Timestamp

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way. Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town Waiting for someone or something to show you the way. Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch …

Great Date

Yes, well, it’s personal. For me the greatest date in history is the night Van Morrison payed the Filmore. It was on my 8th birthday at the beginning of the greatest decade in history. I couldn’t be there, but I can listen to the concert on the greatest night right …

Five Perfect Pubs 4

Something more traditional once more. Well let’s head to the Swan at Swinbrook. Everything you could possibly want. A wonderful beer garden with bantams wandering free. Their own vegetable patch where the food ingredients hail from. A view from the bridge over the river, with tables for al fresco drinking! …

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 …