The Last Stop by Clive La Pensee

The Last Stop by Clive La Pensee

Beer writer and New London Writers blogger, Clive La Pensée, made a  name for himself writing about craft-beer brewing. Critics put The Historical Companion to House-Brewing in the ten best beer books ever written. That was back in 1990. Brewers have told him that his beer books contributed to the craft-ale revival we now witness. In order to sidestep the demands of the publishing industry, … Continue reading The Last Stop by Clive La Pensee

outsider by Brian Sewell

Outsider By Brian Sewell

Artistic Tantrums In the first chapter of this memoir (2011) Brian Sewell reveals that, seeing Aladdin as a teenager gave him ‘an undying ambition, never fulfilled, to play the Widow Twanky.’ With his highly affected speech Brian’s Twanky would surely have sounded like Edith Evans’s Lady Bracknell. When you read Alan Bennett’s diaries it’s easy to hear his Yorkshire vowels in your head. Mr Sewell similarly writes … Continue reading Outsider By Brian Sewell

Warming to the stranger at the bar

Warming To The Stranger At The Bar

To those timorous souls who are ill-equipped for a Dublin drinking bout, the heady heat of an alcohol-fuelled, smoke-filled bar on the skirts of the river Liffey might seem like an inferno (of Dantesque proportions) – but not Honey and Bessie. On the day of my arrival, Sullivan’s was jam-packed with market traders in sluicing their tonsils and oiling their throats after their morning’s work … Continue reading Warming To The Stranger At The Bar

Apprentice Days Continued

Apprentice Days Continued

Following his soujourn with Patty Poo and the others, and in a quest for his continuing education, our hero goes in search of adventure And here I am, celebrating, incognito, by gate crashing an anniversary party. Not that I don’t fit in. I’m dressed in a formal manner, which, if nothing else, adds to one’s age. There are many young fogies here, middle-aged women dressed … Continue reading Apprentice Days Continued