All That Glitters

Jan Leeming

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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.

ALL THAT GLITTERS

Date: 18th April 2021

ALL THAT GLITTERS

If you’ve read my last two Blogs, you might expect me to show a certain ‘Schadenfreude’ over the poor and lukewarm reviews but I actually feel sorry for, what I see, as a superb opportunity missed.

I believed the concept of a ‘Challenge Programme’ was to encourage ‘Audience Participation’. Had the programme been more ‘user friendly’ it might have encouraged others to take up Jewellery making as a hobby which can be lucrative or, even if you don’t sell, offers a lovely opportunity to make a bespoke piece for a friend or relative. Friends ask me to make on commission but I always gave them as presents - not considering my efforts worthy of a price.
The participants all seemed to be semi professional which perhaps would discourage a desire to participate.    Their pieces were complex which might have been a disincentive for members of the public to think they too might ‘have a go’.

I agree with Critics that the Judges were dull and didn’t seem to engage. Although he has a pedigree to fill a book perhaps all Shaun Leane’s enthusiasm goes into his designs because he seemed almost bored. Being the first progamme, perhaps they were nervous although it really should have been the competing jewellers who were so, having to create a piece against the clock

As for the Presenter, she obviously knew nothing about jewellery and didn’t engage with the participants. I am at a loss to understand why a Canadian Comedian should be chosen to do the job. One of her remarks was ‘smutty’ and another was unacceptable in today’s climate.

It was the first programme and may improve as it warms up - at least it isn’t another Cookery programme thank goodness. There’s nothing wrong with Cookery and I’ve presented two series in the dim and distant past but it does seem to rather dominate the Airwaves.

I sincerely hope All That Glitters will improve with bedding in, otherwise other programmes surrounding the fascinating story of Jewellery through the ages won’t stand a chance with the dreaded Commissioning Editors. They and producers all piggyback on success and most are not willing to take a gamble or think outside the box.

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