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Jan Leeming

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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: 25th August 2014

I now understand that the original article in the Saturday Mail has been picked up, picked to pieces and put together again in a manner which has skewed the emphasis.  

I suppose because I was a newsreader the journalists are trying to make my criticism of poor speech a sour grapes attack on the newsreaders of today.  That is certainly not the case.  Newsreaders are the most clear speaking group on television but they do often emphasize the wrong words.

The thrust of the interview I gave the journalist from the Mail was the lack of enunciation from many young actors and presenters today.  Allied to which is the politically correct insistence on Accents.  An accent can be delightful - a dialect is a different matter.

My first boss in the BBC - Dr Archie Clow had the most beautiful accent.  He was an Aberdonian and I can still hear his voice today - soft, lilting and beautifully clear.

The journalist from the Mail pushed me to criticize newsreaders and I wouldn't so he then asked who I admired and I could only think of Jon Snow on Channel 4.  Again, I repeat that Newsreaders are the people who enunciate most clearly.

I've had dozens of emails in support of what was said but an interesting point was made by one correspondent and it is a point I failed to make.  There are so many reality shows these days using members of the public who have never been taught to project or enunciate - nor should they.  But it is difficult for the watching public to comprehend when they are speaking in a broad accent.  Perhaps the answer is to have sub-titles on all programmes.  This same correspondent said that sub-titles are not always available.

I give up - I've spent most of today answering the kind comments sent by the public and I really have other things to do with my time but out of courtesy I felt I had to thank them for their support.

Well, it is a lousy rainy, typically Bank Holiday Weather, day - so curl up with a good book or a decent TV show (if you can comprehend the dialogue!)  and enjoy the rest of the evening.

Bye for now,  Jan

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