Texas

I was outside the Swan the other day, beer in hand, when Frenchie wobbled past on his old bone shaker. He raised his fist and shouted,”There are only two things that come out of Texas – steers and queers.” The disreputable, old onion-muncher had wheezed out of sight when I …

The Lodger

Kentucky is unable to negotiate the many security settings between him and this website, but if he were here he would drunkenly confess to reading about living in someone else’s house: ‘At the moment I’m perusing an interesting book called ‘The Lodger’ about Wm Shake and his time lodging at …

Hey Lord …

With the amazing exception of the DMB Caravan earlier this year these days I’m not really keen on large venues when I see live performers. So I’m very excited to see Graham Parker coming to town in May to my favorite venue in Austin: the One World Theater. I already …

Fifty For Some

So The Consul and Kentucky are stampeding towards fifty in 2012, but I’m the Spring Chicken of the Trio and have another year before I hit that milestone. And after the alcohol we’ve all consumed I believe “Milestone” is the right word! There has been a bit of a hiccup …

Nifty Fifty

Well the first couple of my school-year contemporaries are turning fifty this week. When I look at my friends I see that some are successes, some are mathematicians and some are carpenters’ wives. And some don’t have the wherewithal no more. Divorce, lost custody and alimony behind them, they are …

Clarity

To test the condition of your pint, hold it up to the light and assess the opacity level. You should be able to see through the beer as though through a glass of crystal clear spring water. What’s on the other side of your pint?

Harsh Memories

Hard to believe that after thirty years the only thing you can remember about the CEO of Jordan Publishing is the fact he never brought a round. Not to mention the loss of hair. Boy the double whammy right there. I wonder how people think of myself and Kentucky – …

Frenchie nose

When Frenchie pulled his ears back last night he found his cranium expanded like a rubber duck pumped with helium and Rachel W popped out of his head like Athena. Classically speaking, Kentucky tells me, ‘Zeus asked Hephaestus to split open his head with his smithing tools. Athena burst forth …

Where are they now ?

CEO at Jordan Publishing Ltd United Kingdom Publishing Current: Chief Executive at Jordan Publishing Ltd Past: Interim Managing Director at Metropolis International Group Managing Director at online media start up Head of Magazine and International Publishing at Guardian News & Media Education: University of Leeds

Russian Bear & Beer

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill that officially classifies beer as alcoholic. Until now anything containing less than 10% alcohol in Russia has been considered a foodstuff. Russian alcohol consumption is already twice the critical level set by the World Health Organization. Although vodka has long been the …

Fourth of July

Ah, the day we managed to get our independence. Three little words. But what are the best of these phrases? 10) Under the Volcano. Natch. 9) Kentucky Derby Day. Don’t forget where to stick those roses, boys. 8) I want you. Much better than I love you, and hence its …