A friend of mine recently sent me a link to an article concerning VW and their intention to make Bentley a subsidiary of Audi.

I didn’t think this was a major problem, for Bentley was a subsidiary of Rolls Royce for many years, then VW and now Audi, that doesn’t seem too bad. 

The part of the article that worried me is the ever closer forced introduction of electric cars and the banning of petrol cars from city centres.

I have no intention of buying an exceedingly expensive electric car, powered by a coal fired power station, as to continue to use the cars I have is a far is far better for the environment than the continued manufacture of new ones.

I was hoping the petrol ones I have would be good enough to see me out as they are more than capable of doing but as the Government keep bringing forward the date for the banning of petrol cars I can see no answer to the problem.

The only solution I have come up with and one I have to say I’m not looking forward to, is to bring forward the date of my death to coincide with the banning of petrol cars although I don’t relish the thought of dying young, I must say.


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 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.
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  1. Timothy Price says:

    My wife calls electric cars “coal powered” cars, although a lot of electricity out here is produced using natural gas these days, which is cleaner, but still gas. I don’t get the fascination with electric cars. It’s bad enough I have to charge my computer, my phone, my cameras, etc. I don’t want to have to be waiting around for my car to charge or have to plug it in every night with all my other gadgets. I know several people who have Teslas. They love their Teslas. I got to drive a Tesla and Chevy Volt. No thanks. My MX-5 is much better looking and way more fun to drive.

  2. In the UK at the moment we barely have enough electric at the best of times so how on earth we are going to have enough if we all have electric cars plugged in. There not very green, the Lithium used in the batteries is dreadfully polluting when it’s mined and how will they recycle them? I don’t want to be forced to stop driving my 1947 Bentley, I enjoy driving it immensely.

    • Timothy Price says:

      The lithium batteries are a nightmare for first responders when they respond to accidents and electric car fires. If you only have a 100 amp electrical feed at your residence, you have to upgrade to a 200 amp or even a 400 amp feed to charge your car. There are neighborhoods out here that only have enough amperage to charge a couple of electric cars at the same time. If everyone had an electric car, breakers would be tripped all over those neighborhoods.

  3. Joni says:

    The problem we have here in our large country (Canada) is we hardly have any charging stations, so unless you’re not going too far and charging overnight, it’s not convenient. But I can see the push to electric here too, even in a country with plenty of oil. Most of our coal plants are gone, banned by the government now.

  4. The stupid thing is that most people don’t want electric cars as they don’t have the range, who wants to have to keep stopping when you are trying to cover vast distances and wish to get there fairly quickly. We don’t have the numbers of chargers in the Uk and a considerable number of our houses are very unsuitable to have their own charger on their property as people park their cars in the street sometimes some distance from the house where they actually live. The only people who want them are climate change groups and the Government who are just being politically correct. And they call it progress!!

    • Timothy Price says:

      I don’t believe most people want electric cars either. What really pisses me off is Musk got billions and wasted billions to make Teslas. The government tries to force too many things like electric cars, wind power, and solar energy down our throats. None of which are cost-effective.

  5. You and my husband would agree so much about this. He have been grumbling about electric car so much when I first come to Europe in 2004, back then all the charging stations were free. But as he said to people who said it’s worth the price because you can practically drive for free, it’s only for now, they’re just waiting until so many have electric cars to charge a price. He’s right. Now, all gas station and public parking places in Norway have charger areas, and the price is insane. Not only that but building electric car is much more harmful for the environment from what I heard.

    PS: no wonder I don’t see anymore post from you. You vanished from my following list. 😦 I suddenly remember you today to I search.

    • Little bit crafty, the free electric in the beginning I agree. I’m very glad to have you back on my follow list, I have been meaning to post something about the farcical situation in America but I have been busy with other things, I will catch up though. Just a quick one; If you have millions of votes to count wouldn’t it be sensible to have quite a few people to do the counting and perhaps even have a night shift, then you might not have a President inciting riot with false claims of unfairness etc!

      • Truth be told, I don’t have faith with any kind of voting because the thing is, those who got the power never deliver what they promise anyway.
        But I agree. They should assigned people to count a specific amount of vote to log in that way it avoid being such a mess. That said, I’m not exactly a brainy person when it comes to politics. 😅

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