Ol’ Jack is Back

Speaking of post war Americanization, of course in the bar scene of the film adaptation of that updated Tom/Jack/Mack-the-knife story The Talented Mr Ripley, it’s all about whiskey and soda. A bottle of Jack Daniels and a recording of Sophia Loren singing the song sounds good to me. I wonder …

Birra

So, I have been out of the country again for a spell. This time on the northern Italian Riviera. I try always to get out and savour a beer or two. This time it was Menabrea. Brewed in a small town in Piedmont, this is a rounded, balanced pale beer …

Squonk

I’m lovin it — no, not McDonalds you schmuck; I mean Maxim Max’s post about NL. I remember pur—–chasing that par—-ticular re—-cord back in the day; mainly ‘cos What’s So Funny was on the other side. But yes it fed into the trashing of American mythology along with Radio Radio …

Choices

What a dilemma. I found these two tomes in a bookshop and thought I’d take a photo of them together. Do you care, like Felicity, and give a Fig and put lots of effort in trying to succeed with your goals; or do you, like Mark, believe that striving is …

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. …