Quench

So, for the mature session drinker such as myself, a long hill climb to Bedfordshire is where most evenings end. A little trip to heaven on the wings of my love, Prescott, after staring into the orange, yellow, and gold flames teasing the logs in the grate while supping the …

Beast Seen

One of the oldest stories on this site is that of the Beast of Rodborough: Christmas Ghost Story Well, over seven years later the beast has been spotted again, though this time in a domestic setting. Does this mean it has finally been domesticated? Or should the public be warned? …

Tearjerkers

I loved Max’s Top 10 slow punkers  and was left wondering what mine would be… Well, I probably can’t better it. A few changes here and there but it’s just quibbling. Then I started thinking more generally about the maudlin tearjerker that goes well with a bottle of something good …

Auld Spot Syne

‘Tis the season to stuff yourself like a pig and so I would like to both celebrate and recommend my favourite meal of 2017. Beer and sausages are made for each other and what better way to welcome in the new year at your preferred boozer than with some award-winning …

Christmas Carol

Midnight mass is the perfect way to spend Christmas Eve and see in the birth of the baby cheeses and sing a carol or two. Just remember  to pre-load on some Wychwood Bah Humbug (Max might want to get insideher) as you drive to the church so that, as Uncle …

Sno’ Flakes for Christmas

Well, I guess you ought to put coca cola on your flakes to sweeten them at Christmas, seeing as coke invented the red and white santa claus uniform, but most folks seem to want sugar. However, breakfast at Christmas ought to be something special, so let’s restart the campaign for …

Pogues Я Christmas

So they have made Whiskey (don’t forget the ‘e’) from the spirit of the pogues (see what I did there). About time too I hear you say. What about some Damned beer, or some Kate Bush w(h)ine? ‘I am going where streams of whisky are flowing’, as it says on …

Old dog new beer tricks

This is of course the time of year to get full of beer. Or should that be Fuller’s Beer? To combat the decline in traditional ale, Fuller’s have revamped some old favourites. So, for you ESB lovers out there (you know who you are) it’s time to get some Rebirth. …

The public can

Well, we’ve had three years of beer tax cuts in this country but sales of ale go down alongside the number of pubs. 23 public houses closing a week; so, it’s good to celebrate the opening of a new one now and then. Get down to your boozer, take a …

Hungry for your love

Max has shared his favourite punk and new wave love songs; a pretty good selection, though ‘love’ here is clearly a subject rather than an emotion, including bromance, split-up, rejection etc as well as amour fou. Well, that was punk. A gentler, kinder (gruffer, grumpier) example is the greatest singer …

Greatest Year in Music 7

Actually, 1973 has just made me think again. I’m gonna list a kinda top ten, but it doesn’t include Countdown to Ecstasy, Solid Air, Greetings from Asbury Park, Berlin, Heartbreaker, Don’t shoot Me … There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, Aladin Sane, Catch a Fire. So, 1973 is starting to win me …

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 …

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 …

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 …