When I was younger we used to call a band, a group although I am old enough to remember when a band or group might have been introduced on the wireless or black and white television as a popular beat combo.

We used to have men dressed in dinner jackets just to read the news on the wireless with correct received pronunciation accents unlike the modern version where all the youngish presenters on television and on the advertisement are all speaking with the awful multicultural London accent.

Us older folk are still writing in long hand on Facebook while the younger generation are posting videos of people falling down stairs and other mishaps with people damaging themselves which it seems is funny and amusing to them.

I was reminded of the difference between the generations when I came across the popular beat combo The Blossoms who are apparently an indie band and who all have shoulder length hair which I thought was rather odd.

When I was young I too had shoulder length hair which I wore as I was making a statement that I didn’t want to have a short back and sides like my grandfather.

How strange that we now find the youth of today wearing shoulder length hair exactly like that of their grandfathers whilst I have become older and am sporting a short back and sides just like that of my grandfathers, my how times change.

Although I feel it is a little lacking in imagination to be wearing the hairstyle of your grandfathers I have to say it is a great improvement on the comb over which became fashionable with the youth some few years ago.

The Blossoms will play Exeter on tour - Devon Live

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. At least you and I still have hair, albeit with a high forehead. Most young men seem to be losing their hair in their twenties now!

  2. SueW says:

    When I met my late husband he was in a group. Later he grew his hair and sometime after that he began to lose it, eventually he began to resemble Max Wall. Today the young men just shave it all off. I liked my husband’s Max Wall look, and as a comedian the look fitted him well.

    • Did you husband have the tights and silly shoes too, because that’s a look not everyone can pull off but from what you have said of your husband I imagine he would have been one of the few who could.

      • SueW says:

        You’re right, he could pull anything off! He himself was a One-Off!

      • I like people like that, modern people especially young women are all becoming exactly the same, sad clones with Botox foreheads, fillers in the rest of their face and lips like a baboons arse. I prefer people with a little more character and individuality than that, your husband sounds like he was more in that mould and all the better for it.

      • SueW says:

        He was indeed, thank you, Joe.

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