The British Are Coming!

We have British actors!

–          Glenda Jackson was born today in 1936. I think I first saw Ms. Jackson’s work in Ken Russell’s remarkable film, “Women in Love”. I was an instant fan.

–          The Brits produced a puzzling series of comedy films with titles that begin; “Carry On…” The humor is generally low (or lower), innuendo is rampant, and the acting is…well, the innuendo is rampant. These films have few redeeming qualities and I love watching them. One of the regular stars of Carry On films was the saucy Joan Sims. Ms. Sims was born today in 1930.

–          Albert Finney will perhaps be remembered in the years to come for his award-winning performances in “Tom Jones” and “Erin Brockovich”, but I also cherish his work in the searing “Shoot the Moon” and the eerie BBC production of Kingsley Amis’ novel THE GREEN MAN. Mr. Finney was born today, also in 1936.

And we have British writers!

–          Richard Adams was born today in 1920. Mr. Adams gave us the charming rabbits in WATERSHIP DOWN and the “god in the form of a great bear” fantasy; SHARDIK. I recommend them both.

–          On this day in 1860, J. M. Barrie was born. Mr. Barrie proceeded to take us all to Never Never Land in his classic; PETER PAN. You may now sing if you wish; “I won’t grow up!”

And an odd British opening night!

–          Today in 1887, Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show opened in London. I’m pretty sure it was in the West End.

The pride of Ashland, Kentucky!

–          Here’s a big happy birthday shout to Brandon Webb, born today in 1979. Mr. Webb was a mighty fine major league pitcher (Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers) who did his college pitching at the University of Kentucky. How fine a pitcher? In 2006, Mr. Webb won the Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in baseball.

Drink 4 cast 4 2day

“I know a place where dreams are born and time is never planned.” Let’s all go there and have a;

Peter Pan Cocktail

¾ oz. Dry Vermouth

¾ oz. Royal James Gin

¾ oz. Orange Juice

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

“Think of lovely things and your heart will fly on wings…”




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