The Drinking Man's Diary

The Drinking Man's Diary

Searching for the Perfect Pint?
Large Breasts aren’t everything …
Large Breasts aren’t everything …
I know how happy The Consul is about David Cameron...
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A Gifted Man
A Gifted Man
What can one say about The Consul? Clearly he is...
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Drinking in the Lyrics 2
Drinking in the Lyrics 2
'And you, you can be mean And I, I'll drink...
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Suicide Drink
Suicide Drink
This is a new term I've heard recently for the...
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A Fine Mexican Beer
A Fine Mexican Beer
One of the beers that is popular here in Texas...
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Favorite Chapter Titles: Cunt Crazy
Favorite Chapter Titles: Cunt Crazy
In the good old days when Kentucky and I used...
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Popular Culture
Popular Culture
The Drinking Man's Diary is really the center of Popular...
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Perfect Setting For a Pint? 4
Perfect Setting For a Pint? 4
Maybe best of all is with the right meal; the...
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A Perfect Year
A Perfect Year
Turning fifty was one of my best years ever! My...
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Same Wonderful Life, Larger Monitor
Same Wonderful Life, Larger Monitor
So it has been about four years since I last...
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Shagging Down Lambeth Way
Shagging Down Lambeth Way
One of the good things that came out of my...
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25 Years Later
25 Years Later
So according to the clock on the wall my wife...
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Greatest Year in Music 4

So we come to the 1970s –look at mother nature on the run! There are several years that have a shot at the greatest year accolade, and this is another. 1 Moondance 2 After the Gold Rush 3 Bryter Layter 4 Fun House 5 Led Zeppelin III 6 Loaded 7 …

Greatest Year in Music 3

Well 1968 was another great year, without even mentionind White Light / White Heat, Electric Ladyland, or Eli and the Thirteenth Confession or Aretha and Ennio, Floyd or The Pretty Things, or The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier! Can we get all the great stuff from 1969 into a …

Greatest Year in Music 2

Well 1967 looks pretty hard to beat. It’s so flipping inaugural (Doors, Cohen, Velvets etc) and there’s so much great stuff you can’t get into a list of ten albums. But you have the essence of not just the summer but the year in everything Pepper represents in terms of …

Greatest Year in Music 1

So it’s time to work this one out. The greatest decade in music is 1967 to 1976. Yes, it misses out some classics from Revolver and Pet Sounds to London Calling and Low, but try to get a better decade. However which is the best year? Let’s try to do …

You never know what you’re gonna get

Max is rightly worried about his health. In the great lottery of life you can never be sure what you’ve got, only what you haven’t. Prostate tick. Blood pressure tick. Colon cancer tick. Cholesterol tick. And so on until you find something to make you anxious. So worry about your …

Simpler Times

Way before I was born, Marilyn Monroe was beautiful and took away all of our pain.  This photo is from 1954 and is a beauty.  I know we are not better off today, with all of our iPhones, computers, social media, and almond milk.  I can only imagine what Marilyn, …

Bend Over!

So I went for my 6+ year physical today.  There is nothing I hate more than going to see the Doctor, but I knew how happy my wife would be so I made an appointment as an early Christmas present – yes I’m a giver. Here’s the problem – it …

Forgot The Fucking Milk!

You can always rely on The Consul to bring the smiles.  One of the other great benefits of aging is you forget more and more things, not just the milk.  Luckily it means you get more exercise, and in that way you start to see the bigger picture – we …

The Last Gig in Town

The last time I saw The Clash was Detroit in ’68. No, Joni fans, it was actually at the Brixton Academy in ’82, so it’s great to have one of my favourite gigs commemorized (neologism there) in a box set. This 2-CD issue features the set list from the night …

Memphis Blues

So, Max is a big Marc Cohn fan and he loves Walking in Memphis. One of the differences between the US and the UK is the scale of our ambition these days. Boy, you ain’t got a prayer in Lidl!

Worship is not Disrepect

So as I look out at the world you can’t help but wonder where things went so badly wrong.  It seems if you are a successful white male you are almost certainly a rapist, or at the very least a sexual predator.  I can only imagine what people make of …

I remember when rock was middle-aged

Yes, before punk, all the young dudes (not many of the dudesses) were into prog and other heavy shit maaaan. Got to see The Musical Box take me back to 1974 recently. The audience made me feel young: all pot-bellied bald sixty year olds. We all knew every word. We …

I remember when rock was young

I mentioned on an earlier post that the first time I heard Down in the Tube St Midnight by the Jam I thought it was a perfect pop song. I wonder what other examples Max might have? My others in a top ten are: You Really Got Me by the …

It’s Not All Bad

I feel as though some of my recent posts have been a little “Debbie Downer”, which wasn’t my intent.  Just sometimes life does wear you down a little.  But it is not all bad and tonight my wife and I started watching Seasons 3 of Game of Thrones and The …

That’s Just What Jesus Said Sir

So if you are a real Python fan you’ll know what Brian says before this quote: That’s right: “There’s no pleasing some people.”  And ain’t that the truth.  Sometimes I feel no matter how hard I work or bend over some people are just not satisfied.  I try not to …

Signs of the Times 4

So, I saw this sign at a market stall recently. It’s one of those messages that you can apply to all of life. The post-jumble sale desolation of the table wares just set it off brilliantly. It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a sign of the times to …

Goodbye Hugh

Hard to imagine a world where Playboy magazine did not exist.  I don’t know much about Hugh Hefner but dying at 91 with a 31 year old wife by his side I think he had a good innings.  I know every real drinking man has enjoyed his product and I’m …

Goodbye Tom

Wow it really seems that the greats are popping off sooner and sooner.  I don’t know if this is because I’m getting older or not, but either way 66 is too damn early to lose a great artist like Tom Petty.  I literally was just talking about Tom Petty in …

& My First Single

Well, yes, first records. My first single was a lesser known Michael Jackson release, though it was also the title track on his first album. The song itself  was Michael Jackson’s debut solo single, released on October 7 1971. It was the annus mirabilis of pop and rock according to …

The Final Leg

So when this year began I had a number of things planned to celebrate our Twenty Fifth Wedding Anniversary: 25 Years Later Kitchen Renovation Hell! First Class Max Tomorrow (today in fact) we drive to the Woodlands to see Matchbox Twenty as the final leg in our celebration.  Rob Thomas …

Quality Acting But Still No Oscar?

So I’ve been watching a bunch of Jessica Chastain movies and I must say she has me all hot and bothered – she is an extremely talented actress and sexy too (I’m pretty sure the two are related).  I’ve watched these movies recently: The Debt Lawless Zero Dark Thirty Miss …

WORK is a Four Letter Word!

When you are a kid you think your parents have it all sussed out and you can’t wait to become an adult – it looks so amazing: no school, no chores, loads of spending money, no one telling you what to do, … The wise kids realize before they become …