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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.

SYDNEY - HARBOUR TOUR

Date: 10th January 2012

Yesterday we went on a Hop On - Hop Off Sydney Harbour Tour. You pay your money and can get on and off the ferry at any one of numerous stops. To take full advantage of the ticket, you'd need to be on the water early in the morning but as my son has always liked his lie-ins (how many cold cups of tea have sat by his bedside when he lived at home!) and he has taken some holiday/leave we didn't get down to Circular Quay till lunchtime.

Our first stop was Fort Denison and though we'd not intended having lunch, the canopied restaurant looked so inviting that we decided to push the boat out and dine there. Actually for a tourist 'trap' and considering how crazily expensive everything is in Sydney, lunch was not too bad. I wish I could upload my photos and I know it sounds crazy but I ordered Fish and Chips and they came served up in Cones of Paper sitting in Cones of Metal - so very attractive and they tasted good too. It was very windy and the cloth knocked over my glass of (sorry) French Wine and without a murmur the waiter brought me another. I had only had a sip so would have been very miffed if most of it had been drunk by the tablecloth.

After lunch we did a little trip round the Fort - you can't do a Big Trip as the Fort is so small and then hopped back on another Ferry heading for Shark Island - called that apparently because it resembles the shape of a shark. We were very lucky - there were only two other couples on the Island which was absolutely idyllic. J and I wandered along the shore - me gathering shells and J looking for interesting marine life. All too soon the Ferry returned and we hopped on and then off at Watson's Bay.

When I lived in Sydney in the 60's I shared a few properties around the Edgecliffe, Woolahra area and I'm fairly sure that it was somewhere around Watson's Bay that we four girls practically roasted as we insisted on preparing a proper Christmas Lunch in temperatures over 100F and then repaired to the beach where I, unused to the harshness of the Australian Sun, got well and truly burned in a very short space of time. The last place I lived was in Mona Road, Darling Point and I'm hoping to meet up with one of the other girls from those days - another Jan.

After Watson's Bay we hopped off at Luna Park and then walked back over the Bridge to Circular Quay. I've done so much walking in the last few days, I swear I'm an inch or two shorter. We are going to take a short trip up to Port Douglas which everyone tells us is stunningly attractive with its Rainforest and Beaches. Sadly for six months of the year you can't bathe in the sea because of Jelly Fish so all the hotels etc. have good pools. Again, I apologise and am sorry that I cannot upload any photos because I really did take some super ones of the Bridge and the Opera House and also a huge P & O Cruise Liner passing under the Bridge. Jonathan and I have done several of the P & O Cruises when I've been giving talks and we've had some very enjoyable times.. Take care, Jan

P.S. For those of you in the UK - there was an article in the Mail on Saturday. Despite the extensive and lengthy interview which Richard Barber conducted, as always it has been subbed down to a story once again re-hashing all my marriages. I really do get so fed up with it. At least I married the men and committed, and certainly never profited financially from any of them. There is so much more to me and my life. Hey Ho - I'll never get past that side of my life as far as the Press are concerned and they aren't interested in the theme running throughout - that the guys were womanisers but at least they were all interesting. For the session I was asked to turn up with outfits from my wardrobe which I did and then the photographer asked if I would mind dressing up as Audrey Hepburn. As she has always been one of my heroines/icons, I readily agreed. There have been incredibly bitchy comments on line which are very hurtful. I don't think Alan Olley photoshopped the photos very much but he certainly did a fantastic job with the lighting so at least I will have a good memory of my umpty-umph Birthday. Alan also took some lovely photos of me in a Gina Fratini Dress which I've had since the 1970's and that would have made a good and interesting piece because only recently in the Telegraph Magazine there was an article about the sale of Liz Taylor's jewels and clothes etc. and there was a picture of 'my' dress only in shades of pale green. Someone once made a comment about my marriages that 'I'd married the men I loved and was rather like Elizabeth Taylor - and I added 'without the diamonds'!! Another comment was 'The triumph of Hope over Experience' .

 

Shark Island - one of the stops on our Hop-On, Hop-Off Harbour Ferry Tours

SYDNEY - HARBOUR TOUR

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