Sunday, 27 January 2013

'Funnily Enough' - Is it really true?!

The proof of the pudding

Daphne Neville

and my interpretation.

Perhaps this was taken sooner, rather than later, but it all happened.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Funnily Enough on Premier Christian Radio ~

Author Sophie Neville at Premier Christian Radio

I really enjoyed being at Premier Christian Radio in London 
where Maria Toth invited me on her morning show 'Woman to Woman'.

You can listen to the programme on this link
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Monday, 21 January 2013

Live Radio Interview - Thursday 24th January

Author and Bible Society speaker Sophie Neville
Sophie Neville ~ appearing on 'Woman to Woman' with Maria Toth on Premier Radio
London 1305, 1332, 1413 MW National DAB Freeview 725

THU 24 JAN: SOPHIE NEVILLE, has worked on many well-known TV shows and films including, The Two Ronnies, Swallows & Amazons,  Eastenders and Dr Who, as well as appearing on Trisha! She will join us live in studio to share something of her faith and her journey with M.E./CHRONIC FATIGUE. She has lived and worked in South Africa, founding a charity, the Waterberg Welfare Society, to address HIV/AIDS there.

From 24th January through to 28th January midnight PST, Sophie's book 'Funnily Enough' will be free on Amazon Kindle worldwide.

My velvet 1970s Donny Osmond cap

Someone has been searching the internet for a photograph of a velvet Donny Osmond hat. Here you can see the genuine article: the author, Sophie Neville wearing a Donny Osmond hat bought at great expense in Carnaby Street, in London in 1970.

Author Sophie Neville in her Donny Osmond Hat on Coniston Water

The Donny Osmond hat was originally bought by my mother, Daphne Neville. She was working at a television presenter for HTV at the time and would wore it with a brown suede coat to present Women Only on location in Jersey. I wear it all the time. It is properly lined and doesn't mess up my hair.

Daphne Neville in 1973

My mother also had a cotton Donny Osmond hat with pink flowers, bought in Ambleside the Lake District in May 1973. Here she is with David Blagden, the transatlantic yachtsman who presented the televsion series Plain Sailing. This hat blew off when we were sailing and sunk to the bottom of Derwent Water but it was soon replaced by one with yellow flowers which my mother may still have. Daivid sadly died off Aldernay, when attempting another transatlantic crossing.

Here is rather a blurred version of the film director Claude Whatham wearing the Donny Osmond cap with yellow flowers. The movie actress Brenda Bruce is laughing at him in the background.

I'll see if I can find a few more photos. There are some on my Facebook page.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Funnily Enough at Chalford Post Office ~

Martin Neville, Daphne Neville, Sophie Neville, Rufus Knight-Webb, Trisha Knight-Webb

My father, Martin Neville in his Denys fire engine outside Chalford Post Office, which was run by Mr Ruck back in 1966 when this photo was taken.

Author Sophie Neville is standing on the front seat, in front of the fire hose. Daphne Neville is standing in the back with a baby in her arms. Contemporary artist, Rufus Knight-Webb is with his brother and sister, sitting in back third from the left. His father was the local GP.

Martin bought the Denys, which had a Rolls Royce engine, from B.I.P. who had been using it as a works fire engine in Birmingham. He was taking his family and friends off for a picnic at the polo ground in Cirencester Park.

We relish the thought of what Health and Safety Officers would think of the photograph today. The vehicle had useless breaks and the clutch kept going but it took us all to Cirencester Park and back without mishap. I remember the esign of the cigarette advertisements and longing for a Walls ice cream. These were made in Gloucester, not that far away.

You can read more about the characters in Funnily Enough ~

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

A life transformed ~

This is the inspirational story of July Letsebe, 'Stepping Forward' Programme Director at the Waterberg Welfare Society, a charity that addresses the pandemic HIV/AIDS in a corner of rural South Africa.

Please visit my charity page for detailed information and links.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

The World in One Room

~ Jessica Taylor's life with M.E. ~

Do watch this true story of a lovely girl who has been suffering from severe M.E. She has been truly courageous in her battle with this debilitating disease. Her aim is to make the world aware by encouraging people to watch this autobiographical video.

When you have Post Viral Fatigue it is tempting, when you feel better for a day or two, to return to normal activities too soon. Hopefully, Jessica's short film will encourage patients to convalesce properly. She witnesses to the danger of severe ME setting in.