My Pet Troll Doesn't Reside Under A Bridge
He's alive and well and living in Facebook land ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 29/12/2015 @ 8:00AM
Did you know I had my own pet troll? For those of you who are unaware, a troll is someone who joins in others conversations on social media with the sole intention of causing upset. It is usually someone you don't know ...
Please do not feed the trolls. They get upset and start using Caps Lock in anger.
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The standard traits of the troll are a lack of great intelligence and an abundance of spare time. My own troll specialises in hating Great Britain - especially England - and while I'm always pleased to pull the leg of the establishment, I'm quite happy with the way things are run on the whole. I'm all for free speech.
My troll tends to try to turn any thread toward his own agenda and again, this is a standard trait as no one follows trolls - which is why they become trolls I suppose - so he links into my ramblings to get an audience. He is quite abusive to people who I know, but all my mates who discuss affairs with me tend to understand and join in on the fun.
My troll travels around a bit, flying to various countries telling them how awful it is in the UK. He doesn't seem to need to work so I imagine he has some kind of inheritance or other 'independent' means.
"I view this as a care in the
If he wasn't attempting to abuse me and my friends online, he might be doing it to someone in real life, so we sort of keep him off the streets. Also, I mentioned this to a fairly well-known actor pal of mine and he said "oh well, you're getting somewhere then. You only get trolls if you're interesting", and there's something in that.
So while I feed the troll by allowing him into my online world, I guess he does feed my ego a little in return. As this blog post gets published to social media, you might even be able to sample some of it if you follow me.
Happy New Year to you all, and yes, that even includes my pet troll.
Until next time ...
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.