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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.

TALKS AND HAIRPIECES! Queries answered

Date: 13th February 2016

Sorry - I'm having to resort to a round robin again.

Yes I do give talks and I have a list of five  heavily illustrated subjects.  After I appeared on 'Celebrity .." (can't believe it was nearly a decade ago!!) P & O offered me several engagements on 'legs' of their World Cruises.  The passengers need entertainment on sailing days.  This spurred me into action and I spent weeks writing, trimming, subbing and practising the talks - since added to.  I'm afraid I have to limit myself to large gatherings because of technical requirements.  I love writing and also sharing my experiences so, of course, I will be compiling a talk on Marigold and India.  Currently my talks are 

A trip down Memory Lane - 50 years in theatre and television

From Siberia with love at minus 40 - An exchange trip to a school in a Gulag town in Siberia

For the Love of Caine - how sponsoring a cheetah led me to training as a Game Ranger (BBC 2 - Safari School)

I'm a Celebrity ... Get me out of here - self explanatory

Searching for René - years of research, finding the family, and eventually  a documentary on René Mouchotte - Free French WW2 Pilot.

And now, for something completely different!

I'm glad so many of you women like and want to know where to get the 'scrunchies' I wear in my hair.

My sister loathes them and I get ticked off every time I pay a visit.  What she forgets is that she has fabulously easy hair to manage - coarse and curly.  Mine is fine and heavy.  I have neither the time nor the inclination to sit in a hairdresser's chair several times a week and that is what I would have to do if I had a hairstyle as I would like it - love Gloria Hunniford's hair but she is married to a hairdresser - also like Helen Mirren's style but I know how much work goes into what looks like a simple look.  I went to the same hairdresser for years until she sold her business 2 years ago - Jean Mays at Portishead.  Jean was always honest with me and knew that I needed a style which was easy to manage - low maintenance if you like.  I would often take a picture to her (haven't we all) of a lovely style and invariably she would say that my hair would not sustain the look without continual maintenance. 

So back to the 'scrunchies'.  I bought them in the Canterbury Market 2 years ago and, though I regularly  visit the stallholder, she can't get them any more.  If I were an entrepreneur I'd set up a business making them??

A very very dear much older friend castigated me for wearing them and also for having my hair in a pony tail. What else was I to do in temperature of 40 degrees with incredible humidity?  And I'm not prepared to have my hair cut into the sort of 'short, back and sides' which so many women have because my hair is too fine.  I loved my Urchin cut when I was young - it would not suit me now.  Hey Ho - hair is supposed to be a woman's crowning glory but finding the right style, which is easily maintained, is a nightmare.


As I've said it is no longer possible to buy the scrunchies but I've had so many requests since I wrote this Blog that I thought I'd add a photo of what they look like in case some of you needlewomen are able to replicate them.  The 'ribbon' is wired and I added the velcro to add more purchase on my hair

Bye for now,  Jan

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