Monday, December 31, 2007
He is, of course, a character from the great '90s BBC2 skit series 'The Fast Show', created and portrayed by the genius comedian, Paul Whitehouse (check out the Wikipedia link for more information).
There isn't, alas, that much of him on YouTube as yet. I really wanted to find that terribly poignant one where he talks about losing the love of his life - but no luck. Perhaps it's just as well: as with most of the 'Fast Show' characters, the impact of these occasional revelations of human detail was largely dependent on the cumulative effect of having got to know and love the characters so well through multiple slight variations of the same formulaic sketch.
This one's a pretty good illustration of the man's unique storytelling style. My New Year gift to my readers.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Best Live Music Venue
Winner: MAO Live House
Best Music Bar
Worst Music Bar
Winner: New Get Lucky
Best Gig Of The Year
Worst Gig Of The Year
Best Bar Food
Runner-up: The Den
Most Overrated Bar Food
Winner: The Tree
Best Place To Drink While Eating
Winner: White Nights
(Very close) Runner-up: BiteAPitta
Best Place To Go For A Cocktail
Runner-up: Cafe Sambal
Best Place For Sitting Outside
Winners: Bell & Drum (rooftop), The Stone Boat (terrace)
Most Disappointing New Bar
Winner: New Nanjie
Worst New Bar
Winner: Paddy O'Shea's
Most Overrated Bar
Most Sadly Missed Departures
Winners: Yugong Yishan, "The Kebab Queen"
Best Barman/Bar Owner
Best New Bar
Winner: The Pool Bar
Saturday, December 29, 2007
A White Russian bar crawl
A LONG lie-in the next day to recover....
Cure for ills of throat
And stomach and heart and soul -
Soothing White Russian.
Friday, December 28, 2007
But the guitarists still play -
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
A tumbleweed of newspaper
Hurries down the street,
A blur of unrecognisable photographs
And obsolete headlines....
And the whole story of our love
But a single paragraph
On an inside page....
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The best Christmas Party of the lot, of course, is that hosted by my lovely friends Dishy Debs and Sexy Sarah - already a Beijing 'tradition', in only its second year! This year, as the event gets ever grander in scope, they got additional hosting help from their extended "coven" - Helen and Gillian. And indeed from me: I seem to have become an honorary covenista too, the only male member of the entourage (although I am, of course, deeply in touch with my feminine side, which may be why they tolerate me...).
Loyal readers (whose memories are not alcohol-impaired) may recall that last year I was cajoled into playing Santa for them. This year I managed to wriggle out of that (although I remained fearful that I would still be regarded as the 'first reserve' and pressed into service again if the new designated Santa should encounter any last-minute mishap). This time, our American friend Lamarr played the role. I think he has more the personality and the physical presence for it than me. (He's about my height, but much broader, and..... well, certainly not overweight, but substantial in girth. I really feel I'm still a bit too young and skinny to be Father Christmas.) Lamarr did a splendid job, and I think we'll have him back every year from now on, if he's willing.
And here he is......... greeted by his sexy 'helpers'. (And where is our "inappropriate" elf looking??)
Now that that's over and done with, we can all get back inside in the warm, and the serious drinking & flirting can resume.
The beard may be fake, but the jollity is real - this guy was born to play Santa Claus!
Ah, now I remember, there are certain advantages to playing Santa....
So, that's all over for another year. Thanks again to Lamarr and Julian for being such good sports, to Nicolas and everyone at Salud for laying on additional nibbles for us, to all our lovely guests - and, of course, to the sexy Santa-girls who set the whole thing up.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
He replied, naughty man that he is:
"Ah, go onnnnnn - chat her up. Get her attention! Pinch her bum!"
I answered demurely:
"Oh, no - I couldn't possibly do that. Too much respect. Too much fear."
She is lovely; but her stage persona is utterly terrifying!
The former quality is more in evidence in this photo (from a recent That's Beijing Homes article, linked to under her name, above):