I have been thinking about posting on this subject for some time but it’s such a controversial subject that I have steered clear as it’s so easy to write something in this day and age and offend half the world and it’s mother.
It is obvious that Black Lives Matter and I can see many of the injustices that this campaign complains about and agree with them, where I have trouble is why on earth do we in Great Britain follow this awful American habit of kneeling down to show support.
I would have thought the old fashioned British way of showing respect for a cause by standing proudly to attention for two minutes silence is a far more dignified way of doing things and one I would personally feel much more at home with should I be asked to join in.
Recently I saw the news which had the start of a football match where all the players stood to attention and did not take the knee, where it was suggested this might be a trend for all the matches but as I don’t watch football I have no idea if this was the case.
Sadly my favourite sport of motor racing is still a mishmash of those kneeling and those standing and looks very untidy, which leaves me with my final thought on the matter.
It seems strange to me that the BLM movement is one that complains that black people are being subjugated and treated poorly and yet the action they choose to complain with is an action of subjugation, so I say standing up proudly for your rights is a much better way of going about things when in Great Britain.
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 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.
I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mr-Joe-Wells/e/B06XKWFQHT/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
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I get annoyed every time I think of all the imports from the USA, so I try to avoid even thinking about them. This is, of course, the wrong thing to do because for evil to prevail all it takes is for good men to do nothing. Sloppy dress sense, high fives, graduations from all levels of schools, the army wearing camouflage all the time, being addressed “Hi guys” in restaurants, addressing ones children as “mate”, taking vacations rather than holidays, Halloween, baby showers, police officers dressed as robocop. I’d better stop there before apoplexy strikes!
I know the feeling, starting every sentence with “so” punctuating with “like” rather than a comma, using “way” when they probably mean “far,” to name but a few!
Very well said, Peter. I totally agree. I find myself correcting Joss every time he uses the American word Gotten. I just hope he doesn’t use it in class.
The problem is that all the youth of today watch American films all the time, they used to say that eventually American and English will be two separate languages and I used to think they were right because American does use so many completely different words that we don’t and I’m fine with American doing that. As far as I’m concerned it can go completely down the pan, I’m just extremely worried that they are going to drag us with them. I have a solution which may be considered a tad old fashioned but it may be worth a go. I suggest any time we catch young people speaking in this awful American slang, we should take them outside and horsewhip them. This solution may not entirely fit with the modern politically correct way of doing things but I’ve always thought that a sound trashing always helps to concentrate the mind especially where the young are concerned, it used to work when I was at school with that Tom Brown fellow.
It worked when I was at school too!
At my school after you were caned or slippered you had to say “thank you Sir,” we knew our place in the good old days!
I gave the stare, I refused to cry like the other girls
Character building we didn’t have snowflakes in those days!
I absolutely agree with you. They look as though they’re begging someone to marry them. I also agree with every word from Peter.
Personally I’m not averse to kneeling down if it’s because I’m about to be Knighted but otherwise I’m not keen.
I think I would have difficulty in getting up again! 🙂
I am actually already a Lord, I purchased it from The Principality of Sealand which is in fact a World War Two tower which was constructed for defence and is just in International waters, along with the Title Lord Joe Wells I seem to remember it comes with a metre of sea bottom, (I’m not sure of the polite way of describing a sea’s bottom) which I’m hoping one day for a massive oil or natural gas discovery in my particular square. A long shot perhaps, but you never know.