A race row has erupted by Channel 5 casting a black actress, Jodie Turner-Smith in their new period drama about Anne Boleyn with white folk complaining that it is completely wrong to cast a black actress for a character who was white.

The argument being that there would be an outcry if you were to cast, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, or Martin Luther King as a white person which seems to make sense.

I think they have a very reasonable case, however there is far worst news to come, for some bright spark has come up with the suggestion to replace willow, the traditional wood for cricket bats with bamboo.

No wonder it has caused outrage amongst the world and especially the traditional British cricket community, even though the new bats will be saving the Universe apparently by being more sustainable and all the usual arguments that the greens come up with for ruining everyone’s fun, I find it hard to imagine a few cricket bats making a major saving towards global warming.

This just won’t do, how can we sit around the village green in our deckchairs watching the Sunday match without hearing the traditional crack as the bat makes contact with the ball, “the sound of leather on willow.” No Sir, this will not do, “the sound of leather on bamboo,” is anathema to any right minded cricket spectator.

I did warn in the title of this post that, “there is worse to come,” but let’s hope the idea comes to naught before there is rioting in the streets.

Men Watching Cricket Game


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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