POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 15/11/2016 @ 8:00AM
It would be remiss of me not to write something about the election of businessman Donald Trump to the office of President of the United States Of America ...
Introducing President-elect Donald Trump.
As a former gambler, I'm very cross that someone has hijacked the word that until now meant the highest suit in cards. For others, he has hijacked a word that was a more socially acceptable way of saying 'fart'.
"Not a good start for someone
in my opinion."
Those poor Americans; they had a terrible choice really. This ghastly person or another nearly as ghastly person. It's a bit like having to vote for one of the Kray twins. You'd think that when the chips were down you'd vote for Reggie who was slightly mad rather than Ronnie who was certified mad. But then again, by all accounts, Ronnie was the most charismatic of the two, so perhaps that's what's important.
But there you have it, that's democracy again, and while many are questioning the result and the popular vote and so forth, it is the way that presidential elections have been held certainly in my lifetime, and they weren't arguing about it before, so they can hardly argue about it now.
Imagine the howls of laughter if Clinton had won and the Trump crowd were out demonstrating. Are the demonstrators on the street demonstrating against democracy? Surely, if you are marching against a democratic vote, then you're marching for dictatorship ... which is a curious one.
And Lord save me from all those who go around saying, "Not in my name". Democracy isn't in your name at all. If everything was in your name and no-one elses, it wouldn't be a democracy you pillocks. You win some, you lose some.
Anyway, as I look out of the window each morning I see no evidence of a mushroom cloud, and so we carry on. I did actually sit my 11-year-old daughter down to explain all this to her. I told her that regardless of the gloom merchants she would undoubtedly hear, it was merely a democratic vote which I didn't agree with and not to fret about anything she read or heard for the next year. There are going to be some extremely cross people around who have a brilliant time predicting the future ... which none of us can do.
"So onwards and upwards. We carry
on as normal."
And if I'm wrong? There will be no-one left to say I told you so, so at least I won't have to try to explain my views and admit my error. And for a gambler, that's a pretty good bet. It's the age-old gamble about believing in God. The gamble must be for there being one because if there is, you're on the right side, and if there isn't, it doesn't matter anyway.
And with that cheery thought, I'll just say I hope to see you all next week. Unless President-Elect Trump has different ideas ...
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.
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