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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.

AUTUMN, DEPARDIEU and other subjects

Date: 27th September 2008

AUTUMN - Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.

Although Monday was the official commencement of Autumn, I knew it was Autumn this morning when some of my window panes had misted up on the inside.

I always rather like Autumn preferably after a good summer.  But I don't think I can remember a worse summer than this one - my summer clothes hardly came out of the wardrobe.

Have just been for a long walk on the beach.  I do a circuit of about three and a half miles - walking on the pebbles (harder on the legs) for half the walk and then coming back along the path.  I really get so angry at the rubbish I see.  Why is it that people come to the beach for a picnic or a barbecue - lugging all the paraphernalia with them - eat their meal and then leave the rubbish behind.  Would they discard rubbish on the floors in their own homes - maybe they would.  And then there's the rubbish left by the fishermen and also thrown overboard by the Boaties. What has happened to people that they cannot respect the needs of others.  And then we all end up paying even more in Council Taxes for the rubbish to be cleared.  I'd better get down off my high horse.

It's been a weird week - like the curate's egg 'good in parts'.  Of all the articles in newspapers about my Internet dating, the only one sanctioned by me was in the Femail Section of the Daily Mail on Thursday.  The others were just cobbled together from old cuttings - so much of which is inaccurate and untrue but unlike Richard Branson, I'm not allowed to say so.  The Story to which I took the most exception was The Express - I didn't get a copy but the Headline attributed to me -  seeking another husband  - couldn't be further from the truth.  I need a husband like a hole in the head.  As for the others, I preferred not to see them.  What you don't see, doesn't hurt you.

The stories in The Mail generated much comment on line. I suppose two thirds were supportive and kind and the rest were horrid.  Sad isn't it that I forget the good ones and only remember the bad.  They say 'Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but Words will never hurt me'. I beg to differ.  I've been hurt so many times by the damned press.  Do they think, just because one is well known, you don't have any feelings!

Anyway, the people who matter most to me don't think I did anything wrong.  My son was very supportive and that means a lot to me as he is also very protective and any man wishing to take me out would have go get past Jonathan's vetting procedure!!

Life is a funny old thing isn't it.  I do firmly believe that 'Nothing happens by chance' and that whatever happens was meant to be.  Had I not had a small operation on my nose two weeks ago and felt wretched and alone after the procedure, I probably would never have thought of the Internet Dating.  Had my flat sale not fallen through last year, I'd be living in the West Country where I have younger friends who would have included me in their social circle and, again, I'd not have gone on line.  BUT I did and it generated a lot of publicity.  And though I do not believe in the saying 'There's no such thing as Bad Press' I have to admit that it raised profile.  Someone accused me of Stage Managing it all - of course I didn't - I'm simply not that clever or devious.    I looked at Kindred Spirits purely on a whim last Friday.  My agent knew nothing about it, nor did my son.


I said last week that I'd tell you about the Depardieu film. This was the second offering from 'Interludes' - the club set up by some friends of mine in order to show films and stage One Man Shows.

The Singer was in French with subtitles and, like last week's Ruby Blue, it was a 'sweet' story.  Gerard Depardieu is now seriously over-weight with a large stomach, a smashed up nose and unruly hair but there is a 'Kindness' that emanates from him.  I found him extremely attractive in the film (probably brought out my mothering instincts as he seems like a little boy lost) so fully understood why the young woman fell for the charms of this ageing singer.  I can't remember her name but she was very attractive in a kind of Audrey Hepburn way - classy.

Tonight's offering is a one-man show 'Not in My Name' - the trial of Niccolo Machiavelli.  I'm told that the actor Michael McEvoy is very good - we'll see.


My lovely son is treating me to Stevie Wonder at O2 on Tuesday.  I don't like big venues and all the accompanying hassle of parking, loo queues, drinks queues, but there are a few artists for whom I am prepared to suffer - Lionel Ritchie, Tina Turner and Stevie.


Then I'm off to Barcelona for a few days.  I've become involved in distributing a superb Nutritional Supplement called Juice Plus and they are having their Annual Conference.  Normally I wouldn't bother going to anything like this but I have wanted for a long time to see the Gaudi Cathedral.  Living on my own, I would never make such a journey but I'm teaming up with a few others and we've tacked on some extra days to go down by train through the beautiful French Countryside and into Spain.

Juice Plus is a form of dehydrated fruits and vegetables.  Even if you eat healthily it is well nigh impossible to ingest 5 fruits and veg. per day.  Also, I do worry and wonder about our soil which has been subjected to pesticides for decades. 

The crops harvested for Juice Plus are grown in the best soils possible, many in California,  picked at just the correct moment of ripeness (and how often do we get ripe fruit these days?) and then the water is drawn off leaving all the goodness of 17 different fruits and vegetables in a powder form which can be taken as capsules or in a drink format.

The product is full of anti-oxidants which fight the free-radicals in our bodies.


Unfortunately Jonathan and I had to pull out of the programme on Friday.  Jonathan went down with flu and I've not felt a hundred percent since my small op.  Shame really as it would have been fun and given the two of us hours of quality time together.


Oh sad.  I'm just listening to Classic FM and on the news they've announced that Paul Newman has just died.  I always loved him and he had the most gorgeous piercing blue eyes. I also loved him because, despite his fame and good looks, he had a very long and happy marriage to Joanne Woodward - and long marriages in the Entertainment Business are more a rarity than a certainty.

Thank you Paul for all the enjoyment you gave us over the years.  Wish I'd met you.

Till the next time.  Best wishes,  Jan

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