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Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.

 

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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.

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS and CALYPSO CRUISE

Date: 19th December 2008

I apologize for there not being any up to date info. recently - I seem to have been chasing my own tail. I'm now in a flat spin trying to pack and get everything ready for a Calypso Cruise.  I'm actually working and giving several talks whilst we wend our way across the Atlantic on the Aurora.  Please pray... Read more...


CHEETAHS on the N.2, Capetown -and sensationalist journalism

Date: 5th December 2008

Let me state that I am not a journalist.  I have worked as a reporter, have been an interviewer for most of my working life but I am not, categorically am not a journalist.  Sadly I have scant respect for most of them.  With few exceptions they are all after 'The story' and the facts can go by the... Read more...


I'M A CELEBRITY ....... ITV 2

Date: 25th November 2008

I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here ........ Again this year, I was invited as a guest on the ITV 2 Programme, hosted by Mark Durdan Smith, which links up with the 'Jungle' in Australia.  I nearly arrived 12 hours early!!  Having travelled for 11 hours on Thursday and got to bed at 1.00 am on Friday, I... Read more...


QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 - FINAL VOYAGE

Date: 22nd November 2008

QE2 LAST VOYAGE - Southampton to Dubai It was a privilege to be invited to join the QE2 on her last voyage. Jonathan and I flew to Rome where we joined the ship at the port of Civitavecchia.  We'd been assigned a 'Stateroom' which equates to a rather luxurious Hotel room and were looked after by a delightful... Read more...


AMBASSADOR FOR HELP THE AGED

Date: 14th November 2008

HELP THE AGED I was asked to be their Ambassador to launch the 'Winter Warmth Campaign' Had to be in London very early on Monday and did back to back interviews all morning with Radio Stations up and down the country and one TV appearance on The Politics Show - which had me quaking in my boots. The poverty... Read more...


THE ROYAL VARIETY SHOW - 1982

Date: 8th November 2008

THE ROYAL VARIETY SHOW - 1982 Last year I purchased a machine so that I could transfer old Videotapes of my work onto DVD.  As a technophobe, I couldn't work the wretched thing.  Last week my computer totally froze and I had to ask my friend Paul for help.  As we were re-booting stuff and had time on... Read more...


OXFORD PLAYHOUSE - 70th ANNIVERSARY

Date: 1st November 2008

OXFORD PLAYHOUSE 70th ANNIVERSARY Great fun.  I simply couldn't believe it was 40 years since I'd trod the boards at the Oxford Playhouse. The evening was very enjoyable - some acts far better than others -  but the star of the show was Giles Brandreth.  I met him years ago and interviewed him a few... Read more...


THE IDEAL HUSBAND

Date: 25th October 2008

Went to see this production at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley.  It was most enjoyable despite the fact that they had lighting problems and the whole play had to be staged with the lights in a single mode.  The performance was thoroughly enjoyable, despite this, probably because the Cast were so... Read more...


OXFORD PLAYHOUSE - 70th ANNIVERSARY

Date: 19th October 2008

OXFORD PLAYHOUSE Life is a trifle quiet at the moment but I've just received a lovely invitation to the 70th Anniversary Celebrations of the Oxford Playhouse at which there will be many well known faces. If you've been reading this website and looked at my CV, you will notice that I earned a living in professional... Read more...


QE2 LAST VOYAGE

Date: 10th October 2008

QE2 LAST  CONTACT _Con-41D11E3AB6 \c \s \l VOYAGE Everyone has ups and downs in life and mine has been a roller coaster lately.  Well it's on an up at the moment.  After all the unwanted publicity, and judgemental comments from people who don't know me, over my Internet Dating attempt, something... Read more...


OMAR SHARIF

Date: 7th October 2008

OMAR SHARIF Well!  Who would have thought it?  I interviewed Omar Sharif on a BBC Magazine Programme called Pebble Mill back in the late 70's.  There I was, with two friends, having lunch in the delightfully scenic Port of Collioure - not far from Perpignan - and saw some film trucks.  They were... Read more...


STEVIE WONDER

Date: 1st October 2008

STEVIE WONDER Must be brief but will fill in more when I'm back from Barcelona. Stevie spent more than an hour playing, what to me were nondescript numbers, before he got to the ones which made him famous and it wasn't until the end that we were treated to Superstition and the like.  I was rather... Read more...


PAUL NEWMAN

Date: 29th September 2008

I feel like going into Mourning.  Paul Newman was my all time favourite Film Star and now he's gone at the relatively youngish age of 83.  Well that seems young to me when my father is still alive at 93 and with all his faculties except his sight.  Paul Newman ticked all the boxes - was a fine actor,... Read more...


AUTUMN, DEPARDIEU and other subjects

Date: 27th September 2008

AUTUMN - Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Although Monday was the official commencement of Autumn, I knew it was Autumn this morning when some of my window panes had misted up on the inside. I always rather like Autumn preferably after a good summer.  But I don't think I can remember a worse summer... Read more...


INTERNET DATING

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,... Read more...


RUBY BLUE

Date: 16th September 2008

RUBY BLUE Friends of mine have brought a touch of culture to Deal and have set up a Stage and Screen Club called 'Interludes'. They opened their season with a delightful film entitled 'Ruby Blue' which starred  Bob Hoskins and Josiane Balasco.  Josiane is a French Actress of high renown and very much in... Read more...


FLY WITH THE STARS - THE DUCHESS

Date: 8th September 2008

FLY WITH THE STARS A Tribute to the Few My son Jonathan and I went to the Palladium on Sunday night to see 'Fly with the Stars'.  It was a Charity Gala Performance in aid of The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust in the presence of Prince Michael of Kent. The show was superb - rather like a scaled down Royal... Read more...


CARMEN - LBC LONDON - ALAN TITCHMARSH SHOW - ITV

Date: 3rd September 2008

On Saturday went with friends to see a production of Carmen in a marquee in the grounds of Leeds Castle.  The parking and disabled facilities were woefully inadequate and though we got my friend to the Marquee via the Landtrain, there were no such niceties after the show and she had to walk until we finally... Read more...


ROME

Date: 27th August 2008

ROME The long weekend in Rome was superb.  Having never been there before, the sights exceeded my expectations - and that's always so much better than the other way around.  I remember how far short of expectations fell Venice when I visited some 10 years ago.  It might have been the weather - wet... Read more...


THE BLADES

Date: 22nd August 2008

THE BLADES Like everyone else, I've had my fair share of ups and downs in life but I do count myself very fortunate to have been offered experiences which aren't offered to everyone, purely because of my work in television. On Friday last week, as part of the Press Day to publicize the Shoreham... Read more...


CHRISTIAN THE LION

Date: 13th August 2008

CHRISTIAN THE LION A while ago I was sent an email attachment by a friend who knows of my love for animals and in particular 'Cats'.  When I watched the video on You tube, I couldn't believe that it was the same John Rendall that I know who, with a friend, had bought in Harrods a Lion Cub which eventually... Read more...


BRUGES and IEPER (YPRES)

Date: 6th August 2008

BRUGES and YPRES Went with friends for a few days to Bruges.  What a beautiful city it is - wonderful architecture at every turn, canals, lace and chocolates!!!  I think Belgium is regarded as being the home of the best Chocolate in Europe.  I'm not a great chocolate lover but cannot resist... Read more...


THE WIZARD OF OZ ETC.

Date: 30th July 2008

The Wizard of Oz was most enjoyable and they made the transition, from that well known and much loved story on film, to a very acceptable stage version. There wasn't a single weak link in so far as the acting was concerned - they were all excellent and some of the choreography was stunning - the March of the... Read more...


FARNBOROUGH - RED ARROWS - BLADES

Date: 26th July 2008

FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW  I love Aerobatic display flying and if you want to see  little planes doing all sorts of 'Magic' in the air, then you don't go to Farnborough. Farnborough is much more of a Trade Show with Big Boys Toys but the show is big enough to have some aerobatics from accomplished pilots in... Read more...


WANT TO HEAR A CHEETAH PURR!!!!!

Date: 17th July 2008

AT LAST. Thanks once again to the genii at SAV, you can now hear a Cheetah purr and get the Ahhh! factor from seeing some adorable 2 month old Cheetah cubs.  Just click onto the Gallery. I'll tell you more about Cheetah Outreach and Oudtshoorn but at the moment I've got to get ready to go to the Farnborough Air... Read more...


ORCHID ARTICLE - RENE MOUCHOTTE DIARIES

Date: 16th July 2008

 ORCHID ARTICLE                       Jonathan and I subjected ourselves to an Interview about his Testicular Cancer in order to publicize Orchid and it is to be published in The Mail on Sunday this coming weekend - 20th July.  I wouldn't... Read more...


CHEETAH VIDEOS - ORCHID - RENE MOUCHOTTE

Date: 10th July 2008

Good news.  The incredibly brilliant young man, who constructed my website, is going to enter some Cheetah and Cheetah cub Video clips taken in South Africa.  So they should be on the Website within the next week. More Good News.  The Orchid Web Site hits shot up on Tuesday and Wednesday after Cash... Read more...


CASH IN THE ATTIC - If you missed it - chance to catch up

Date: 9th July 2008

CASH IN THE ATTTIC - ANOTHER CHANCE TO SEE OR SEE AGAIN My son pointed out that if you missed CASH IN THE CELEBRITY ATTIC which was broadcast on Tuesday 8th at 5.15pm on BBC 2, there is a BBC Website on which you can view programmes for up to 7 days after the event. As the transmission time would not have been... Read more...


BATTLE OF BRITAIN MEMORIAL SERVICE - RENE MOUCHOTTE

Date: 6th July 2008

BATTLE OF BRITAIN MEMORIAL SERVICE. This was the 68th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain ( and 2008 marks the 90th Anniversary of the founding of the RAF)  The Ceremony takes place at Capel Le Ferne  about halfway between Folkestone and Dover. This is the area over which much of the Battle of Britian was... Read more...


CASH IN THE ATTIC and BATTLE OF BRITAIN MEMORIAL DAY

Date: 4th July 2008

CASH IN THE ATTIC TRANSMISSION And BATTLE OF BRITAIN MEMORIAL DAY            Finally got a transmission date for my edition of Celebrity Cash in the Attic.  It's now going out on Tuesday, 8th July at 5.15 pm on BBC 2.  I've no idea how it will look -... Read more...


GRANGE PARK OPERA

Date: 30th June 2008

GRANGE PARK and  DVORAK'S RUSALKA My friend Doreen and I were invited again to visit Grange Park and the Opera on this occasion was Dvorak's Rusalka. As I think you may have gathered, I am no Opera aficionado but am enjoying the experiences afforded over the last month to attend the Operas in Hampshire. This... Read more...


BITS AND PIECES

Date: 21st June 2008

Would you believe it's the longest day! It's been overcast and miserable all day and despite this being the longest day, I suspect that it will be dark around 9.30.  Flaming June indeed - it has been a Flaming June with very little good weather to speak of. I'm going off on my travels for just over a week so... Read more...


ADULT EDUCATION AND SILVERSMITHING

Date: 14th June 2008

I've been to many Adult Education classes over the years.  When I lived in Bristol I took A Level Literature at Evening Class - in Penn I went to Art Classes and when I moved down to Kent I took up Jewellery and Silversmithing.  I've had some memorable times making beautiful artefacts under the tutelage of... Read more...


GRANGE PARK OPERA

Date: 8th June 2008

Have just had another unsuccessful attempt to load up some pictures for you in the Gallery.  I have a whole host of them but it would appear that I can only put them in one at a time and they appear to be taking ages. Hey Ho.  I've just left a message for help but meanwhile I'll fill you in on the superb... Read more...


OPERA AT THE GRANGE - HAMPSHIRE

Date: 5th June 2008

OPERA AT THE GRANGE - HAMPSHIRE. Hi there, This is just, for me, a short note, to let you  know that I'll be filling you in about our wonderful weekend at The Grange in Hampshire. I promised I'd see to getting up to date photos on the Gallery and I really will try - I' m longing to show you some of the... Read more...


ESSENTIAL NORWAY - OCEANA CRUISE 18th - 25th MAY 2008

Date: 26th May 2008

ESSENTIAL NORWAY - OCEANA CRUISE Have just returned from our cruise around some of the Norwegian Fjords.  I took my son Jonathan with me on this trip - partly because he's great company and because he's a quarter Norwegian on his Father's side of the family and also he celebrated his Birthday on 18th May - the... Read more...


AFRICAN CHILDREN'S CHOIR

Date: 14th May 2008

On Monday I went to the launch of a short video about The African Children's Choir.  I did the narration for them and so was invited to the launch on the 6th Floor of the BBC Television Centre.  As soon as I got there I realised that what is now a sort of Hospitality Suite used to be a corridor and the... Read more...


A REQUEST FROM ME TO YOU

Date: 13th May 2008

Dear All, I've noticed more and more people hitting on my Website - which is very gratifying.  However, I'm mystified as to some of the hits from countries in which I know no-one.  At the moment, there's not much going on in June/July and August, so if you would like me to tell you more about my work with... Read more...


STATELY HOMES AND BRAINSTRUST (Neuro-Oncology) CHARITY

Date: 11th May 2008

STATELY HOMES -   PORT ELIOT (Cornwall)  and  HIGHCLERE CASTLE (Berkshire) I've been fortunate these last two weekends - not only has the weather been glorious (almost nothing can beat a sunny day in Spring when every tree and hedgerow is shimmering in newest green) but I've visited two very... Read more...


CASH IN THE ATTIC - CELEBRITY AUCTION

Date: 7th May 2008

CASH IN THE ATTIC - CELEBRITY AUCTION  The day at the Auction Rooms in Chiswick was very enjoyable.  My goodness, the team work hard.  They record two programmes back to back so they were recording the auctioning of my donations and also those of Julie Peasgood ( Emmerdale etc.)  My offerings... Read more...


FOR MY FRIENDS AND VIEWERS IN AUSTRALIA

Date: 5th May 2008

 FOR THOSE OF YOU IN AUSTRALIA  WATCHING 'I'M A CELEBRITY ...... Unless you've read my biography, you probably don't  know that I lived and worked in Sydney and Melbourne in the 60's.  I was the first woman newsreader for Channel Ten-10 and appeared in many Theatrical Productions in Sydney and... Read more...


CASH IN THE ATTIC - AUCTION DETAILS

Date: 1st May 2008

Just a brief word to let you know that the items I've given to Cash in the Attic will be auctioned on Tuesday 6th May. 1, 08 My Eurovision Song Contest Dress will be there and some other lovely evening dresses  plus a few items I've made at my Jewellery and Silversmithing Classes and other bits and pieces. A... Read more...


Cash in the Attic - filming

Date: 26th April 2008

Cash in the Attic The crew came down to my flat on Friday to film the 'rummage' and choice of articles for the Auction on May 6th in Chiswick. Jonathan couldn't spare the time to be with me so I asked my friend Doreen to come down.  The crew come with 2 cameras and like to be filming concurrently and I... Read more...


Gone With The Wind - The Musical - First Night

Date: 23rd April 2008

GONE WITH THE WIND Was fortunate to be invited to the premiere and took my son, Jonathan with me. Nothing is worse than arriving at a premiere looking like a damp lettuce leaf.  I have to plan my forays into London. So the plan was that I'd drive in, park the car at Trafalgar Squate, taxi to Jonathan's... Read more...


CASH IN THE ATTIC

Date: 21st April 2008

Just been visited by the 'Celebrity Cash in the Attic' team.  Considering that I've downsized my home twice in the last ten years, I'm staggered at the 'stuff' I've still got - some of which I'd forgotten I had. What happens is the team visits to see what one is prepared to offer for the sale which benefits a... Read more...


Oriana Cruise

Date: 19th April 2008

Well here I am back on land.  The Cruise was fabulous.  The Oriana was on the last leg of a World Cruise and my friend Doreen and I boarded at Capetown for the 6th and last leg back to Southampton.  The Ports of call were not the most exciting but the trip was enormous fun and Doreen and I giggled our... Read more...


Only hours away from boarding

Date: 29th March 2008

Hi There, Am only hours away from boarding the Oriana for my cruise back to the UK.  Due to immigration problems here in South Africa (surprise, surprise) they are having so much difficulty in boarding passengers that I've been told I must board as Crew - puts me in mind of bell-bottom trousers and a jaunty... Read more...


Damn and blast

Date: 15th March 2008

I don't believe it.  I've just spent an hour typing all the latest news only to lose it twice.  Sorry folks but I'm too tired to do it again. It's all this technology which completely foxes me.   You were going to get an update on my son's visit and his Sky dive for Cancer Research - but I really... Read more...


So sorry not to have updated the blog for a while.

Date: 9th March 2008

So sorry not to have updated the blog for a while.  I actually set to and wrote at great length and lost my writing twice.  This time I'm going to write it in Word and paste it into the site. So for the third time, I write again. I was waxing lyrical about the fact that one can attend so much Theatre here... Read more...