The recent French riots.

Just a quick comment on the recent riots taking place in France with protesters complaining about the recent increases in fuel prices, how different generally speaking to the British way of dealing with a rise in the price of fuel.

The last time we had a petrol price increase I myself rushed into the streets to join the protesters and to dig up the cobble stones to throw at the police but was rather surprised to find I was completely on my own so “tutted” to my self and came back inside.

The following day I took my car to the garage and filled up and carried on with my life rather like the rest of the population and I have to say it is a much less stressful way of carrying on than the French way of doing things.

Fire crews were called in to put out a fire that was started in the street during a student protest in Bordeaux this morning

Rather like a scene from Les Miserables the French had erected barricades and dug up the road and were throwing the cobbles at the police who were responding with rubber bullets and tear gas, all very melodramatic.

After some days of protest the French government has conceded and will delay bringing in the price increases which will cost them two billion euros which will be funded by government spending cuts.

A rather ironic victory for the protesters as although they will in the short term get their cheaper petrol they will be unable to drive anywhere as the roads are full of potholes which the government has no money to repair.


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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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4 Responses to The recent French riots.

  1. Ade-Oluwa says:

    😂😂😂😂😂 Sir. Again you have this way of pointing out the ridiculous and sometimes hilarious nature of serious issues. So they got cheap fuel for bad roads… Interesting. I suppose the mechanics will be getting the money rather than the govt. I don’t know which is worse. I’m beginning to think it’s in the French to riot. I shudder every time I recall a time in their history were all nobles and the wealthy who had not excaped from France, were killed. Most of those who could escape found themselves in Britain or was it England? My knowledge of history is not very good, I’m afraid. I get the little I know mostly from novels and movies. I doubt I will be heading to France anytime soon.

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