Because I’m what might be called a bit of a motor car enthusiast I very rarely use buses, but none the less, I am aware of a little trick they used to do in the old days when they used to have a driver and conductor on board. If one had a bit of a lazy bones conductor he would encourage the driver to put a spurt on and try to catch the bus in front, the reason being, he would arrive at the bus stop fairly soon after the bus in front, thereby not leaving enough time for a queue to develop at the bus stop.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that the conductor in the bus behind was therefore spending his entire day sitting on his bus doing nothing as there were no customers on board requiring tickets. This was a ploy sometimes used by more than one following crew which gave rise to the expression, “Gawd blimey, that’s bloody typical, you wait around all day for a bus and then three come along all together.”

There are many occasions when the expression, “that’s bloody typical,” can come into play, for example when one has rushed from one’s home to go to the office, remembering one’s briefcase and bowler but inadvertently leaving one’s brolly in the umbrella stand at home. One’s forgetfulness is realised upon nearing the underground station when attempting to raise one’s umbrella to gesture a cheery “what ho,” to a fellow traveller. Too late to return to the house to retrieve the brolly, one just has to continue to the city improperly dressed, of course it’s typical that when emerging from the depths of the underground one should then be met with a deluge of rain sufficient to float the Titanic.

Whilst on the subject of the Titanic, how many of the passengers must have uttered the phrase, “that’s typical, all these miles of sea to choose from and we pick the only bit with a stonking great iceberg in it.” Rather more typical for the morals of the day was the conduct of most of the males on board who refused to enter the lifeboats, encouraging the women and children to leave the sinking vessel first.

Perhaps unsurprisingly a large number of those left on board headed straight to the bar, although in rather untypical fashion the band gathered by the grand staircase and played together, the last piece they allegedly played was the hymn, “Nearer my God to thee.”

Touching as this may be, I think it fair to say it is not the typical actions of a group of musicians who are generally not slow at coming forward when there is alcohol available. How many of you, when watching a West End musical may have experienced the sensation that the songs are being played a tad quicker than you remembered, this phenomenon is typically occasioned by the requirement to satiate the bands desire for alcohol and the need to get to the pub over the road before the rush.

I have to admit, much as I think “Nearer my God to thee,” is a beautiful tune, were I in similar circumstances, I would plump for my last moments to be spent in the bar and I think it safe to say that those who know me would say, “that’s typical of you!”


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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