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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: 21st June 2008

Would you believe it's the longest day! It's been overcast and miserable all day and despite this being the longest day, I suspect that it will be dark around 9.30.  Flaming June indeed - it has been a Flaming June with very little good weather to speak of.

I'm going off on my travels for just over a week so thought I'd put a few thoughts down before I go.

On Thursday I'd had my arm twisted by my son to go into town for the 5th Anniversary Party of Astus  at Chinawhite's.  I really don't enjoy struggling into London - paying the Congestion Charge and a fortune to park but Jonathan was insistent.  I have to say I met a  great many interesting folk - and that's what my life has been about - meeting and interviewing interesting people.  Although I tried to leave several times, my son wanted me to stay - not much fun when you are drinking water and all around you are becoming happier and happier.  However I did stay till beyond the witching hour and, declining my son's offer to stay at his flat, I embarked on my journey home which should have been a doddle.  But No - the Limehouse Tunnel was closed and I'd just turned down the sliproad to the Blackwall Tunnel when all traffic came to a grinding halt and there we sat for over half an hour.  So the journey took almost an hour longer than anticipated and that was in the wee small hours of the morning.

Is it a process of age that one really wants an easier life and all the hassles with which one happily copes when young, suddenly assume ridiculous proportions.

Last night I attended a very interesting event.  Mind you, I'd not read the invitation correctly and thought I was meeting up with a friend of a friend and one other.  It turned out that there were about 24 of us and we were at a presentation about Juice Plus.  Actually it is a product that I firmly believe is a good one and I shall be signing up to purchase it but don't think I'll be taking on a franchise.  I'm not good at selling, even myself, let alone a product!

From a very layman's point of view - Juice Plus is the powder form of fruit and vegetables grown in California - in the best of conditions with no pesticides etc.    As I don't have any information in front of me I can't begin to relate to you the medical and scientific benefits of these capsules - but I do remember from the address that there was much mention of fighting the free radicals.  I worry very much today about our 'worn-out' soil and the amount of pesticides which have been introduced over the last few decades.

John Humpreys wrote an article some years ago where he exposed the way in which much of our food is grown and harvested.  I remember him writing about a tractor ploughing a field in Kent and there were no swarms of birds following the tractor (as one sees in paintings from a bye-gone age) - why not - because the soil is so ruined with pesticides that there are no worms etc. on which the birds used to feed. 

I buy Organic as much as possible, but I must admit that I wonder how much we are being conned by 'Organic”.

Enough of that gloom.  I'm going off on my travels tomorrow.  First stop is Grange Park again for the production of 'Rusalka'.  Tomorrow it's Black Tie etc. but the weather forecast is not good - will I be wearing my evening dress and sporting wellie boots?

Then it's off to the West country to visit family and friends and back up to Hampshire to a luncheon at which Juanita Carberry will be present - that will be fascinating.

I'm doing a sweep - not only does it make sense but is as economical on petrol as one can be - did I say Petrol - I think we can begin to call it Liquid Gold.  I wouldn't mind so much if it weren't for the enormous sum the  Government take off in Duty.  If they put it back into the roads and transport, even that would be acceptable but I suspect a great deal of it goes to the feckless and to the inflated pensions of the Public Sector.

I really am becoming a grumpy old woman.

Once again I tried to put photos into the Website and came unstuck.  My manager Simon does seem to be able to manage it and, as I'm seeing him on Tuesday, perhaps I'll be able to sort the problem once and for all.

What I want to do when I get back is to start telling you about Cheetahs - creatures that I adore and showing you the difference between the Cheetah and the King Cheetah.

Will catch up with you when I get back next weekend.

Take care and bye for now,  Jan

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