Baroness Thatcher Funeral

Jan Leeming

Shoreham 2007

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.



2019 - May (4)
2019 - January (3)
2018 - November (1)
2018 - October (5)
2018 - July (1)
2018 - June (2)
2018 - April (1)
2018 - March (3)
2018 - February (2)
2018 - January (2)
2017 - December (8)
2017 - November (2)

All - 2019 (7)
All - 2018 (17)
All - 2017 (65)
All - 2016 (107)
All - 2015 (52)
All - 2014 (112)
All - 2013 (143)
All - 2012 (109)
All - 2011 (119)
All - 2010 (85)
All - 2009 (85)
All - 2008 (49)
All - 2007 (2)
All - 2006 (3)


Jan's Blog

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: 19th April 2013

I thought David Dimbleby did a sterling job on Wednesday commentating on Baroness Thatcher's funeral.  It was obvious that he had done his homework and had the confidence to leave long silences when appropriate.  (I wonder if the BBC decided to make use of his services after the debacle of the Queen's Jubilee last year where many of the presenters and interviewers were young, inexperienced and badly and inadequately briefed.

The whole coverage was extremely professional and what we have come to expect of the BBC.  It was also good and tasteful that though Mr. Dimbleby made reference to the disturbance of protesters at Ludgate Circus, this was not shown which I think would have been entirely inappropriate.  When I watched the News later that evening I noticed that many of the protesters were so young they wouldn't have been born when Mrs. Thatcher was in power.  It is sad the way that hate can be passed on like a disease  from one generation to another.  The same was true during 'the troubles' in Northern Ireland.  The original cause for dissent got lost in the mists of time but the anger and hate was continued. Much of the activity of the IRA was, I am told, a cover up for illegal activities like drug and gun running.

I must admit to a lump in my throat when they took her coffin from Westminster to St. Clement Dane's.

And, as for cost, what about the cost to the country every time some protest group or other decide to 'have a go' - how much does that cost in Police Protection and Police work.  How much does it cost the country - or to be more exact, we the taxpayers - every time there is benefit fraud.

I've never had much time for Alex Salmond but I greatly respected his dignity when asked about his feelings over her death.  He showed more honour than the Labour chaps who desperately wanted to destroy the House of Lords but couldn't wait to wear the ermine when it was offered - I don't think I have to spell out who, in particular, I mean.

I was really appalled at the use of a perfectly innocent song from a very old Film to denigrate Mrs. Thatcher and also horrified at the parties held to celebrate her death.  As I said in a previous blog. we were the 'Sick Man of Europe' when Mrs. T came to power.  The world was changing and we had to change with it.  Our manufacturing and coal industries couldn't compete with cheap imports from emerging nations.  Left wingers bang on and on about the Deregularisation of the Banks - and Yes there has been some awful fall out.  BUT did you see New Labour rushing to undo the move?

What do you think? Send your feedback to