For My Friends And Viewers In Australia

Jan Leeming

Shoreham 2007

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: 5th May 2008


Unless you've read my biography, you probably don't  know that I lived and worked in Sydney and Melbourne in the 60's.  I was the first woman newsreader for Channel Ten-10 and appeared in many Theatrical Productions in Sydney and also with the Union Rep. in Melbourne.  I absolutely adored living in Sydney and had it not been for the death of my fiancé (and a generous mother who sent me the fare back to the UK) I fully intended to spend the rest of my live in Oz.  On returning to the UK, I realised what a huge mistake I'd made but one thing led to another and I began to carve a career in Television here.

I have a few very dear friends in Sydney and one of the closest - Michael Laurence rang me last night to say a friend had seen an episode of 'I'm a Celebrity ...... ' and couldn't continue watching it - whether that was out of sympathy for me or whether he thought the programme so awful, I don't know.  I also didn't know it was being shown in Australia.

I always intended to end my days in Sydney but I'm afraid I didn't get an Australian passport  - not necessary at the time.  Now, your Government makes it impossible for older people to settle in Australia unless they have pots of money.  Fame I've had but the money wasn't around in my heyday - so my dream of retirement in your lovely country has been dashed.

I undertook 'I'm a Celebrity ..... ' purely to put money in my rather threadbare pension fund but I have to say the experience was LIFE ENHANCING.  I faced a lot of my fears and realised I'm capable of doing a great deal more than I ever thought possible.  I have to say that - as with all reality shows - it was, in my opinion, very negatively edited but I can assure you there was also a lot of fun and some lovely experiences like washing under a waterfall and cooking very basic ingredients over a huge campfire.  So, if you are watching, view it with slightly different eyes.

Before Celebrity I took part in a programme (20 part) training to be a Game Ranger at Shamwari in  South Africa.  Since Celebrity I've husky-sledded, snow-mobiled and Wingwalked (the latter for the RAF Charity)

If you've been reading the Blog, you'll know that on Tuesday 6th May I am having auctioned - among other personal items - the dress I wore to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 1982 - and it still fits.  The Auction is part of a series called 'Celebrity Cash in the Attic' which transmits on BBC 1 and the money raised goes to a Charity of one's choice. 

I've chosen ORCHID - which is a small charity devoted to research into and treatment of the three main male cancers - Testicular, Penile and Prostate.  My son had testicular cancer three years ago and recently raised just under £4,000 doing a Sky Dive for Orchid.

There is a possibility that ORCHID will be organizing a trek up Kilimanjaro next year.  Jonathan and I are hoping to take part - I'll have to start training in a gym now (Grrrh ..... I hate organised exercise, preferring to walk and swim) - and also check that I'm not susceptible to Altitude Sickness.  Then I think I'll have to hang up my boots - I may feel and act like a 30 year old - but my passport says otherwise!!!!!

I've written this letter because I saw that a large number of folk in Australia have logged  into my Website - so thank you and keep reading.

Affectionately, Jan

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