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: 24th May 2014


I don’t mind admitting that I voted UKIP purely as a protest. And many of my friends  did the same. I doubt that I shall repeat that vote in the General Election. 

I’m sick of the Londoncentricity of our MP’s – most of whom are from privileged backgrounds and have never had a proper job outside of parliament. They need to get real. London is most definitely NOT representative of large swathes of the country. Indeed UK citizens are slightly in the minority in London – I read that we are 49% as opposed to the foreign element of 51%.

It was interesting that UKIP didn’t make much headway in London and the surrounding area – of course not. London is like a separate country. London might be a multicultural city but get out of the Capital and the picture is very different other than in some of the huge Northern Cities.

I’m so glad that the Lib Dems got trounced and it is a darned shame that Cameron didn’t have the guts to call another election four years ago, rather than entering into a coalition with a party which is flakey at best and downright dishonest at worst (mind you does anyone ever meet an honest politician). I cannot forgive Clegg for breaking his part of the bargain over AV. He wanted AV – an absolute waste of time and money – in exchange for supporting the boundary changes on which he reneged . But then most of us are so disillusioned with Politics and Politicians that many don’t even bother to cross the road to put an X on the form anymore.

I'm not unintelligent and know that it is easy to sit at home and criticize but many of us feel that Cameron had more important matters to which to attend rather than spending time on issues which he thought would gather votes but probably lost him more from the traditional Tories. 

Anyone who had a mortgage in the late 1980' will remember when the Interest rate rose to 15%.  I got caught with an horrendously large mortgage repayment even though the mortgage was based on 2.5 times  one's salary .  When I moved to Kent, and not wishing to get caught like that again I opted for a fixed rate mortgage of 7% and then watched it go down to the ridiculously low level of 2.5%.

Only the other day the Governor of the Bank of England expressed his unease at the Housing market - fuelled by various Government edicts like Help to Buy.  Helping to buy is all well and good but not when one is lending people 5 times their salaries at a time when interest rates are ridiculously low and simply have to rise in the near future.  And, in many instances helping to buy and Buy to let is only helping those who already have money and can afford a second or third property - it's not doing much for the poor folk at the bottom rung who just want to get on to the housing ladder.

And what about large areas of London which are apparently dark at night because they are owned by absent Russians, Chinese etc and any other folk we have a few million hanging spare - what better way to make money than buy property and just sit on the investment.  I understand that areas like Chelsea, which always had a villagy atmosphere, have changed beyond recognition and no longer have a heart.

I could go on and on but I've other matters to which to attend.

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