Before I start today I insist in putting the link to my other blog, I shall be referring to it during the course of this article as I wish to ask a question about one of the subjects mentioned therein.

If you would be so kind as to peruse the third paragraph in the story about MP’s code of conduct where I was telling the tale of a fictional working class MP from a down trodden mining village who upon entering parliament, would leave a little coal dust on the furniture when sitting down, although obviously not in the presence of a lady.

Having read the paragraph to a couple of my friends I noticed there was no reaction with regard to the sitting down and the presence of a lady, which caused me to realise, just how old fashioned I am and that my joke was obviously far too subtle.

The point being, when I was educated it was virtually insisted upon that a man would always stand when a woman entered the room and I had wrongly assumed it would still be common knowledge even today.

Moving on I decided to segue to the subject of the dress code for Members of Parliament as I was fairly certain that in the old days it was virtually insisted, that the correct etiquette with regard to a dress code was for the gentlemen to have to wear a tie.

Shock, horror, what is the world coming to, on 29th June 2017 the Speaker in parliament, John Bercow, has said that he will no longer insist that gentlemen wear neckties. In the old days even the miner from the down trodden mining village, although slightly grubby with coal dust would have had the good manners to have worn a necktie.

Well there we are, that’s my blog for today which seems to have been diverted somewhat from the topic chosen but as far as I know, there is no-one out there insisting that we stick to the subject insist.



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 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.
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