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 …

Don’t Fuck With Me!

This year my beautiful wife and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary with a first-class trip to sunny England and a week at the Waldorf in London.  We won’t be meeting up with the boys this time, but I’m hopeful I can return solo in 2018. I can’t post a photo …

Goodbye Lou

I received a text earlier today from The Consul informing me Lou Reed had died. It wasn’t until later this evening it really sank in: over the last thirty years Lou Reed has meant more to me than probably any other performer. He took over from my teen years and …

Sir Paul

So our busy lives have made it difficult to post so often this month, but I did manage to take my family to see Sir Paul McCartney in Austin last week, and I wanted to record the event. I have seen 100’s of performers over the years, but I can …

I Still Love Her!

I just find out that one of my favorite singer/song writers of the last ten years is a big fan of our current President. I shouldn’t be surprised but it still saddens me when someone as obviously intelligent as Brandi Carlile falls for his bullshit. I expect it from The …

Women of the Fifty

Many things were discussed over the two weeks in England, but women were probably aired the most. One woman that was new to The Consul was the beautiful and sadly departed Brittany Murphy. I always enjoyed Brittany’s performances and thought she was one hot lady. She was totally amazing in …

Talking of Ireland

So one of the early Irish bands I loved was: Stiff Little Fingers. I saw them first down at the Top Rank Ballroom in Brighton (with an ant sucking his left nipple) in 1978. They were supporting the Tom Robinson Band. It was an incredible evening, and as good as …

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 …

Sarah Shahi is Back Again!

So just as soon as Sarah started at Chicago Fire after five episodes she moved to Madrid. WTF? The chemistry was there and she looked great! Me thinks she’ll be back. In the meantime she popped up on Person of Interest this week and here is the promo. A female …

77 Beers To Go

So the beer countdown continues as we fast approach the trip of the half century. Hard to believe I only have 77 beers to go – they slip down so easily each week! 77 of course reminds me of perhaps one of the greatest years (and saddest years for Elvis …

Breaking Bad

So my son started talking to me again when I stopped watching Twilight and the Vampire Diaries and started watching Breaking Bad. Now if you have not seen or heard of this show you are in for an amazing treat. Walter White played by Bryan Cranston is my hero! In …

94 Beers To Go

So luckily after tonight’s session I’m down to my last 94 beers before I set out on my big trip to the UK. Now although I have gained some credibility with my boy for watching Breaking Bad, I still miss shows like CW’s Hellcats featuring the beautiful Alyson Michalka. Unlike …

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 …

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 …

From Russia With Love

As we all know by now 1963 was a very special year … yes that’s right the 2nd James Bond Movie came out: From Russia With Love. Sean Connery is still the classic all-time Bond, although I think the current Bond, Daniel Craig, is a very close second. And From …