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Friday, 8 September 2017


Good morning everybody and thank you so much for your support.

Due to personal reasons, this blog will be on hiatus. I don't know how much long it will take.

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Maybe in the future I'll update this blog again. But for the moment it will be kept as an archive site.
Have a nice day, everybody 

Violet xoxox

Monday, 4 September 2017

Family Special: Margaret Augusta Eliot Asher

Margaret Augusta Eliot (26 February 1914 – 27 February 2011) was an English music teacher and musician. She was a professor of oboe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and her best-known student was George Martin.

Margaret Eliot was born to Honorable Edward Granville Eliot (1878–1958) - a younger brother of both 7th and 8th Earls of St Germans - and his wife Clare Louise née Phelips (1883–1927). She was a great granddaughter of Edward Granville Eliot, 3rd Earl of St Germans (1798–1877).
She had an older brother Venerable Peter Charles Eliot (b. 30 Oct 1910, d. 1995) and a younger sister, Susan Eliot (b. 17 Jul 1921, d. 19 Jun 1992) .

On 27 July 1943, she married Dr Richard Asher (1912–1969); the couple had three children:
Peter Asher (born 1944), who was one half of the pop duo Peter & Gordon and successful music producer; Jane Asher (born 1946), the film and TV actress, novelist; and Clare Asher (born 1948), the radio actress.

1963 - Margaret Asher and daughter Jane shopping at a local fruit stall and with their bikes caught by the press out shopping in their London neighborhood. Lady Jane grpup @ yahoo!

1965 - Margaret Asher and daughter Jane. Details unknown. From Silver Screen magazine, December 1965. Lady Jane group @ yahoo!

January 15th, 1967 - Actress Jane Asher with her mother Margaret at Heathrow London Airport. Jane is departing for Boston to begin a five month tour of North America with the Bristol Old Vic Company performing in two Shakespearean plays; as Juliet Capulet in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and as Julietta in 'Measure For Measure’. The first performance was in Boston on January 16, 1967.

March 1967 - Jane with mum Margaret & brother Peter at a pic-nic in a Los Angeles park (USA).

April 5th, 1967 - Jane Asher's 21st birthday party at the Quorum Restaurant in Denver, Colorado (USA) during Jane's 5-month US tour with The Bristol Old Vic. Photographers crash in just as the chef brings out the cake. Jane's boyfriend Paul McCartney flew in from London to spend a few days with her while she was on tour with The Bristol Old Vic in America. MY SCANS from the July 1967 issue of the Teen Datebook magazine.

September 27, 1967 - Margaret Asher and daughter Jane outside the Saville Theatre in London. Lady Jane group @ yahoo!

1980 - Jane with her cartoonist husband Gerald Scarfe, second left, his brother Gordon and Jane's mother, Margaret Asher.

Fall 1981/early 1982 - Margaret Eliot Asher photographied by Brian Wharton to illustrate Jane Asher's first book, 'Jane Asher’s Party Cakes', published in 1982. Jane's mother poses with the Grand Piano cake. This was one of Jane's favorite cakes that she originally made for her mother who wanted a cake for a Summer Fair at the Royal Academy of Music where whe taught for many years. The first version was made in black. (Note: Margaret Asher turned 68 years old on her February 26, 1982 birthday.) Lady Jane group @ yahoo!

Fall 1981/early 1982 - Margaret Eliot Asher photographied by Brian Wharton to illustrate Jane Asher's first book, 'Jane Asher’s Party Cakes', published in 1982. Jane enlisted the help of family and friends for the detailed work of making 40 little nude ladies for the Nudes cake. Margaret Asher lent daughter Jane a hand using a fine paint brush on the colorful ladies. Lady Jane group @ yahoo!

May 26th, 1982 - Twining Tea tasting party in London, England. Jane Asher with her son Alexander Scarfe and her mother Margaret Augusta Eliot.

1983 - Jane Asher's Fancy Dress book. Jane (C, bottom row), her mother Margaret (L, top row), and Jane's husband Gerald Scarfe (R, top row), among other people.
October 11th, 2005 - Gerald Scarfe, Jane Asher with her mother Margaret Asher at the opening of the exhibition 'Lawrence of Arabia: The Life, The Legend' at the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1.
In 2011, just before her death at age 97, she appeared in the documentary film Produced by George Martin.
Eliot was also an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music.

On 25 April 2011 a 90-minute documentary feature film co-produced by the BBC Arena team, Produced by George Martin, aired to critical acclaim for the first time in the UK. It combines rare archive footage and new interviews with, among others, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck, Cilla Black and Giles Martin and tells the life story of George Martin from schoolboy growing up in the Depression to legendary music producer. Martin enroled at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama between 1947 and 1950, where he studied piano and oboe. Coincidentally, his oboe teacher was Margaret Asher, Jane’s mother, long before he had any connection with The Beatles (this would be more than 10 years later, in 1962). Screencaps by Donna Bell (1st) Naomi Corney-Punch. Please, give them FULL CREDIT if you use them. Thank you. 

Friday, 1 September 2017

Family Special: Richard Alan John Asher

Richard Alan John Asher, MRCS LRCP(1935) MB BS Lond(1936) MRCP(1942) MD(1946) FRCP(1952) (3 April 1912 – 25 April 1969) was an eminent British endocrinologist and haematologist. As the senior physician responsible for the mental observation ward at the Central Middlesex Hospital he described and named Munchausen syndrome* in a 1951 article in The Lancet.


Richard Asher was born to the Reverend Felix Asher of Brighton and his wife Louise (née Stern). He had an older brother, Harry M. Felix Asher (1909-1995) and a younger brother, Thomas George Horsey Asher (1914-1966).

Richard Asher had a violinist and a ’cellist as aunt and uncle. He was born at Brighton, educated at Lancing College and the London Hospital, qualified in 1935 and was then house physician to Donald Hunter. He became assistant medical officer at the West Middlesex Hospital in 1936 and physician to the Central Middlesex Hospital in 1943. In the next two decades this hospital was to gain an international reputation and Asher was one of those who brought this about.

He married Margaret Augusta Eliot at St Pancras' Church, London on 27 July 1943, whereupon his father-in-law gave him a complete set of the Oxford English Dictionary, which physician and medical ethicist Maurice Pappworth alleged was the source of Asher's "accidental" reputation as a medical etymologist.
They had three children: Peter Asher (born 1944), a member of the pop duo Peter & Gordon and later record producer, Jane Asher (born 1946), a film and TV actress and novelist, and Clare Asher (born 1948), a former radio actress and later teacher.
The Asher family home above his private consulting rooms at 57 Wimpole Street was briefly notable when Paul McCartney lived there in 1964–66 during his relationship with Jane Asher.

Undated photo shared with the Asher Family File at Ancestry.com by helenpettigrew of the three Asher brothers. Jane Asher’s father is center: Richard Alan John Asher (1912-1969). On left is Thomas George Horsey Asher (1914-1966) who married Susan Eliot, sister of Margaret (Jane’s mother). On right is Harry M. Felix Asher (1909-1995). From Lady Jane group @ yahoo. Don't remove the credit if you repost it. Thank you.

A notable diagnostician with an exceptional memory for previous cases, his special interests were in haematology, endocrinology, and physical factors in mental disorder. He was asked to take charge of the hospital’s mental observation ward and one result of this was his paper on Myxoedematous Madness in 1949. Psychoses with myxoedema had often been reported, but his telling account of fourteen cases ensured that far more would now be recognised and treated. When, in 1951, he described as Munchausen’s syndrome the condition in which people go from hospital to hospital with spurious signs and symptoms, his colleagues thanked him for a useful addition to the medical vocabulary.

With his eye for what matters, Asher was a pathfinder. Today ‘early ambulation’ is the rule, but it was his 1947 paper on The dangers of going to bed that jolted the profession here into reconsidering its time honoured habit of prescribing rest. And it was Asher who persuaded manufacturers to make clinical thermometers which would register hypothermia.

With his scientific curiosity went a real concern for patients. The way the doctor deals with them and, especially, how he talks to them, is, he said ‘about the most important part of our trade’. Himself inconspicuous and unassertive, he wrote ‘It is a greater medical triumph to leave the patient feeling better but thinking little of the doctor than to leave him worse but deeply impressed.’ To admit therapeutic bankruptcy is, he felt, unkind and ‘a little credulity makes us better doctors, though worse research workers’. He was indignant at the incarceration of lonely old people in big institutions where they acquire the ‘institutional neurosis’. Indeed, he mistrusted institutions in general and he deplored the epidemic spread of committees.

The precision of thought that marked his clinical work was reflected in his pleas for simplicity and clarity in medical writing. Obscurity is bad, not only because it hinders understanding but because it is confused with profundity, ‘just as a shallow muddy pool may look deep’. Names, of course, are needed, ‘a rose without a name may smell as sweet but it has far less chance of being smelt’. But unsuitable medical names can do a lot of harm, ‘they perpetuate illness, syndromes and signs whose existence is doubtful, they deny recognition to others whose existence is beyond question and, moreover, they distort text book descriptions to conform to the chosen word’. He insisted that to name a thing by its supposed cause is always a mistake. For instance, subdural haematoma was formerly called pachymeningitis interna haemorrhagica and the assumption that it was inflammatory delayed the discovery that it follows head injury and is curable by operation.

In the course of time Asher had a teaching unit at the Central Middlesex, which was part of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, and posts on it were sought after. As a lecturer he was sure to be original, clear and witty; and his three Lettsomian lectures to the Medical Society of London in 1959 were a brilliant example. With other outstanding papers they were published posthumously in 1972 as a book called Richard Asher talking sense. His fame spread to the United States were he had ‘a triumphant procession’. 
At home he had become President of the Clinical Section of the Royal Society of Medicine when, in 1964, authority decreed that his mental observation ward should be taken over by a psychiatrist. Deeply affronted, Asher resigned all his posts and virtually abandoned Medicine, almost overnight.
He suffered from depression in later life and reportedly died by his own hand on April 25th at the age of 57. It was his daughter Jane, then aged only 23, who found him dead a week after, on May 2nd 1969.

When younger he had had a gastrectomy and his last years brought much misery and further operations. But wherever possible he made a joke of illness. In medical work his imagination had been channelled by his intelligence and only strong self-discipline, with accuracy and industry, could have produced his lectures. But his way of working was an artist’s. "I work fitfully. I break to empty the wastepaper basket into the dustbin and am diverted to do some photography when I reach the basement, or to play a duet with one of my children ... I rarely go to bed before 2 am’. 
Perhaps his greatest enjoyment was in playing wind instruments and the piano, but he seemed to be able to do anything he chose. At hospital, reacting to administrative delay, he would set about reglazing a window or cementing a floor. Raising his tenor voice in song, or leaning over Sister’s desk to sign a form by writing upside down, he was a master of the unexpected. Few could be dull in his company. ‘Although a friend of mine for twenty-five years’, wrote Lord Rosenheim, ‘I find it difficult to draw an adequate picture of this remarkable man. He was an eccentric in a world that was becoming increasingly uniform; he revelled in the clinical paradox and the unusual; delighted in poking fun at authority and pomposity; a modem Don Quixote’.

Ideas and reputation
Asher was regarded as "one of the foremost medical thinkers of our times", who emphasised the need "to be increasingly critical of our own and other people's thinking". Asher was particularly concerned that "many clinical notions are accepted because they are comforting rather than because there is any evidence to support them".
Asher was hailed as a pioneer in challenging the value of excessive bed rest following treatment, and argued that the Pel-Ebstein fever (a fever characteristic for Hodgkin's disease) was an example of a condition that exists only because it has a name. Asher's 1949 paper "Myxoedematous Madness" alerted a generation of physicians to the interaction between the brain and the thyroid gland. As a result, young and elderly psychiatric patients are now screened for thyroid malfunction. Some of the 'madness' cases are now thought to be the early descriptions of Hashimoto's encephalopathy, a rare neuroendocrine syndrome sometimes presenting with psychosis.

Notable articles
Asher is remembered today mostly for his "refreshingly provoking" articles which "sparkle with sequins--his own aphorisms, imaginary dialogue, fantasies, quotations." He thought that medical writing should provide "useful, understandable, and practical knowledge instead of allotov-words-2-obscure-4-any-1,2-succidin-understanding-them." Anthologies of his articles were well-received, with the Talking Sense collection being described as "still the best advice on medical writing." 
Notable articles include:
  • The Dangers of Going to Bed (1947) - "one of the most influential medical papers ever written"
  • The Seven Sins of Medicine (1949, in Lancet 1949 Aug 27;2(6574):358-60)
  • Myxoedematous Madness (1949)
  • Munchausen’s syndrome (1951, in Lancet 1951 Feb 10;1(6650):339-41)
  • Respectable Hypnosis (1956)
  • Why Are Medical Journals So Dull? (1958)
  • The Talking Sense trilogy:
  1. Clinical Sense (1959) with a rueful correction in The Dog in the Night-time (1960)
  2. Making Sense (1959, in Lancet, 1959, 2, 359)
  3. Talking Sense (1959, in Lancet, 1959, 2, 417)

"Seven Sins of Medicine"
The "Seven Sins of Medicine" is a lecture delivered by Asher and later published in The Lancet in 1949, describing medical professional behaviour that is considered inappropriate. Still very relevant in medical study and practice, they are:
  • Obscurity: Asher endorses the use of clear communication and plain language whether writing or speaking. Obscurity may be used to cloak one's own ignorance, or due to an inability to communicate with those outside of the medical profession. "If you don't know, don't admit it. Instead, try to confuse your listeners." is not uncommon. Regardless of the intention, whether to misdirect from incompetence or to foster a feeling of superiority, the patient and those surrounding them are often left confused and uncertain.

  • Cruelty: This sin is perhaps one of the most common perpetrations committed by physicians and medical students. Whether it be the physical thoughtlessness of a half-dozen students palpating a painful tumor mass, or loudly taking (or presenting) a patient's history in a crowded room, one of the first things that is unlearnt by a medical professional is to treat the patient as they themselves would like to be treated.
  • Bad manners: Often overlooked, rudeness or poor taste in humour is condoned within the hospital setting. At the end of the day, many physicians and students are simply rude to patients that do not suit them. Whether it is a snapping at an uncooperative patient or making a cruel joke about them after leaving the room, the impact of these "coping mechanisms" (as they are considered to be by many) must be taken into account.
  • Over-specialisation: In a growing trend by the medical establishment, over-specialisation and under-generalisation is a growing problem in the wider medical community. Ignoring aspects of one's education in favor of more interesting aspects is a behaviour that is pathological and outright negligent in a student. Failure to diagnose or to treat a patient because "their signs and differential fall outside of my field, let's turf them to another service" ought be a seriously considered Supervisory & Training issue.
  • Love of the rare: (aka "If you hear hoof-beats, think horses. Not zebras") The desire for rare and interesting diseases causes many medical students and young physicians to seek the bizarre rather than seeing a mundane diagnosis.
  • Common stupidity: As well as the standard definition for this sin, the specific example of "using empirical procedures rather than tailoring for the patient" or the young physician "flying on autopilot" must be mentioned. Ordering another test that is redundant, and for which the results may already be interpreted from the history, before starting treatment is such a situation. For example: requesting a haemoglobin count before beginning transfusion, despite the fact that the patient appears obviously anaemic.
  • Sloth: Laziness. Also includes ordering excessive numbers of tests, rather than simply taking the time to take an adequate history.
Prize in his memory
From 1995–2010 an annual prize (2010 value £1,200) in memory of Asher was awarded by the Royal Society of Medicine and the Society of Authors for the best first edition textbook aimed at undergraduate students. The most recent prize was presented to Hugo Farne, Edward Norris-Cervetto and James Warbrick-Smith for their book "Oxford Cases in Medicine and Surgery" at the Royal Society of Medicine, 27 October 2010.

Quotes (source):
  • Despair is better treated with hope, not dope. 
  • For many doctors the achievement of a published article is a tedious duty to be surmounted as a necessary hurdle in a medical career. 
  • Gynaecologists are very smooth indeed. Because they have to listen to woeful and sordid symptoms they develop an expression of refinement and sympathy. 
  • It is not always worth the discomforts of major surgery to get minor recovery. 
  • The modern haematologist, instead of describing in English what he can see, prefers to describe in Greek what he can’t. 
  • The only similarity between the car and the human body is that if something is seriously wrong with the design of the former you can send it back to its maker. 
  • Too often a sister puts all her patients back to bed as a housewife puts all her plates back in the plate-rack—to make a generally tidy appearance.

* The Munchausen syndrome is a factitious disorder wherein those affected feign disease, illness, or psychological trauma to draw attention, sympathy, or reassurance to themselves. Munchausen syndrome fits within the subclass of factitious disorder with predominantly physical signs and symptoms, but patients also have a history of recurrent hospitalization, travelling, and dramatic, extremely improbable tales of their past experiences. The condition derives its name from Baron Munchausen, a fictional German nobleman created by the German writer Rudolf Erich Raspe in his 1785 book Baron Munchausen's Narrative of his Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Jane Asher for Dealz, 2014

March 20th, 2014 - Baking Entrepreneur, author and actress Jane Asher today revealed her exclusive new bakeware collection for Delaz, as the leading single price value retailer continues to go from strength to strenth. Comprising more than 50 items, the range will be sold across the business’ portfolio of thirty one stores in Ireland from 14 April 2014, at Dealz amazing €1.49 price point. 

Pictures by Andres Poveda.

Friday, 25 August 2017

'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' film premiere

February 4th, 1999 - Premiere of 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' at the Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square, London.

Photo 1) Michael Stephens/PA Archive/PA Images.
Photo 2)  UPPA/Photoshot.
Photo 3) Alan Davidson / Silverhub/REX/Shutterstock.

Monday, 21 August 2017

'Hedda Gabler', 1972

Jane Asher as Thea Elvsted in the BBC Play of the Month’s “Hedda Gabler”, aired on October 20th 1972. Janet Suzman played the title role and Ian McKellen Hedda's husband. 

“Hedda Gabler” is a play published in 1890 by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It is recognized as a classic of realism, nineteenth century theatre, and world drama. The title character, Hedda, is considered one of the great dramatic roles in theatre.
As for Jane's role Thea Elvsted — She's a younger schoolmate of Hedda and a former acquaintance of George (Jørgen) Tesman (Hedda's husband). Nervous and shy, Thea is in an unhappy marriage.

Hedda, the daughter of an aristocratic and enigmatic general, has just returned to her villa in Kristiania (now Oslo) from her honeymoon. Her husband is George Tesman, a young, aspiring, and reliable (but not brilliant) academic who continued his research during their honeymoon. It becomes clear in the course of the play that she has never loved him but married him because she thinks her years of youthful abandon are over. It is also suggested that she may be pregnant.
The reappearance of George's academic rival, Eilert Løvborg, throws their lives into disarray. Eilert, a writer, is also a recovered alcoholic who has wasted his talent until now. Thanks to a relationship with Hedda's old schoolmate, Thea Elvsted (who has left her husband for him), Eilert shows signs of rehabilitation and has just published a bestseller in the same field as George. When Hedda and Eilert talk privately together, it becomes apparent that they are former lovers.
The critical success of his recently published work makes Eilert a threat to George, as Eilert is now a competitor for the university professorship George had been counting on. George and Hedda are financially overstretched, and George tells Hedda that he will not be able to finance the regular entertaining or luxurious housekeeping that she had been expecting. Upon meeting Eilert, however, the couple discover that he has no intention of competing for the professorship, but rather has spent the last few years labouring with Thea over what he considers to be his masterpiece, the "sequel" to his recently published work.
Apparently jealous of Thea's influence over Eilert, Hedda hopes to come between them. Despite his drinking problem, she encourages Eilert to accompany George and his associate, Judge Brack, to a party. George returns home from the party and reveals that he found the complete manuscript of Eilert's great work, which the latter lost while drunk. When Eilert next sees Hedda, he confesses to her, despairingly, that he has lost the manuscript. Instead of telling him that the manuscript has been found, Hedda encourages him to commit suicide, giving him a pistol. She then burns the manuscript and tells George she has destroyed it to secure their future.
When the news comes that Eilert has indeed killed himself, George and Thea are determined to try to reconstruct his book from Eilert's notes, which Thea has kept. Hedda is shocked to discover from Judge Brack that Eilert's death, in a brothel, was messy and probably accidental; this "ridiculous and vile" death contrasts with the "beautiful and free" one that Hedda had imagined for him. Worse, Brack knows the origins of the pistol. He tells Hedda that if he reveals what he knows, a scandal will likely arise around her. Hedda realizes that this places Brack in a position of power over her. Leaving the others, she goes into her smaller room and shoots herself in the head. The others in the room assume that Hedda is simply firing shots, and they follow the sound to investigate. The play ends with George, Brack, and Thea discovering her body.

Picture 1) ebay auction listing.
Picture 2) Everett Collection.

Friday, 18 August 2017

'Dream of the Summer Night', 1965

Jane Asher as Lynda Lampart and Ewan Hooper as Will Lampard in ‘Knock on any Door’ TV series 1st episode 'Dream of the Summer Night’, originally aired October 2nd 1965.

Photo 1) Lady Jane yahoo group.
Photos 2 & 3) ITV/REX/Shutterstock.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Modelling Garrard jewellery, 1977

May 11th, 1977 - Actress Jane Asher and Lady Mary Anstruthers-Gough-Calthorpe (now Lady Mary Bonas, also known as Mary-Gaye Cooper-Key) modelling jewellery by Garrard. Jane is wearing 4 million French Francs worth of rubies and diamonds.

Phillip Jackson / Associated Newspapers/REX/Shutterstock