The Wizard Of Oz Etc

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.



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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: 30th July 2008

The Wizard of Oz was most enjoyable and they made the transition, from that well known and much loved story on film, to a very acceptable stage version.

There wasn't a single weak link in so far as the acting was concerned - they were all excellent and some of the choreography was stunning - the March of the Winkies had me mesmerised - I couldn't make out how they did it.  The Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion were every bit as good as the originals in the film.

They say never work with children and animals - and there may be some truth in it - for the little chap who just about stole the show was Toto - the dog - an absolutely gorgeous Westie ( I think or he may have been a Cairn - Standard Poodles are my dogs so I'm not up in the little breeds)

I didn't have time to get a paper today as I had a meeting with a Radio Station (watch this space) and also  lunch with the Chief Executive and also the Fund Raiser of 'Orchid'.  But I understand the crits weren't brilliant - So Who Cares what they say - many a show has gone on to be a huge success after being damned by the Critics.  The late Jack Tinker always seemed to be a fair critic but I get the feeling nowadays they are just out to condemn - bit of The Emperor's New Clothes methinks.  I saw Menopause the Musical in Capetown and haven't laughed so much in years.  It was a lousy title and I gather the critics here murdered it - it died an early death.  But then the critics are also running down Mamma Mia which apparently everyone is thoroughly enjoying.  My maxim is that if I want to see a show I will go whatever the critics say!!!!

Poor old critics - I am giving them a hard time.  But what do they do productively - they don't write plays or musicals, they don't act or sing - they are largely negative and condemning.  It's the same with Art Critics.  How many artists in the past died in poverty and yet today, because Homo Sapiens puts a value on their work, they change hands for millions.

Apparently The Wiz is sold out for it's six week run at the Southbank and so it should be - it's magic for the children and the Grown-up kids amongst whom I count myself.  Incidentally my Red Shoes were more of a hit than I - a few folk took pictures on their mobiles of my shoes!!!!!!!

So, if you've children or grandchildren and you can get seats, then go and have a thoroughly lovely time - Just Follow the Yellow Brick Road.  One small word of caution, do warn the little ones that there will be some very loud bangs in the show - I nearly jumped out of my seat the first time the Wicked Witch appeared.

And if Toto is ever up for adoption, I want to be first in the queue.

At the Orchid Lunch we discussed the Kilimanjaro Trek next June.  Jonathan and I very much want to take part but whether I, in particular, can get fit enough remains to be seen.

In my visit to the Radio Station I bumped into my 'Jungle' Buddy - who nearly fell off his seat seeing me outside the window of his Studio.  I'm talking about Toby Anstis - my chum in the Jungle and the one who shouldn't have been voted off when he was - I think there was a bit of genuine button trouble - there were others who deserved to be voted off long before Toby.  And no, I am not being considered as a Presenter on Heart FM but there may be something in the pipeline.  Watch this space.

Must go as I've a very early start tomorrow - going off with friends for a Day trip to Ma Belle France.  Then the next day, even earlier to go off with Doreen and another couple to Bruges for four days.  A few weeks ago, I'd nothing in the diary for the rest of my life, now August is totally full and September is filling up too.  Don't know how I ever found time to work Full time.

Au revoir maintenant - E Bientot.  Jan

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