1000 Words

Coming home. Coming home. I was coming home. Missed my train from Paddington and so I had a pint of Encore in the excellent Fuller’s station pub. It happened to coincide with a beautiful moment in history. Not Ingerland beating Colombia in the last 16, or Sweden in the Quarter …

Prettiest Starman

Are you a thinker or a talker? Let’s Talk. 1970: Bowie and Bolan. One was the Prettiest Star, the other was the bastard son of Anthony Newley and Vince Taylor. Max misses the insane lad, so let’s recall a little know b-side. Gems everywhere, from starman to black star….  

Otter-Mendi

So, it’s the World Cup. The South Americans are looking good, except for one team. Argentinians just seem to go down easy at the moment — the Mendoza wine, the sinking battleships, the diving strikers. So after a pint of Otamendi I uncorked a wonderful Malbec and enjoyed the terrible …

Album Cover Quiz 3

Well I wonder if Max was thinking about his breakfast? Certainly 9/11 seems foretold in a number of 70s classics from Fire and Rain to Breakfast in America. Flying machines in pieces on the ground, you know. Meanwhile, here’s another C21st setting for an album cover of mythic status. Music …

Little Boys Lost

So, I’ve been reading a great book by Allan Jones entitled I Can’t Stand up for Falling Down (where have I heard that before?) It’s a series of his Uncut magazine reminiscences from the 1970s when he worked at Melody Maker. Boy, what a vanished world of booze and blagging. …

In the Pink

Glad to know Max gets in his AFDs before and after the barrel drinking. This is a blog about beer and drinking after all — except for the ones about Sarah and Rachel (not to be confused with rest-in-peace Lou and Rachel). So, we drink on, boats against the current …

Inside Out

Iconic photos indeed. But how do you picture a hangover. How does a hangover make you feel and what are the nightmares that come after a heavy session when you cannot recall what you said or did, and only the sensation in your gut tells you about the reality to …

The Next Day

Where are we now? Where are we now? The moment you know You know. Though we were poor. You see, someone’s got to be behind the camera. Directing the talent! Snow White to this Magnificent Seven. As long as there’s sun As long as there’s rain As long as there’s …