Ruby Blue

Jan Leeming

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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: 16th September 2008


Friends of mine have brought a touch of culture to Deal and have set up a Stage and Screen Club called 'Interludes'.

They opened their season with a delightful film entitled 'Ruby Blue' which starred  Bob Hoskins and Josiane Balasco.  Josiane is a French Actress of high renown and very much in demand.  Apparently she commands higher fees than Catherine Deneuve.

I nearly didn't get a seat for the Command Performance.  Having phoned last Thursday I was told they were completely booked out but the Gods smiled and someone cancelled so I duly trotted along to the St. Georges Parish Hall on Friday evening.  (Just as an aside, the Cemetery of St. Georges is where so many of my ancestors were buried - those on the Pettet side)

The Hall was packed.  This was probably due to many factors - it was a new event, the film starred Bob Hoskins and was shot around Margate, Ramsgate and Deal.

Ruby Blue was made on a shoe-string budget and this showed in places but that is not to detract from the enjoyment of what was a most entertaining film. It dealt with many of the morality issues of the day but with an overtone of an unlikely romance. Although there was much bad language, the film was free of violence and had a tremendous 'Feel Good' factor.  The scenery was delightful and I'd never really realised how attractive is  this part of the world.

Bob Hoskins and Josiane can command huge fees so it was obvious they had taken on 'Ruby Blue' purely because they liked the script.

The film was made due to the tenacity of the Writer Jan Dunn and Producer Elaine and a donation by Screen South.

After the film we were able to chat with Jan, Elaine Wickham and Jo Nolan the Chief Executive of Screen South.  I so admire people who have a vision and cling to it.  There was talk of another film relevant to the Second World War and the Battle of Britain which took place over the Kent Coast.  Don't want to say anything more at the moment but I might just be involved in a subject dear to my heart.  Will let you know if anything comes of it.

'Ruby Blue' is heavily booked by Cinema Clubs up and down the country.  So, if it comes anywhere near to where you live, do go and see it.


Ventured out on Saturday to a Ball (Dinner Dance really) in London run by the Club I joined recently.  I say 'ventured out' as I've never been to a Dinner Dance before without a partner and  don't think I will again.  Although there were some interesting and pleasant women, dancing with my own sex is not my idea of fun so had to sit with my feet tapping and feeling like a wallflower. 

Have to say that I was very impressed with the standard of service and the food at the Royal Gardens Hotel in Kensington.  It's a long time since I've been to a function in a London Hotel and my memories were of indifferent service and even more indifferent food.  At the Gardens, the serving staff were attired in very smart Burgundy uniforms, served all the people at each table at the same time and the food was extremely good considering they were catering for a large number.

The entertainment, although very good, was far too loud during the Dining part of the evening. It was almost impossible to talk above the saxophonist so it was out of the question  attempting to have discourse with any other than those immediately to the right and left of you.  That was a shame because there was a very interesting artist with whom I should have liked to converse.   The disco was also excellent with a very good choice of music. 

A great deal of hard work had gone into the organisation and I'm sure a great night was had by all.  It was also good to see that the Dress Code of Long Dresses and D.J. were strictly adhered to.  I'm tired of going to 'Posh' functions which require 'Smart Casual' and basically allows folk to turn up in anything. Call me old-fashioned but it's good to dress up for an occasion and feel really feminine.


Not a lot in the diary at the moment but there are a few possibles with regard to work so shall keep fingers, toes etc. crossed!!

Till next time - all good wishes,  Jan.

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