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 …

The Passing Years

What has happened in 4 years? The Passing years, we might call them. As both my parents have died since I last posted in April 2013, I have noticed the losses more interestedly. So, let’s look at a top 20 of those who have died inbetween the years. Well, ladies …

Carved curves

When my old dad tutored me in the ways of righteousness he told me that the correct way to invite a lady to have sex with you was to ask her to come up and see your etchings. Since that day I have taken a great interest in the work …

Shame's Choice

It is Bloomsday once again, celebrating the day Ulysses is set: 16 June 1904. And in honour of the day I thought I’d share my recent experience of the Guinness ‘Surge’. It’s a method of supposedly giving a perfect pub Guinness by opening a can and sending soundwaves through the …

Kentucky Tweets

I tried and tried, but I just can’t fit it into 140 characters. ‘He who has known the other days, the angry ones of gout attacks, or those with that wicked headache rooted behind the eyeballs that casts a spell on every nerve of eye and ear with a fiendish …

'The Future'

Uncle Lenny knows a lot about a lot. His vision of the future is chilling and prescient. They say that laughing Len writes 27 verses for every 4 he keeps. Well, whatever the little buddhist barmitzvah retreat boy does, it works: ‘Give me back my broken night my mirrored room, …

More literature about drinking

Never despise a drink because it is easy to make and/or uses commercial mixes. Unquestioning devotion to authenticity is, in any department of life, a mark of the naive – or worse. ― Kingsley Amis, Every Day Drinking I’ll pour you the first one and after that, if you don’t …

To be or not to be sober

“Unless of course it seemed utterly impossible, one dreaded the hour of anyone’s arrival unless they were bringing liquor.” – Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano “Might a soul bathe there and be clean or slake its drought?” – Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano “And what right had Yvonne to assume …

But who did bid thee join with us?

So The Consul has a bit of knowledge in the areas of music, movies, literature, beer, rare sexually transmitted diseases, and how to write fiction but how well does he remember Act III, Scene III of Macbeth? It is hard to believe after all the drinking over the last 30+ …

Favorite Chapter Titles: Cunt Crazy

In the good old days when Kentucky and I used to drink to excess and I’d have time to read, Kentucky would frequently suggest books for my unenlightened scientific brain. Without Kentucky’s advice I probably wouldn’t have broken away from my love of Stephen Donaldson. One of the books he …

Max Moriarty

One of the nicest things Kentucky ever said to me was that I reminded him of Dean Moriarty in Kerouac’s On The Road: … the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything …