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
And here in the US we’re told it’s due to the war in Ukraine. My reaction to that is, “At least we have homes to heat and cars to drive.”
But if it’s merely corporate greed taking advantage of a terrible situation, I have another reaction entirely.
In the UK it wasn’t cheap before it went up in price.
I go for corporate greed myself. I suggest you have your other reaction. When you know what i know you would understand.
You do realise my blog is slightly tongue in cheek?
We have 4 cheeks. To which do you refer? By the way, I was replying to adguru101 rather than your good self.
Nevertheless I do appreciate your tongue in cheek approach. Humour always useful in any crisis as a starting point.
Still, as both the Covid 19 situation and the Ukrainian situation were ‘massaged’ so-called crises, we have had the wool pulled over our eyes.
Except that I haven’t as I knew what was going on since June 2020 and expected the usual deceit and manipulation by big corporations, big government etc.
We don’t have gas here. Eight years ago we inquired about the cost of having gas brought up to the farm. The cost was just short of £50,000, we declined and continued with oil.
Last week we ran out of oil. Normally we order it a couple of days before delivery. This time we had to wait because of the long waiting list of customers on the delivery list who wanted to buy before the price went up (due to Russia). Eventually, we had our delivery but it was after the price increase and we paid £1,500 for approx four months supply.
The estimate for our electricity is also off the scale. I’m hoping for the warmer weather to arrive very soon.
At the same time, I cannot help feeling sorry for those families that are already struggling, how on earth they will manage is beyond me.
This is not the time to worry about global warming and paying the green tax, people need it cheap enough now so they can afford to heat their houses.
Yes, you are so right Joe.
Never mind. The boss of British Gas is waiving his £1.1 million bonus this year, he will take just his £775,000 salary for the year.
How very decent of him!!
I thought so too! We’re all in this together.
If only all the head honchos waved their bonuses and a little from their ridiculously high wages – it’d pay to heat every home for the next 5 years!
It feels like prices are going up on everything even without reasoning behind it, but one thing goes up and it pulls up everything else along with it. Our gov have done nothing to help the situation and they knew it was coming.
Sorry, I’m incorrect. They have helped. They’re giving people a £200 loan to heat their homes for a month or two, but it has to be paid back. What a brilliant “help” that is!
Much as people don’t like the idea if we want cheap reliable energy we need to use the resources in the North Sea, start fracking and build nuclear power stations.