The Drinking Man's Diary

The Drinking Man's Diary

Searching for the Perfect Pint?
There You Go Mother Fuckers!
There You Go Mother Fuckers!
You want bush?  What about this Bush?  You can even...
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I’ll end with Maggie Q
I’ll end with Maggie Q
So for my first time back in over three years...
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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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We’re going all the way ’til the wheels fall off
We’re going all the way ’til the wheels fall off
As we "grow-up" we begin to miss the dare-devil we...
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Nice.
Nice.
How can you go wrong with Sarah Shahi: amazing smile,...
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Fantasy? Really?
Fantasy? Really?
So The Consul talks a good game. Talking here about...
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A Lock-In followed by Green Death.
A Lock-In followed by Green Death.
About twenty one years ago I remember fragments of a...
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The Blondes (?) are back!
The Blondes (?) are back!
I posted last week about the lack of blondes and...
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The Olympic Drinking begins in 2013
The Olympic Drinking begins in 2013
After the Olympics is over in the UK, the real...
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Modern Tragedy 3 revisited
Modern Tragedy 3 revisited
Not sure if it is a way of life but...
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Holiday time
Holiday time
Well, everyone is on their holidays so I thought I'd...
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'Are there any girls who'd like a little more Irish in them?' (Phil)
'Are there any girls who'd like a little more Irish in them?' (Phil)
So, Max has a manifesto: 'we just want a few...
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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!  

Now we are 55

Barometers. Comparators. Benchmarks. Now and then I catch myself remembering and reflecting on what was my Dad like when he was the age I am now. Similarly, we all think of the people our age we know, colleagues, old school friends, celebrities, and wonder how we’re doing in comparison. Just …

Everybody’s on ToTP

Well we were lucky to be born into the golden age of rock n roll. David Hepworth’s new book Uncommon People charts the rise of rock from the mid fifties through to its demise with the death of Kurt Cobain. Forty glorious years that peaked in the seventies. There’s so …

TransEuropeBrExpress

This is a family show so we try to keep politics out of it. Britain is a split nation of the gash-size unknown since those miners struck for gold, or was it for their jobs? These days, it’s all about getting in your referendum to get out of a larger …

Five Movies in Twelve Hours

My good lady went to help my daughter move into her new apartment this weekend and I decided to stay away from the computer (i.e. work) and just catch up on some movies instead.  These were the five movies I watched back to back on Saturday with a few select …

Popular Culture

The Drinking Man’s Diary is really the center of Popular Culture.  Mostly this is thanks to The Consul and his insight, but  I  like to think I play my part every now and then, however small.  A great example is this post from over four years ago.  Firstly, if you …

Beer

“The brewing of beer may well have occurred soon after the production of cereal crops, and no doubt for a long time beer was home-produced and in the hands of the housewives responsible for preparing the ‘gruel’ or bread. Malting the grain is the first step in beer-brewing, but malting–that …

Multi-tasking

Who says men cannot multi-task. Not I.   The barbecue was invented to prove that a man can cook, eat, and drink at the same time. It is an art and a science. Which is why women cannot do it. Men can do it. LGBTQI folk can do it. But …

Kitchen Renovation Hell!

A unique hell that I believe is reserved strictly for married men is the innocently named: Kitchen Renovation. Over 18 months ago I agreed to a modest renovation.  After a period of three months I tripled the budget and now this was a major event which made my wife the …

It’s Not ALL About Sex!

So although Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are the exception that proves the rule, you need more than sex to keep you going in life.  Every now and then you need to laugh and after this wonderfully funny post by The Consul I was inspired to track down some early …

Let’s Celebrate Our Differences!

What a difference in our choices of top Bond Ladies: Max vs The Consul only one choice intersects directly: Izabella Scorupco. To be fair I could easily see these ladies on my list:  But the two that really define our differences are: and it is a beautiful thing because if we …

No Kardashian’s Here

Firstly I’m really happy to see Peter Perrett back in business.  As always, thanks to The Consul for keeping me in the loop.  The Only Ones were one of my favorite bands in the 70’s and of course “Another Girl, Another Planet” was featured on every single romance mix tape …

Another girl, another planet

Well, now Max has revealed his Bond babes, I wonder what he thinks about this… Peter Perrett, the man who gave us one of the seminal love songs of the 1970s with The Only Ones, returns with How the West Was Won:   Just like everybody else I’m in love …

My Real Top Six Bond Girls

Ok so after some serious deliberation these are my top six Bond Girls – I’m looking forward to seeing The Consul’s picks soon.  (I excluded Rachel because of her Honorary Bond Girl status, otherwise she would be here of course.)

My Top 18 Bond Girls

Ok so Grace Jones was not really my top Bond Girl, though I’m guessing Kentucky may think differently.  After The Consul posted the question I had to do some serious research on this matter.  There are a lot of Bond Girls to chose from.  My only criteria is that I …

Not even Jesus

So a woman recently asked me that old question, if I could name any twelve past or present people, who I would invite to a dream dinner party. Thirty years ago I would have said Gandhi … And I would have said Einstein … But, much to my surprise, I …

Signs of the times 3

The British are a nation famous (in our own heads) for being animal lovers.   Sometimes this fails us when animals are in competition, as with this touching warning sign, pointing out the dangers of sheep worrying.   It reminds me of that question asked by a precocious child on …