As a collector of classic cars there is nothing better than having one that is genuinely authentic, my oldest at the moment is a 1947 Bentley Mk VI which still has it’s original seats which have the most wonderful patina of age, slightly creased, slightly faded and a little worn, but so would you be if someone had sat on you since 1947.

There are plenty of modern copies of all sorts of things, but I wouldn’t give you tuppence for a modern copy compared to the old original, for the modern version lacks character which the older version has in spades.

My old car still has it’s original valve radio, which takes some time to warm up and will only receive Her Majesty’s, BBC Radio Four, but you can’t beat it for being authentic.

There are many things in life where it is much better to have the authentic item, money being one of them, for even a wheel barrow full of fakes is still worthless, although sometimes fakes can become worth considerable amounts of money.

Tom Keating the prolific British art faker who was said to have faked over 2000 paintings was only discovered when auctioneers noticed there were thirteen Samuel Palmer watercolour paintings for sale, all of them depicting the same theme, the village of Shoreham in Kent.

He escaped jail through ill health but later recovered and continued to paint and ironically his paintings became highly sought after as everybody wanted to own an authentic painting by the famous forger Tom Keating.

That’s the great thing about real life, the best and most authentic stories are often so good, you couldn’t make them up.


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 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 who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but 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.
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