Late Spring/Early Summer –
A book about Vivien’s life, her many achievements and experiences giving an insight into this extraordinary lady is due for release soon.
Vivien Lane Book Extracts –
‘I enjoy recording events and thoughts, finding it much easier to do on a daily basis where possible. Some days are busier than others, but there is always a point to be recorded for posterity. One day others will read these personal notes and learn all the trials and tribulations my family and I are enduring. Perhaps someone will have a little idea of our suffering. To them I say please do not pity us, but do empathise and do your level best not to inflict anything like this on your fellow human beings. Never stop caring. Never lose compassion. Never stop loving. Stick together as family and true friends. All these things have kept me going. Most of all never give up. Stand firm in what you believe in and the Truth.’ – From Vivien’s New Orleans Diary
‘Alongside school, Vivien also achieved a very high standard in sports – synchronised swimming being the best represented in her medals and certificates! The mentality needed to achieve a national standard of competitive sporting achievements is not born out of doing nothing – it suggest an extremely proactive and dedicated childhood that had been nurtured and encouraged by her parents. Being of military backgrounds themselves, the drive needed to achieve such things would have been an inherent part of their nature as well, therefore it is unsurprising that Vivien grew up with similar qualities. Her sport also taught her about camaraderie and the importance of being part of a team. For example, her netball team didn’t win their matches because they were all looking out for themselves. Vivien understood that she was only one part of the ‘machine’, and if her teammates won, she won as well. There are all traits that continue to be represented throughout Vivien’s life. It is interesting to see how the make-up of her personality remained unchanged throughout her life experiences.’
‘Also, Vivien still found time to continue working within the world of sport as an official. From her days at University, sport was a relaxing escape for Vivien. It was a place where there were rules and regulations but also beauty and strength. I believe that she took great pride in her involvement with sport as an academic and an officiator – to be honest I wouldn’t expect anything less.’
‘By the summer of 1987 an application for the Smith & Nephew Scholarship to study for a diploma in sports medicine at London Medical College had been made. Although her records suggest that her sporting interests seem to have have taken a back-burner during her various postings, this shows that her passion for sport was ever-present. She won her scholarship, her leave was granted, and by October of the same year Vivien found herself among the new students at London Medical College learning about a very particular facet of Vivien’s interest. Once more, reading through her archive, I am in no doubt that this was a most fulfilling time for Vivien. She did, of course, graduate with honours!’
‘I truly admire Vivien’s ability to find joy and interest in her surroundings even at the worst of times. Her New Orleans diaries alone prove that she always found time to step away from her physical and mental burdens to soak up whatever new experiences she could find. Be it a new and beautiful setting to sit and drink tea in, a bargain pair of trousers in the sale, or even an unexpected kindness from a stranger, Vivien never overlooked the simple pleasures of life. Her eagerness to share those experiences with others only makes them even more special – it wasn’t enough for her to see something exciting for herself, she wanted to share it with her loved ones and, more than likely, anyone who would listen! Throughout the writing of this biography I have been struck with flashes of insight into who I believe Vivien was and the legacy she is leaving behind. If I knew nothing of her other than the fact she could write page upon page about the joy of everyday living in the face of adversity (and in perfect grammar, I might add), then I would still think her story was worth being told.’