It’s Not All Bad

I feel as though some of my recent posts have been a little “Debbie Downer”, which wasn’t my intent.  Just sometimes life does wear you down a little.  But it is not all bad and tonight my wife and I started watching Seasons 3 of Game of Thrones and The …

That’s Just What Jesus Said Sir

So if you are a real Python fan you’ll know what Brian says before this quote: That’s right: “There’s no pleasing some people.”  And ain’t that the truth.  Sometimes I feel no matter how hard I work or bend over some people are just not satisfied.  I try not to …

Goodbye Tom

Wow it really seems that the greats are popping off sooner and sooner.  I don’t know if this is because I’m getting older or not, but either way 66 is too damn early to lose a great artist like Tom Petty.  I literally was just talking about Tom Petty in …

& My First Single

Well, yes, first records. My first single was a lesser known Michael Jackson release, though it was also the title track on his first album. The song itself  was Michael Jackson’s debut solo single, released on October 7 1971. It was the annus mirabilis of pop and rock according to …

The Final Leg

So when this year began I had a number of things planned to celebrate our Twenty Fifth Wedding Anniversary: 25 Years Later Kitchen Renovation Hell! First Class Max Tomorrow (today in fact) we drive to the Woodlands to see Matchbox Twenty as the final leg in our celebration.  Rob Thomas …

Quality Acting But Still No Oscar?

So I’ve been watching a bunch of Jessica Chastain movies and I must say she has me all hot and bothered – she is an extremely talented actress and sexy too (I’m pretty sure the two are related).  I’ve watched these movies recently: The Debt Lawless Zero Dark Thirty Miss …

My First Single

Now time has a way of playing tricks on you but if you asked me what my first ever single that I purchased was I would say it was Queen’s Somebody To Love.  I was 13 years old. 41 years later it is still an amazing song and not even …

Stress free

Sometimes it is necessary to chill and just let the Magic Box wash over you.  Earlier this week I was pretty stressed and needed to get away from the damn Computer.  I didn’t want anything too heavy so thought I’d slap on the Baywatch Movie.  Universally panned by the critics, …

The Vinyl Experience

It was great reading through some of the Consul’s Vinyl stories.  If you are over forty you probably have one, but if you are under forty you probably have no clue what us old duffers are talking about.  Because I moved to the USA 27 years ago it coincided with …

Vinyl S to Z

And the final box contains more gems the like of which we shall not see again. Many of the artists remain but we ain’t gonna get this kind of quality anymore, even from Neil Young. It has been a pleasure to live through the vinyl years, which were the golden …

Vinyl M to S

Well, this is dominated by Van, as it should be, but goes on through the Prefabs and REM (Out of Time was appropriately the last record I bought on vinyl before switching to CDs) to Santana, Paul Simon and the Stones…   And my brother’s back at home With his …

Vinyl E to M

Another box, another post. When I look at this section I see the early days, from the Jackson 5 and early Elton John through the prog and rock days. Obsessions with Genesis and Zeppelin that dominated every day. The introspection of Joni, the education in Ella, on to my mother’s …

Vinyl A to E

Nothing beats the feel, size, smell, sight and sound of vinyl. So easy to chuck out those CDs, ripped to the computer. But vinyl is for life; the vinyl years stay with you and contain a whole history. So the old stuff is here, from the classic to the tragic …

Wonder Woman For Sure!

So I just finished watching Wonder Woman for the first time and I loved every minute of it.  I have found that many of the recent blockbuster movies not so busting.  But boy I loved this one.  And if you want to know the secret to everlasting life?  Waking up …

Anti – ci – pa – tion

So, we have debated Bond girls, but none of this would be possible without the genius of Fleming. He is like Hammett or Chandler, a C20th creator of the hard man sleuth, who is also a hard drinker. The movies are another genre, but after a Bond movie I hope …

Hard to believe it has been 40 years

When you think of 40 years ago you certainly don’t think of 1977.  That was when life was literally happening all around us.  Being a year younger than The Consul I got to The Clash not with their first album but with the immortal “White Man in Hammersmith Palais” which to …

It was 40 years ago today

It was 40 years ago today that Sgt Strummer taught the band to play (3 chords). The complete first album from 8 April 1977.   SIDE 1 – 1. Janie Jones;  2. Remote Control;  3. I’m So Bored With The U.S.A.;  4. White Riot;  5. Hate & War;  6. What’s …

Two Beauties Were Lost

So when they cancelled Boss not only did we will miss out on the talents of Kathleen Robertson but also the beautiful English actress Hannah Ware. The world seems like a pretty messed up place these days  and we need all the beauty and alcohol we can find to smooth out the edges. …

Taking My Girls To See Lindsey!

So if you grew up in England you’d never imagine a man being called Lindsey, but on November 15th I’ll be taking my wife and daughter to see a truly amazing man: Lindsey Buckingham.  When I saw Fleetwood Mac a few years ago, which was a really great concert, Lindsey …

The Other Maggie

Now The Consul likes to reminiscence about Maggie Thatcher’s best feature and rightly so, but what about the other Maggie?  Of course I am referring to Dame Maggie Smith. Downton Abbey has been a big hit in America, but I’ve only recently started watching it myself.  I’m almost at the end …

The Best Decade For Music: The 70’s

So sometimes I really believe that The Consul has a camera in my office.  As he was posting this I was busy working on a playlist for my daughter that focused on the 70’s but had some spill over into the 60’s and the 80’s.  His useful comments on some great …

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 …

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 …

Five Movies in Twelve Hours

My good lady went to help my daughter move into her new apartment this weekend and I decided to stay away from the computer (i.e. work) and just catch up on some movies instead.  These were the five movies I watched back to back on Saturday with a few select …

Popular Culture

The Drinking Man’s Diary is really the center of Popular Culture.  Mostly this is thanks to The Consul and his insight, but  I  like to think I play my part every now and then, however small.  A great example is this post from over four years ago.  Firstly, if you …

It’s Not ALL About Sex!

So although Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are the exception that proves the rule, you need more than sex to keep you going in life.  Every now and then you need to laugh and after this wonderfully funny post by The Consul I was inspired to track down some early …

Let’s Celebrate Our Differences!

What a difference in our choices of top Bond Ladies: Max vs The Consul only one choice intersects directly: Izabella Scorupco. To be fair I could easily see these ladies on my list:  But the two that really define our differences are: and it is a beautiful thing because if we …