What a strange thing time is, it always goes too quickly, there is never enough of it and yet when trying to recall things that have happened during the passing of time, to me, at least, it always seems like it was yesterday until you look at the date the event took place.

For some peculiar reason the thought came into my head that on 11th November of this year it will be one hundred years since the end of World War One and yet whilst it may not seem like yesterday, one hundred years ago seems an awfully long time ago.

My grandfathers took part in World War One and my father took part in World War Two and yet now we are hard pushed to find anyone who is still alive who participated in World War Two, proving the old adage, my how time flies.

My concept of time is abysmal, although it’s really only the time that has passed rather than the time that is currently happening that I have trouble with. Like most older people I am never late, mostly because I always allow plenty of time to get anywhere, unlike the youth of today who never allow enough time and rely on the fact that they have a telephone with which they can phone to communicate the fact that they will be late.

According to Wikipedia, time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future and who can argue with that.

Well it seems quite a few people would argue and have all sorts of suggestions as to what time can do. Myself I would quite like to have the ability to turn back time, not to regain my youth but to go back to the day when I first put a cigarette in my mouth and lit the damn thing.

My friends and I had gone on our bicycles to the forest and had bought some cigarettes on the way and having lit the thing I was at first taken aback by how awful it tasted, then by how dizzy it made me feel and lastly how sick it made me feel. However I persevered and over a period of time I managed to become an addict requiring eighty a day to satiate my habit.

It would be wonderful to be able to return to that day and have the guts to say “no thanks, these things are bloody awful”, however in those days when everybody smoked, peer pressure won the day.

There comes a time when your grandparents and your parents have all died, it does make you aware that you are the next one in the firing line and whilst not wishing to turn back time or stop it completely, perhaps slowing it a little wouldn’t go amiss.

Whilst accepting it will be my turn next, I am hoping that whatever I should die of doesn’t involve a long and protracted death.

I am reminded of the old joke of the fellow who said “I want to die like my father, quietly in his sleep, not like the passengers on his bus, screaming and shouting in fear of their lives”.


About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mr-Joe-Wells/e/B06XKWFQHT/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
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