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 …

Doom(ed) Bar

So, it seems the government might want to slow down a little the decline of the pub. The swingeing cuts (did I miss a letter there?) have backed off a little. George ‘Bunter’ Osborne has announced the big news of the budget for beer: “ ‘A planned 3p rise in …

Where is my drink (revisited) ?

So, to prepare for Max’s visit, I had to go on holiday. A relaxing 7 days in the sun. The drinking was good. A little more sophisticated than usual, with more pale amber drinks, as you can see. The nutty brown ales were shelved for reliable lagers (spit), and the …

71, years ago

So, Max made a great claim for ’77 as a classic music year, though he missed out Talking Heads ’77 and a few others like AJA and Marquee Moon, which just underline what a great year it was. As he says — you get tired of typing… My own favourite …

What a Cuneyt

Max has pinpointed one of those ‘where were you’ moments, while making a great claim for ’77 as a classic music year. When Kennedy was shot I was in bed (a cot), when Elvis croaked I was on holiday (also Princess Di and Jacko), when Lennon was shot, I was …

Stamina

I am delighted to see that Max (how many beers to go?) has been well tutored in the ways of righteousness, especially with regard to the pulchrigluteus maximus of Alizée Jacotey. His love for a perfect arse (not ass) teaches the world to sing. It ain’t big, it ain’t booty, …

Pam Ann

I hope Max has perfected his air hostess (sorry, flight attendant) patter by now. Blagging that extra champagne, sneaking that peek down a lowered blouse as the drink is served, squeezing by on your way along the cabin. He is a man well versed in the arts of sly sky …

More Choices 2

Anyway, so it was Dream House all over again. Not Rachel and Naomi, but Rachael and Emily together in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. This was a film that sold itself on the cast alone. Who cares about the script? Stirling and Blunt would be a great firm of solicitors, …

More Choices

This week I have mostly been in love with Rachael Stirling. She’s been around in some classy dramas [classy means literary by the way]: Riot at the Rite, Women in Love, Tipping the Velvet, and so forth. But now she doesn’t even look like herself. Catching (ooh, a pun) Salmon …

See Smell Taste

Yes, it is time to salute one of the West Country’s favourite beers. A clean crisp British pint of Butcombe is more bitter than sweet but delivers pepper and amber to your buds and peeps. And a British pint by the way is 20 fluid ounces, or 568ml. Do not …

Valentine's Day is Over

So sang Billy Bragg, and no doubt this was because his beer was served in the wrong glass. Would you serve red wine in a champagne flute? [the answer is ‘no’] Would you serve brandy in a whisky tumbler? [the answer is probably not]. But what about beer? would you …

Mrs Bond

Well, Skyfall won best British movie at the BAFTAs. Fair dues. Les Mis is a brilliant musical and theatrical production but why stick a couple of aussie actors with mediocre voices on top of it. The further down the cast list you went, the better the people could sing. Argo …

Weisz&Watts – two stunners

So, with a bottle of Spitfire, I settled down to watch Dream House the other night. Got to be good, methoughts. Dan Craig (my lookalike) plus two of my favourite English actresses: blonde Watts and brunette Weisz. Alas it was a disappointment on many levels. The story faded halfway through …

A Stunner

Down the Old Badge, we have been blind drunk testing for many months now. And this month the winner for those of us who do not require strength for flavour, is Cotswold Spring’s Stunner. At just 4% this is an award-winning session ale: a pale yellow beauty with lots of …