned: “On yer bike.”

Trump protester is just not my Rob!

Mates informed Val this protester resembled Robbie

I don’t like to talk ailing of anybody however have mentioned earlier than that Donald Trump is a doughnut.

And after seeing the disgraceful violence in Washington DC, mates mentioned they did a double take of this protester, considering it was our Robert.

I can verify that he might have had an enormous stack of yellow playing cards in his time, however he’d by no means do something like this or he’d have me to reply to.

Robbie Savage


Thanks to everybody who has written to me, and I want I may write again to you all.

To Sue, who signed her card, ‘Your Tena Girl good friend’, I attempted one in all your chocolate thins and thought, ‘Oh, right here goes’.

Earlier than I knew it, the lot was gone. I felt like Peppa Pig afterwards and may begin grunting shortly. I’ve by no means had these candies earlier than however they have been so scrumptious I’ve added them to my buying listing.

And to Marion from Kendal, I used to be so moved by your lovely handmade angel I cried.

To Joyce, from Hull, I used to be so touched that you just wrote to me regardless of the ache in your fingers I wish to ship you a covid-free hug.

Should you’d wish to contact Val, e mail or write to Val Savage, PO Field 7290, E14 5DD.

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