Daily Archives: 10/06/2016

Friday Sober Jukebox – Broken Stones

sally bramptonSo with a week to go before I hit 1000 days I’ve become very reflective and the recent news that Sally Brampton walked into the sea not to return made me both profoundly sad and introspective.  This image is taken from her blog and I believe it is her sat on the stones and pebble beach near where she lived.  I used to love reading her column in The Sunday Times Style as she was so full of wisdom and compassion.  Her own ongoing struggle with depression and her past battle with alcoholism was known and added to, not took away from, her ability to offer comfort and advice.

She renounced alcohol in 2003.  ‘It would take three years and a 28-day spell in rehab for alcoholism, as well as attendance at AA meetings, for Sally to recover completely.’ (Daily Mail)

This is the post that remains on her website and resonates so strongly for me:

This is where I write about pretty much everything I love; usually emotion, because I think that’s where we all connect. I write about depression because I have depression, and I think it’s good to talk about it. Sharing can bring us out of the dark and into the light. That’s why I wrote a book about it; Shoot the Damn Dog, and I am pleased and honoured that it helps so many people, who write to me sharing their experiences. I wish I could reply to every letter, but I simply can’t, because there are so many, but sometimes, it’s just good to get our thoughts down on paper. It makes us feel less alone and I hope it helps you as much as it helps me to know that we are in this together, and that there are people who truly understand.”

Obituaries were written by The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Independent.

But the most poignant was the page dedicated to her in The Sunday Times Style magazine a few weeks ago which shared some of her gems of wisdom from her column that ran for 8 years to ‘celebrate her infinite wisdom.’

Sally Brampton RIP 2016

This tune played recently on my rounds and it felt apt – the lyrics, the images of the beach and sea and so I share it here in memory of Sally.

Rest in Peace.


Pub hours to be extended for Queen’s 90th birthday

whyWhen I read this headline over the Easter week-end – this was my reaction! (see image).  Honestly – WHY oh WHY is the Queens 90th official birthday an excuse to extend pub opening hours?  Now I’m no royalist but REALLY?  Is this how she wants to be remembered – with a license for us all to get <excuse the pun> royally sh*tfaced?

Here’s the news story courtesy of the BBC:

Pub opening hours will be extended in England and Wales on 10 and 11 June to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, David Cameron has announced.

Pubs will be able to stay open an extra two hours on both days until 01:00.

The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year – her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June – this year on 11 June.

The longer opening hours also coincide with England’s and Wales’s first games in the European football championships.

On Saturday 11 June, Wales play Slovakia at 17:00 BST and England play Russia at 20:00 BST.

Announcing the extension during Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Cameron said: “I’m sure that will be welcomed right across the House.”

Late opening hours have taken place on other occasions in recent years including the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and the 2014 World Cup.

Pubs wishing to extend their opening hours for a one-off occasion normally need to apply to their local council for a temporary event notice. Scotland and Northern Ireland have separate licensing regulations.

So the only way we know how to celebrate the Queen’s birthday or football is with booze?  What exactly does that teach our kids?  Arthur’s image for A Royal Hangover was depressingly accurate …….

A Royal Hangover
A Royal Hangover