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2000+ Lovely People, One Arse For Number Ten And No, I Didn’t Forget ‘Pulp Fiction’, I Wanted It In The Title.

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.

…So fucked!

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.’

‘Perfect length.’

‘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!!!



22 thoughts on “2000+ Lovely People, One Arse For Number Ten And No, I Didn’t Forget ‘Pulp Fiction’, I Wanted It In The Title.”

  1. Hello, Hugh!
    When I had no choice I drank whatever as long as I got a buzz. But upon reaching my majority I still liked the buzz but could do without the horrible headaches that cheap wine left behind as well as the horror of budget beer stomach. I like the taste of red and burgundy but dislike white wine. Ha! Like thinking, I drink because I am.
    Trainspotting has a great soundtrack–and so does Goodfellas.

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    1. Hi Leila,
      Thanks as always.
      I am a bit of a cupboard drinker, whatever is in the cupboard I drink.
      Domestos and Olive Oil is a particular favourite. But I reckon I need to stop mixing up the under the sink cupboard with the general one.
      I think that a hangover is a conscience, I don’t seem to have one. I’ve had a few nights on the ‘White Lightening’ and been fine.
      ‘Goodfellas’ was brilliant in so many ways. RIP Ray Liotta. Trainspotting was outstanding.
      I may have mentioned this a few times before but ‘Wedding Belles’ is an absolute hidden gem. Please have a look at it if you haven’t seen it. It was also penned by Mr Welsh. If you do, please tell me what you think!!!
      Oh and a different one, ‘Love, Honour And Obey’ The reason that came into my head is that Johnny Lee Miller was the lead.
      HAH – I’m off on a tangent as I don’t think any of them have a strong soundtrack!!
      Thanks as always!!


  2. Yep – drink – good.

    I am always really impressed by your knowledge of films and soundtracks. I love going to the cinema but rarely retain the details the way that you seem to. cheers.

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    1. Thanks so much Diane.
      Films do stick in my mind for whatever reason. Sadly I don’t look forward to many new releases now-a-days. There are too many that are all about the action and the story gets ignored. Every super-hero film has an angst ridden character, a lame romance and a two hour end fight sequence. (The first ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ was good though and the soundtrack was brilliant! – The second – See my previous comment.) Only Tarantino makes me look forward to any new releases from him.
      I hate the cinema for one reason – Other people! And if those other people are teenagers with their fucking phones then I’m not a very nice person!!!


  3. Howdy, Hugh,

    Once Upon A Time In America: not my #1, but comes and goes in my Top 10. The Lost Boys might be near #1 on my ‘Guilty Pleasure Film’ list, somewhere near The Wedding Singer. What can I say? “Don’t you talk to Billy Idol that way!” cracks me up every time.

    Teetotaler… yeah, you can count me on that list, but only on a survival basis, not a moral one. Let’s just say that I crammed a whole lotta lotta into the early phases of my dirty life and times (ZQA!! Zevon Quote Alert!!)

    Rambling, gotta go. Good wrap-up for the week.

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    1. Hi Marco,
      Thanks as always.
      So do you have an unflinching number 1??
      Yep, I love that line from ‘The Wedding Singer’ Maybe another guilty pleasure for me would be ‘The Water Boy’!!
      I hear you about the teetotal thing – Maybe one day I’ll be heading that way.
      Hope all is well and happy with you my fine friend.

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      1. Hi Hugh,
        For me, there is never an unflinching Number One. It’s a desert island question: What three movies could you watch over and over if trapped on a desert island? I might give a different answer depending on the day, what I had for breakfast, whatever. But Pulp Fiction and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest are almost always on the list. Throw in Dr. Strangelove, and that’s my answer for today.


  4. As my body falls apart in my dotage – I’ll spare you the details – there is some good. Drinking has decreased over the years – now editor and I split a pint rather than a pitcher – and I don’t get headaches, stomach aches, colds, and my skin has improved since I was a teenager. My drinking was self-medicating.

    Historical note – Rock Around The Clock had not made much noise metaphorically for two years after it was recorded, but became a smash after appearing in the movie” Black Board Jungle”. Some superannuated teenagers like Sid Poitier appeared in said film. I could check IMDB for accuracy, but I’ll go back to the Portland Oregonian instead.

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    1. Hi Doug,
      Rock Around The Clock was legend!!
      Weird though, that and most Punks songs, I remember them being faster than they actually were.
      Anyhow – Talking about Bill Haley, I think this is the best cover of a song ever!!
      Thanks as always and all the very best my fine friend.


      1. Keep On Rocking In The Neil Young World. Bill Haley started out as a country guy BH and the Saddlemen or somesuch. I think that he drank too much and didn’t have the sex appeal as Elvis or Chuck Berry, so had a short time at the top.

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  5. Good Saturday post as always. Thanks for the kind words. I’m looking forward to the post that announces 3k followers. I drink Stella Artois beer and sauv blanc wine but not so much anymore. I don’t write when I’m drinking but sometimes get story ideas. There was a movie from long ago called Paris, Texas with a great soundtrack — blues, blues/ rock.

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  6. Hi Dave,
    Thanks as always.
    I’ve not seen that film, I’ll try and seek it out.
    I do like a Stella and I adore a Fustenberg (Not sure on the spelling) but that is hard to get around here. If I am ever in Glasgow I visit ‘The Beer Cellar’ where they sell steins of it that are stunning.
    I like most white wines. A lovely Chablis or a really good Wooded Chardonnay can’t be beaten.
    Oh, I haven’t forgotten about commenting on your story, it’s just that I’m a bit behind on, well, everything at the moment.
    I’ll get to it either tonight or tomorrow at the latest.
    All the very best my fine friend.

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  7. Hi Hugh,
    Congratulations! I look forward eagerly to a photo of you holding a puppy with your nipple out (can’t believe somebody didn’t beat me to that). When I lived in Tokyo there was a pub in Shinjuku that served Guinness at the right temperature (damn hard to find, it seems), followed by a Jameson on the rocks chaser, and a stumbling walk home for the night. Don’t know if concert films count (probably not), but I’m going to add The Rolling Stones performing Sympathy for the Devil at Zilker Park in 2006 anyway. Cheers!

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    1. Hi Shawn,
      Never mind a thumbs up, there would need to be a new emoji, one for the dry boak!!
      There is nothing to beat a good Guinness, maybe a Murphies comes close.
      I’ve only ever tried two Irish brands of whiskey, Jamiesons and Bushmills, they are both quite nice, maybe a wee bit thin for my taste but very drinkable.
      Concert films definitely have an advantage, especially if you love the group!!
      Thanks as always my fine friend.


  8. Thanks for that GRRREAT Dr Feelgood clip, Hugh. Phew, what a scorcher. Like David Henson, ‘Paris, Texas’ gets my vote with Ry Cooder’s moaning electric blues guitar. Would’ve gone for Dylan’s ‘Pat Garratt and Billy the Kid’ soundtrack, but didn’t like the film. Alas, can no longer drink beer in the evenings (but still thank God for indoor toilets) and so settle for single malts – Highland Park for preference, but supermarket own brands most of the time.

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    1. Hi Mick,
      Thanks so much.
      The energy that Dr Feelgood had was stunning.
      I will try and seek out that film, especially after two recommendations!
      Don’t worry about drinking beer at night, it tastes better in the morning!!
      And Highland Park is an excellent choice.
      I’ve never been snobbish about alcohol, I like what I like. If it is from Aldis, that is fine by me. If it is one of the big hitters like a Laphroiag, that is fine too. The only thing I can’t stand is a cheap Brandy. I don’t need to see the label and to be honest, I’m not sure I could tell by taste, my body tells me as after one sip, I heave.
      Hope all is well with you and yours!


  9. Soundtrack: Here’s two: The Graduate from 1965 (by Simon and Garfunkel) including tunes like “Mrs. Robinson” “The Sounds of Silence,” and “April Come She Will,” …. plus.. “Easy Rider,” (1969) with “Born To Be Wild” “I Wasn’t Born To Follow” “The Pusher,” “If Six Was 9” etc. and yes, Quadrophenia. I’m the retro kind.


    1. Hi Harrison,
      They are excellent choices.
      I’ve watched Quadrophenia dozens of times. It was only recently that I found out that the title referred to Jim’s four personalities which mirrored the band members.
      Thanks as always my fine friend.


  10. I am really surprised there’s only 2000 followers here. I recently found this page and am hooked. There’s so many talented writers here I stay up way to late “binge” reading 😁


    1. Hi there,
      Thanks so much for your kind words.
      You are quite correct, there are so many brilliant writers on the site and it is a privilege to work with them.
      Hopefully you will give us all the odd wee comment, any would be much appreciate – As is this one!


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