Passions run High at the County Register

Passions run High at the County Register

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Passions run High at the County Register by Tracey Cater

If you have any reservations about dating, Tracey will put you mind to rest as she talks about her confidential and proven approach as a dating Dating Adviser for The County Register, an exclusive introductions agency.

‘In my role as a Membership Adviser, I make sure that there is total transparency and honesty throughout the process, for new clients joining The County Register. Our clients are professional men and women who expect, and deserve, an elite service.’

Tracey speaks with conviction as she describes her unique approach:

‘Previously, I have carried out roles as both a Matchmaker and Matchmaking Manager. Just like the rest of my fellow employees at The County Register, I am absolutely passionate about the personal introductions we provide for our clients. Those who join us are all looking for a long lasting, loving relationship. Many have been through heartbreak and loss of some sort, so our approach to all of our members is one of sensitivity, compassion and professionalism.

Online dating is usually discussed during an initial consultation, as many people have suffered bad experiences. I make it clear that the service we offer is 100% confidential and also that our clients are all ID checked, using a verification system provided by Lexus Nexus.

My attitude towards my role is to guide a client through the joining process, managing their expectations and making sure they have chosen the membership that best suits their needs. I am one of a very hardworking and honest team of people. We all operate with integrity and emotional involvement. I absolutely love my job and I’m incredibly proud to work for The County Register, alongside an amazing group of individuals.  With our wide experience of personal matchmaking, we understand the uncertainties you may feel. It may be some years since you were dating; other issues, such as a career or family may have taken priority, or you may have reached the stage where you are ready to share your life with someone – you just haven’t met that person yet. An important part of our service is to advise, counsel and listen to your concerns.

I’d love to speak with if you’d like to find out more about dating with The County Register.  Please do call me, for an informal chat on 0800 644 4110 or email: enquiries@thecountyregister.com’

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English Chamber Orchestra with Ana de la Vega and Ramon Ortega Quero at Cadogan Hall

English Chamber Orchestra with Ana de la Vega and Ramon Ortega Quero at Cadogan Hall

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The English Chamber Orchestra with Ana de la Vega and Ramon Ortega Quero at Cadogan Hall
The ECO is joined by Australian flautist Ana de la Vega and Spanish oboist Ramon Ortega Quero
to perform a sparkling programme designed to highlight the magical relationship between oboe and flute.

Friday 24th January 2020 at 7.30pm

Prices from £15, £25, £35 & £45 please book at Cadogan Hall Box Office   

Special press announcement by Ana de la Vega

My Album release concert is with the ECO in London on the 24th January which falls on the Australia Day weekend. Australia Day is a day where our nation celebrates our beautiful country and the courageous people in it. But sadly this year we are suffering a unimaginable catastrophe.

Ramon and I will be playing a prayer for Australia, and donating our fees to the POP UP fire fighters who don’t have hoses, tanks and water pumps but who could make a difference for the remaining months of danger.

Please come and celebrate Australia and Australia Day with us, and from London we can together send some prayers and love across the oceans!         

Concert Details

For the composers of the 18th century, every instrument had a human personality. You aren’t just hearing an oboe and a flute – you’re hearing songbirds in flight, two lovers in blissful embrace, or a couple of clowns from a comic opera, getting up to some irresistibly elegant fun. To celebrate the release in January 2020 of their new PENTATONE album, “Haydn & Stamitz”, flautist Ana de la Vega and oboist Ramon Ortega Quero join the ECO for an evening of rediscovered masterpieces by Haydn, Stamitz, Cimarosa and the young Mozart: music of star-crossed romance and sparkling wit. Elgar’s much-loved Serenade looks on with a knowing – and very English – smile.

Programme:

  • Cimarosa Overture “I traci amanti”
  • Elgar Serenade for Strings Op.20
  • Haydn Concerto for Two Lire Organizzate in C major
  • Carl Stamitz Concerto for Oboe and Flute in G major
  • Mozart Symphony No. 29
  • Ana de la Vega Flute
  • Ramon Ortega Quero Oboe
  • English Chamber Orchestra
  • David Juritz Director
  • Venue: Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

The ECO aims to celebrate and build upon its tradition of maintaining the highest international musical standards, nurturing new talent and focussing on the ‘best of British’ music and musicianship, as well as being the chamber orchestra of choice for many of the world’s greatest soloists and, via its many and varied foreign tours, a significant invisible export for the United Kingdom.

https://cadoganhall.com/whats-on/english-chamber-orchestra-200124/

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Jemimah Fleet Speaks Surrogacy And The Law At Pinewood Studios

Jemimah Fleet Speaks Surrogacy And The Law At Pinewood Studios

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We met Jemimah Fleet, family lawyer from progressive Buckinghamshire Law Firm BP Collins, on her visit to Pinewood Studios recently.  Jemimah spoke openly about Surrogacy, the niche area of family law she has grown to love, and the positive impact it has on so many lives.

Jemimah talked about the current legal obstacles within the climate on surrogacy law in the UK (described as ‘unwelcoming’ by Sir James Munby, the former President of the Family Division) and how it is very difficult to find a surrogate, or indeed for surrogates to come forward, due to the various restrictions concerning payments and even offering/advertising to be a surrogate. In contrast, in the USA, there is a more progressive attitude towards surrogacy which has meant that many people from the UK are drawn to go overseas.

But she is hopeful that with the proposed reforms that are presently in motion with the law commission, around the complex issues of surrogacy law, that there may well be light at the end of the tunnel.

Overall Jemimah remains positive and passionate:

‘It is a real privilege to work in this area of law’ say Jemimah ‘and I enjoy navigating the legal obstacles for clients, setting out a clear plan of action and supporting them on their surrogacy journeys. 

In relation to the law commission’s current consultation and proposals to reform UK surrogacy law: 

‘I absolutely welcome the proposals for regulation and reform and see it as hugely positive. I have seen an increase in the number of clients who are seeking advice on surrogacy, especially internationally, in recent years.  The lack of uptake of the surrogacy process in the UK is undoubtedly due to the obstacles and uncertain legal framework that intended parents (and surrogates) currently encounter. One important issue is that the surrogate (as the birth mother) is always considered the legal mother and intended parents can only apply to court for a parental order, to be recognised as their child’s legal parents, once the child is born. This inevitably places the child in a legal limbo and vulnerable position until legal matters are resolved, which can take months.

The Law Commission’s consultation will help to reform the law which is outdated and doesn’t meet the interests and needs of those involved in surrogacy journeys. Importantly, the reform aims to ensure that the child’s welfare remains the key focus, but provides a clearer legal framework and reassurance to all those involved.’

As she touched upon aspects of her work that she was permitted to share, she told us that she has encountered some wonderful surrogates and that they usually have one or more children already, and are committed to the surrogacy journey and rarely stray from their decision to help a couple who cannot conceive.  So the obstacles faced were in the law itself.

Jemimah works with single parents, same sex couples, older parents and parents who are unable to conceive naturally for medical reasons, and she feels that in spite of the current legal challenges, it is a privilege to work in a profession that brings joy to so many people.

Contact Jemma on 01753 279045 or email  jemimah.fleet@bpcollins.co.uk
https://www.bpcollins.co.uk/

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THE COURAGE TO PICK UP THE BRUSH – IS PAINTING A CHALLENGE YOU WOULD PURSUE?

THE COURAGE TO PICK UP THE BRUSH – IS PAINTING A CHALLENGE YOU WOULD PURSUE?

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It sometimes seems as if certain events as a child shape your future and this certainly had been in the case for many years as a result of one incident that occurred very early on at my school.

I was sent to a Convent at the age of 5 and stayed there until I had completed my education, so a total of 13 years.  I can’t say I hated it, and most of the Nuns were well intentioned, and there were individuals I vividly remember who would make fabulous characters in a books or movies.  One read Jackie Collins books, tucked out of sight under her habit, professing to be censoring them for the older girls.  Another was a frustrated tennis champion, who would have given Navratilova a run for her money, as she seemed to be on the tennis court every day at every opportunity and others who were mostly kind if not a little eccentric.

I say ‘mostly’ because there was one very ‘bad’ Nun, Sister St John who was quick tempered and judgemental, and it all started when I was late for meeting my grandfather in the hall after school, who had been waiting to pick me up.  By the time I had reached him, he had decided to leave me there for another half an hour as I was seeming to enjoy playing with my friends outside.  It actually suited him as he wanted to get something from the local shop, but it led to a tirade of abuse from our ‘bad’ Mother accusing me of being spoilt and a thoughtless brat.

It may seem strange that I remember the incident so well, being only five or six, but it stuck in my mind as Sister St John was the Art Teacher who remained throughout my school education, and seemed to victimise me onwards from that day.

It may also seem a little paranoid, but over the years it was as if I didn’t exist.  She never commented on my artwork and not once did she display any of my paintings on the Art Room wall.  I was really good at Drama and English Literature, and received the highest award in the sixth form for Drama and Poetry, but I left school believing I had absolutely no artistic flair for painting at all.

I was well into my forties before my then husband’s brother who was a painter, challenged me to pick up the brush, something I had resisted for many years.

He told me that if we spent a day together he would teach me to paint and I would have created a picture at the end of it.  He said it didn’t matter how good or bad it was, it was just for me and to overcome the stigma I had carried around with me for so many years.

I agreed, and it was one of the best decisions of my life.  We painted in oils, and I literally let my mind run free as I dabbed paints and mixed colours and applied them to the canvas, resulting in a wonderful amalgamation of free spirited expression.  I didn’t even think about it being good or bad, and decided to give it a go in my free time in the future.

That was 15 or so years ago, and since then I have attended several art classes and courses, and even had my landscape painting displayed on a wall at one of them.

I have also had my abstract work displayed at an art exhibition called ‘Friends and Family’ at The Vaults in London opposite the London Eye, and have recently raised £550 as one of my paintings was auctioned for charity at a local event.

When asked I still say I just paint for passion and I am not very good, but my judgment has to change soon, as when I was having one of my paintings framed in a shop in Islington, a famous singer asked me how much it would be to buy.  I was so shocked I said it was not for sale, but asked her how much she felt it would be worth, to which she replied ‘I don’t know, my husband is the art dealer’.  I still can’t believe I have any talent for painting, but the world seems to be proving me wrong.

So how about you – and it is not about how good or bad you are?  It is all about the courage to pick up the brush, and if you don’t you will never know whether or not painting is for you.

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JANINE DUVITSKI – A PERFECTLY CLASSIC CAREER

JANINE DUVITSKI – A PERFECTLY CLASSIC CAREER

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Janine Duvitski is a ‘classic’ in every sense of the word, which is evident from her first appearance on stage in her youth, to her subsequent success as a National Treasure.

Janine was born in the fifties and always wanted to be an Actress.  She unconsciously pioneered the ‘Law of Attraction’ as at a very early age, where at the age of 10 she created a secret ‘wish box’ which held her dreams as an adult which were to have a successful career in acting, a house in the centre of London, to be married to an actor and have six children.  She has achieved all of them.  She lives in a four story house in the centre of Holborn, is married to Actor Paul Bentall, has four children of her own with Paul and two step-children, and the rest is history, with her amazing acting career spanning four decades.

A true ‘classic’ in every sense, there were no short cuts for Janine as she auditioned for East Fifteen Acting School at the age of 17 and honed her craft for three years, coming through with flying colours.  On leaving drama school Janine went into rep, and was then discovered by ground breaking television Director, Alan Clarke who gave her the lead in a revolutionary TV Drama, Diane, telling the harrowing story of a young girl who had been sexually abused by her father and who had subsequently born his child.

The play was eventually televised amidst public reproach in spite of efforts to prevent it reaching the public.  But Janine was well on her way, and the legendary Mike Leigh was soon to give her the break she had been waiting for.  Abigail’s party was everything Janine needed to portray all of her strengths as an actor, a role she created with Mike Leigh alongside the other actors, through improvisation and one that carried her through to give her the recognition she deserved.

Janine then went on to perform at the National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Young Vic, with stunning reviews alongside contemporaries like Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith.

She was also in demand for feature films and national television, and starred in well-known TV series such as Waiting for God and One Foot in the Grave as well as movies such as Dracula, starring opposite Sir Lawrence Oliver.

Janine has also had success with her daughter Ruby Bentall becoming a successful actor and Edith Bentall who is well on her way to music fame as a singer-songwriter.

Janine has been appearing in Benidorm from 2007-2019 as the lovable Jacqueline, a middle aged swinger who moves to Spain to improve her marriage, with hilarious consequences.  Janine’s comedic and natural talent has become legendary, for which she has achieved public acclaim.

So what is next for Janine?  Having spoken to her in her backstage at the Palladium where she is starring opposite Nigel Havers and Julian Clary in Goldilocks and the Three Bears, she is excited at the possibilities for the future and is open to offers that are already on the table for film, theatre and television.

Janine Duvitski is a ‘classic’ in every sense, and I have a feeling her ‘wish box’ is not yet complete as she embarks on the next exciting chapter in her career and reveals even more of her infinite talents.

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