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Mean Spirited, Money Grabbing Milton Keynes

Jacob Marley would be so proud of you ...



I parked in central Haverhill today as I'm in panto there. I found a car park and it cost me just £1.80 for the entire day! Not bad if you compare it to Central Milton Keynes where it's £2 per hour. Though it's pretty bad when I recall them saying, many years ago, that parking for shopping would always be free ...

Let's save money by closing the local centres for the old and vulnerable around Milton Keynes. Humbug!

Let's save money by closing the local centres for the old and vulnerable around Milton Keynes. Humbug!

The rulers of Milton Keynes are a pretty awful lot really. They're now proposing to close centres for the old and vulnerable in Olney, Netherfields and Bletchley, then ship them all to a central location - as yet unspecified - somewhere in Milton Keynes.

"I expect it's all about money although I'd say it's mean-spirited at best."

They'll pretend it's about improving the service to the end user, but how transporting vulnerable people around instead of having centres on their doorstep is something that is as yet unexplained.

I know business is supposedly thriving in Milton Keynes, and I am pleased about that, but I wish it could be a nicer place. The shopping centre is about as boring as they come. There's hardly an interesting independent shop there as they just can't afford to rent any space.

I've never seen such a bleak railway station either. It's a vast expanse of concrete at the front and not enough car parking at the back. They should have taken a leaf out of the book of Kings Cross/St Pancras in London. Now that's a railway station. It even has pianos that anyone can play. Its great.

But on the other hand, London is a proper city whereas Milton Keynes is, as Billy Connelly would say, a 'pretendy' one. Putting up signs to the City Centre doesn't make it a city. And it doesn't deserve to be either.

I suggest that Cental Milton Keynes pulls itself together. It could be great, but not the way it's going with its money grabbing ways.

Anyway, I'm just off to rehearse my panto where we make people laugh (oh yes we do) and perhaps forget their troubles for a few hours. Far more positive than a meeting to disrupt vulnerable peoples lives.

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.