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 ...
More about David Pibworth ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.
David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.
His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.
Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.