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Shoreham Airshow 2007
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.


Date: 2nd January 2017

I receive my Website analysis every Monday which tells me the number of visitors to the Site, where they live, and what questions have drawn them to my Website.


First things first.  I'm very touched at the huge numbers of folk on both my Website and on Twitter who have wondered why I was not on 'Marigold on Tour' - the simple answer is that I was not invited.  Having seen the programmes I am sure I would not have fitted in to the format which had been devised for the two programmes.  I'm much more interested in culture and people than other issues.


Some people seem to think that I have retired and gone to live in India.  I never intended to retire to India but I did think about several months there during our winter.  However, common sense prevailed and, as I've written before, after a few visitors had been to stay and I'd exhausted all the wonderful and interesting places to visit, what would I do - sit in an air conditioned apartment in a country where I speak not one word of the language and have no interests.  It is different for the lovely jewellery designer Emma - she is running a business and she doesn't live in Jaipur permananently - making many trips to the UK annually to promote and sell her lovely and unusual designs.


And as to Retirement - as a freelance worker, one never retires.  I want to go on working till I drop - it gives me a purpose in life and makes me feel that I'm still worthwhile. Six years ago, I hadn't got enough to do so I took a course at Canterbury Cathedral and have now been working there as an Assistant every Sunday.  Most people these days are unaware of the fact that I spent 15 years working as an Interviewer/Presenter on various programmes and had my own show on HTV in Bristol for 7 years which was eventually sindicated round all the regional companies - as they were in the 70's.  Unfortunately I am often seen soleley  as a Newsreader.  But I am curious by nature, love history,  and love to find out about the lives of others - and that's why I enjoyed being on programmes like  the highly successful Magazine 'Pebble Mill at One'.  At least at the Cathedral, I meet people and am delighted to impart what little knowledge I have about St. Thomas Becket and our wonderful iconic Cathedral.  When people shake my hand and say I've made their day - because I've hopefully brought alive for them the wonders of Canterbury Cathedral - I feel worthwhile.


So I had not retired and gone to live in India - I just wasn't asked to be part of the group visiting Florida and Japan.


Oh - and I've never had any Plastic Surgery - that was one of the other questions asked.  I eat healthily and have been using Clarins products since 1983 when my hairdresser Jean recommended them.  There might also be a little genetic luck as both my long lived parents looked younger than they were right up until their 80's.


HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE and if you'd like to know more and might be considering a holiday in Burma, India or Tuscany, I'm giving a talk with 100 photos at the Telegraph Travel Show on 13th January for http://JustYou  It's being held at ExCel and I will also be happy to answer questions - honestly!

A 70 metre long Reclining Buddha at Chauk Hhat Gyi Pagoda near Yangon (Rangoon)


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