I have just come across a petition to stop the building of a new Royal Yacht which is said to be costing 200 million and to be named after Prince Philip, I am delighted to report that so far the petition has received a paltry 35,000 signatures.

Personally I think building a new ship is a rather splendid idea and if the vessel proves to be as useful as the previous Royal Yacht Britannia will be money well spent.

Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia was in service form 1954 until 1997 and during those 43 years she sailed more than a million nautical miles and was designed to be converted into a hospital ship in times of war and to transport the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh to safety off the north west coast of Scotland in the event on a nuclear war.

During her time as the Royal Yacht, Britannia transported the Queen and other members of the Royal Family and dignitaries on 696 foreign trips, steaming 1,087,623 nautical miles and helping to earn millions by promoting British industry abroad and is still earning money as a visitor attraction moored in the Port of Leith, Edinburgh.

I feel that should the new yacht be commissioned and be as successful as the previous one, even at 200 million it would be money well spent, I look forward to seeing her.

HMY Britannia - Wikipedia

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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. SueW says:

    Oh, I do hope the plans come to fruition.

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