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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: 23rd September 2008

Well, it seems I've made the news again this morning!  
Just for the record, and in case any of you are wondering about the validity of the story that appeared in the press this morning, I did join the Kindred Spirits website.  Every week I get invitations to events in London and around the country, and whilst I have a lot of good friends most are couples, or live too far away, so there is often no one free to accompany me to functions.  My lovely son Jonathan often acts as my escort but he has his own life to lead and can't spend all his spare time accompanying his mother.  I now give talks on cruise ships and am able to take a relative or friend and Jonathan can't always take leave to be with me.   This week we're flying to Tenerife for the ITV2 Celebair programme - it's fun and as a mother I love to go out on his arm, but he has a life too, so when a friend suggested I look at  Kindred Spirits I thought it might be fun and  could widen  my circle of friends.  I'm not looking for anything serious, although over the years I've learnt never to say never, so watch this space.
It is certainly something I would never have considered until I looked at the site.  I was a little concerned about what such a site would be like, but it is steadfastly monitored, there are strict guidelines and one is protected throughout.  I'm getting braver with the internet.  I launched this, my own website last year and those of you that have been checking in regularly will know I've been 'blogging' on it each week.  Through the website I've got some lovely emails in from people that have seen me on TV over the years, and from former colleagues, it is an amazing way of keeping in touch with friends across the world.  And a lovely way to make new ones too.  
There's a television programme or book to be made out of this whole new phenomenon of Internet Dating.  On KS they have young people looking for soulmates as well as Widowed and Divorced folk.    And I was pleased to see a great number of older men on the site who are not looking for 'Arm Candy' but for a mature friend. I'm a single lady who doesn't go out to bars, pubs or clubs, and it is a very civilised way of meeting people with similar attitudes that I would never meet otherwise and all done in the comfort of my own home.
It's been great FUN too.   I've had some lovely Email conversations.  All the people appear to be professional people with interesting backgrounds.   As an interviewer, I've always been fascinated by people and love their company.   TV producers forget that I've done so much more than read the News, most of my career up till BBC News had been interviewing famous people as well as  'normal' people on Magazine Programmes like Pebble Mill, Cook Back in Time, The West in Trust - to mention a few.   One of the best thing that has happened to me since 'I'm A Celebrity' is that I get stopped in the street by people of all ages. Suddenly the serious unapproachable image, which I perhaps had when I read the News, seems to have disappeared.  I really like it when people say 'You are so down to earth and approachable'.
Up until the piece in the paper this morning nobody appeared to recognise me on the site.   I deliberately put up a casual photo of myself rather than a studio shot. After all, this is the off-duty me. The TV me is me at work.......and whilst it's lovely when they refer to me as one of Britain's best-known newsreaders, I haven't done the job for 21 years......and Channel 5 didn't  offer me the job, they wanted Selina !    That said 'never say never', if I were asked to Newsread again, I would probably accept gracefully.  However, since 'I'm A Celebrity' I've found I'm much braver than I ever was, and among other feats have been Husky Sledding, Wingwalking and flying with The Blades (exclusive footage is on the Daily Mail website).......but again regular visitors know all this...  so I'd rather do a programme on the lines of 'Jan Dare' where I get to stretch myself and other women and help them to find their hidden potential.  I don't mean that they've all got to Wingwalk.  I've discovered that a great many older women lose their confidence if they've stayed home to bring up children or simply lose confidence because they are older. You aren't dead till they nail the lid down and there's a lot you can do and enjoy in life.  I've still got many unfulfilled ambitions.   I'd love to do Strictly Come Dancing.
If this is your first visit to my website, do look through the archive of 'blogs' and catch up on happenings.  The visit to Ypres, Tyne Cot Cemetery and attending the last post at the Menen Gate is worth reading.  It was an incredibly moving experience as was the Battle of Britain Memorial Service and subsequent  sponsorship of Rene Mouchotte.

Now you've found me, I  hope you will come back and visit again.

Have had to put this up in a hurry but will be writing my regular weekly 'Newsletter' and will tell you about a lovely Gerard Depardieu Film I saw last week.


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