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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 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 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.


In 2017 I arranged a tour of Lincolnshire to see as many places which were associated with the famous Dambusters 617 Squadron with friends in the Bentley Drivers Club and during that tour one of the chaps presented me with … Continue reading

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This weekend myself, Angella and Members of the Eastern Region Bentley Drivers Club gathered on a decidedly chilly 28th November at the rather splendid 16th Century listed Tudor house, Seckford Hall in Woodbridge, Suffolk for our Christmas luncheon with a … Continue reading

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Angella and I had the most fabulous time at Riviera Swing over the weekend, I must say thank you to all those who organised such a splendid event, especially Mark and Hoc for the three hours of dance classes on … Continue reading

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I have just found a link which also tells the fascinating story of The Battle of Barking Creek, the first casualty of World War Two in a friendly fire incident. My play is based on the facts of the Courts … Continue reading

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Tens of thousands of people from all over the world have made their way to Glasgow to demand more action on climate change. Leading activists such as Vanessa Nakate and Greta Thunberg will address the crowds in Glasgow, while elsewhere … Continue reading

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Here are a couple of pieces which I have taken from the G20 and COP26 websites which make interesting reading. Firstly from G20. The G20 is the international forum that brings together the world’s major economies. Its members account for … Continue reading

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Insulate Britain protesters have this morning proven themselves officially as mad as a box of frogs and personally I’m wondering if these people shouldn’t be locked up for their own protection. Apparently they have decided that entering a live motorway … Continue reading

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Some time ago when we were in the EU the French fishermen were allowed to come into British waters and fish willy-nilly carting off vast amounts of fish, until we finally had enough of it. We’ve always had trouble with … Continue reading

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I believe it was yesterday that a group of Insulate Britain protesters who had blocked the road yet again were squirted with ink by a member of the public, who presumably is sick to death of their actions. There is … Continue reading

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You may be surprised, as I was to discover there is such a thing as an emergency avocado but apparently this tropical fruit is one of the top most ordered items from Waitrose to be delivered by Deliveroo to people … Continue reading

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