The Weight is Over

Well, that’s something Max and I have in common. He’s lost 30lbs. I’ve dropped from 14st to 11 and a half stone. In your fifties you have to get a bit more body conscious. As the years pile on the pounds and the middle-age spread thickens, it’s a good time …

At Least It’s Not A Horse!

My beautiful daughter owns two horses: Buddy + Bandit.  Both horses were given to her and therein lies the rub.  Everything to do with horses is expensive, and just because you get one for free doesn’t mean things will be cheap.  At the low-end you’re talking about $500 a month …

No One Died

So after over three years I’m resurrecting the most missed blog on the internet: The Drinking Man’s Diary. Apart from the obvious void of quality drinking blogs I’m doing this because I recently decided to update all of my old Drupal blogs to WordPress and when I started reading the …

A Wonderful Merry Christmas!

Christmas is here again – the family is in bed and Christmas day is still one sleep away – but we are here. The most perfect night of the year. My wife and I rotate through three Christmas movies: Love Actually (my favorite), The Holiday, and Four Christmases (a recent …

A Perfect Year

Turning fifty was one of my best years ever! My family and I went to see the amazing Paul McCartney in concert I spent a short vacation in New York City with the Judge My business continues to grow My kids are turning into fine young adults My wife still …

Grain Fucking free?

So our beloved blog has been quiet for a while. Both The Consul and I were all tapped out. For me I had such a great time in the UK, nothing much could top it so I really have had nothing much to say. With Lou passing I was forced …

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 …

Season 2 Sarah Much Hotter!

So I put The Consul through the whole first season of Life whilst in England. This was only eleven episodes due to the writer’s strike that hit the USA in 2007, but even so he soldiered through. Of course since getting back I’ve been re-watching Season 2 for the third …

The Death of the British Pub?

So as much as I have heard about so many pubs closing in the UK, I did not witness many issues whilst I was there. Yes they serve more food and some pubs have clearly got a bit carried away with the amount of space set aside for dining, but …

Over the hill

So, Max has come and gone. Veni, vidi, vici. A lot of walking was done. A lot of drinking was done. But at some point we have to return to work, and boy have we returned to work. Just remember: if the product’s free, you’re the product. Wise words, my …

Perfection

So stories will be told about the 50th birthday celebration of 2013, but they will not come close to my memory of the fortnight I have just spent in England. My view might be clouded or viewed with rose colored classes, we can even call it “Max’s World”. If I …

Expectations

So I have been planning and looking forward to my fiftieth celebration trip to the UK for over a year and now we are just a couple of days away. Will it be a big disappointment or will it be all that I have hoped for? I have realistic expectations. …

RIP Monty

Well, that terrible c*** Monty will creep the boards no more. Mortal he was, and Richard Griffiths was a great actor but those who love W&I will remember his delivery of immortal lines: It is the most shattering experience of a young man’s life when one morning he awakes and …

1 Week and No Beers To Go …

So now we’re down to the last drop. Not quite sure when that last 21 beers were consumed, or where the 3 months went since Christmas, but here we are in the last stretch. I’m in the final preparations of figuring out trains and destinations – I love the UK …

Sweet 16

Just 16 days before I board my plane. I’m glad that The Consul has been preparing for my visit. As long as the drinking was good, how can you go wrong? When it comes to drinking both The Consul and Kentucky (?) are wiser – their extra year really shines …

21 Beers To Go

Well I think I might have under estimated the numbers of beers I needed to drink before I could fly to the UK, but here we are at the final 21. Maybe it is a good thing I don’t drink on the Friday before I leave anyway. I’ll do my …

Where is my drink (revisited) ?

So, to prepare for Max’s visit, I had to go on holiday. A relaxing 7 days in the sun. The drinking was good. A little more sophisticated than usual, with more pale amber drinks, as you can see. The nutty brown ales were shelved for reliable lagers (spit), and the …

Doom(ed) Bar

So, it seems the government might want to slow down a little the decline of the pub. The swingeing cuts (did I miss a letter there?) have backed off a little. George ‘Bunter’ Osborne has announced the big news of the budget for beer: “ ‘A planned 3p rise 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 …