I was just watching the Dambusters film which was on over the Bank Holiday weekend and was enjoying the film as usual when it came to a shot of Guy Gibson landing back from a mission and calling for his famous black Labrador dog, however the film had been doctored and had been voiced over as he called for his famous black dog now called Trigger. I was somewhat taken aback and was expecting the arrival of Roy Roger’s horse but no, the famous black Labrador bounded into shot to meet his owner.

Now, having been to the home of the Dambusters Squadron at Scampton and seen the grave of the aforementioned dog I was aware that his name was not Trigger and I have to admit I am not happy with the way this film has been altered and is not now historically correct.

Where will this end, I ask myself shall we see the name of the road sweeper in Fools and Horses also altered for fear that someone may miss hear his name and expect Guy Gibson’s dog to be taking part in the scene.

I have to admit, all this politically correct nonsense makes me snigger and I wonder how long it will be before the Australian character Digger will have to have his name altered and all the words in the script like, bigger, figure, jigger, ligger, rigger, vigour, for fear of them being misheard.

How much simpler would it be to leave the dialogue as it were and to hear the name of the dog as it was during the war when it was quite common to name a dog Nigger without any thought of using it as a racial slur or with any offence meant. It seems to me completely wrong to place a modern interpretation onto an innocent dog’s name, for if we keep removing history from books and films etc we will eventually have no history left, except a record of those who removed it.


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 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.
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  1. The thought police are alive and……….well, you know what they are! George Orwell foresaw it all.

    • 1984, you would have thought they would have got it out of their systems by now and we could return to normal. Perhaps, it will take longer before there is a backlash against all this woke nonsense and we start to see sense, or perhaps we are stuck with it, I certainly hope not as I’m sick to death with it. I put it up on Facebook as well as my blog, it will be interesting to see the comments as it takes so little to stir them up and attack you!

  2. I hope when I’m named in Parliament they only say lovely fluffy things about me, or what a brilliant wartime leader I would have made, or they have a spare space for me in the House of Lords. I hope it’s not something beastly were I find my head on a pike some time later.

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