Hollywood and Booze – The Good Old Days

We have often poked fun at the modern hysteria surrounding the use of alcohol here at The Notes.

I can’t remember the last time I read or watched a news story involving booze which didn’t also include some overly simplistic moral subtext wagging a disapproving finger at our inability to be anything other than reckless, impulsive infants while under the influence. And while I’d love to write a screenplay which involves an adult, and comical, relationship with the bottle I can’t see the possibility of any modern television or film production doing so without feeling it also has to show the consequences. Consequences which, in our modern cultural climate, could only be portrayed as bad.

Which is why I’d have loved to have been writing in an era when booze was celebrated in the way it was in The Thin Man series. Great gags. Fabulous on-screen chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy. And, boy, did they sink a few…

Boozing through the recession

The current recession has seen some marked changes in consumer behaviour. This has generally been a move towards austerity, so much so that a Continue reading

Liquor review — Hayman’s Old Tom Gin

A new brand of gin, Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, has turned up on the shelves at my local liquor store, so before buying, I thought I’d do a little research on line.

I found what seemed like a most excellent review at Tasting.com:

Clear with a silvery cast. Interesting aromas of graham cracker, almond, creamy lemon frosting, sweet spices, and delicate herbal juniper follow through on a soft, round entry to a sweet medium body with Continue reading

Fashions in the Field: Melbourne Cup Tragedy 2009

The Melbourne Cup has become a national ritual in Australia.

Although not a public holiday, the first Tuesday in November might as well be seeing as entire offices tip out of work dressed in their finest, go and place a bet on the big race (and this year there was a special betting office on the main public concourse opened for the day in the middle of Sydney) and head to the nearest pub to refresh themselves while watching the nags race round the circuit. And drinking too much and spending your money at the bookies seems to be what the Cup Carnival is all about.

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