I am a member of the Bentley Drivers Club and we have a monthly meeting which of late has been very sparsely populated, in fact we have been down to two of us due to people’s fears of Covid 19 and last night was sadly just myself.

Another member had commented on our BDC Facebook page that I ought to give up the unequal struggle and just have a drink with friends in the garage and the following was my reply.

I think it’s getting a little chilly for drinking in the garage so I’ll stick to imbibing in the comfort of the indoors.

You may think I’m flogging a dead horse but had, by chance, a new member turned up last night at least there would have been someone there to welcome them.

I do feel a little like Charles Lightoller the second officer on the Titanic who survived the ordeal and went on to greater things.

A little snippet of information I found when researching my next book concerned Charles Lightoller and the Dunkirk evacuations.

Apparently, he took his own boat Sundowner which was only 58 ft long together with his eldest son and a young sea scout for crew over to the Dunkirk beaches and evacuated 130 men to safety.

You see, there is light at the end of the tunnel, can you imagine a time in the future when we are back to normal and are joined by 130 people for our Noggin and Natter, although that may be a tad crowded.

They say if you put all the people in the World standing on the Isle of Wight it would be like a crowded cocktail party, we need to strike a compromise between this, “The Right Crowd and No Crowding” and no-one at all.

I had a fairly pleasant meal and a quick pint so all was not lost, although I kept having the same tune going through my head for some reason, no matter as “Nearer my God to Thee,” has always been one of my favourite hymns.


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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  1. Shelly says:

    “Light at the end of the tunnel …” Good reminder because it’s true. Love the hymn.

  2. I hope you treated everyone to a drink!

  3. SueW says:

    Loved listening to the hymn, made me realise where I wanted to be, but hymns are still banned. Did any of us expect to here that said in the year 2020?
    I can’t blame Covid for my spiritual lapse of late, but. I really would like get back there, sing my favourite hymns and feel the comfort of normal again.

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