Something To Celebrate

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.


Date: 3rd March 2011


I am thrilled to bits. My son has landed a really good job in Sydney,  Australia. He gave up his job in the UK last June and went traveling. He loved New Zealand and thought of staying there and when he met me in Sydney over Christmas, he wasn’t too enamoured of the place. Mind you he’d only been there five minutes - the weather was abnormally poor and we both found Australia incredibly expensive (not just because of the weak pound).

I did so hope he’d at least give Sydney a chance. I absolutely loved living there in the 60’s and had it not been for my fiance’s death, I’d never have come back to the UK. But I needed to work and earn a living and, though I have been back many times, had to stay in England to survive.
I so wanted to go back and live in Australia but the authorities aren’t stupid. If you are elderly (can’t believe I am but my Birth Certificate says otherwise) they don’t want to let you in to the country unless you’ve heaps of cash. They don’t want an aging population being dependent on the State. I can’t say I blame them and wish we had stricter rules governing immigration here.

So, I’d sort of given up but now there’s just a possibility that eventually I might be able to live there. If Jonathan enjoys living and working in Sydney and gets residency, then, as he is my only son, I could be considered for entry.

So I am thrilled for Jonathan and firmly believe he has the chance of a much better future as a young white male in Australia than he would have here. Of course, I’m so sorry he isn’t here because we went to many functions together with him acting as my escort. I miss him very much indeed but want what is best for him and I think Sydney and Australia is definitely the better option. (One of the advantages of the Internet is ease of communication. At the moment he doesn’t have a computer (having given away most of his worldly possessions when he went backpacking) so I can Skype him and it costs very little to remain in touch)

I’d open a bottle of bubbly to celebrate but with no one to share it, I’d either drink the lot and end up inebriated or the bottle would go to waste (only joking) so I’ll have a sedate glass or two of wine and lift the glass in an Easterly direction to toast my lovely son.

Bye for now. Jan

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