Of late I have been experimenting with cheese and onions sandwiches. I mentioned back in March that, because of George Harrison’s 75th birthday, I rewatched Eric Idle’s The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash. Harrison was a huge fan of Idle’s satire of the Beatles, and he even had a cameo as a reporter covering … Continue reading Cheese and Onions Experimentation
Over the last five, six, maybe eight years, people have asked me about my blog’s tagline. (Which is also my personal email sig, by the way.) Scroll up to the top of the blog, and there, in a Tolkien-inspired font, you’ll see it. “‘Made of awesome and Guinness and bright shiny pennies…’ What does that … Continue reading Taglines and Theme Music
Writers should never be left to their own devices. This morning, I saw an article at Slate that asked the important question of our times — How Long Can You Survive on Beer Alone? As it happens, one can live for about two months on a diet consisting only of beer and water, at which … Continue reading On Writers and the Beer Diet
A year ago, I sent my niece a St. Patrick’s Day card. She was just four months old, so it wasn’t as though she could read it, but she’s my niece, I only have the one, and she should get cards from people who are related to her but who don’t feel avuncular. I wrote … Continue reading On the True Tale of St. Patrick’s Day
For the adventurous, give these a try. Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes. Those three words, in that order, may be the three greatest words in the English language. If you like chocolate and Guinness and cupcakes, that is.
Strangely enough, Guinness is now cheaper than Sam Adams.
Those of us of taste and distinction, who enjoy our beer imported and dark, these coming days will be dark indeed — Booze industry experts have issued a chilling warning that the British pint could hit £4 a pop – a price hike provoked by crap weather which has forced up the price of hops.” … Continue reading On Beer Price Pressures
St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, and yet it’s never too late to ask, “So, how Irish am I…?” If you really must know, I don’t think I have any Irish blood in me, but I do love my Guinness and my Beamish (even if you can’t get Beamish in this country any more). … Continue reading On Being Irish
Yes, my grandmother had conniptions because I did laundry today. I didn't care. It was breezy. It was warm. I love the smell of dress shirts when they come in off the line. And I'd forgotten how good a Guinness Extra Stout can be. I'd gotten so used to drinking the Guinness Draught that the … Continue reading On Laundry
Today the dollar’s slippage against the Euro became crystal clear to me. Why? Because I noticed that the price on Guinness has gone up. First, imported beer. What next? Is this the start of an inflationary trend?
First, today is St. Patrick’s Day. Go forth, and drink responsibly. And maybe watch some Father Ted. Second, Doctor Who debuts tonight on the Sci-Fi Channel at 9, with its first episode, “Rose,” followed by the second episode, “The End of the World.” Go forth, and watch. If you think you know Doctor Who, think … Continue reading On a Public Service
With St. Patrick’s Day nearly here, with Leprechaun Pooh sitting next to my computer, I offer the following piece of wisdom, hard earned through experience. Green beer is an interesting way to put one in an Irish mood. Don’t try it with Guinness. It won’t work. You simply cannot turn Guinness green. There is, naturally, … Continue reading Public Service Announcement