Libbie on BBC Arabic Service!

This site contains Arabic script. Just click on the blue box with a small loudspeaker symbol on it:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/arabic/middleeast/

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Libbie takes the UK by Storm!

Libbie has received a plethora of press for her book, with media throughout the UK jumping on the story.  Here is just a short list of radio, TV and press that have featured “Glamour In The Skies”!

BA High Life In-flight Radio – interview with Robert Elms – aired wordwide.

The Weekly News – – feature/interview due Circulation: 60,455).

BBC Radio 4, Woman’s Hour – interview with Jane Garvey, aired at 10.15am 8th June.

Featured with pictures on Woman’s Hour website.

Daily Express (Circulation: 719,703 ) feature 9th June.

BBC Radio Scotland  – interview Janice Forsyth Show, live 2pm 8th June.

BBC Radio Wales – interview Roy Noble Show, live 3pm, 8th June.

BBC World Service – interview on the Aarab Section. Has been put on website with pictures of Libbie (Audience: 1,470,000).

Loose Women, ITV Chat Show – book was discussed on lunch-time programme with some of todays BA crew – aired 12.30-2.30pm, 9th June.

Newstalk 106-108 ‘Live’ interview: 2.35pm 10th June with Seaan Moncrieff (Aired  daily 2.00-4.30pm, all over Ireland).

Birmingham WM  – interview Joanne Malin Show, live 10.35am, 12th June.

BBC Radio London – interview Robert Elms Show, live 12.15, 15th June.

The Oldie – review due (Circulation:  31,391)

 

Links:


BBC R4 Woman’s Hour:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/01/2009_23_mon.shtml

 

The Daily Express:

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/106288/Golden-age-of-the-stargirls

 

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Daily Express: Express Yourself 09/06/09

MULTI SKILLED: Air stewardesses were trained in Air And Sea Rescue, posture and deportment

GOLDEN AGE OF THE STARGIRLS

Tuesday June 9,2009

They were the world’s most desired women, sophisticated, intelligent and posh. A new book explores the glamorous heyday of air hostesses

Back in the Sixties, when Libbie Escolme-Schmidt dropped her profession into a conversation, she became instant hot property.

“If you mentioned you were an air hostess, men became suddenly interested in you,” laughs Libbie. Read more here…


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Daily Express: Golden Age of the Star Girls

Tuesday, June 9 2009

They were the world’s most desired women, sophisticated, intelligent and posh. A new book explores the glamorous heyday of air hostesses

Back in the Sixties, when Libbie Escolme-Schmidt dropped her profession into a conversation, she became instant hot property.

“If you mentioned you were an air hostess, men became suddenly interested in you,” laughs Libbie.  “The cachet was enormous.”

At the time, the air hostess – or so-called “Stargirl” – was the epitome of glamour.
She was beautiful, slender and single. Men fantasised about her, women wanted to be her and she enjoyed an exotic lifestyle, jet-setting between far-flung locations.

She was the goddess of the air, the supermodel of the sky and, dressed in the requisite elegant uniform – with forage cap, white gloves, immaculately set hair and Elizabeth Arden make-up – the aeroplane aisle was her catwalk.

“Back then flying was adventurous and exclusive,” says Libbie, the author of a new book, Glamour In The Skies.

Read more: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/106288/Golden-age-of-the-stargirls

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Libbie on BBC’s Woman’s Hour!

logo2Listen to the full broadcast here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/01/2009_23_mon.shtml

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GLAMOUR IN THE SKIES

Glamour in the SkiesGLAMOUR IN THE SKIES is the first book to celebrate the stewardesses of British Airways and their predecessors from 1936 to 1980, widely agreed to be the golden age of air travel – a time which personified optimism, excitement and a feeling of boundless opportunity for both passengers and airline crew. The air hostess, as she was known initially, began her British career in a one engine propeller plane crossing the English Channel and ended up in Boeing 747 jets and the supersonic Concorde.

Ex-hostess Libbie Escolme-Schmidt combines history with hundreds of surveys and interviews from retired and current cabin crew, enabling the reader to follow the development of the role of the stewardess through the early years of discrimination to her present-day career equality. During this period flying evolved from a potentially dangerous adventure to a remarkably safe and comfortable means of international travel and through it all the air hostesses were there. Their appearance changed over the years, from the 1940s military look to the mini-skirts of the 1960s, and the caring mother figure to the sexy corporate product, as the role was glamorised to almost iconic status, becoming a dream career for millions of young women worldwide.

Glamour in the Skies is packed with many anecdotes, ranging from administering oxygen to passengers flying over the Andes, to serving French champagne on Concorde.

Covering training, sexual discrimination, disasters, passengers, glamorous stopovers and other temptations, this illustrated book presents the changing times in air travel through the eyes of the stewardess and offers the perfect tribute to the girls who walked the skies.

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