Lillie McCloud

Posted by Jeni in Ad Infinitum | 13 September 2013

Two days to go and my life, as I know it, changes irrevocably.

The pattern of my life has been shifting and changing since 2010. Four and half year phases predominated. Then LBC put pay to that.

Three and a half years and I was moving on. The Beeb have squeezed that three years into two.

It is scary when you get to 64. It is scary when there is huge unemployment among women OF A CERTAIN AGE...don't you just hate that expression.

It is scary when all the money that you made has gone on living, leaving not a pfennig for anything other than survival.

BUT having lived this long I have no intention of slowing down, I have no intention of being swept into the back of the cupboard under the stairs. I am tearful today. having just seen LILLIE McCLOUD sing her heart out on American X Factor.

Check her out on You Tube.

When you're too frightened to make decisions yourself the Universe steps in and, make no mistake, it takes the reigns. Kicking and screaming into the next phase can be brutal but there is no choice but to move on.

Am I feeling sorry for myself? I think a little bit. Do I think it's because I have low self esteem and that I expect to be sidelined? NO. Do I think it's because I'm old, mouthy, and difficult to control - well I would have to say YES.

But as my Spanish corsetier said to me as she fitted me for a bigger undergarment:

'It ees natural for your boobies to grow as you mat-ure.'

'I don't like it' I whined.

'Well you have a tchoice' she said. 'You either grow old or chdie young,'

Here's to my 65th.

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1. At September 13, 2013 11:49 AM Jackie wrote:

Dear Jeni, don't feel have so much to give, such a big heart. You will soon be back up giving it all you've got. Lots of love,

2. At September 13, 2013 11:53 AM Lindy wrote:

Oh my darling wallow just wallow get it all out only then will you be able to see clearly. Much love xxhugxx

3. At September 13, 2013 3:37 PM Penny wrote:

Dear Jeni
All recent indications point to the BBC going absolutely mad. I thought your prog was just perfect in that time slot. I wouldn't be surprised if they came crawling back to you when they realised what a mistake they have made.
You mustn't give up, you have such a talent for making people laugh and that is so precious.

4. At September 13, 2013 10:46 PM Dymphna wrote:

Dear Jeni,

Please don't be sad for long. I loved you on LBC; I loved you on Sundays. You are an inspiration. Your writing makes me laugh, smile and sometimes cry. Such a wonderful talent. There are better things to come for you. Promise x

5. At September 14, 2013 7:48 PM carol wrote:

Chin up Jeni they don't know what they're missing x

6. At September 15, 2013 8:30 AM Angela Wharton wrote:

Oh Jeni, haven't checked your blog for a few days so this morning has come as a terrible shock. What on earth is the Beeb thinking of? When you joined BBC London it made me tune in to more of the station - now they can go hang. I just don't understand but keep blogging and let all of your devoted fans know what's next - which there will be. You can't keep a talented girl down and 65 is a mere child, I know!
Don't lose your joie de vivie and your true talent will ring out again xx

7. At September 15, 2013 9:02 AM Jeanne Cummins (pronounced Jeannie) wrote:

Dear Jenni, I always put your show on at 9am, it is radio London's loss and your are someone's gain. I think you are amazing and very honest and Jeanne xxxxx (pronounced Jeannie)

8. At September 15, 2013 10:41 AM Tish wrote:

Dear Jeni, the BBC is mad to let you go. There is such a demand for wonderful wise women like you. I'm so tired of bland presenters - we are being overwhelmed by a tide of blandness. We need you girl! Lots of love and hugs. Tish xxxx

9. At September 15, 2013 11:03 AM Jan from South Norwood wrote:

Bibi Jeni - be happy, be well and be good - what a fabulous song xxx

Thanks for always reading out my emails - you've been such a tonic particularly during my dark days xxx

10. At September 15, 2013 11:09 AM janice smith wrote:

Dear Jeni, so sorry to hear that your Sunday show will not be on any more. I have learn't so much from you and your guests.
The Management are crazy and have no idea what the public want. I wish you all the best.

11. At September 15, 2013 11:12 AM Pauline Jones wrote:

What a wonderful show today - particularly the musical tributes! You had me laughing and snivelling at the same time! We do love you!


12. At September 15, 2013 6:45 PM LYNNE LEE wrote:

What a fantastic show today.I'm so gutted it was your last show and will really miss you! Sunday's just won't be the same!
Love to you and your family. xxx

13. At September 16, 2013 12:29 AM Noel Moore wrote:

Take care Jeni, Gonna miss your infecsious laugh on a Sunday Morning.

14. At September 16, 2013 8:29 AM John green wrote:

Dear Jeni
What a way to go Girl The Girl did good and went out with your head held high Bless you Jeni Hope you keep up the the youtube
Love J

15. At September 17, 2013 2:25 PM Enyd wrote:

What will I do without my Jeni's laughter on Sunday mornings? I had a lovely chat with you when you did an O/B in Battersea High Street on the day of William & Kate's wedding, YOU WERE FAB, such a darling and I really feel quite sad that you are not part of my Sundays anymore. Be well and go share your wonderful personality with those who appreciate you. Much love and BIG HUGS. E xx

16. At September 17, 2013 3:16 PM Maria M wrote:

Dear Jeni - I was so sad to hear that you were 'moving on' and have loved all the Sunday mornings listening to you and your guests. You made me laugh!I'm writing this on a wet Monday afternoon and your replacement is replacing Jo Good this afternoon. It's dreadful, actually it's embarrassingly dreadful. I have switched off. BBC London will be losing listeners in their droves with this change.
Take care, Jeni - and let us know where we'll find you next! x

17. At September 17, 2013 10:06 PM Martin Rosen wrote:

At last we now know the presenter that will take over from you on Sundays.

What has she got that you haven't?!

18. At September 19, 2013 1:53 PM Debs wrote:

Your show was fantastic on Sunday, their loss and somebody elses gain, let us know when you will be on the air again. Take care of yourself. XXXX PS: IGNORE the people who are nasty, they need to get a life!

19. At September 19, 2013 3:21 PM Poppypeewee wrote:

I loved listening to you on LBC in the 1-4 pm afternoon slot and then immediately followed you to London. Let us know where you go next please. Although, at times, you have irritated me with your narrow minded views you are a great radio presenter. Easy to listen to and have a good sense of humour.Good luck with what ever comes your way next.

20. At September 19, 2013 10:04 PM LV wrote:

Jeni - I was lucky to catch the end of the last show. Lovely to go out on such a high! And Frank Loman has the most beautiful singing voice.
Adonai blessing to new beginnings.
Love Light

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