Rather belatedly I am posting my photo from the wonderful Riviera Swing forties weekend, unfortunately my wife Angella is somewhat reluctant to appear in photographs so you will have to make do with just me.
I cannot tell you how much fun this weekend is, forties music, dance classes by the wonderful Mark and Hoc, different bands every night, sing alongs, film shows, vintage clothes shops and wonderful like minded friends.
It all started some time ago when I saw an image on Facebook of all the chaps on the stairs in their top hats etc and thought, this looks absolutely barmy it must be tremendous fun I must come to this and how right I was. I think this is now our third year and it still is brilliant fun with such wonderful people and we are now looking forward to next year.
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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Looking dapper, as always, Joe!
Joe, you were always destined to be a “Top Hat, White tie and tails” kinda guy! I am so glad you have attained your true position and style in life. I’m sure Fred and Ginger smile from above, when they see ‘the Bumpkin’ below!