55 going on 39

Yes we are all getting older and reflection is a important. My good lady is 55 years of age too – seven months older than me in fact.  But she looks amazing.  A lot of the reason has to do with the fact she works out at least two hours …

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 …

High School Independence Day

As I have said, we don’t talk about politics on this family blog. But I had to laugh at this spin on July 4th from Dazed and Confused, Linklater’s paean to the end of school in Texas 1976. It shows why you should remember everything your teachers told you!  

Now we are 55

Barometers. Comparators. Benchmarks. Now and then I catch myself remembering and reflecting on what was my Dad like when he was the age I am now. Similarly, we all think of the people our age we know, colleagues, old school friends, celebrities, and wonder how we’re doing in comparison. Just …

TransEuropeBrExpress

This is a family show so we try to keep politics out of it. Britain is a split nation of the gash-size unknown since those miners struck for gold, or was it for their jobs? These days, it’s all about getting in your referendum to get out of a larger …

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 …

Kitchen Renovation Hell!

A unique hell that I believe is reserved strictly for married men is the innocently named: Kitchen Renovation. Over 18 months ago I agreed to a modest renovation.  After a period of three months I tripled the budget and now this was a major event which made my wife the …

Signs of the times 3

The British are a nation famous (in our own heads) for being animal lovers.   Sometimes this fails us when animals are in competition, as with this touching warning sign, pointing out the dangers of sheep worrying.   It reminds me of that question asked by a precocious child on …

A Change Is As Good As A Rest?

I hear the old English phrase: “A change is as good as a rest” and think what an utter pile of horse shit. At 54 I’d be happy to keep things ticking along the same way for the rest of my life.  I really look forward to the same routine each …

20oz, 12oz, and now 11.2oz

So after a number of false starts I’ve spoken to Justin at Specs (I was unable to use their slow arse website) and will be ordering once a month the following beverages via the telephone (512-263-9981 – Amy + Daniel): 1 Case of Fuller’s ESB 11.2oz 1 Case of Alaskan Amber …

Eleven Inches

In answer to the question posted by The Consul about what size a Max would be: “Eleven Inches” is my final answer.  You can always rely on The Consul to remind me of good times.  My Dad (who passed away over 17 years ago now) loved living in Bolney and …

A Taste of Home

Good to see Max back from his holidays. What I want to know is whether he sampled the latest drink from his hometown. Whatever will they think of next?   Fancy a Magnum? Or a Methuselah? Maybe even a Melchior for you, sir? I wonder what size a Max would …

Come Home

One of my favorite posts on this blog is the Jewson one.  This cracks me up because I remember so clearly the situation and how “Hunt felt the full force of the breeze.”  It also makes me happy as I think about how close Kentucky and I were at the …

Beer Order Online

So I’ve lamented at some length how tricky it is to get quality European Beers here in Texas. So over the last few months I’ve been trying to expand my reach to find better beers.  I’ve tried online, but the Land of the Free can’t ship beer in Texas … …

London Pubs

So after a brief 24 hours in Sussex our chauffeur sped us to the heart of old London Town staying at the Waldorf  Hotel slap bang in the middle of the West End.  What a perfect location and just ten minutes away from Covent Garden where I worked over thirty years …

First Class Max

Ever since I turned fifty I’ve only flown First or Business Class – hence the name: First Class Max.  Now this is not as impressive as it sounds since I don’t fly much, which in a way does actually make it more impressive as there are no “frequent flyer bitch miles …

Dangerous out there

I hope Max enjoyed the old country. Driving’s kinda different over here so you have to reacquire the skills — windy roads, roundabouts, left hand lane! Where I live there are steep hills too, and if you are none too careful this happens. I took this picture of one poor …

Bags Packed, Boots Shined, Ready to Roll!

So our trip to the UK is to begin in twelve hours and my boots are shined up for the occasion.  They say “Money can’t buy you happiness.”  And they are right, but a nice pair of $1300 Lucchese hand-made  boots certainly make me happy.  I’ve owned these babies for almost twenty years, and …

Getting a Round In

So we have not checked in on the now ex CEO of Jordan Publishing for five years.  It seems that Jordan publishing was sold over a year ago, but he is still looking for a new gig: is currently undertaking project work, whilst looking for a new challenge, following the successful …

The Princess Phenomenon

So after the big success of Beauty and The Beast my wife and I were enjoying another “real-life” version of a Disney Classic: Cinderella.  To my surprise, and deep joy, the lead part was played by the beautiful Lily James whom I first mentioned here. But what really struck me as …

Beautiful Americans

Even though the Americans can’t seem to keep the fruit out of their beer and cider they know their women and not many are finer than a daughter of an American Acting family, the Baldwin Brothers and Stephen Baldwin’s daughter in particular, this years winner of the #1 slot for the Maxim’s …

Damn Americans

I’ve lived in Texas for half of my life and am really getting concerned about the American approach to Beer and now Cider.  I posted here about how much I like Austin Eastcider’s Original Dry Cider.  But it seems American’s love to fuck with a good thing and like to add …

Travel and Terror

So in one week we’ll be flying into London.  Just one week ago eight people were senselessly murdered by terrorists just 2.5 miles away from our hotel.  Of course you wonder if you should still go, but we all know if we cancelled our plans because of possible threats, they …

When Less Is Something

So if you are one of the 2.5 avid readers of this blog you’ll know that my favorite Christmas movie is Love Actually.  I freaking love that movie!  A couple of years ago The Consul mentioned that a sequel was in the works, but nothing came of it.  Then the …

All The Pounding You Can Handle, Bitch!

As we have seen as you get older looking good is not enough, you have to exercise to feel good.  This goes against pretty much everything I have practiced for over 50 years.  However, about 12 months ago I started to take my weight and my exercise regime more seriously.  It …

Nobody Does It Better?

I agree with The Consul Roger Moore was inferior to Sean Connery as far as who was the best James Bond but when it comes to Bond music Roger Moore wins quite easily.  My two favorite Bond songs were Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does It Better” and Wings’ “Live and Let Die”, …