The Ideal Husband

Jan Leeming

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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: 25th October 2008

Went to see this production at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley.  It was most enjoyable despite the fact that they had lighting problems and the whole play had to be staged with the lights in a single mode.  The performance was thoroughly enjoyable, despite this, probably because the Cast were so good.  It was a very strong cast with names such as Michael Praed, Robert Duncan, Kate O'Mara, Carol Royle and Tony Britton. All the performances were memorable especially some of the smaller roles such as the Butler to Lord Goring played by Paul Aves who conveyed a multitude of emotions just with a flick of his eyes.  Fenella Fielding still looks incredibly good on stage but I found her difficult to hear - maybe she was sickening with a cold.

It is uncanny how perceptive was Oscar Wilde - all the shenanigans in politics and the skulduggery could have been picked straight out of today's goings on and yet Ideal Husband was written in 1895 but could have been written today. Wilde really was a man ahead of his time.  Today his life and sexuality wouldn't be accorded a second thought.

Ideal Husband was thoroughly enjoyable and I felt it was such as shame that the theatre was only half full.    If we had a 'Churchill' down here in Kent, I'd be going to virtually all the shows but for some unaccountable reason, we just don't get productions like this staged at the Marlow in Canterbury which doesn't have the most exciting repertoire.  I simply don't understand why we can't have 'pre-London' runs.  I'm told we are too close to London which is rubbish.  When I lived in Buckinghamshire, we got some superb productions, ballets, plays etc at the High Wycombe Swan and HW is only a half hour from London.

It's either feast or famine - I'm going to the 70th Anniversary Reunion at the Oxford Playhouse on Sunday and then on Monday to an Agatha Christie at The Hall for Cornwall in Truro.  I'm going to be in Truro anyway and have had an invite to 'And Then There were None' which will be particularly pleasant because Ray Lonnen is in the cast.  Doreen and I met him on the Oriana when he was performing on board ship with the Ray Cooney Players.


I've been an Apple devotee since 1988 when I hosted a Conference for Apple and bought my first Computer and Laser Printer.  I think, even with a discount, they cost me £3,500!!!!!  At the time Apple were, and I believe still are, much more user friendly than P.C's and, as I am a technophobe, I went for an Apple graduating from one of the first machines to a compact Desktop and then a Laptop and now I'm on my second.

I have to say that I was very disappointed when the coating started wearing off  certain keys on my previous MacBook but after almost three years put it down to 'wear and tear'.  Imagine how upset I was, when after nine months of use the same keys on my new MacBook Pro also started to wear.  There's a great deal of complaint about it on line. 

However, I happened to be at Bluewater Shopping Mall the other day and there they have an Apple Store.  I explained my problem to Stu and Dave and they, very kindly, exchanged the faulty keys for me.  However, despite this, I really don't think that the coating on keys of a machine costing nearly £1,500 should be so thin that it wears off.

I am a touch typist and type an enormous amount but I really don't think this should affect the keys the way it does.

Anyway, I do think it is a problem which Apple should address.  Meanwhile I am very grateful to Stu and Dave because I like to keep my machine looking as good as new and, for the moment, it looks new again.  I only wish we had an Apple Store closer to home - say Canterbury - and then I'd join up for their tutorials.  I've only ever learned to use the Computer through trial and error and if something goes wrong I'm completely stymied.

Probably because I met Omar Sharif at Collioure a few weeks ago, last night I started watching a DVD of 'Lawrence of Arabia'.  It's a long film with an Intermission so I'm going to shut the computer down and go watch the second half and drool over Sharif and O'Toole.  Must remember to dig out the Video Recording of my interview with Omar back in the 70's.  I think we will both have changed a little!!!!

Take care,  Jan

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