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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 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.

COVID-19 IN LIVERPOOL.

I just came across footage from the Sun newspaper of young people celebrating and dancing in the streets of Liverpool last night. The first thought when viewing the footage, one has to wonder how this awful virus can spread so … Continue reading

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A BRIEF HOMAGE TO FRED DIBNAH.

I went to Bolton at the weekend as my wife went to do a course in thread vein removal, we stayed in the Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel which was in Standish and seemed to be deserted except for ourselves and … Continue reading

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A PROPER BRITISH PASSPORT.

I received a letter from HMRC saying that I will have to submit an online Tax Return this year which I was not happy about as I had tried before and there were tears before bedtime as I couldn’t make … Continue reading

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A REPLY TO SUEW ON HER COMMENT ABOUT SPEEDING.

Hi Sue, I had a feeling you had read my post on being “nicked for speeding!” https://thediaryofacountrybumpkin.com/2020/08/17/ive-just-been-nicked-for-speeding-im-mad-as-hell/ The result of this was an on line course which I was expecting to be a quiz and box ticking exercise but no, … Continue reading

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TEMPORARY 60 MPH SPEED LIMIT.

One of my classic car papers had an article on the latest idea for a trial period 60mph speed limit in an attempt to cut pollution and they asked for readers opinions on the subject but the email address didn’t … Continue reading

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MR DONALD TRUMP’S TAX RETURN.

Apparently Mr Donald Trump has paid NO tax and has spent $70,000 on his hair. I have to say I’m appalled and outraged, this sort of behaviour is absolutely disgusting. How dare they carry on in this fashion, I would … Continue reading

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GENTLEMEN WHO LUNCH.

Went to the Kings Oak, High Beach for a Bentley Drivers Club meeting for lunch which made a change from meeting in the evening, variety is the spice of life after all. Met with Alan Osborn, Mick Atrill and Richard … Continue reading

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DON’T GO TO WALES ON A SUNDAY.

I don’t mean to be beastly to the Welsh and I hope they don’t take this personally but I had the misfortune to go to Wales at the weekend as my wife had a course to do and I thought … Continue reading

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W O BENTLEY.

Celebrating the birthday of W O Bentley who was born on 16th September 1888.

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THE LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS.

I caught up last night and watched the last night of the Proms, sadly I do not have time to list all the things that were wrong with it, suffice to say absolutely abysmal is an understatement. Whoever organised this … Continue reading

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