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Planes, trains and automobiles

Well, I’m back. I have so much to tell you that it’s all a bit daunting, so I’ll start at the beginning and take a few short cuts.

I went to see Julia Fordham perform at the Pigalle Club in London. She was quite amazing as usual, her extraordinary voice never fails to send shivers of pleasure down my spine, she is a truly talented singer and songwriter. Her sister, my friend Claire, was there and phoned the whole gig in to her parents who weren’t able to be there! Here is one of my favourite (if not THE favourite), Julia Fordham song. If you don’t know her please watch this and marvel.

I flew to the South of France with Claire for the premiere of ‘The Making of Plus One’. I’ve told you about it before, it’s a mockumentary set and filmed during the Cannes Film Festival last year, about a producer trying to get a film made, which is based on Claire’s book (still with me?) I wasn’t sure how it was going to work but it was very good, very funny and fast paced and I enjoyed it immensely.

Cannes was fabulous, everything I thought it would be – glamorous and glitzy, we went to a cocktail party on a large boat, drank champagne in the Carlton, hung out at the Majestic for the after screening party, hob nobbed with celebs.  The screening of the film ‘The Making of Plus One’ based very loosely on Claire’s book and in which she and her sister Julia appeared was eventful. I won’t repeat the whole saga as Claire tells it so well over at her blog here so please do visit and read her account of it all – and read how her horoscope saved the day. I tell you this, I wish I had one quarter of Claire’s chutzpah, she is amazing and so deserves to do well.



My next stop was Geneva. I flew out of Nice at 8am and an hour later was in Switzerland. I met my friend Edwina who had flown in from England and we took the train to Crans Montana. It’s a lovely journey as it follows the shores of Lac Leman, through Lausanne and Montreux and then heads of down the Rhône valley to Sierre.


It’s always nice to go to Crans, but as an unrepentant non-skier I love it in the summer! It’s very pretty in the winter but I prefer it green.


We were there a day and then we set off to drive to Mallorca. We drove through Switzerland to France, the journey prolonged by several long hold ups due to a combination of accidents, roadworks and sheer volume of traffic and quite frankly, Montpellier just seems to go on forever, but we eventually arrived in Port de la Selva where we spent the night.


The next morning we were on the road again, heading for Barcelona where we caught a ferry to Palma in Mallorca. The 7 hour trip passed surprisingly quickly and before we knew it we had docked and were on the road to Puerto Pollensa, our final destination. We then collapsed in a heap and spent a very lazy week, eating drinking and lolling around in the sun – although we did walk to Cala San Vicente one day – over a mountain, I’ll have you know! Here are some pics to give you a flavour of the rest of the week.


So now I’m back. I brought sunshine home with me and it has been a slow process getting back into the swing of things. Milo was thrilled to see me but did miss #1 son when he went back to Bath. The most excellent news is that #2 son arrived back from his 4 month trip around South East Asia this morning and is heading to Dorset tomorrow. Woohoo! I am so looking forward to seeing him, it’s ridiculous.

I have just a couple more things to pass on to you bookbinding afficionados. I have just bought three new books to read. I am currently reading a book called ‘People of the Book‘ by Geraldine Brooks, which is about a book restorer and promises to be very good. While I was in Cannes I met one of the stars of ‘The Making of Plus One’, Sara Stockbridge, (who was a model and muse for Vivienne Westwood). She is tall, blond and gorgeous and now, she has written a book called ‘Hammer’ “a novel of the Victorian Underworld” and she told me about a book called ‘ The Journal of Dora Damage‘ by Belinda Starling, which is a book about a bookbinder! I have just bought it and on the back it says ‘a riveting tale of bookbinding and Victorian pornography’. Ooh er missus!

This is Sara and I on the boat in Cannes, with Omid Djalili, a really funny British-Iranian comedian, who was also at the party.


Star struck? Me? Possibly.


13 responses to “Planes, trains and automobiles

  1. Daddy Papersurfer June 3, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Well, well, well – we have been getting about a bit haven’t we …… [I never know – do you put a question mark at the end of a reciprocal question] ……. anyhooooo, very glad you had a lovely time and didn’t come to any harm.

    Know Puerto Pollensa very well – we have sailed into it several times – once with the mum-in-law who insisted on wandering around the yacht topless – a tad unsettling……. and then there was the time she ……. oh, never mind.

    I might build up the courage to ask for your autograph one day – tee hee heeeeeeee

    PS – If Sara Stockbridge starts stalking me now, I’ll know who to blame BTW.

    • Diane June 3, 2009 at 1:44 pm

      Sara Stockbridge – tall, blonde, slim, talented actress, model, published author – what’s not to like? And she’s really friendly and nice, we had a long chat about our favourite books. Very rock and roll! Can’t quite remember if I mentioned you or not…..

  2. strugglingwriter June 3, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Sounds like an amazing time. I bet it was a dream to do the “glamorous and glitzy” thing. Those are gorgeous photographs.

    Just read how Claire’s horoscope saved the day. That would make an interesting fiction story I think. Certainly was fortuitous in real life!

    So glad you are doing well!

    • Diane June 3, 2009 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you! Claire’s horoscope was so pertinent it was scary. And even had it been me, I don’t think I would have been brave enough to do what she did! I would have sat there in the dark, quaking in my boots. Well, shoes, but you know what I mean!

  3. TeresaR June 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Hey fellow unrepentant non-skier, welcome back to both real home and blog home!

    You know, you’re pretty much a celebrity in my eye, being super talented, beautiful, and a jet-setter!

    Thanks for the photos…I enjoy traveling vicariously through you!

    • Diane June 3, 2009 at 4:26 pm

      Aw shucks! You are so good for my ego! Forget vitamins, I need my daily fix of Teresa!
      Good to meet a fellow non-skier at last too :-)

  4. Claire June 3, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    You are the perfect travelling companion. Here’s to many more adventures together.

  5. Gry Dla Dzieci June 5, 2009 at 11:12 am

    You’ve been to Fordham’s performance too? Wasn’t it glorious? I enjoyed every bit of that evening.

    • Diane June 8, 2009 at 2:21 pm

      It was a wonderful evening. I have seen her many times and I never tire of her voice, her music and her engaging personality. She has such a brilliant sense of humour – something that seems to run in the family as Claire and both her children are hilarious too!

  6. Odzyskiwanie Danych June 18, 2009 at 9:05 am

    This was an awesome event. i loved it. Can’t wait till I manage to find time to go again with my friends. I just love her voice and the atmosphere of her concerts.

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