I know I’m becoming a curmudgeonly old sod but I do wish we could try to maintain a semblance of good standards from the current crop of news readers.

This morning Kay Burley was reading about the much anticipated report on the alleged parties which may have taken place in various Government offices since the Covid outbreak and said “as soon as it drops, we’ll be all over it.”

“As soon as it drops, we’ll be all over it,” this is the sort of language I expect from a pubescent youngster with limited vocabulary, spoken with the ever spreading and absolutely dreadful Multicultural London accent so prevalent of late.

I would imagine Alvar Liddell must be turning in his grave, the poor fellow, but for those younger people who may by chance come across this missive I am attaching a link of one of Alvar’s broadcasts as an example of how the news should be read.

BBC Radio 4 - Desert Island Discs, Alvar Lidell

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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  1. There’s no becoming in it innit!

  2. SueW says:

    One of my complaints is the current trend of using presenters with dreadful thick accents, whether this be northern or southern. I use the term presenter loosely.
    Top Gear is one that springs to mind. I don’t mind accents IF they are not too broad and I can understand them. I’m a northerner, but even I have difficulty understanding Paddy McGuinness.

    I enjoy the occasional quiz show, but I prefer the host to sound intelligent, is this too much to ask?

    What is the BBC thinking?

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