The Drinking Man's Diary

The Drinking Man's Diary

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The Camera Has Been Drinking, Not Me
The Camera Has Been Drinking, Not Me
So, Max is back on the ESB. It should be...
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Ye Olde Beer Fridge Is Almost Empty
Ye Olde Beer Fridge Is Almost Empty
So since my last trip to Spec's in early December...
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The Passing Years
The Passing Years
What has happened in 4 years? The Passing years, we...
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Carved curves
Carved curves
When my old dad tutored me in the ways of...
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More Choices
More Choices
This week I have mostly been in love with Rachael...
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Learning to laugh at yourself
Learning to laugh at yourself
So this weekend I went to the movies with the...
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Together Again
Together Again
Good to see that Kentucky is back again, and in...
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Kentucky Allen
Kentucky Allen
Kentucky smiled wryly as I retorted - "Kentucky there's another...
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Nashville – A Show Worth Watching!
Nashville – A Show Worth Watching!
Well I am amazed to say I'm really enjoying the...
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Clarity
Clarity
To test the condition of your pint, hold it up...
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39 Beers To Go
39 Beers To Go
Boy I can't believe I'm this close to leaving -...
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John Stitch is back!
John Stitch is back!
So this year has been all about squeezing in a...
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Stress free

Sometimes it is necessary to chill and just let the Magic Box wash over you.  Earlier this week I was pretty stressed and needed to get away from the damn Computer.  I didn’t want anything too heavy so thought I’d slap on the Baywatch Movie.  Universally panned by the critics, …

The First Beer Order

So if you have been following this little tragedy you’ll know I’ve been struggling to put in a monthly beer order with a local firm so that I can drink some good beers 24×7.  Finally, this week I got a call from my new favorite company (Twin Liquors) and although some …

The Vinyl Experience

It was great reading through some of the Consul’s Vinyl stories.  If you are over forty you probably have one, but if you are under forty you probably have no clue what us old duffers are talking about.  Because I moved to the USA 27 years ago it coincided with …

Vinyl S to Z

And the final box contains more gems the like of which we shall not see again. Many of the artists remain but we ain’t gonna get this kind of quality anymore, even from Neil Young. It has been a pleasure to live through the vinyl years, which were the golden …

Vinyl M to S

Well, this is dominated by Van, as it should be, but goes on through the Prefabs and REM (Out of Time was appropriately the last record I bought on vinyl before switching to CDs) to Santana, Paul Simon and the Stones…   And my brother’s back at home With his …

Vinyl E to M

Another box, another post. When I look at this section I see the early days, from the Jackson 5 and early Elton John through the prog and rock days. Obsessions with Genesis and Zeppelin that dominated every day. The introspection of Joni, the education in Ella, on to my mother’s …

Vinyl A to E

Nothing beats the feel, size, smell, sight and sound of vinyl. So easy to chuck out those CDs, ripped to the computer. But vinyl is for life; the vinyl years stay with you and contain a whole history. So the old stuff is here, from the classic to the tragic …

25 Years Later

So according to the clock on the wall my wife and I have now been married 25 years.  We won’t really celebrate until “tomorrow” because everyone else is asleep now.  There is no one on the planet I have spent more time with or more meaningful life experiences than my …

Wonder Woman For Sure!

So I just finished watching Wonder Woman for the first time and I loved every minute of it.  I have found that many of the recent blockbuster movies not so busting.  But boy I loved this one.  And if you want to know the secret to everlasting life?  Waking up …

Anti – ci – pa – tion

So, we have debated Bond girls, but none of this would be possible without the genius of Fleming. He is like Hammett or Chandler, a C20th creator of the hard man sleuth, who is also a hard drinker. The movies are another genre, but after a Bond movie I hope …

Hurricane Harvey

Texas is a big state and luckily where we live we have not be hit too badly by Hurricane Harvey.  But boy has it hit the state hard.  We’ll be digging our way out of this for years and the cost will be well over $100 billion.   We’ve had almost …

FYOILF

So in celebration of 40 years since The Clash’s first album I’d like to highlight some over 40 ladies that still are in my sights and have not appeared on this blog to the best of my knowledge.

Hard to believe it has been 40 years

When you think of 40 years ago you certainly don’t think of 1977.  That was when life was literally happening all around us.  Being a year younger than The Consul I got to The Clash not with their first album but with the immortal “White Man in Hammersmith Palais” which to …

It was 40 years ago today

It was 40 years ago today that Sgt Strummer taught the band to play (3 chords). The complete first album from 8 April 1977.   SIDE 1 – 1. Janie Jones;  2. Remote Control;  3. I’m So Bored With The U.S.A.;  4. White Riot;  5. Hate & War;  6. What’s …

Two Beauties Were Lost

So when they cancelled Boss not only did we will miss out on the talents of Kathleen Robertson but also the beautiful English actress Hannah Ware. The world seems like a pretty messed up place these days  and we need all the beauty and alcohol we can find to smooth out the edges. …

That’s Mellow, That’s Mellow

I know I posted about this back in 2012, but I just watched the actual video again and loved it.  I could really see myself and The Consul, and even the long lost Kentucky, living this life.  Sadly it looks like the Bitter Poet Madman is done – no new …

Taking My Girls To See Lindsey!

So if you grew up in England you’d never imagine a man being called Lindsey, but on November 15th I’ll be taking my wife and daughter to see a truly amazing man: Lindsey Buckingham.  When I saw Fleetwood Mac a few years ago, which was a really great concert, Lindsey …

The Other Maggie

Now The Consul likes to reminiscence about Maggie Thatcher’s best feature and rightly so, but what about the other Maggie?  Of course I am referring to Dame Maggie Smith. Downton Abbey has been a big hit in America, but I’ve only recently started watching it myself.  I’m almost at the end …

55 going on 39

Yes we are all getting older and reflection is a important. My good lady is 55 years of age too – seven months older than me in fact.  But she looks amazing.  A lot of the reason has to do with the fact she works out at least two hours …

The Best Decade For Music: The 70’s

So sometimes I really believe that The Consul has a camera in my office.  As he was posting this I was busy working on a playlist for my daughter that focused on the 70’s but had some spill over into the 60’s and the 80’s.  His useful comments on some great …

Ashamed

The Consul is posting so much good stuff recently that I feel ashamed that I’m not on the ball and keeping up with him.  In my defence (spot the British guy!) I try to make a point to only post when I’ve been drinking and officially I’m not scheduled to …

Gentlemen Prefer

What a difference a hair colour makes. So, Erin Moriarty is a screwed up druggy brunette for most of  the film Blood Father, but then she goes blonde when she converts into a good daughter under Mel’s influence (while on the run from a sicario). Now, is this a terrible …

High School Independence Day

As I have said, we don’t talk about politics on this family blog. But I had to laugh at this spin on July 4th from Dazed and Confused, Linklater’s paean to the end of school in Texas 1976. It shows why you should remember everything your teachers told you!