Juxtapose.

Juxtapose

Some of you may have noticed that I have not blogged for a few days, or perhaps you haven’t, for you like me may have been away for the weekend enjoying yourself.

What an interesting choice of word for today’s word prompt, juxtapose and how it fits so easily with my experiences at the weekend, for a start lets juxtapose the joy of being retired and having the ability to go away at any time, with the lack of a regular income to pay for said jaunts.

This last weekend entailed a trip away to watch our grandchildren play in a football tournament and again one can juxtapose the pleasure aspect of being away with my delightful wife, compared to the purgatory that was watching the football matches, although to be fair my version of watching football is not perhaps a conventional one. Indeed the comparison between my version of sitting by the side of the pitch in my deckchair reading the latest edition of Rolls-Royce and Bentley Driver magazine and a considerable number of the other fathers and grandfathers who would stand at the side of the pitch shouting instructions at the top of their voices to the poor infants on the pitch, is as they say like chalk and cheese.

I am in the very lucky position to be the owner of both, a modern Bentley Arnage and a classic 1947 Mk VI Bentley and once again one can juxtapose the two cars as the newer car has the benefit of air conditioning, whereas the older one has the option to open the window should the weather become unseasonably hot and perhaps with the weather being baking hot at the weekend, had we compared the two cars before opting to take the older one, we may have been slightly cooler.

Earlier I mentioned the joy of being able to go away whenever one desired if one was retired, however living the life of Reilly has it’s pitfalls when the bills for all this merriment appear and one can juxtapose the two possible lifestyles. That of living like a hermit and saving one’s investments or the life of Reilly whereby one spends and enjoys one’s life. Always a conundrum for if we all had a sell by date where we knew exactly when we might die the arithmetic for calculating how much one might spend to be buried with nought but a pound left would be far easier.

One is never certain when given a word to write about exactly how many times to use it in the text and I am thinking of printing this blog with the word juxtapose both included in and removed from the text, then I can juxtapose both versions to see if I have used the word juxtapose too many times!

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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.
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