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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.

STANDARDS SLIPPING AT TATLER.

I recently came across the following which was an article in a bastion of the British upper classes since 1901, the Tatler magazine. Huzzah! The trailer has dropped for the 2nd season of ‘The Great’ Back in February of this … Continue reading

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THAMES TRADITIONAL BOAT FESTIVAL.

I am going to the Thames Traditional Boat Festival at Henley-on Thames in a couple of weeks time where two of my favourite things are featured, the Dunkirk Little Ships and the Battle of Britain Memorial flight, I can’t wait!!

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CLIMATE MINISTER FLIES TO THIRTY COUNTRIES.

Alok Sharma our climate change Minister has flown to 30 different countries covering tens of thousands of miles over the past seven months to prepare the ground for the COP26 global environment summit this autumn. There has been quite a … Continue reading

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A LEVEL GRADES SURGE TO NEW HIGH.

Yet again the proportion of A-level entries awarded an A grade or higher has risen to an all-time high after exams were cancelled for the second year in a row due to Covid-19. Apparently pupils were only assessed on what … Continue reading

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SUPERB 1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 FOR SALE.

My friend has his rather splendid 1965 Aston Martin DB5 for sale so I’m putting it here just in case there are some fairly well off people who would like to purchase this superb example of a DB5 who just … Continue reading

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BROOKLANDS RELIVED.

Went to Brooklands Museum today, some of you may have seen the programme on the television called The Secrets of the Transport Museum which takes place at the Museum and what is left of the racetrack. The track itself was … Continue reading

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REASONS WHY PEOPLE PREFER INSTAGRAM TO FACEBOOK.

I came across this post on a young woman’s blog recently which made me all the more convinced that Instagram is a waste of time, as all it seems to me is a way to look at pictures and click … Continue reading

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PETITION TO GET MAN WEARING ONLY SOCKS AND SANDALS TO TURN ON THE TOWNS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS.

A petition has been launched to get the man seen tied to a lamppost wearing only his socks and sandals to turn on Basildon’s Christmas lights. The man was taped to a lamppost near Basildon’s Westgate Shopping centre, with several … Continue reading

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MAKE JABS FOR JOBS COMPULSORY.

It seems fifty percent of managers wish to see the introduction of a jabs for jobs policy should you wish to return to work from being furloughed or from working from home. This is a relatively new suggestion and already … Continue reading

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MORE BAD NEWS FOR MOTORISTS.

As if things weren’t bad enough for the hard-pressed motorist already, Highways England have announced that nine sections of Motorways in England will have their speed limit reduced in an effort to bring down the NOx concentrations. Now I have … Continue reading

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