New Year Surprise

Jan Leeming

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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.

NEW YEAR SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: 28th December 2009


Can't give you precise details but I am doing a photoshoot for the Daily Mail which should go out on either 1st or 8th January.  I hope it is going to be a lot of fun and I'm giving the fee to the 'Orchid' Charity - which funds research into awareness and cure for  three male cancers - Testicular, Penile and Prostate.

Those of you who are regular readers of my Blog. will know that a few years ago my son had Testicular Cancer.  I am eternally grateful to the 'Hollyoaks' Soap because he was watching that (recuperating from a heavy Saturday night) when they dealt with the subject of Testicular Cancer - he did an investigation and found a lump.  He had to have a surgical removal and is just coming up to his final check. 

He did a Sky Dive for Orchid in 2008 and I nominated Orchid as the beneficiary from an edition of 'Celebrity Cash in the Attic' in which I featured.  We also did an article for The Mail highlighting  the work done by Orchid.  It is a small charity without massive overheads and advertising costs and that's why I like to support it apart from the obvious reasons.  Testicular Cancer has one of the highest success rates if it is diagnosed in time and part of the work of Orchid is to make men 'Aware' and to get them to test themselves.  Men do appear to be rather backward in going to their Doctor if the problem is something to do with their genitalia so Orchid hopes to raise awareness and highlight the necessity of early diagnosis.

So on that note may I wish you all a Healthy, Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Fond greetings,  Jan.

Well, it did go out on New Year's Day.  It was a sort of Calendar Girls 'nude' shot.  As a character says in the play - naked involves detail; nude involves suggestion.  I was tastefully covered in blue butterflies.  And ladies I must tell you, the most flattering way to be photographed when you are over a certain age is 'lying down' - all the loose flesh drops away.  There was the usual rash of 'nasty and bitchy'  comments on line including 'how much was it airbrushed?' - if you look at the photo you'll see  all the lines around my neck etc.  If I'd wanted them airbrushed I could have had them done.  However, the makeup artist did a wonderful job on my hair and make-up.  And any of us, in professional hands, will always 'scrub up well'.  Being a full body shot, the face was not the centre of attention and I wasn't shot at close quarters - had I been, then of course you would have seen more lines.

About the only thing I find really hurtful is all the nastiness surrounding my marriages.  The press will never never never let me live down the five marriages.  I'm no saint but I do have a penchant for adventurous and womanising men.  I wish the, predominantly women, who write such nasties would mind their own business.  Of course, I wish I'd not got all those failed marriages but I am no harridan - just married the wrong sort.  Perhaps these 'paragons of virtue' should learn to be less judgmental.  

Moan over.  But I must say, I was very flattered to be asked to do a shot like this - wouldn't any woman?  And the person most important to me - my son - approved and was proud of me.

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