Saturday, 8 July 2017

Queen Lumley


The other night I watched a documentary that was so warm and fuzzy and sweet that I totally forgot the ills of the world for an hour or so
Joanna Lumley's India saw the actress revisit the country of her birth and with a whispering, schoolgirl charm we saw her flit through the Calcutta slums, the Himalaya mountains and Elephant jungles like a smiling and very gracious cocktail party host.
Lumley is a delighterful woman for everything she experiences is either " extraordinary" or " magnificent" and with this slightly naive 1950s way of looking at the world she draws in people of all cultures to delight in her charm and politeness.
At one point as she was driving in an open topped sports car, she greeted a passing street woman standing by the side of the road with a beeming smile and a breathless " hello sweetie"
I was totally beguiled by her

39 comments:

  1. She really is quite delightful.

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  2. India is our neighbouring country and I am glad that you are visiting the south Asian land so far.
    This wonderful lady sounds like an amazing personality

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  3. Couldn't agree more. She is fabulous, plus so wonderful to see some parts of India not normally shown on travel programmes.

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  4. I've always found her very watchable, she really seems to have a real delight in life and in everything she does.

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  5. She is a delight. I saw an documentary series she did in Africa too - and smiled the whole way through.

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  6. I should imagine there'll be dozens of Joanna lookalikes in the London parade today - but we all know that there's only one original.

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  7. "Hello sweetie!"? Isn't that what Jason the Despot says whenever he meets you?

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  8. Yep. Lovely person. As I said to you the other night, this programme should be compulsory viewing for everybody.

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  9. I think she is well on the way to be deemed a National Living Treasure, if she isn't already.

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  10. She IS an icon after all.

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  12. I'm watching "Joanna Lumley's Japan" at the moment, one of her earlier travelogue series. She is indeed delightful. I always loved her on AbFab.

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  13. I find her totally enchanting. I watched a documentary of her sailing on the Nile, through Egypt, North Sudan (where we lived in 2010) and down to the source of that river in Ethiopia. She kept me enthralled, especially as I knew the places she visited. I also loved her in AbFab.

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  14. She was our favourite on AbFab! I will find some of her travel series which I am sure will be wonderful.

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  15. I love her. First thing I can remember seeing her in was Absolutely Fabulous and she definitely is ...

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  16. I ADORE Joanna Lumley!

    "Hello Sweetie" !!!

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  17. She was told me that on first meeting me she was delighted to discover that I was as handsome as I sounded on the phone....

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  18. I love Joanna. Our family is quite excited about this series coming to America as our families were related back in India. I hope she visits Tamil Nadu.....

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  19. I was lucky enough to attend a corporate event some years ago where she was presenting the awards. I went to the loo and she was in there chatting away - then she turned to the woman next to me and said 'your label's sticking out sweetie, we can't have that can we' and proceeded to tuck her label in. Delightful and down to earth - she is a true icon, and her work on behalf of the Ghurka regiments had earned her a place in heaven.

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  20. Simply amazing, I need to look out for the series, as it sounds like one to watch. Greetings and thanks for sharing!

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  22. I love her breathy voice. I love love love her in the clip from Shirley Valentine with the gorgeous Pauline Collins ( not sure if link works ! )

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlYcAagOt_A

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  23. Me too John. I absolutely loved the programme. The Times review only gave it three stars because they she said she didn't remark on the 'down side' - the example they give was the workers in the jute factory who die early from lung disease.

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  24. I love these shows more than any of her acting roles, as her real self just shines and dazzles. I wish I had an ounce of her positivity.

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  25. Joanna's my husband's idea of the perfect woman! I'm nothing at all like her! X

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  26. Um ... if there is such a thing as
    're-incarnation' ... can i please come back as Joanna Lumley.

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  27. (her visits to Russia and Japan are also interesting)

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  28. She sure knows her stuff

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  29. Joanna Lumley's Japan was amazing - she's very watchable and seems to be both enthusiastic and respectful.

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  30. I love India, have been several times, n love Joanna's enthusiasm, but her voice really grates on me 🙄

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  31. I love Joanna Lumley. She really made "Absolutely Fabulous." AND I love India.

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  32. I love this programme so much :) as you say , it's almost mesmeric in it's ability to make you see the world in a way thst defies all the negativity we here on a daily basis .... Miss Lumley is something else .....she has always been ridiculously attractive to the eye but is it me or is she actually becoming more cheeky and flirtatious as she ages ?

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  33. I don't think much of the programme. I think Lumley isn't anyone special.

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    1. A minority there Trey....brave to say it

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  34. I will see if I can find this on Netflix.

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  35. ooh... I can listen to Joanna all day! That luscious voice....girl crush!
    Lucky you posted about it, I've done a run of nights.... But I've got a UKTV satellite box now and can go back 14 days! Set reminders for the rest of the series. Brings back memories, I worked VSO in northern India and Nepal, 1988-9. Chin - Chin Dahling!

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