|I sometimes get email or comments from people who think I’m ‘The Other’ Jane Tomlinson, as she is known in this house. It’s an easy mistake to make; we share a name, after all.
For the avoidance of doubt, see if you can spot the difference between ‘The Other’ Jane Tomlinson (pictured left) and me!
‘The Other’ Jane Tomlinson is battling breast cancer, whereas I enjoy the luxury of merely fearing it. Despite incurable illness, she undertakes remarkable sporting deeds – marathon running and continent-wide bike rides – to raise money for charity. I, on the other hand, wouldn’t run for a bus. My occasional ventures into the sporting world consist of swimming in the river and riding horses for the sheer fun of it.
For her astonishing charitable work, ‘The Other’ Jane was awarded an MBE by HRH The Queen. Whereas I work full-time for a young women’s charity whose patron is HRH The Queen.
‘The Other’ Jane lives in Leeds. Whereas I have only been to Leeds, and married a man from that grand Yorkshire city. She married a Tomlinson. I was born one. ‘The Other’ Jane is inspirational. Errr…. I’m not! I’m simply an artist who hopes to find enough inspiration to make the next painting.
See, there are lots of differences between she and me! However, I suspect there are a number of characteristics that ‘The Other’ Jane Tomlinson and me proudly share; stubborn determination, singlemindedness, the love and total support of our husbands, a wish to do good things and a huge love of life. I sincerely hope ‘The Other’ Jane Tomlinson has many more years to enjoy all the wondrous things this world offers.