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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: 20th September 2021

THIS IS THE FULL STORY.   Ex- military or from a Military family, please think of a donation.  If you are unable to donate, please pass on the message.  THE PRINCESS OF WALES’S ROYAL REGIMENT The County Regiment of Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Middlesex and Hampshire Colonel in Chief: Her... Read more...

PEN FARTHING & NOWZAD - THE FACTS not the Fictionalized journalism

Date: 20th September 2021

NOWZAD - PEN-PAUL FARTHING FACTS not the Fiction perpetrated by Journalists. Here are the basic, accurate, unvarnished facts. Pen is a retired Royal Marine Commando. He and other marines were on duty and happened to break up some dog fights organised by Afghans. Most of the dogs ran off but one with cut... Read more...


Date: 15th July 2021

RISK ASSESSMENT - SENSIBLE LIVING. The other day I was walking my dogs at The Bay. There was a group of tinies obviously having a day out all lined up by the railings of the Promenade. My dogs are beautiful and very appealing and there were lots of Oohs and Aahs as we passed. I stopped and offered to let... Read more...

Battle of Britain - Wonderful signed Print for Auction

Date: 15th July 2021

My regular followers will know that I have a soft spot for the Battle of Britain Memorial and all that goes with it. Discovered the other day that Chaucer Collectables are having an Auction on 21st July with many Prints from that period. One which I’ve seen and which I think is stunning and unique is a... Read more...


Date: 22nd May 2021

I’ve said before that Journalists ‘piggy back’ on the ideas of others. It’s happened again - a friend sent me this link - and of course I wasn’t approached for my views.  It'a a very emotive accusation - Stolen - hijacked more... Read more...


Date: 19th May 2021

When visiting some lovely friends recently, they had as a house guest Christopher Biggins - one of the kindest men you could hope to meet. He suggested that I join up to Celebrity Video  Messages - I’d never thought of it before as my Glory days are well past. However he showed me how to do it - so I... Read more...


Date: 10th May 2021

A propos of nothing, I find it strange that every week when I get my Website Analytics there's always a large percentage of readers clicking on to  John Masefield poem - Reynard's last run (very very sad) and  Fanny Fanackapan - which was my Father's pet name for me - shortened to... Read more...

All that Glitters - Jewellery Challenge

Date: 7th May 2021

I suppose I should have expected Press reaction to my Blog and Tweet regarding my chagrin at seeing virtually all of my Proposal with regard to ‘Jewellery Challenge’ replicated on BBC TV as All That Glitters. With the press you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. I spoke to a... Read more...


Date: 7th May 2021

First taste of freedom last weekend was a coffee in the garden of friends in Deal.  They had as their house guest the kind and lovely Christopher Biggins whom I'd met before. He suggested that I join CelebVm - Video messages and showed me how to do so. So if any of you would like a personalized... Read more...

THE PRESS - damned if you do and damned if you don't

Date: 5th May 2021

THE PRESS - Damned if you do and damned if you don’t Some time ago a journalist took what I’d written on Twitter and on my Website and somehow turned it round to adversely affect me. I had declined the opportunity to give an interview over what I’d said regarding the payment of the Licence... Read more...


Date: 18th April 2021

ALL THAT GLITTERS If you’ve read my last two Blogs, you might expect me to show a certain ‘Schadenfreude’ over the poor and lukewarm reviews but I actually feel sorry for, what I see, as a superb opportunity missed. I believed the concept of a ‘Challenge Programme’ was to... Read more...

ALL THAT GLITTERS - BBC series - First Programme

Date: 14th April 2021

ALL THAT GLITTERS As you know I have a vested interest in this programme having made the same - or similar - approach with the idea to the BBC in 2017. It is well night impossible to Patent an idea. I was asked if I’d be happy to have my Proposal passed to a Production Company with whom the BBC were... Read more...


Date: 7th April 2021

ALL THAT GLITTERS - BBC Programme I AM GUTTED Nearly a decade ago, seeing all the Challenge Programmes on TV, and because I attended Adult Education Jewellery and Silversmithing classes, I believed there was mileage in a Jewellery Challenge. I saw the beautiful pieces being made by ‘ordinary members... Read more...


Date: 6th April 2021

Vaccine Cards and. ID Cards Why are people so against a Vaccine Passport? Could never understand the outcry against IDCards . Liberals decry them as infringing our Liberties. What liberties I ask you? Put together what is known about us ON LINE , by HMRC; DVLA; NHS, the CENSUS etc and so forth and... Read more...


Date: 10th March 2021

THE OPRAH INTERVIEW WELL - What can one say. I think most of us were shocked that such a privileged couple should air their dirty linen in public and cause so much hurt to the Queen and the wider Royal Family I’ve watched several panels discussing the Interview and read many articles. Many points... Read more...

MIRACLES MISSION - Raising funds

Date: 3rd March 2021

I made a flip remark on Twitter about raising funds for Miracles Mission and said I was too old to strip but there was a rather flattering photo of me taken 10 years ago which I did for the Daily Mail with permission from my son. It was to promote the Male Cancer Charity ‘Orchid’ which deals with... Read more...


Date: 3rd March 2021

A Twitter follower told me that Come Dine With Me is to be repeated - yet again - this Sunday on More4. I’ve lost count of how many times the programme has been repeated - if only we got repeat fees! The programme has to be over 10 years old because my son - though edited out of the programme - chose... Read more...


Date: 3rd March 2021

I have a Twitter account which I use a great deal especially for promoting and fund raising for the various animal charitiesI support. Just in case you are interested - here’s a run down of the links Twitter account @Jan_Leeming Patron. Animals Sri Lanka. @AnimalSOSSLanka Ambassador... Read more...


Date: 2nd March 2021

As my regular readers will know, I support several Animal Charities. Miracles Mission is desperately trying to raise the funds to purchase land on which to build a Centre where Disabled animals will be assessed, treated and if necessary provided with Prosthetic and Doggie and Cat wheels. For the Auction... Read more...

ZEN - TV Crime drama

Date: 25th February 2021

In The Times TV guide for 14th February there was an article promoting ZEN on the DRAMA Channel starring Rufus Sewell. I admire him as an actor and liked what I read in the article. Thoroughly enjoyed the programme and again this last Sunday. Was curious as to when it was made and how many in the series and was... Read more...

AUDREY HEPBURN'S PERFUME - English Promenade 19

Date: 25th February 2021

AUDREY HEPBURN’S PERFUME As most of you will know I am a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn and have always regarded her as one of my heroines. When younger I was always thrilled when people said I looked like her - not really but I had the same urchin hair cut and gamin looks. Some years ago, whilst working... Read more...


Date: 23rd February 2021

Miracles Mission Celebrity Auction Miracles Mission is aiming to raise enough funds to build a Centre where disabled animals will be treated and, if appropriate, be fitted with ‘doggy wheels’. You can find out more by going to their Website. Tried to publicise this on Twitter but twice the... Read more...


Date: 23rd February 2021

ANIMALS SOS SRI LANKA A few weeks ago I was asked by this charity to be a Patron along with someone I admire greatly - the lovely Peter Egan. The day I accepted a dear little injured dog was brought in to the sanctuary - she’d been hit by a vehicle and paralysed in her back legs. They called her Jan for... Read more...


Date: 24th January 2021

THREE WISE MONKEYS and PC Simply cannot believe the latest PC about the Three Wise Monkeys. From The Times - Friday 22nd January “York Academics see the evil of racism in three wise monkeys’ A phrase comes to mind which I will alter ‘ Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ so... Read more...


Date: 23rd January 2021

Hallo and Welcome My viewing figures increase every time there’s a Repeat programme on TV in which I’ve participated and a fortnight ago was no exception. I wondered why the figures had gone up and then realised there’s been a repeat of Part 1 The Real Marigold Hotel. Last week it was... Read more...

REAL MARIGOLD HOTEL - changed episode.

Date: 23rd January 2021

Sorry everyone.  The schedulers have really been having a great time changing everything.  Last week the billed episode gave way to Snooker and this week they changed the episode  from the one advertised. This week's visit to the Taj Mahal was wonderful.  If you'd like to read more -... Read more...