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Jan Leeming

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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: 12th September 2014


So sorry that I simply haven’t had time to write any Blogs over the last fortnight. There’s so much to share, I don’t know where to start.

However, pro temps, you will have to wait because I’m just about to go to Paris for the Medal Presentations to most of the families of the other Free French whose names are inscribed on the Battle of Britain Memorial Wall at Capel le Ferne.

After the presentation of the BOB Medals to the families of René Mouchotte and Henry Lafont in 2012, there was obviously a certain amount of publicity. This has led to other families also claiming the medals of their loved ones. So the way it stands at the moment is that the family of Bouquillard, the first of the Free French to lose his life and the eldest of the team, have already claimed his medals. That leaves ten families of which eight have claimed their medals. Very sadly for me the two for whom no families can be traced are Charles Guerin, René’s best friend, the man he saw die in front of him, and Brière. The medals of both these men will be donated to the Musée de la Liberation which is due to open again, after refurbishment, next year.

Then I am also working quite hard on gearing up towards the Charity Event next week in which I’m interviewing the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral in a sort of Desert Island Discs Presentation. He is a very erudite man and his musical knowledge is second to none. I’ve already spent a day on the Internet looking at the background to the music of his choice. (There is absolutely no excuse these days for sloppy research - it is all there at the click of a button. When I think of the sleepless nights I spent researching the hard way when I interviewed guests particularly on the programme Pebble Mill at One!)

Sorry if this is not in the best English but I really will get down to writing some Blogs next week covering a visit to the Tower of London, the wonderful Exhibition at the British Musuem on various Mummies - still wrapped but investigated by CT Scan, the superbly wonderful production of Medea etc. and so forth. It is not just the writing with takes the time but the downloading of the photos.

So please be patient and I promise that next week there will be a stream of blogs.

Á bientôt, Jan

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