We have now reached 2000 followers (At the time of writing) which I am so proud of. But in the whole scheme of things, that isn’t that much. If I was a Kardashian holding a puppy with my nipple out, I’m sure that number would be in the millions in less than a day. I think I used that line when we reached a thousand but as that was about three years back I thought I could get away with it once again.
But in saying that isn’t much in the number / shallow views / shallow content context, it is a number that means a helluva lot to us. We appreciate every single person, married ones too who have went out their way to follow us.
…A huge thanks to you all!!!
Here in Britain we now have a new PM. What a democracy this country is. We now have another freak that we didn’t vote for. They were voted for by the likes of themselves and those who strive to be like them.
…We are fucked.
The choice was between Richey Rich and a torn faced Thatcher wannabe.
To me it didn’t matter who won as I have the same thoughts on all of them.
I would rather have chewed my left testicle off than given any of them a vote.
Anyhow, I was wondering if there are any teetotal writers out there??
I wonder if we have published any?
If so I tip my hat to you. (Singular is intentional.)
I don’t really trust teetotallers for the simple reason, we all need to lose control sometime. That is only human.
Do all drinkers know why they drink??
Hopefully they do.
For me it is twofold (I like a pint and a hauf!)
First off – I very seldom drink to get drunk, that’s just an offshoot. I drink because I love the taste. A heavy Red, a chilled White, a peaty Malt, the depth of a Brandy, the dryness of a Cider, an ice cold Lager, a Guinness (One minute before six*) at it’s perfect temperature, the honey in a Drambuie, the intense orange of a Cointreau, the thickness of an Advocaat, the memories of a Tartan Special, the nip of a Jack, the love of my life, Bacardi, the weirdness of a Wheat Beer, the intensity of a Black Rum, the beauty of an Amarula…I need to stop, I’ll be here for ever.
As you can see I have done my research on flavours.
I’ve never suffered from hangovers although there are two exceptions. I found that my body doesn’t like twelve hours drinking Pernod. (You will notice that it’s not on my list) And I would suggest that no-one drinks Cider, Red Wine and Jack in the one night.
I’ve done both of these only once!!
The other reason, which I only realised recently, was that booze was an emphasis on escape. Now I don’t mean that I drink to escape, I mean that when I drink I know that I’m not where I don’t want to be.
I worked at 3.00am for many years which meant I didn’t drink when I was working the next morning. But when I had finished for the week and escaped, I had a drink.
If I have any commitments that I don’t want but feel that I have to do, I can escape when I don’t need to do them so I can have a drink.
And if I’m honest, with my pallet, I’m spoiled for choice!!
I’ve never drank to write, it’s just coincidental that I drink whilst I’m writing.
…Escaping once again!!
I’m very interested to read if any of you have any thoughts on why you drink regarding writing!
Okay onto this weeks stories.
Only one new writer this week and three gentlemen who have been with us for quite some time.
As always our initial comments follow.
First off was the legend that is Tom Sheehan.
All I need to say is this was story number 184 from him.
‘The Ghosts At Horseshoe Creek‘ got us up and running.
‘Not mentioning the ghost of the soldier he saw walking on water is brilliant and eerie.’
‘Weird – I loved it!’
‘Beautifully written as always.’
On Tuesday we had Tim Frank’s twelfth story for us.
‘On The Wretched Road‘ was next up.
‘I admire the way Tim never tells you ‘why’.
‘This is a great example of a confident writer.’
‘The reason just hangs there, and makes sense in a weird way, yet is beyond explanation.’
Phil Temples broke the back of the week with his third outing, ‘Unity.’
‘This is pretty hard hitting.’
‘Really good tone.’
On Thursday we had our new writer, Heather Rutherford.
We welcome Heather, hope she has fun on the site and as always, we want to see more of her work.
‘Catch And Release’ was her first story for us.
‘Very well written.’
‘There is a lot of control in this.’
‘Heather took you along beautifully.’
And we finished off with a man who I am envious of. The imagination of Dave Henson is something to behold.
His 27th story for us was called, ‘ My Wife’s Short, Strange Career As A Certified Ouija Boardologist.’
‘Weird and loopy, I really did enjoy reading this!’
‘Slightly dreamlike or surreal.’
‘I was hooked right to the end.’
That’s another week done and dusted.
As always I will comment on the comments. The regulars are doing a grand job but we would love to see more regulars. Don’t just put your thumb up (There is so much I could say!!) tell us why your thumb is going up!
I think I should give up appealing for any Sunday re-runs. I know the writers get a kick out of them but apart from a few exceptions, Leila has kept this feature going all by herself. The poor lady has changed her perfume a dozen times or so to try and entice but to no avail.
Leila, you go back to Carbolic, it’s cheap and smells nice and clean!!!
To finish off.
As always when I type this I am listening to music (I have to say ‘Spread Your Wings is an underrated piece of genius!!!) and I began thinking on soundtracks to films – I also love films. (Surprising enough though, anyone can stick their RomComs right up and I mean RIGHT up their arse. Oh and any that is CGI heavy, which sadly are most now-a-days.)
…How the fuck can the simplistic comic become a mad, mental, humongous expensive spectacle??)
So with Leila’s list fetish in mind, I came up with what I think are some amazing soundtracks.
I’d be interested to hear (read) your choices.
I have tried to put these in order but can’t, they are just random.
Purple Rain – The film is shit but the guy is a genius. I wish ‘The Ladder’ had been in this.
Roadhouse – The worst best film ever!! Jeff Healey was brilliant! And Kathleen Wilhoite’s version of ‘Knock On Wood’ was superb.
Commitments – What a film!! If you haven’t seen it, it’s based on the works of Roddy Doyle. There is a bit of ‘The Nipper’ short story influence in this. Andrew Strong’s vocals are outstanding. (The scene where Elvis’s picture is above the pope in a staunch catholic family is hysterical!)
Breaking Glass – I can’t remember the film but I sure as hell can remember the soundtrack. ‘Eighth Day’ and ‘Will You’ are two of my favourite songs ever. Here is a mad fact – Hazel O’Conner is better known for those songs than she was for a topless model. Now there is a loaded phrase if ever I have written one!!!!
Quadrophenia – What can I say?? The Who at their best, Phil Daniels, Toya, Ray Winston and Leslie Ash!!!
The Rose – Was it based on Janis Joplin?? Bette Midler has a stunning voice and her version of the title song is amazing. (Also check out her doing ‘Delta Dawn’)
Still Crazy – The film is better than the soundtrack!! But Bill Nighey makes me laugh and he can sing in a well, wrong way. Connolly, Nail and Spall are brilliant in this.
Crimes Of Passion – I don’t like all the ProgRock stuff but Rick Wakeman’s soundtrack is weird and brilliant. Oh and Kathleen Turner is stunning in this film. Perkins is as mad as Norman.
Kid Creole – Let’s be honest, Elvis films weren’t that good. But I had to add this in for the song ‘Crawfish’ The lady that accompanied him was phenomenal!!
Pump Up The Volume – Some good tunes here but what elevates it is Mr Cohen’s accapella version of ‘Everybody Hurts’ – ‘Concrete Blondes’ version is also stunning.
The Lost Boys – An eighties emphasis in so many ways. But I need to add this in due to ‘Echo And The Bunnymen’s’ version of ‘People Are Strange’
Again I need to stop, if I think on this, any film that I liked with one decent song, I would add.
Last one, I promise!
‘Shrek’ – Anything by ‘The Eels’ should be mentioned!!!
On the other-hand, my favourite film of all time is ‘Once Upon A Time In America’ but if Coldplay ever re-did the music, I wouldn’t watch it again.
Chris Martin is just a NO / NOPE / NEVER!!!