Jeff Bezos founder of Amazon and the richest man in the world made his first trip into space aboard his rocket ship called New Shepard which was named after the first American into space Alan Shepard.

He was joined on the flight by Wally Funk who is an 82 year old woman who trained for the American space programme but was never allowed to fly as she was female, together with his brother Mark Bezos and an 18 year old student who became the youngest person to go into space,

The entire trip only lasted 10 minutes and 10 seconds but was enough to experience weightlessness and to see the Earth through the ships windows which were the largest ever flow into space.

Bezos is the second multi billionaire to have gone into space having been beaten to it recently by Richard Branson and said upon his return that he knew who had paid for all the investment in his Blue Origin company which led to the development and funding of the flight.

He gave credit to the poorly paid workers in his Amazon company and all those who had purchased goods and services from his company which had enabled him to fund this vastly expensive project.

I feel proud myself that I have helped fund Mr Bazos as I both buy and sell on Amazon, in fact as an example my latest book The Case of the Grease Monkey’s Uncle which retails on the site for a sum of £4.99 of which I receive the princely sum of 29p.

Should I choose to advertise the book on Amazon there is of course a charge which means that every book that I sell in this fashion is costing me money and is adding to the fund available for Mr Bazos to play with his very expensive toys.

I wouldn’t want you to think I am bitter in any way for I look at it rather more as my effort to fund the arts by selling a book rather than funding a space programme.

As you may have noticed I usually try to finish my posts with a suitable image but refrained from using an photograph of the spacecraft as it looked somewhat like a penis and I wouldn’t have wanted anyone to misinterpret this as a comment on the man, Jeff Bazos.

July 20, 2021: Jeff Bezos space flight news


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 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 who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but 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.
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  1. It’s nice to see an overpaid author such as yourself taking time out to spread the news of good deeds being done by the proletariat!

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