The Consul is Dead

‘Whatever people say I am, that’s what I am not.’ So said Albert Finney (RiP) long before the Arctic Numpties (fastest ever selling British debut album) in his breakthrough role in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. He also made Tom Jones, Erin Brockovich, Two for the Road, The Dresser, Miller’s …

Blue for you

Speaking of lovely blue things, as I just was. I did enjoy as my first pint of 2019 a lovely New Year’s pint of Bradfield brewery’s Farmers Belgian Blue. Is it red; is it blue; or a bit of both. It was bloody tasty anyway. I can just imagine Max …

Dressing up

So, a new year, a new you. I saw these three likely lads in a bar on New Year’s day. Sartorial options offered by all. Shall we favour the flat cap this year, or the fetching black but white-striped sneakers, or the one-piece? Punk lives on in many forms.

St Nick

End of the year. Pause and reflect. These we have loved, and lost. Those who died in 2018 include Aretha and Pete Shelley from music, John Hurt and Bernardo Bertolucci from film. But one other death is more significant for me. Who is the best British film director? Lean, Powell, …

Best Xmas Songs No.3

Merry Christmas, your arse. Yes, a little tale of fairies from Shane and Kirsty has replaced Bing’s White Christmas and Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody as the world’s favourite seasonal track, beautifully expressing how we feel about each other at this time of year. You’re a bum You’re a punk You’re …

Me and Mrs Jones

Great song. Great generation. That’s what I’m talking about. The men and women after the baby boomers are apparently known as generation Jones. ‘Generation Jones has rejected the optimism and trust in governments of those born immediately after the war but has yet to endorse the cynicism and selfishness of …

Bite me

Blimey O’Reilly there’s hope for us all. Max is enjoying Howards End and all’s right with the world. Meanwhile, let’s talk about sweets. Not, desserts (in Howards End they eat at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand to enjoy old English fare  but then lunch at Mr. Eustace Miles’s restaurant, which specialises in meatless, nutritious …

Salvation !

CAMRA pub of the year in 2014, and you can see why. The Salvation is a real traditional drinking pub for the locals in the local Gloucestershire village of Ham. I had a few lovely local beers there last weekend and, after trying their Rare Breed as part of my …

National Album Day

So, while Max regales us with tales of his sheltered upbringing (he made up for it later), let’s note that it is National Album Day, today: 13 October 2018. It is great to see this celebrated on the BBC all day, with special mention going to the Mastertapes discussion with …