Thursday, May 12, 2005

We are off to London.

Hi everyone,

the time has come to take the little pink book, Looking for Harvey Weinstein, back to our homeland and do a tour of the pubs to promote the stroy. We are back on June 14th and we will be full of news, so watch out for more adventures. We will keep you posted.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Mr. President's Had His Chips.

Down The Bush And Blair

In light of the upcoming British election now two days away and the fact that the public's apathy and lack of interest in politics has caused U.K. newspaper circulation to drop dramatically it seems the only thing anyone is interested in, is who is taking over as leader of the Labour Party.
Our money's on Gordon Brown. Enough said.

Mr. Bush is likely a little twitchy as he sees his allie's head on the chopping block. For a nation of barbarians historically, we may have progressed from public execution over 40 years ago but that doesn't stop angry voters hanging the P.M. on Question Time. Not sure which would be more painful.

The President's recent visit to Sedgefield, Mr. Blair's constituency in the industrial northeast, although great for tourism did little to boost enthusiasm for the Prime Minister. All eyes were on George W. as he enjoyed a plate of fish and chips at the Dun Cow Inn, Cleveland, however apart from the Black Hawk Down like security, helicopters circling and men in bullet proof vests not much else happened. He didn't even have a pint. Oh that's right he doesn't drink..............anymore.

We've not tried the food at the Dun Cow, a traditional local hostilry now part of a chain of landmark inns but would hazard a guess the chippie down the road offers a more authentic fish and chip experience for a fraction of the price.

The British pub is an institution and pub grub some of the best in the country however your average publican, Harry Ramsden he is not. So if you're looking for the best of both worlds sample the pub and chippie separately. Good fish and chips are an art form, not just plain old sustinence and must be eaten out of the paper, smothered in salt and malt vinegar after a skin full for maximum enjoyment.

Whether the leader of the "free world" will be welcomed back on English soil to have fish and chips for real with the new boss in parliament after the 5th, who knows. One thing is certain, cocking things up first time around hasn't stopped him in the past. We'll keep you posted.

Monday, May 02, 2005

May Day May Day

Down The Bush and Blair

By now everyone, except us, is pissed and the party continues even though it's well past closing time. For as happens a few times a year in Britain it's a bank holiday tomorrow, an antiquated and wonderful excuse to turn Sunday into Saturday and Monday into Sunday, even though it's actually May Day (the first) today.

A long weekend the whole country enjoys and all manner of things spring to mind. Dancing round a May Pole and watching Morris Dancers are to be avoided, particularly if hungover but even when the cricket's rained off the pub's open all day and everyone's on holiday.

Fortunately for us the concept of resting your labour force hasn't trickled down. Twenty four hours with the whole country on holiday here and there'd be a revolution. No one would know what to do.

However leading the reformation charge from the premier American cable platform HBO (where you can see joints and breasts out in the open) is the genius Bill Maher, a brilliant, courageous and totally hilarious satirist. On a side note when we meet him in the book with the woman in the red dress we only vaguely knew who he was.

His Friday night primetime show discusses political, social and environmental issues with an invited panel and is so brutally truthful we are sure there's a file on him somewhere marked classified. Even the prestigious and radical (for the US) company succumbed to outside pressure regarding content and axed the show.

Glad to say the loyal viewers protested and Bill's back although the carefully chosen issues on which he focuses the spotlight are always punctuated with clever quips re his "unmarked card" when it comes to dancing with the likes of Hannity and Colmes on their hometurf, Fox. They've been on Bill's show. Why won't they have him on theirs?

Despite his constant battle to crack the brainwashing proganda that constitutes the American network news media, he continues to serve up pee your pants humour and this weekend proved no exception. It is rare to see such prolific comedic talent combined with courage and decency. In Hollywood? No. If you live in the US and didn't see the show check out the schedule. Bill you are worth every penny of our cable subscription, cheaper and better for us than 15 pints of lager. Does anyone know if he's on in the UK? He should be.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

California Scheming

Check out this amazing article by Stephanie Smith