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Jan's Blog

Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 4th May 2020


There was a massive surge in the number of people who came to my Website this week - possibly because of my appearance on Pointless.  I can always tell when a programme of mine is repeated (although we are never informed) because the Website visits go up enormously

As I explained at the end of March, I tend not to write very many blogs any more because they are time consuming and as a chatty lady I like to write good English and make them into Essays.  Twitter only allows so many characters and I have to be brief.

I spent a half hour writing this blog only to discover it disappeared and didn't make it on to the Website - no idea why.  So this time I'm going to be more brief.

I use Twitter predominantly because it gives me a platform to help Animals and Animal Charities either by Retweeting or giving actual help.

One Charity which really caught my heart strings is a newish one called Miracle's Mission which is raising money to build and run the very first DISABLED ANIMAL CENTRE  in the country. The inmates will be nursed back to health and rehabilitated both physically and mentally.

They are currently holding an Auction on line to raise funds.  I've donated a few articles including my 1982 Eurovision Song Contest Scirpt, Programme and the Working Script with all the songs, words and biographies of all those taking part and photos too. The current bid has come from Germany for £210 (well they won in 1982).

There's also a plastic mug which Declan had decorated with 'FAN OF JAN' and which I managed to keep hold of after the I'm a Celebrity Get me out of Here programme finished.

I've also given several books by Battle of Britain pilot - Wing Commander Tom Neil.

I've attended the Battle of Britain Memorial Day from 2007 until this year when, sadly it has had to be cancelled.  At the first one in 2007 we had 25 Veterans - last year we had one and he, Paul Fearnes, has since died.

So if any of you love animals and feel that a Handicapped Dog should be given as much of a chance at life as a healthy one, perhaps you could either donate a few pounds or even make a bid on line.

So PLEASE Google Miracle's Mission and be Generous.

Stay safe

Bless you,


Jan xx


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Date: 4th May 2020

Hallo again

I've now got the full list of information with regard to the Charity MIRACLE'S MISSION

Website is: https://www.miraclesmission.org/

Facebook is: https://www.facebook.com/MiraclesMission/

Twitter: @mirimission

Instagram: @miraclesmission

People can donate through the donate button on the Facebook page or by PayPal to info@miraclesmission.org

Auction link is https://www.facebook.com/catherine.gamaleldin/media_set?set=a.10158282604436018&type=3 (sometimes the FB links don't work but I will pin it to the MM FB page too.

Just to wet your appetitie - this is how the Auction stands at the momet and there are still 12 days to go

Eurovision £210
Plate £160
Book - Gun Button to Fire £100
Book - The Silver Spitfire £60
Fan of Jan mug - £25

And I've also donated a signed copy of Princess Michael's book 'A Cheetah's Tale' - a fascinating story especially if, like me, you love Cheetahs.

Thank you for reading - and PLEASE think about a donation however small.  I know there are so many calls on our Piggy Banks at the moment with all Charities in a pickle.  But this one had only just got off the ground and raised enough money to start their Dream Hospital.

Till the next time - and sorry I'm not whizzing all over the place doing Interesting Television - but we are all in lockdown.

Stay safe,


Jan xx



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Date: 30th March 2020

Dear All

I've been very remiss for a long time now and haven't been writing Blogs like I used to do mainly because when I write I write essays and they are time consuming.  I've been favouring Twitter where I am limited to a certain amount of characters so have to be thrifty.  Also I get so worked up about certain subjects like the Chinese Bushmeat Markets - where this current Pandemic originated - that I don't know that I could trust myself not to give full vent to my feelings.

On Twitter - which I attend to daily, I post photos, comments, retweet items of interest, and share with a large community.  I've built up my followers from nothing to over 3,300 (not a lot by some standards but I've nothing current on TV which would increase the followship - if there is such a word)

Now that we are all 'incarcerated' and there's not much else to do, I can no longer use the excuse of not having time.  Although I've set myself two fairly heafty tasks - getting my autobiography up to date and possibly publishing it on line.  And I've always wanted to write the story of my Search for René Mouchotte which was made into a short BBC Documentary. He was a Free French WW2 Pilot whose name I sponsored on the Battle of Britain Memorial Wall - and then a 6 year search commenced.  The documentary was only 15 minutes - I could have filled an hour and so much detail was omitted - so I really do have enough material for a book - it's just collating all the information which is now currently covering my dining table - still as we cannot entertain it's being put to good use

The Documentary 'Searching for René' can be found on https://youtu.be/oVNwEZ8KriM - if you are interested.

And if you want to follow my doings - not so many of late - on Twitter it's @Jan_Leeming - If you haven't got a Twitter account it is easy to set one up.

Stay safe and stay indoors

God Bless

Jan xx


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Date: 20th January 2020

Hallo Everyone

I'm sorry I so rarely write a Blog these days but I tend to write essays and that takes time whereas I'm restricted to characters on Twitter and can have immediate reaction from my followers - over 3,500 - so I spend time on there.

So it's a bit cheeky but knowing that my Blog is read around the world - sounds grand but it's only a few here and there - I wonder if you might be interested in helping the Koalas, Roos and other wildlife decimated in the horrific Australian Bushfires.  

I was in 'I'm a Celebrity get me out of Here' in 2006. When we exited the Rainforest (it isn't a jungle??) they took most of our kit but left us with our Brasher Boots and Traditional AKUBRA Hats.  I decided to Auction mine, plus a signed photo of me coming out of the Camp (bubbly in hand) and, if you live near London, I'd travel to St. Pancras Station and meet in the Champagne bar to hand over the hat.  Akubras retail at around £150 and mine is sitting doing nothing.  I could post it within the UK.

On my last day in Australia the company allowed me to visit a Wildlife Sanctuary at Currumbin. I cannot get any news on whether it still exists or has been destroyed in the fires.  I would donate the money to Currumbin or else SAVEM Australia.

If you have a Twitter account mine is @Jan_Leeming and I'd be thrilled if you could make an offer either publicly or by Message - I've opened messages so that I can receive them even if you don't follow me.

So again apologies for the cheek in asking for help when I've virtually abandoned my Blogs but hope you will understand.

That Twitter account - @Jan_Leeming

Many thanks and I will try to write the odd blog but I'm currently not travelling to Fabulous places so there's not a great deal abut which to write.

Hope you all have a Happy and Healthy New Year.  The older I get the more I realise 'Your Health is your Wealth'

Jan xx


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Date: 13th May 2019

Dear All

Wonder if you can offer any advice. Today I received a package from Guangdong, China.  In it was a pair of Gucci Sunglasses - obviously fake.  

I have never ordered anything online from China.  Gucci Sunglasses are out of my price-range and anyway I have to have prescription lenses in sunglasses.

So I'm in receipt of these Glasses - and on the package the value was put at $15 - otherwise I might have had to pay Customs. Even more of an indication that they are Fake.

I definitely did not order them but what is worrying is how they got my address.  What is the point of sending goods unordered and unpaid for?

If anyone has any helpful information I'd be very grateful.  Just hope I'm not caught up in a scam somewhere along the line.

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Date: 8th May 2019

As you know I have a Twitter account.  Through it I met and became friendly with a lady who'd rescued a severely traumatised feral dog from Romania.  Through patience, love and kindness, he is now a gorgeous domestic animal and I met him.  We've remained in touch and she recently wrote to say how much she enjoyed "Reunion' the Radio 4 programme reuniting four of the firsr woman newsreaders.

Then a propos of nothing she gave me a link to my performance on the Russell Harty show in 1981.  I remember the year because I was pregnant with Jonathan - who will be 38 on 18th May!

Russell was a naughty boy - I wasn't keen to go on the show and sing but Russell assured me he would sing with me.  Needless to say he didn't.

My piece is 32 minutes in - hope you enjoy.


Best wishes,  Jan




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Date: 4th May 2019

A few weeks ago I did a Hospital Radio recording and a friend has now transferred it for me.  For some reason I couldn't open the sound recording so he has put it onto Vimeo and put photos on to the screen so one isn't staring at black whilst listening.

If you are interested it is about a half hour and this is the link 


What a change in the Bank Holiday weather.  We were sweltering over Easter and I had friends for lunch and we were able to sit out in my little garden which was bliss.  Today the weather is all over the place from Sunshine to grey skies and hail.  If you look at Twitter - @Jan_Leeming I've tweeted a short segment of Hail as it built up in my gutter.  I'd put away the winter duvet and my sweaters and turned off the central heating - all being yanked out of cupboards and heating back on.??

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BBC RADIO 4 - REUNION - Sunday 5th May 11.15am

Date: 3rd May 2019

To my faithful followers I again apologise for not posting Blogs - I seem to constantly apologise.  I'm spending far too much time on Twitter.  One of the reasons being that I am restricted to word count and that is good for me.  I love to write and when I regularly wrote Blogs - I ended up writing essays which was very time consuming.  There are so many issues about which I get 'hot under the collar' and I can give vent to my feelings more quickly on Twitter.

However I thought I'd publicise a BBC Radio 4 programme this Sunday in the Reunion Series.  This one reunites the first women newsreaders and features Julia Summerville, Angela Rippon, Sue Lawley and myself.  Anna Ford was due to come but pulled out at the last minute.  I'd not see any of the girls for decades.  The programme was well orchestrated by Producer Emily Williams and well chaired by Sue McGregor.  We recorded for 2 hours so much will disappear in the editing!.

If you are interested, I hope you will find the programme enjoyable.  And I promise I'll try to keep up with a few more Blogs but life hasn't been particularly exciting for a while so there's not really been a lot to share with you

But if you want to catch up with day to day activities - do sign in to Twitter and my account is @Jan_Leeming. 

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GREETINGS to my followers

Date: 30th January 2019

Dear All, 

Apologies for neglecting you for so long but I’ve been busy working on a project and I also find that Twitter is taking up more time than it should.

I tend to report goings on through Twitter because I have to keep my news to very limited characters. As I’m verbose and tend to write essays on my Website it takes much longer.

If you are interested in keeping up to date my Twitter account is @Jan_Leeming and I’ll be pleased to welcome you on board.

I’ve had no travel to report as, sadly, Just You didn’t renew my Ambassadorship this year. However I did have some great adventures with the company and am grateful for my 2 years with them. Needless to say I’ve not been doing that amount of travelling so haven’t got any shots of beautiful places to share with you.

My Project is something I thought about 10 years ago and simply couldn’t get any company in the UK to take it on board. Then through Twitter I became friends with an English man living in the States who ‘believed in me’. He’s put together a website and I’ve funded a promo which will probably be active by the end of the week and then dropped into the web. I’m afraid I’ve become very cynical in my old age and TV ideas are very easy to ‘crib’ (have had it done before and it’s very difficult to copyright an idea). Consequently the Website can only be opened with a password which I shall jealously guard??

However, if the idea is picked up and goes into production then I shall tell all. Please wish me luck - everyone to whom I’ve told the story can’t understand why the idea hasn’t been grabbed. Sadly everything has changed so much. In the old days of BBC1, BBC2 and ITV anyone could write to a Commissioning Editor with a suggestion - if the Editor thought it might work the proposal would be passed down to production and often the idea would be taken up and the programme made. Now, one cannot approach a Commissioning Editor - it has to be done through a Production Company of which there are legions and one simply doesn’t know who to approach. The more people you approach and tell about the idea the more chance you have of it being ‘stolen’.

It would be wonderful if the series gets made in the States - they actually fund series very well and pay ‘real money’. My prime aim is to see my idea come to fruition.

I had the same problem when I tried to have a documentary made about the Free French pilot #RenéMouchotte. I spent 6 years - on and off - researching and visiting France and Belgium where he was laid to rest after washing up on a beach at Westende near Middlekerke. He was repatriated and lies in his family tomb in #PèreLachaise Cemetery in Paris. It was in the tomb that I left a letter and was contacted by a member of his family and the rest, as they say, is history.

I sent the proposal to Yesterday who turned it down saying he wasn’t ‘famous’ enough. The History Channel said it was Military - it wasn’t - it was the story of a very courageous Man. BBC2 and BBC4 sat on it for months and then turned it down. Finally I met someone who knew the Commissioning Editor for BBC South East and I got a short documentary spot on the Regional Programme ‘Inside Out’. The inserts are usually only 6 to 7 minutes long but the Producer couldn’t get it below 15 minutes - the viewing figures that week doubled!!!!!! Then BBCSouth East ‘gave’ the programme to BBC South and BBC North. All in all about 1 million people saw it.

I’m so please that all my hard work paid off and René got some of the recognition he deserved but the story really needed at least a half hour. ‘Searching for René’ remains the piece of work of which I am most proud during my 50 years in Television. I researched, wrote and presented it.

If my new Project take off, I shall be over the moon. It will also prove that so many in the TV industry do not ‘think outside the box’.

See - once I get going at the keyboard, I write and write and write.??

Please do have a look on Twitter - @Jan_Leeming - there’s so much of interest on there.

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Date: 30th January 2019

There's another series of "Marigolds on Tour" and I was lucky enough to be asked to film in Argentina.

Just been told that the programme will go out on BBC 1 on Wednesday 20th February at 9.00 pm.

Once I'm given the go ahead I'll post some of the photos I took in Buenos Aires.  Also I might be able to tell you who were my travelling companions - mostly different from before and delightful to be with.

Hope you enjoy it - I certainly enjoyed getting a small glimpse of the Argentinian way of life.

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