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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.

RENE MOUCHOTTE - Wonderful News

Date: 27th November 2011

RENE MOUCHOTTE – and Wonderful news

I had been unable to trace members of René Mouchotte’s family and my friends in Paris, having written to the Authorities at Pére Lachise Cemetery had drawn a blank.

When I visited René’s tomb in July, I left a letter in English and translated into French, in case a family member paid a visit. (Sort of ‘Message in a Bottle’)

I couldn’t believe it when a few days ago I received an email from the Son-in-Law of René’s sister. She is still alive and had made a visit to the tomb, found my letter and asked her son-in-law to contact me as she speaks no English.

I am so thrilled at the thought of actually meeting the sister of such an heroic man and have booked a cameraman to accompany me to Paris to film an interview. I don’t mind even if my Documentary doesn’t make it to the small screen, this is history and I feel honoured that she should want to meet me. She celebrates her 101st Birthday shortly and is still living in her own home.

So I am beginning to believe in the Adage – Patience is rewarded. I cannot remember ever having held on to anything with so much tenacity.

And if in the end my documentary does not get made, I shall compile a book on my Quest (one of the ones you do with self publishing through Blurb) Not only has it been a wonderful journey of discovery, but along the way other people have entered my life with offers of help – from a History professor in Plymouth to the Director of a museum in York.

I cannot tell you how thrilled and honoured I feel. My prayers have been answered.

Bye for now.  Jan

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