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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Signs of the times 2

It was good to see Max made it to London to visit some of the old haunts. But I wonder if he stumbled over to Marylebone to pay tribute to the best-named subway, where the Strummer sect hang out. RIP John Mellor. Fifty and not counting but remembered and honoured …

A Taste of Home

Good to see Max back from his holidays. What I want to know is whether he sampled the latest drink from his hometown. Whatever will they think of next?   Fancy a Magnum? Or a Methuselah? Maybe even a Melchior for you, sir? I wonder what size a Max would …

Signs of the times

I have posted some signs seen in pubs here or there and hope to continue doing so. This is one spotted at a remote out-of-the-way place that had evidently seen better days — and more customers!   Pubs are closing down at a high rate because a pint at the …

Dangerous out there

I hope Max enjoyed the old country. Driving’s kinda different over here so you have to reacquire the skills — windy roads, roundabouts, left hand lane! Where I live there are steep hills too, and if you are none too careful this happens. I took this picture of one poor …

2049

So the new Blade Runner film will be out later this year. When the original came out, Max, Kentucky and I were just starting at the Universe City. A lifetime ago — 35 years. So it is good to look forward another 30 odd years to the sequel, set in …

Wonder Women

Max rightly draws attention to some of the most beautiful actresses on the screen of silver. It may be a look, a style, an attitude, or some other kind of photogenic connection. As Neil Young sang: ‘A while ago somewhere, I don’t know when I was watching a movie with …

Sweet Baby Max

My theme tune is Steely Dan’s ‘Here at the Western World’ because it has the magical opening: ‘Down at the Lido they welcome you / With sausage and beer’. My favourite food and drink to welcome me to the pool — sounds great. Kentucky is named after a Rolling Stones …

Holiday Monday

One of the great traditions is the Bank Holiday Monday. So, here in the week of Whitsun we have Monday off work. It’s meant to be the day after Pentecost, but because no one can actually put a date on the death of Jesus over ‘Easter’, we have to have …

No Moore

A 007 has died. Roger no more. He may not have been the best but I love Live & Let Die — best Bond theme tune, best Bond girl, and a worthy follow up to the Connery films. It couldn’t last and barrels were scraped by the end of his …

The Weight is Over

Well, that’s something Max and I have in common. He’s lost 30lbs. I’ve dropped from 14st to 11 and a half stone. In your fifties you have to get a bit more body conscious. As the years pile on the pounds and the middle-age spread thickens, it’s a good time …

The Passing Years

What has happened in 4 years? The Passing years, we might call them. As both my parents have died since I last posted in April 2013, I have noticed the losses more interestedly. So, let’s look at a top 20 of those who have died inbetween the years. Well, ladies …

Over the hill

So, Max has come and gone. Veni, vidi, vici. A lot of walking was done. A lot of drinking was done. But at some point we have to return to work, and boy have we returned to work. Just remember: if the product’s free, you’re the product. Wise words, my …

2013 Shahi

Yeah, so the C21st century has a new kind of postfeminism going. Brigitte in the 1950s brought us ‘And God Created Woman’. Marilyn recreated woman in the 1960s. Germaine came along in the 1970s, Mrs T in the 1980s, Princess Di in the 1990s. Rachel in 2000s. And now Max …

RIP Monty

Well, that terrible c*** Monty will creep the boards no more. Mortal he was, and Richard Griffiths was a great actor but those who love W&I will remember his delivery of immortal lines: It is the most shattering experience of a young man’s life when one morning he awakes and …

But we were happy in those days, Myrtle

So, the old “ ‘Myrtle is struggling.’“. Well I remember the days we could sink a few pints of Magnet out by the cricket pitch on a hot sunny afternoon and drink ourselves happy. Actually it was the old **** behind the bar that drove us outside. War memorabilia behind …