Thursday, 28 February 2013

Death by Absinthe

They say Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder. At least I think that’s what they say. There has been a lot of nonsense spoken about the drink in the past. Some have said it is such a lethal drink that you can only take one glass for more might kill you. It is of course a myth. Absinthe is no more potent, no more dangerous than any other drink.
It is commonly referred to in historical literature as "la fée verte" (the green fairy). Although it is sometimes mistakenly referred to as a liqueur absinthe is not traditionally bottled with added sugar, and is therefore classified as a spirit. Absinthe is traditionally bottled at a high level of alcohol by volume is normally diluted with water prior to being consumed. It has a taste of aniseed. It is one of Vicar Linkthorpe’s favourite drinks.
Here are two posters featuring the drink that I find charming. 

Bon appetit!

aNOtHEr sIp FRoM ThE mURkY gREeN bREw.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Practical and Pithy the Quotes from the Posh

"The people sensible enough to give good advice are usually sensible enough to give none."

  Eden Phillpotts

mOtHEr dIp IN ThE mOoDy mEMOrY pILE.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Texas Kitty

A friend sent me a cassette of Texas Kitty ripped from a Dutch LP some years ago. Recently found some new tracks on YOUTube including this great Spooktrein song. Not much found out about her on the interweb.................................................................................................................. Luckily a Dutch friend Jan managed to track down a short biography on a dutch website. Her real name was Kitty Prins. "She was born in Groningen, The Netherlands. She was not only a singer, but a professional painter as well. However her carreer in our country never really got from the ground. She was more succesfull in Vlaanderen (the Dutch speaking part of Belgium). She also had a fan-club in South Africa and she had contacts with the Country Music Assocation in the VS, where she perfromed in the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. After being seriously disappointed in The Netherland by people breaking contracts and so on, she decided to move to Vlaanderen permanently. Untill 1981 she presented a country show on Belgian radio. The last years of her life she spent painting. The website isn't clear about her birth and death date (1900-1900?)." Thanks for that Jan.