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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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Jan's Blog

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 December 2017

ANSWERING CORRESPONDENCE Dear Readers of my Scribblings, I really do try to answer all of you who are kind enough to write to me via my Website but I’ve got completely out of kilter recently. I received so many comments, questions, queries etc after Marigolds on Tour in Cuba that I’ve lost my... Read more...


Date: 21st December 2017

Marigolds on Tour - Iceland Watched the second group of Real Marigold Hotel participants ‘On Tour’ in Iceland - Paul Nicholas, Dennis Taylor, Sheila Ferguson and Rusty Lee - and really enjoyed it. They were funny, witty, obviously enjoying themselves and I think genuinely liked each other as they... Read more...


Date: 15th December 2017

Hallo Dear Ladies I wore three white tops in Cuba The pintuck one I wore shopping with Wayne - bought in Australia 3 years ago The one I wore on my 'date' - bought at an Outlet Centre in Dover so I'm sure there'd be none left The other one with the frills at the bottom - Joseph... Read more...


Date: 15th December 2017

Dear Chaps Am flattered that you'd like to meet me but, atthough you know a great deal about me and what I look like, I know nothing about you.   If you are seriously wanting to meet would you be kind enough to write to me via my Manager and attach a... Read more...

MARIGOLDS ON TOUR - CUBA - BBC1 - 11th Dec. 9.00pm

Date: 10th December 2017

Obviously I couldn’t write about Cuba and Marigolds on Tour until all was announced. So prior to the transmission on Monday, I am able to tell you a little about Cuba and Havana which is where we did most of our filming After the programme I’ll be able to expand a little more but, like all good... Read more...


Date: 9th December 2017

Jennifer Buxton RIP I am a self confessed romantic and hoarder and find it very difficult to throw away correspondence - that was in the days when people actually wrote letters not emails. I’m intending to move and although I’m not exactly downsizing, my prospective new abode has far less... Read more...


Date: 8th December 2017

Thank you for reading my Blogs and for your support throughout the year. Can't believe I've had René for 15 months - it is as if he has always been with me.  He's a dear little chap with so much character and intelligence.  Have to admit he's got me wound around his little... Read more...

MARIGOLDS ON TOUR - CUBA Dec 11th BBC 1 9.00pm

Date: 7th December 2017

Marigolds on Tour After the success of the Real Marigold Hotel in 2015, there was a spin off - Marigolds on Tour. I was not one of the ‘chosen ones’ last year but this year Rosemary Schrader was unable to take part in the Cuba filming due to other commitments. I wasn’t too keen but then... Read more...


Date: 25th November 2017

SEXUAL HARRASMENT I am getting rather sick and tired of all these claimants rushing forward pointing fingers ‘J’accuse’. This action is clouding the real, sickening, and appalling cases of rape and abuse. It is said that in the past rape victims did not come forward because the police did not... Read more...


Date: 13th November 2017

Through Twitter I've become friends with James Kitto who lives in Cornwall and takes some amazing photos. He is a teacher and sent me this lovely poem about Remembrance Day and has allowed me to share it with you.  I'm doing so because not only is it apposite and poignant but I am disturbed at reading... Read more...

FIRST DATE - 2nd October-Channel 4

Date: 28th October 2017

When I was invited to appear on the Special edition  of #FirstDate for Stand Up To Cancer, I thought it would be the usual Reality type programme of setting us up to be 'laughed at'.  However having met the team for an intitial interview I really liked them and truly felt that they want positive... Read more...

CANADA & New England in the Fall - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 19th October 2017

I’ve just returned from my fourth Just You Singles Holiday and again it was superb. This time it was Canada and New England in the Fall with an add on of four days in New York. I’d never visited either Canada or New York so the experience was new and exciting. We all met up at Heathrow Terminal 5 -... Read more...

TORONTO - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 18th October 2017

CANADA AND NEW ENGLAND IN THE FALL It was a day flight to Toronto so I caught up on some great film watching and hoped I’d keep going till at least 8.00 pm - there’s a five hour time difference behind the UK. I’ve never visited Canada and was excited to be visiting and gaining new... Read more...


Date: 17th October 2017

CANADA AND NEW ENGLAND IN THE FALL Our next destination was Niagara, the Falls and a small town called Niagara on the Lake. The Niagara Falls are glorious whether viewed from the Air - which I did - dry-ish land - or from the River. I was fortunate enough to make a helicopter ride over the Falls which... Read more...

MONTRÉAL - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 16th October 2017

  CANADA AND NEW ENGLAND IN THE FALL Our next stop was the lovely city of Montréal - pronounced by the French locals Mont - Réal. I really did feel I could have been in France from the lovely Art Nouveau French Buildings to the Basilica of Notre Dame not unlike Notre Dame in Paris. We... Read more...

QUÉBEC - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 15th October 2017

The next stop on our travels was the city of Québec - probably the most French of all the Canadian cities. Most Canadians are bi-lingual and our Guide mentioned that in Montréal you are likely to be greeted with 'Good Day - Bonjour' but in Québec it is definitely the other way... Read more...

OTTAWA - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 14th October 2017

  CANADA AND NEW ENGLAND IN THE FALL Next stop was Ottawa and a 1,000 island cruise. There are actually 1,600 and we certainly did not circumnavigate all of them. It was a very interesting cruise with a recorded commentary documenting the history of Ottawa, the Great Lakes, and the Hudson with good... Read more...

STOWE - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 13th October 2017

STOWE After Québec we journeyed on to cross the border into the USA. Crossing the border was quite a task and even though it was a tiny border crossing, it took nearly 3 hours. Thank goodness there was only one coach in front of us which had nearly completed the formalities.  In fact we were there... Read more...

NORTH CONWAY via MONTPELLIER - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 12th October 2017

NORTH CONWAY via MONTPELLIER There’s little chance for a lie-in with Just You - the itinerary is action packed. Although the main Maple Production is in Canada, we had so much to see there that our visit to a Maple Farm was designated for the USA. I think we all found the visit thoroughly fascinating. Did... Read more...


Date: 11th October 2017

Off again and rather excited to be going down the Kancamagus Highway - affectionately called The Kanc - 35 miles of road through Fall country.  Unfortunately they'd had an abnornally wet and cool summer and were now experiencing unseasonally  hot conditions so the Fall colours were not at their best... Read more...

BOSTON AND CAPE COD - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 10th October 2017

Boston is an interesting City with some good architecture and it was a great place to stay for a couple of days whilst we explored the surrounding areas, One of the most memorable sights for me was the USS Constitution and what a history she has. (Wikipedia) She is the world's oldest commissioned naval... Read more...

NEW YORK - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 9th October 2017

Nine of us took the train to New York - a comfortable and interesting trip. We actually had a few hours off while our lovely Tour Manager Aideen went to the airport to greet the party who’d come out for a Just You New York Weekend Break. I teemed up with a charming lady from the first group and we went... Read more...

MORE NEW YORK - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 8th October 2017

Day two of the weekend break and I took a Helicopter Ride over New York - it is a very interesting skyline and to see the hugeness of the Statue of Liberty from the air was quite an experience - also Ellis Island where the immigrants used to be processed. In the afternoon, we had a coach tour of New York and... Read more...


Date: 12th September 2017

Have been sent this by the group trying to do their best for the old Biggin Hill Chapel.  Please read and help if you can - if only by signing the petition.  Although the original Chapel on the Airfield burned down, the current one houses many artefacts of great significance.  The building is... Read more...


Date: 7th September 2017

Money for Nothing is a popular programme on BBC 1 which has been running for a few years now.  The usual concept is for the programme presenters to visit a 'Tip' or Household Waste Site and ask members of the public if they could take away their 'rubbish' to recycle it and sell it on.  The... Read more...

JUST YOU SINGLES HOLIDAYS - Prizes to be won in British Travel Awards

Date: 6th September 2017

Just wanted to tell you that Just You Singles Holidays have been entered for the British Travel Awards.  There's a competitiion with loads of Travel Prizes and all you have to do is Enter the Competition before 30th September.  The link is -   http://bit.ly/2gCOV6g Good... Read more...

CANADA IN THE FALL & New York - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 6th September 2017

Have only just washed, ironed and put away the clothes from Cuba and now I'm thinking of the packing again for my next Just You Singles Long Haul Holiday.  Aren't I lucky!  So I'm off on a whistle stop tour of various Canada cities - Toronto, Quebec, Montreal to mention a few.  We've... Read more...


Date: 31st August 2017

As a Vice President of the Allied Air Forces Museum at Elvington near York, I shall be attending the Memorial Day Service this Sunday, 3rd September.    I've attended all the Memorial Days since becoming a Vice President.  They are all special but this one is extra special as the French... Read more...


Date: 29th August 2017

Sorry to have been quiet for a while.   I had a wonderful holiday in Provence with my friends and will tell you about some of the highlights when I have a moment. Returned from Provence and almost immediately flew to Cuba for filming.  I can't tell you anything about it yet - all hush hush but... Read more...


Date: 20th July 2017

  Yesterday I was asked to join the ITV Breakfast programme and had I not been on the TGV to Avignon would  like to have accepted the invitation to clear up some misconceptions about the gargantuan salaries paid to some - a very few - who work in television. For years I’ve suffered from the... Read more...


Date: 9th July 2017

Battle of Britain Memorial Day at Capel le Ferne. Can't believe that this was my tenth BOB Memorial Day.  The weather couldn't have been better but sadly we only had one Veteran in attendance - Wing Commander Paul Farnes.  A few more Vets are still with us but too fragile to make the journey... Read more...


Date: 17th June 2017

  In the 70’s I worked for HTV in Bristol and had my own programme called ‘Women Only’ (not sure that would be allowed now in our politically correct world) although we did have male interviewers working with us. We entertained some fascinating guests on the programme and one of them was... Read more...

UP, UP AND AWAY - Trip on a Microlight

Date: 17th June 2017

On Wednesday I was incredibly fortunate to be taken by a friend for a Microlight flight over part of Kent.  I've done most things - flown with the Red Arrows, the Blades, in helicopters including a Chinook; I've wingwalked and travelled in many small aircraft; was 'thrown' out of an aircraft at... Read more...


Date: 17th June 2017

RECENT TV - THE LOCH, FEARLESS, THE FULL MONTY As I had a busy week, had to record these three programmes. Just as well I recorded The Loch because although I found it gripping, I also found it necessary to re-run some of the dialogue as much as 4 times as I was unable to get subtitles but maybe that was... Read more...


Date: 11th June 2017

ZADAR http://www.justyou.co.uk Continuing in my proud role as Ambassador for Just You Singles Holiday, the latest adventure was short haul to Croatia and the Makarska Riviera.    As always it was a packed and delightful itinerary. We had an early evening flight, landing at Split Airport at... Read more...


Date: 10th June 2017

THE KRKA NATIONAL PARK http://www.justyouholidays.co.uk This trip was an optional. Could have had a day on the beach or by the pool but wanted to get as much as possible a flavour of Croatia. It was a long coach journey but we passed through some superb scenery, often framed by mountains. Although... Read more...


Date: 9th June 2017

SPLIT AND THE DIOCLETIAN PALACE http://www.justyouholidays.co.uk Twenty years ago I visited Split and was very taken with the Diocletian Palace and very keen to see it again. It is an ancient palace built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD. Today it forms about half... Read more...


Date: 8th June 2017

DUBROVNIK http://www.justyouholidays.co.uk We had a long coach trip to Dubrovnik from Tucepi but the scenery was superb. We must have spent nearly an hour each way crossing the border into Bosnia and then back into Croatia. Dubrovnik was founded in the 6th century and after being a part of various... Read more...


Date: 8th June 2017

HVAR AND BRAC ISLANDS http://www.justyouholidays.co.uk We had a lovely walk along the promenade to the small Harbour in Tucepi where we boarded a boat for the 2 hour trip to the island of Hvar. I’m not the best sailor in the world but the day was idyllic - sunny with gloriously still seas. Hvar... Read more...


Date: 5th June 2017

MOSTAR http://www.justyouholidays.co.uk We had a choice of a day on the beach or by the pools at the Hotel or a visit to Mostar in Bosnia & Hertsogovina. I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity and opted for Mostar. Again a long coach journey and the fad of going over the border again but the... Read more...

CORBYN - God help us if he becomes Prime Minister

Date: 3rd June 2017

I had intended writing some Blogs about the lovely country of Croatia which I recently visited but I've become so incensed at all the Rhetoric blasting out from our TV Screens and Newspapers that I felt I wouldn't sleep if I didn't get my feelings off my chest. CORBYN -Gold help us if he should... Read more...


Date: 20th May 2017

JUST YOU SINGLES HOLIDAYS - CROATIA Today we went to Zadar - badly bombed in WW2 but still showing some spectacular architecture. The bombing exposed a Roman Forum in front of the 9th Century Church of St. Donat which was predominantly built from Roman remains - so recycling is nothing new. They say there... Read more...


Date: 18th May 2017

Where have the years gone?  It seems like yesterday that you came into the world on an unseasonably hot and sunny May day. We've had our ups and downs; our tears; our laughter but I wouldn't change you for the world. Happy Birthday my Darling Son. A few years ago at Stavangar.  I was... Read more...

ISIS - The Origins of Violence

Date: 18th May 2017

I really really do want to try and understand the ghastliness behind the whole ISIS movement.  And no one could have presented a programme better than historian Tom Holland.  He has a quiet authority and doesn't wave his arms round like a demented windmill. The programme was very moving indeed and... Read more...

BAFTAS 2017 - The Real Marigold Hotel

Date: 18th May 2017

We had a really lovely afternoon and evening and Two Four Productions really pushed the boat out for us. We commenced with a delightful cocktail party in the Drawing Room at the BFI. The Addison Lee Driver dropped me at the Festival Hall rather than the appropriate venue even though he assured me he knew where... Read more...

BAFTAS - 2017

Date: 24th April 2017

We have now received invitations from the TwoFour Production Company and I really am quite excited.  I don't go to many events these days and when I do, most people don't bother to Glam up for the occasion.  Two Four are hosting a cocktail event before the actual ceremony and we've been given... Read more...


Date: 22nd April 2017

Last November I opened an event for Childline at Woburn  and was a guest at the Abbey. The Duke included me on a list he must have sent to his large following - I'd no idea about this practice which is barbaric in the extreme AND FOR WHAT - to synchonise births of piglets!!!!!   You couldn't... Read more...


Date: 19th April 2017

Better late than never.  Our trip to Burma last November with Just You Singles Holidays was so jam packed with sights and experiences that I really lost track of where we were and when and never seemed to have time to write in my notebook. I have 30,000 photos on my computer and that is just what I've... Read more...


Date: 13th April 2017

I've never met him but how I would like to.  Because he is a Medic and gay and writes superbly, he's allowed to get away with so much we ordinary folk would not dare to say. I buy the Mail on Saturday - and for the rest of the week I don't take a paper because it is all too depressing and... Read more...


Date: 13th April 2017

The Series has won several awards and now has been nominated for a BAFTA in the Reality Category! I would not like to be a judge as the four nominated programmes are as different as chalk and cheese. So whether the BBC and Two Four will walk away, with this coveted award, remains to be... Read more...


Date: 11th April 2017

I am totally against this barbaric practice and what for!  Our abattoirs are predominantly of a higher quality and more rigorously controlled than many on the Continent.  And why should people demand that the animals be transported 'on the hoof' - put to a great deal of suffering and anguish... Read more...

American - JONATHAN DANIELS - Modern Day Martyr

Date: 7th April 2017

During my Sunday Cathedral duty a few weeks ago, an American Pastor asked me if I knew of any mention of Jonathan Daniels - a Modern Day Martyr who gave his life to save that of a young Black Woman. The Chapel at the East End of the Cathedral near the Trinity Chapel is called the Chapel of the Saints and... Read more...

KARAULI - RAJASTHAN - Real Marigold Hotel

Date: 5th April 2017

The Real Marigold Hotel - Series 1 was filmed in 2015.  As with most filming, the crew always have to cover themselves and very often shoot far far too much.  This happened when we were in India and one of the most interesting visits, for me, was our trip to Karauli where we stayed in the New Palace... Read more...

Misleading Journalism

Date: 20th March 2017

I owe you all some Blogs and I have got interesting matters about which I will be writing soon but have been under the weather and also rather busy so will get down to writing later in the week. But for now I will just blow my top about 'shoddy and misleading' journalism.  And this is the second... Read more...


Date: 4th March 2017

Thirty years ago I was a newsreader and though I did not write the material I was aware of how stories were 'manipulated' and this state of affairs has in my humble opinion got far worse. Look at the Media Hype over the shortage of and expense associated with Broccoli, Courgettes etc.  Well last... Read more...


Date: 20th February 2017

I am sick and tired of all the criticism, marches and demands of the Government with regard to the N.H.S. When I was born there were around 58 million inhabitants in the UK - in the last decade alone the population has grown by 4 million to 65 million.  At its inception the N.H.S was formed to deal with... Read more...

ANTALYA - Celebrity Five Go To ............ 2011

Date: 31st January 2017

This is a bit of a cheat but I found this article when I was trying desperately to empty some of the 'stuff' off my computer which is horrendously full but I never seem to get the time to go through the hundreds of Files nor to pare down the Photographs which now numbet over 29,000 and that is only since... Read more...


Date: 27th January 2017

AND AGAIN .......... When I came to live here 14 years ago, we had small local Post Offices on both The Strand at Walmer and in Walmer village itself.  The Strand closed years ago followed by the one in Walmer Village. The lovely couple who run the local Londis store at Walmer decided that they would... Read more...


Date: 21st January 2017

I'm typing and listening to Alexander Armstrong's Movie music.  What has he just played?  The iconic piece from Laurence of Arabia when Omar Sharif rides out of the mirage in the desert, shoots an arab helping himself to the water in the well merely because he is of the wrong tribe (nothing... Read more...


Date: 20th January 2017

  Suffering the Winter Blues - how about looking at Holiday Options at the Destinations Show at Olympia. I was delighted at the kind reception for my talk at the Telegraph Travel Show at ExCel talking about Singles Holidays and promoting http://justyouholidays I'm speaking again at the... Read more...


Date: 20th January 2017

ID CARDS I simply do not understand resistance to ID Cards. So many organisations have so much detailed information about us that we might as well have them. Today, for the first time in years, I had to send a payment to the Inland Revenue (No we didn’t earn a fortune in my heyday and there were no... Read more...


Date: 8th January 2017

Although I'd not seen him for decades, Mark was a friend from way back who made contact last year.  We met at his beloved Chelsea Arts Club.  He was just off to Greece for his annual long sojourn and now I read that he has died Friends cut out the Obituary for me from The Times so I don't know... Read more...

TELEGRAPH TRAVEL SHOW - 13th January - Free entry

Date: 3rd January 2017

Just been told by http://justyouholidays that for my 'fans' (a rather pretentious word and overused) entry is free if you follow this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-telegraph-travel-show-tickets-25258041482?discount=JanLeeming Actually I am flattered.  Didn't even... Read more...


Date: 2nd January 2017

Just before Christmas I was a naughty lady and got caught by a Radar Trap.  I was guilty so I paid the fine and had to send my licence for a 3 point penalty.  One is advised to check that the points are actually on one's licence so I duly went on line and couldn't believe what I saw.  In all... Read more...


Date: 2nd January 2017

I receive my Website analysis every Monday which tells me the number of visitors to the Site, where they live, and what questions have drawn them to my Website.   First things first.  I'm very touched at the huge numbers of folk on both my Website and on Twitter who have wondered why I was not... Read more...