Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mad-Ass Entire


This being the morning after the night before I hate the Cronx Brewery with all my heart and soul. Mad-Ass Entire Chilli Porter indeed: "Impetuous. Homeric!"

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Live Hard

Lord I swear the perfume you wear

Was made out of turnip greens
And every time I kiss you girl
It tastes like pork and beans
The Lockhart is booked for lunch on Saturday Feb 7. My brother John is taking a half day so he can get here in time to watch the Wales England game live with me and the Bomber on Friday night (would the Ruts be a good place to do that?).

Love it when a plan comes together.

It would be good if John and I (Southern boys) could get along to the Saturday matinee of The Scottsboro Boys after lunch, but that starts at 2:30. As the bar in the Lockhart is open until three it might be a bit of a stretch.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Clink

That's good porridge: restaurant voted best in Cardiff is... in the prison
The Clink Restaurant at HMP Cardiff is staffed entirely by prisoners... and has been voted the city's best restaurant on TripAdvisor
That is fascinating stuff. I must try and get there next time I am back.

Also:
On Thursday 26th February 2015, 6pm to 9.15pm, The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton will be celebrating its first year of business with an Indian themed fundraising dinner hosted by chef ambassador Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL..........Open to the general public, guests will be greeted with a non-alcoholic fruit cocktail before enjoying an incredible evening of food that will feature authentic flavours from an assortment of Bombay street food, Goan and North Indian inspired dishes with an exotic dessert, coffee and petit fours to finish.
Brixton is only a tube ride away, though the non-alcoholic fruit cocktail implies it isn't licensed. Then again, I didn't drink any booze at all yesterday.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Royal Commend Performance

Graduates and stars of the Royal Court Theatre, 1969. Standing (left to right): David Cregan, playwright; Jack Shephard, actor; Sir Laurence Olivier; Anthony Page; John Osborne. Seated: Christopher Hampton, resident dramatist; Joan Plowright; Peter Gill, Jill Bennett, Victor Henry (Jimmy Porter in the revival of Look Back in Anger), Edward Bond. On Floor: Kenneth Haigh, the original Jimmy Porter.
We got a "Drama Commendation" letter from the school earlier this week; a five star review for the Bomber.
I wish to take this opportunity to commend your son for his hard work and continued success in Drama. To date, he has demonstrated discipline, dedication and commitment, and has consequently produced work of an exceptionally high standard!
You could have k'd me d with an f. I would have thought that a "Drama Condemnation" letter would be more his style. Couple that with the fact that I am meeting someone in Sloane Square this evening, so the Royal Court bar seems like a good venue, and Peter Gill, the only relative I know in the theatre dodge has sprung to mind. The image above has disappeared from the original post I made of it, and thus I present it again for your viewing pleasure.

À propos, he directed Rosamund Pike in Gaslight at the Old Vic in 2007, and this year she has bagged best actress Oscar nod this year; exalted company.
Theatre!
Are you Theatre?
Whenever I carry my spearta the theatre, to do Hamlet,
I ask it this question.
It says nothing.
Except, 'I don't know.
Ask Vanessa Redgrave!'
But I don't know Vanessa Redgrave!
And neither do you, Theatre.
Or do you?
As Rik Mayall shrewdly observed.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

awkward squad

The 34-man Wales squad that Warren Gatland announced yesterday for the 2015 RBS 6 Nations includes four uncapped players, one of whom is the Blues' Gareth Anscombe, who was signed from the Waikato Chiefs in New Zealand recently, can play fly half or full back, and is qualified for Wales through his mother.

The Cardiff Blues also signed Argentina international full back Lucas González Amorosino in September 2014. Since November Dan Fish doesn't seem to have got much of a look in and can be found turning out for Cardiff RFC under permit while still in the Blues' first team squad.

When you think that Dan (a relative of ours) was playing full back for the Possibles against the Probables last June in the final trial for the Welsh party that toured Australia in the summer, going from that to what looks like the fringes of the Blues squad in six months or so shows what a tough environment professional rugby is.

As a postscript, Fish and Josh Navidi (a man widely regarded as unlucky not to make the cut with Wales yesterday) both signed for the Blues from Glamorgan Wanderers at the same time.

'The old rugby game?  Hardest game in the world. Done it meself, you see.'

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

a week is a long time

The world's my oyster, except for the fact that I just rammed a wooden stake in my brother's heart because he turned into a vampire, even though I don't believe in vampires. Aside from that unfortunate business, everything's hunky-dory.
After last week's sub-par outing we stormed back to a reasonably comfortable win in the quiz last night.

We got an unprecedented fifteen out of fifteen in the music round but on the other side of the ledger I was overruled assigning the movie-round quote above to From Dusk till Dawn when groupthink implanted a false memory in certain minds of having heard it The Lost Boys.

There is a family resemblance I will grant you to "Look at your reflection in the mirror. You're a creature of the night Michael, just like out of a comic book! You're a vampire Michael! My own brother, a goddamn, shit-sucking vampire. You wait 'till mom finds out, buddy!" so it just goes to show what an exalted level we operate at.

Monday, January 19, 2015

the five stages

16-0 down at half time - denial.

16-7 down with two minutes and nine seconds left - anger.

22-22 at full time - bargaining.

28-22 after overtime - Packer depression, Seahawks acceptance.

I will be staying up late on February 1, when the Seahawks kick off against the Patriots  at 23:30 British Summer time in the 2015 Superbowl.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Je suis Keith



I may have found the backing track for my long delayed Christmas single without having to record it myself.

Update 16:40 Another contender

Friday, January 16, 2015

Route 55 in London

John,

Take a look at:
Feel-good food from the Deep South
Pork chops, a slow roast, and unbeatable cornbread: nothing soothes the soul quite like the food of the Deep South…
It seems to me that The Lockhart ought to be on the agenda next time you make it up to London.
The chef Brad McDonald is from Mississippi and everything tasted even better than it sounded: smoked pork belly with spiced pumpkin purée, dirty rice with crab, crawfish dip with cream cheese (that last one might seem pretty ordinary, but you could sup it with its accompanying toast until it was time to go to heaven). This food had the Southern spirit of my imaginings.
They do Brunch on Sunday from 11AM with last orders at 2:30PM and it is only a mile from Paddington Station.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Queenax

I went to Virgin Active before work this morning, and found that a strange new structure of poles and rods had been assembled. I had no idea at all what exercises it could possibly support. It bore a logo that let me to http://www.queenax.com and frankly I am not sure that I am convinced. I'll be surprised if Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgesen prepared for the Dawn Wall on it.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Enjoy Yourself (It's Later than You Think)

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Warlingham are lurking in third with a game in hand. We should make the most of being top of the table while we have the chance.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

"une complète liberté de vêtements"

FASHION WEEK - Pourquoi faire appel à des mannequins quand on a à sa disposition des gymnastes médaillés olympiques? C'est en tout cas le pari artistique sur lequel Paul Smith a misé pour présenter ce lundi 12 janvier sa nouvelle collection intitulée "a suit to travel in", "un costume pour voyager". L'idée est de démontrer le confort de ses créations.
Yours for £715. "They walked on their hands, stood tall on each other’s shoulders and spun around the floor in a giant hula hoop and not a crease was to be seen".

I see Dr Strabismus (Whom God Preserve) of Utrecht everywhere.

Monday, January 12, 2015

It's behind me!



As ever, we went to the last performance of this season's Wimbledon panto and added Linda Gray (Dallas' Sue Ellen) to the list of eccentric US imports I have seen in it: Priscilla Presley, David Hasselhoff etc.