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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.


Date: 15th July 2021


The other day I was walking my dogs at The Bay. There was a group of tinies obviously having a day out all lined up by the railings of the Promenade.

My dogs are beautiful and very appealing and there were lots of Oohs and Aahs as we passed. I stopped and offered to let the children pat them.

A very nice teacher stepped in and said they couldn’t touch the dogs because of RISK ASSESSMENT.

I don’t blame or criticise her because she was doing her job but what kind of world are we living in? No wonder children shy away from dogs - are scared - because they’ve never been taught how to approach one.
There are so many Do’s and Don’ts - many absolutely blindingly obvious. Life in itself is a risk and we have to learn to live with all the ups and downs

Today our houses are over sanitised - I don’t mean Bleach for the Loo or cleaning products but all the perfumes and odours we stick around the home which are not doing us any good. Lovely though they are, all the scented candles have the opposite effect from that which we intend.

There’s an increase in Child Asthma and Eczema - it can’t all be down to Pollution. I’m no Medic but we need to be exposed to certain elements in order to strengthen our immunity. Not sure if they still do it but when I was a child we would be exposed to Chicken pox so that we would get it and build up immunity. Chicken pox in children is unpleasant, itchy and inconvenient. It is very serious in an adult.

I could go on but won’t - you know what I’m talking about don’t you.

Sometimes I wonder how oldies like myself actually got to the ages we have - we grew up without all the sanitisation, without all the Risk Assessment, without Air Conditioning and Central Heating; we walked to the Bus stop to catch a bus to school. I see Yummy Mummies driving less than a mile to take their children to school. Apart from in the worst of weather they’d be doing themselves and their offspring a favour to walk.

I attended an incredibly small and pared down ceremony at the Battle of Britain Memorial on Sunday 4th July - 60 of us instead of thousands. (We don’t have the Monetary appeal of a Footie Match or Wimbledon) Most of us were well advanced in years and not one of us was overweight let alone obese - WHY because we were War babies with a very limited diet of good food well produced. We’d no idea what FAST FOOD was - and as for Sweets and Cakes - Sugar was rationed and those goodies were for special occasions. Today I see youngsters walking around scoffing sweets and crisps - continually grazing instead of having proper meals at proper times.

Our diets were set for life in those early and formative years.

The latest News today is that the Government is considering more Sugar Taxes - WRONG. What they should be doing is tackling the root cause of Obesity at the Coal Face - and putting money into the School Curriculum for classes on Nutrition and Cookery Classes for Boys and Girls. It is possible to produce a nutritious meal for 4 for around £10 - a small chicken, potatoes and vegetables. That’s the cost of one Pizza with very little nutritional value.

I know I’m on a soapbox but Diabetes is hugely eating into the NHS Budget and it doesn’t and shouldn’t have to be like that. We have the highest Obesity rate in Europe and a large percentage of our children are overweight and even obese. Just think what that is storing up for them in the future. Apart from having to go on permanent medication there’s danger of amputation and all sorts of nasties associated with the disease. Now we have Magazines featuring Obese and overweight models - this enables those who are overweight to feel that this is quite normal and acceptable. And the problem escalates.

I get annoyed at the number of people who comment ‘It’s all right for you, you are naturally slim’. When in Australia my weight ballooned to almost 10 stones - my weight should be around 8 stones. I spent several years getting that weight off and, apart from having Jonathan, have kept my weight around 8 stones ever since. I get on the Bathroom scales every morning and if I’ve put on a few pounds ( a birthday party or that extra drink or a small piece of cake) I eat accordingly till I’ve shed the weight. Apart from anything else, I couldn’t afford and don’t want a whole new wardrobe.??

I’ll get off my Soapbox now and go to bed - At least I’ve got that lot off my chest.

Night Night all - Stay safe and keep wearing the masks in places where you are in close proximity with others.

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