David Bell is a hugely entertaining and refreshingly different guest speaker recommended by hundreds of clubs & societies across the UK. He will not only surprise you but will also make you think; and certainly make you smile.
A proud born & bred Geordie, David retired to the delightful little Peak District village of Eyam some years ago. He was confident that the village's famous plague heritage would be nothing other than a passing distraction. David Bell could not have been more wrong. Tens of thousands of tourists flock to Eyam annually to see for themselves where a brave disease driven lockdown was played out with such tragic consequences. But don't expect too much doom and gloom from this compellng speaker.
David's tongue-in-cheek take on staying fit and well and avoiding disease 350 years ago will convince you that, even in these troubled times, we all have a lot to be thankful for.
In the 1600s the odds were stacked against most people when it came to surviving the plague. There was no 'science', 'flattening the curve' or lowering the 'R number'. It was a case of 'que sera sera' and getting on with life . . . . getting on with the mundane, irritating ailments of the day such as water infections, bladder-stones, itching haemorrhoids and acute constipation !
So, brace yourself - clench your buttocks - and see how a 17th century doctor coped !
"After four decades as a straight-laced civil servant I never imagined," said David, "that I would now be 'hamming it up' with a life-sized inflatable dummy as my side-kick."
"Looking back at early healthcare, it's hardly surprising that patients then were as likely to die from the prescribed cure than their actual illness." added David.
STOP PRESS . . . 21 October 2021
"The Plague Doctor was simply the best. 10 out of 10" Brackley U3A Northants
STOP PRESS . . . 14 October 2021
"What a hidden gem David Bell is. A fabulous guest speaker" Mawdesley U3A Lancashire
STOP PRESS . . . 26 Aug 2021
"Our first open meeting since the end of lockdown. Great choice of speaker;
probably the best we have had since we first began almost 10 years ago."
Teesdale U3A Barnard Castle
"Thank you so much for your fantastic talk last night. For a moment I wondered if we might be
in trouble when your blow-up doll appeared ! But goodness me - rave reviews are still coming in !!!"
City of Plymouth WI
"We all thought that your refreshingly entertaining talk transferred seamlessly to Zoom. Congratulations"
"More than 150 of our club members 'tuned in' on their laptops and IPads at home"
North Notts Friends of the National Trust
A mid-week full house says it all
Buttock clenchingly brilliant.!!
We didn't expect that!
An hour of sheer joy
It was great to see our member's happy faces as they left the hall.
What a great night.
Misson WI South Yorkshire
A resounding success
Oundle U3A Peterborough
A giggle filled hour.
Regent Hotel Doncaster
10 out of 10
Thrapston U3A Northampton
Thought provoking, so amusing . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friends of the National Trust Leicestershire
Very funny and original . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . World Heritage Centre, Cromford Mill, Derbyshire
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