July 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

You’re not as messed up as you think you are
Your self-absorption makes you messier
Just settle down and you will feel a whole lot better
Deep down you’re just like everybody else

She’s not as pretty as she thinks she is
Just picture her after she’s had kids
I bet she sits at home and listens to The Smiths
Deep down she’s just like everybody else

So why are you sat at home?
You’re not designed to be alone
You just got used to saying “no”
So get up and get down and get outside

Frank Turner – ‘Reasons Not To Be An Idiot’

Homebrew #001: Iceland Sunrise Scrumpy

July 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ingredients:

4 litres Iceland own-brand 100% pure apple juice
100g Iceland Blossom Honey
100g Unrefined Demerara Sugar
500ml strong tea made with 4 teabags
5g sachet Young’s Champagne Yeast

Process:

Poured 3 litres Apple juice into fermenting bucket.
Heated 1 litre Apple Juice in a pan. Added honey and sugar, stirred until dissolved. Poured straight into FB and sloshed it around to aerate.
Poured 500ml strong tea into FB, then topped up with 500ml water.
Partially snapped on FB lid, leaving one section loose to let heat out.
Cooled FB in ice and cold water bath until temp of wort reached 72F.
Added 5g sachet champagne yeast to FB, snapped lid closed, then shook vigorously for 10 secs.
Put FB in dark cupboard for 9 1/2 days, then decanted straight from bucket into wine bottles.

Taste:

Lovely, light and sweet. Very drinkable but smells damn strong. Don’t have a hydrometer so I can’t measure ABV, but going off my research the sugar and honey I added (plus the use of champagne yeast) should make it around 8-9% :)

In Memoriam, Amy Winehouse

July 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

Who dreads to the dust returning?
Who shrinks from the sable shore
Where the high and haughty yearning
Of the soul can sting no more?
No, stand by your glasses steady
This world is a world full of lies
Raise a cup to those dead already
And hurrah for the next man that dies

‘Stand By Your Glasses Steady’ – RAF drinking song

Life’s A Bitch // Be Drunk

July 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

“You have to be always drunk. That’s all there is to it—it’s the only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually drunk.”

Baudelaire – ‘Be Drunk’ (1869)

“Life’s a bitch and then you die; that’s why we get high
Cause you never know when you’re gonna go
Life’s a bitch and then you die; that’s why we puff lye
Cause you never know when you’re gonna go”

Nas – ‘Life’s A Bitch’ (1994)

My Fruitbowl Guardian

July 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

Found this guy sitting folornly on the street, so I’ve given him a home.

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