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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.


Date: 24th August 2012


Well what a disappointment. I held back writing anything because I thought it must be me but having spoken with some academic and highly intelligent friends of mine who share my opinion, as well as reading some articles about it, I will launch forth.

I thought the programme was totally disappointing. The storyline was hard to follow, the speech in many places unintelligible and frankly I found the character of Tietjens and the attitude of his wife implausible and frankly disagreeable. If the BBC thought we’d all be pulled in by the advertised ‘two steamy sex scenes within the first 6 minutes’ – what a damp squib and, in my humble opinion, quite unnecessary.

As one person commented – Julian Fellowes must be reaching for his second bottle of Krug. I have to say I’ve never got my head around the writings of Tom Stoppard and this was no exception. I doubt that I shall bother to follow the series – what a shame as I really enjoy period dramas. 

Also, I'd like to know the criteria by which Casting Directors choose their 'romantic leads' and the guys they feel appeal to the majority of women.  I pose this question because, unless I'm odd I invariably feel quite cold to these supposed 'heart throbs' like Cumberbatch and Clunes et al.  I'm not impugning their acting ability but simply do not find them 'sexy'.  

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