The Drinking Man's Diary

The Drinking Man's Diary

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Sweet Baby Max
Sweet Baby Max
My theme tune is Steely Dan's 'Here at the Western...
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Best Songs on My Birthday (UK)
Best Songs on My Birthday (UK)
So I found this great site that has all the...
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A Wonderful Brew!
A Wonderful Brew!
So I'm back from my amazing long weekend in the...
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But we were happy in those days, Myrtle
But we were happy in those days, Myrtle
So, the old " 'Myrtle is struggling.'". Well I remember...
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Four-finger exercise
Four-finger exercise
So, Kentucky says to me: 'You should hold your pint...
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The Times They Are A-Changing
The Times They Are A-Changing
So as much as you rely on the Drinking Man...
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Where’s my Pint? 2
Where’s my Pint? 2
Max may have Hey Lord Don't Ask Me Questions ringing...
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Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter
Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter
I expect Kentucky will park the bus in front of...
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Balance
Balance
Not too hoppy, not too malty, but sweet and bitter...
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The Amazing Power of Aging
The Amazing Power of Aging
It is really good to see The Consul looking so...
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The Consul's Style Shines Through
The Consul's Style Shines Through
The Consul has always had a great style about him....
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Bang Bang Shoot Shoot
Bang Bang Shoot Shoot
Well, I admire that picture of Max in his hot...
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Yes Blonde Works For Me

So I’m sure The Consul will hate the song, but I find it hard to turn away from this French beauty, and if you watch closely Alizée does a spot-on Marilyn impression. I also think this really is a perfect example of “In vino veritas” because I want her more after …

Bags Packed, Boots Shined, Ready to Roll!

So our trip to the UK is to begin in twelve hours and my boots are shined up for the occasion.  They say “Money can’t buy you happiness.”  And they are right, but a nice pair of $1300 Lucchese hand-made  boots certainly make me happy.  I’ve owned these babies for almost twenty years, and …

No Red Fish But Still Sexy

As all the readers of this blog know, the Consul changed my world when he introduced me to Alizée.  Recently I found the official video for J’en Ai Marre that was released before the Red Fish.  As one comment says: This video makes pedophilia look ok. which I know is close …

Getting a Round In

So we have not checked in on the now ex CEO of Jordan Publishing for five years.  It seems that Jordan publishing was sold over a year ago, but he is still looking for a new gig: is currently undertaking project work, whilst looking for a new challenge, following the successful …

The Princess Phenomenon

So after the big success of Beauty and The Beast my wife and I were enjoying another “real-life” version of a Disney Classic: Cinderella.  To my surprise, and deep joy, the lead part was played by the beautiful Lily James whom I first mentioned here. But what really struck me as …

Beautiful Americans

Even though the Americans can’t seem to keep the fruit out of their beer and cider they know their women and not many are finer than a daughter of an American Acting family, the Baldwin Brothers and Stephen Baldwin’s daughter in particular, this years winner of the #1 slot for the Maxim’s …

Damn Americans

I’ve lived in Texas for half of my life and am really getting concerned about the American approach to Beer and now Cider.  I posted here about how much I like Austin Eastcider’s Original Dry Cider.  But it seems American’s love to fuck with a good thing and like to add …

Travel and Terror

So in one week we’ll be flying into London.  Just one week ago eight people were senselessly murdered by terrorists just 2.5 miles away from our hotel.  Of course you wonder if you should still go, but we all know if we cancelled our plans because of possible threats, they …

The Belle of The Ball

The Consul led us all the way with Emma Watson and now at 27 and in the wonderful “real-life” version of Disney’s Classic: Beauty and The Beast it is confirmed for sure.   Certainly plenty to appreciate. I loved the movie too!

Gob On You!

Although in later years clearly beautiful actresses have caught my eye as The Consul rightly points out, when I was a teenager it was the female led punk bands that really got me going.  Debbie Harry and Siouxsie Sioux were probably the biggest influence, but I also had a soft spot …

Sweet Baby Max Indeed!

I have loved James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James since I heard it the first time shortly after arriving in the USA 27 years ago, so I’m really honored to have it as my song.  Thanks to The Consul for the choice. What has always cracked me up about James Taylor …

Wonder Women

Max rightly draws attention to some of the most beautiful actresses on the screen of silver. It may be a look, a style, an attitude, or some other kind of photogenic connection. As Neil Young sang: ‘A while ago somewhere, I don’t know when I was watching a movie with …

Sweet Baby Max

My theme tune is Steely Dan’s ‘Here at the Western World’ because it has the magical opening: ‘Down at the Lido they welcome you / With sausage and beer’. My favourite food and drink to welcome me to the pool — sounds great. Kentucky is named after a Rolling Stones …

When Less Is Something

So if you are one of the 2.5 avid readers of this blog you’ll know that my favorite Christmas movie is Love Actually.  I freaking love that movie!  A couple of years ago The Consul mentioned that a sequel was in the works, but nothing came of it.  Then the …

Holiday Monday

One of the great traditions is the Bank Holiday Monday. So, here in the week of Whitsun we have Monday off work. It’s meant to be the day after Pentecost, but because no one can actually put a date on the death of Jesus over ‘Easter’, we have to have …

All The Pounding You Can Handle, Bitch!

As we have seen as you get older looking good is not enough, you have to exercise to feel good.  This goes against pretty much everything I have practiced for over 50 years.  However, about 12 months ago I started to take my weight and my exercise regime more seriously.  It …

Nobody Does It Better?

I agree with The Consul Roger Moore was inferior to Sean Connery as far as who was the best James Bond but when it comes to Bond music Roger Moore wins quite easily.  My two favorite Bond songs were Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does It Better” and Wings’ “Live and Let Die”, …

No Moore

A 007 has died. Roger no more. He may not have been the best but I love Live & Let Die — best Bond theme tune, best Bond girl, and a worthy follow up to the Connery films. It couldn’t last and barrels were scraped by the end of his …

Goodbye Leonard

Whilst we were away Leonard Cohen passed which is just one more nail in the loss of  amazing talent.  What really stuck in my craw was that over the last ten years I’ve really been listening to more of his amazing music and never saw him live, even though I …

The Amazing Power of Aging

It is really good to see The Consul looking so good – boy is that the body of a Greek God or what, and especially without the fur.  The old phrase: You’re only as old as the woman you’re feeling which I refer to in this post should be tempered slightly, …

The Weight is Over

Well, that’s something Max and I have in common. He’s lost 30lbs. I’ve dropped from 14st to 11 and a half stone. In your fifties you have to get a bit more body conscious. As the years pile on the pounds and the middle-age spread thickens, it’s a good time …