My wife and I went on our usual pilgrimage to the Goodwood Revival and were very pleased to bump into fellow Bentley Drivers Club Members, RODGER DUDDING and EMMA, NICK BROWNE and NICOLA, ALAN BANNISTER, and TIM MILBANK and his son LEO, I’m sure there were many more members who were there but it’s quite a large crowd to spot people.
We always start with the cricket match on Thursday at Goodwood House, with the Duke of Richmond’s 11 against the drivers, always a pleasant place for a quick gin and tonic with ‘the sound of leather on willow’ as background soundtrack.
The car park can also be worth a look round and I came across interesting Bentley as I wandered round.
Friday saw the first day at the circuit and having settled into the March Enclosure we met our friends Lady Nimmy March and Awanthi Mendis.
We always love dressing up for Goodwood so here is an image of another of my outfits, this one I modelled on Henry Morton Stanley but I didn’t bother wasting too much time looking for Livingstone.
Whilst wandering around the paddock we ran into our neighbour George Edney from over the road who was racing his Lester-MG in the Madgwick Cup race.
And finally a photo of my good self at the Old Railway Station in Petworth where we always stay sporting my new ‘forties’ suit which I had recently made, originally called Urquhart plaid it was made popular by the then Prince of Wales, Edward VII but it became massively fashionable when it started to be worn later by the style icon of the day, Edward VIII and is now referred to by its more common name of Prince of Wales check.
It’s always nice to meet up with friends but I think the Goodwood Revival is one of the nicest places one can run into them, here’s looking forward to next year and doing it all again.
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 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.
The two of you are looking very dapper indeed, as always Joe. (Love the new suit). Glad it went ahead and you enjoyed it.
Thank you, it was an excellent weekend with a suitable tribute to the Queen which was a nice touch.