Remembrance Day.

With Remembrance Day upon us I thought it might be appropriate to post details of one of my plays which was produced by The Wireless Theatre Company.

First World War Radio Drama

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Lewis Hamilton.

Just to point out to all the people who keep going on about football, cricket, rugby and all the other sports here is a statistic for you, British driver Lewis Hamilton has just won his 6th Formula 1 World Championship.

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Well done Lewis.

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Greta Thunberg.

One hates to keep harping on about this child but it seems from the news last night that during the last few weeks she has been travelling across the United States from coast to coast to promote the cause of global warming, I assume she didn’t walk.

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On the other hand I have been down to the shops about five times, which leaves me to wonder which one of us has the smaller carbon footprint?

 

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Extinction Rebellion.

I MUST SAY I’M A LITTLE FED UP WITH THE IDIOT EXTINCTION REBELLION PROTESTERS WHO HAVE BEEN STOPPING THE TRAFFIC IN LONDON WHICH CAUSES EXTRA POLLUTION AS EVERYONE HAS TO TRY TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE TO DRIVE ROUND THESE PEOPLE.

TOGETHER WITH THE LUVVIES WHO ADMIT THEMSELVES THAT THEY ARE HYPOCRITES BY FLYING ALL OVER THE WORLD AND THEN COMPLAINING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE.

IF THEY WANT TO PROTEST ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE I SUGGEST THEY FIND A MEANS OF DOING SO WHICH DOESN’T ADD TO POLLUTION.

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THE CLIMATE HAS CHANGED EVER SINCE THIS PLANET WAS FORMED AND NO DOUBT WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO.

OBVIOUSLY MOST OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE PROTESTING ARE TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER WHEN IN THE 1970’S THE SCIENTISTS PREDICTED THE IMPENDING  ICE AGE, I WONDER WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THAT?

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Goodwood Revival 2019.

My how time flies, the wife and I went to The Goodwood Revival classic motor racing meeting a month ago and I have only just found time to quickly put up a few photos from the weekend.

Thursday started with our drive down to West Sussex in our 1947 Mk VI Bentley and to go to Goodwood House to watch the annual cricket match and to meet friends.

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In the evening we booked into the rather splendid Old Railway Station hotel in Petworth where we have been staying for some many years, great fun as the bedrooms are converted railway carriages.

The building in which the bed & breakfast is located

Dashing off to the Badgers Pub next door to meet friends and have a fabulous night, then finally to bed.

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Friday morning and off to the circuit and a quick visit to Bonhams auction, sadly there was nothing within my price range! I seem to remember the Bugatti was priced in millions.

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The rather splendid W O Bentley was somewhat more reasonably estimated.

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Back to The Badgers for grub, quite a few drinks and a fabulous time chatting with friends again.

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Saturday and off to the circuit to spend the day flitting between The March Enclosure, The Members Enclosure and the multiplicity of shopping outlets for vintage clothes and other things.

There was a fabulous WW2 display which stretched the entire length of the straight, very impressive.

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More of the same on Sunday including a quick visit to the paddock which was next on the agenda.

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As a Bentley owner and member of the Bentley Drivers Club the highlight of the racing weekend for me was the stunning vintage Bentley race, sadly I was too engrossed during the race to take a photo but here they after they finished.

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The weather during the weekend was wonderful which helped to make this one of the better Goodwood Revivals we have had, however I always think the thing that makes the weekend is the time spent with friends. I must say I’m looking forward to next year already!

 

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World record gathering of Bentley motor cars at Blenheim Palace 2019.

September has been quite a busy month, starting with the Salon Prive Concours event at Blenheim Palace which took place on 7/8th September and what a splendid weekend it was.

Saturday started with meeting friends from the Bentley Drivers Club at the hotel where a rather splendid dinner and dance was held in the evening which enabled my wife and I to dance the night away which was a great way to start the weekend.

Bentley Motors were celebrating their centenary and to that end they were hoping to gather 1001 Bentleys to celebrate 100  Extraordinary Years, however on the Sunday there were gathered together 1321, a world record.

We started the day by meeting a friend of mine from schooldays when everything was in black and white and corporal punishment was rife, ah happy days!

I was very surprised to learn it was in fact 14 years when we last met but the great thing about old friends is you just start chatting as if it was yesterday.

Here is a photo of my friend Francis and his partner Tracy standing in front of my Bentley Mk VI and looking rather splendid I think.

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Obviously with that number of cars gathered round Blenheim Palace we were spoilt for choice.

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Two rather special ones were The Bentley, known as The Grey Lady belonging to Jimmy Medcalf often to be seen on Downton Abbey.

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Another car owned by Bentley Drivers Club member Richard Freestone and often seen on Peaky Blinders.

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Moving on to the Salon Prive and some of the rarest and most expensive cars in the world on display.

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One of those on display was the new Bentley Flying Spur W12 and rather splendid too.

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Personally I wasn’t that certain about the new Bentley concept car but it certainly drew a crowd, one had to wait quite some time to grab a quick photo without it being mobbed by people.

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More my cup of tea was the original Sir Henry Birkin 1929 Supercharged 4 1/2 Blower Bentley which raced at Le Mans.

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Or the more recent Le Mans winning Bentley.

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All in all quite a splendid weekend followed the next weekend by The Goodwood Revival, but more of that later.

 

 

 

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Bentley Drivers Club picnic.

After the sad loss of our wonderful dog my wife encouraged me to join my friends from the Bentley Drivers Club for a picnic at RHS Hyde Hall garden to take my mind off things and very good fun it was too.

The weather was changeable during the day from brilliant sunshine to fairly rainy and windy which may explain my rather unkempt appearance in the hair department, perhaps I should have used some gentleman’s hair wax to keep things more under control.

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Always nice to chat to your friends and to meet up again with others that you have met previously when at the Goodwood Revival in previous years.

I was delighted with my picnic table, including the cucumber sandwiches which my wife made for me and Mr Kipling for the fondant fancies, not up to Fortnum and Mason standards but sufficient to win a prize for picnic of the day!

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