Dead Shark Syndrome

So life continues with its fair share of highs and lows.  When you get into your fifties you can easily suffer a little bit from “dead shark syndrome” – walking around with the dead lifeless eyes of a shark.  There are few surprises at this age and most of the …

Cooperation

Nothing makes me happier than when The Consul helps out a lesser mortal in making this blog better.  Writing a blog takes a lot more time and effort than most people realize, and even if it is drivel, it is our drivel!  So when you see things like this:it fills …

The Two Best Hangover Cures

So after all the things I’ve tried over the years to avoid the dreaded hangover: Hangover Cures? there are only two effective approaches that work consistently: Drink less – not favored by your hard core Drinking Man Have a “healthy” full English Breakfast of fried eggs, bacon, sausages, fried bread …

We Were Happy Then

This photo was taken over thirty years ago.  We were young, happy, and did not have a care in the world.  I know I’ll never be 25 again, but I do remember that year of fun, alcohol and care free existence.  Good times for sure.  I do hope one day …

These Boots Were Made For Walking

One of the things I have said for almost forty years is that money doesn’t buy you happiness – just more expensive things that you already have. Case in point is when I first came to Texas 28 years ago I bought my first pair of cowboy boats. They were …

Beast Seen

One of the oldest stories on this site is that of the Beast of Rodborough: Christmas Ghost Story Well, over seven years later the beast has been spotted again, though this time in a domestic setting. Does this mean it has finally been domesticated? Or should the public be warned? …

And The Tears Kept On Flowing …

I have lived 55 years to read these words: Tearjerkers One of the things that keeps any blog going is friendly competition.  Although I think that The Consul runs rings around me, I do try, however lamely, to impress him.  It is obvious I post more about cleavage and he posts more …

Tearjerkers

I loved Max’s Top 10 slow punkers  and was left wondering what mine would be… Well, I probably can’t better it. A few changes here and there but it’s just quibbling. Then I started thinking more generally about the maudlin tearjerker that goes well with a bottle of something good …

New Boots + Panties

So although The Consul is complaining things have been a bit dry here: So what is it with this dry January shit? some of us have a private sector job without all the cushy long holidays of the public sector.  So After I have collected my thoughts and reading: These …

Perfection

So as pointed out here I was lucky to have both of my kids home for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  My son was hoping to reproduce our Thanksgiving shenanigans but I was just pleased to see him.  Of course my daughter, god bless her, brought her own shot glasses and the …

Christmas 2017

I think it is safe to say that although this may not have been a great year for the country or the world, for me and my family it was pretty much perfect. With the exception of the over indulgence under the Christmas Tree, I could not ask for more. …

Sno’ Flakes for Christmas

Well, I guess you ought to put coca cola on your flakes to sweeten them at Christmas, seeing as coke invented the red and white santa claus uniform, but most folks seem to want sugar. However, breakfast at Christmas ought to be something special, so let’s restart the campaign for …

Popularity

I thought I’d check in with Google to see how we’re doing since firing up the site again earlier this year.  Firstly this is no 2013 – in those days  we were really cranking,  but we have a few visitors that are not in Texas or England so clearly some …

Control

The worst word when you become an adult is: “Control”.  When you are a kid you can lose control all the time and the consequences are minor, but as you become an adult, particularly if you are a parent or have a high profile profession, you really don’t have the …

Hungry for your love

Max has shared his favourite punk and new wave love songs; a pretty good selection, though ‘love’ here is clearly a subject rather than an emotion, including bromance, split-up, rejection etc as well as amour fou. Well, that was punk. A gentler, kinder (gruffer, grumpier) example is the greatest singer …

Happy Thanksgiving

So today is Thanksgiving in the USA and nothing says Thanksgiving like doing shots of Patron Tequila with your wife and 22 year old boy 🙂  In fact I have not had any Tequila since my dreaded trip to Cancun in July, 1992 – that was 25 years ago.  But when my …

You never know what you’re gonna get

Max is rightly worried about his health. In the great lottery of life you can never be sure what you’ve got, only what you haven’t. Prostate tick. Blood pressure tick. Colon cancer tick. Cholesterol tick. And so on until you find something to make you anxious. So worry about your …

Simpler Times

Way before I was born, Marilyn Monroe was beautiful and took away all of our pain.  This photo is from 1954 and is a beauty.  I know we are not better off today, with all of our iPhones, computers, social media, and almond milk.  I can only imagine what Marilyn, …

Bend Over!

So I went for my 6+ year physical today.  There is nothing I hate more than going to see the Doctor, but I knew how happy my wife would be so I made an appointment as an early Christmas present – yes I’m a giver. Here’s the problem – it …

Memphis Blues

So, Max is a big Marc Cohn fan and he loves Walking in Memphis. One of the differences between the US and the UK is the scale of our ambition these days. Boy, you ain’t got a prayer in Lidl!

Worship is not Disrepect

So as I look out at the world you can’t help but wonder where things went so badly wrong.  It seems if you are a successful white male you are almost certainly a rapist, or at the very least a sexual predator.  I can only imagine what people make of …

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 …

Signs of the Times 4

So, I saw this sign at a market stall recently. It’s one of those messages that you can apply to all of life. The post-jumble sale desolation of the table wares just set it off brilliantly. It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a sign of the times to …

Goodbye Hugh

Hard to imagine a world where Playboy magazine did not exist.  I don’t know much about Hugh Hefner but dying at 91 with a 31 year old wife by his side I think he had a good innings.  I know every real drinking man has enjoyed his product and I’m …