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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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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: 17th February 2014


I’m one of those people who tend to leave difficult jobs to the last minute – especially those which are going to cause me grief.

Some years ago, when I gave many talks on P & O Cruises, I worked very hard and put together 4 talks in the Apple Keynote programme. They were very well received and I regularly just about filled the 700 seat theatre on board at 11.30 in the morning.

I took my son on a couple of the trips – one up the Baltic and another to Norway. My friend Doreen accompanied me on some others and I have to say they were thoroughly enjoyable except for the sailing - I’m not the best sailor in the world!

Well, technology doesn’t stand still and my presentations were badly in need of an update especially as I have to give a talk to an Inner Wheel Conference in April. So eventually I got down to it with the aid of my invaluable helper Paul. Although it meant that I had to load all my illustrations yet again (averaging 100 per talk) it was a much easier task than 7 years ago and I was able to put in Text, headings, names etc. I could have put in music as well! Only joking because I give my presentation without notes and it is the illustrations which guide me. My son had never seen me in action and, not being given to praising his parents (like most offspring), I was astonished when he came up to me and was effusive in his praise especially as to my working without notes. Mind you, when you’ve researched your subject, written it out in full (20 pages worth) then subbed it down to Bullet Points and practicised the delivery several times, you should certainly be able to speak without notes.

So I now have two of the four nicely re-done and also put onto a flash drive just in case. It is so satisfying and I must get down to re-doing the other two before the impetus passes.

In the past I was often asked to present talks relevant to a particular business and I always turned them down. It is one thing to deliver on a subject or subjects with which one is intimately connected and quite another to try and put together a presentation on a subject about which one knows nothing. In the heady days of Newsreading when I was invited to so many events, I was always surprised at the way a host would ask if I would be prepared to address the assembled people for a few minutes. Unless one is a born raconteur or comedian, preparing a good talk is a very time consuming enterprise. I would say that it took me at the very least one hour of work for every minute that I produced which was usable.  

I must put together a talk on my French Pilot – René Mouchotte while the whole ‘Searching for René’ is still fresh in my mind. I was intending to write a small book but when people started talking about making it interactive etc. I rapidly went off the boil. I’m just not that technical. I only want a memento to look back on when I’m older and greyer!

Bye for now, Jan



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