I have of late been taking more interest in American Politics since Mr Trump lost the election and his incitement to riot speech and all the other rather bizarre events of recent times.

Yesterday I saw that President Biden was going to Milwaukee to take part in a CNN “town hall” which seems to be an American way of saying he is going to be interviewed by a CNN reporter in a theatre, the interviewer was to be Anderson Cooper.

Now, I’m a lover of trivia and having looked up Anderson Cooper I can reveal that his father was Wyatt Emory Cooper who was an author, screenwriter and actor, his mother however was none other than Gloria Vanderbilt who amongst many things was a artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress and socialite, although I imagine my American readers may be aware of these facts already.

During the course of the interview which he seemed to have made a decent fist of with answers for all the questions asked, except the one about about the former President, to which his answer was, “I am tired of talking about Donald Trump,” which seems quite the right answer to me.

I was watching the news in the UK as President Biden was leaving for the event so I was delighted to see him out and about the next day and in good health, my concern for his well-being was sparked by my recollection of the last time an American President visited a theatre on 14th April 1865 which ended in tears.

On this occasion the dastardly John Wilkes Booth crept into the box where Abraham Lincoln was watching a farce called Our American Cousin which was written by English dramatist Tom Taylor, which caused the President much amusement, that is up to the point where Booth took out his derringer pistol and shot the poor President in the back of the head.

The President died the next day and a Nation mourned, an event I was very glad to see that wasn’t repeated with the current President, not the least of which because it would have caused the regurgitation of the joke which asks the wife of the deceased President; “beside that Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?”

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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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