It was a weekday as I recall, but back then they all blurred. And I only went downtown because that was easier than going up the hill, and I went into the bookstore that I’d just discovered, because it was one of the greatest things on earth. (And it still is). Bookstores in general, but […]
The official story is that Billie Holiday lived a sad life. She was abused and grew up to abuse alcohol and drugs as part of her escape. She peaked, then crumbled, then died broke and losing her voice and all well before the age of 50. But Billie used every interview to point out she’d […]
On Drinking Charles Bukowski Ecco Charles Bukowski would have been 100 if he was still alive today – and of course making it to his 70s was, for him, the equivalent of living to nearly 200. He was all but dead in his 20s. And 30s. And 50s. And drinking was his thing. The hard […]
Welcome to episode 98 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T, Yeastie Boys and Le Petite Chocolat. This one is a conversation with Yvonne Lorkin, she’s a Hawke’s Bay-based wine-writer, taster, judge, critic and enthusiast. She’s also behind WineFriend, a subscription service that lets you present preferences allowing Sweetman Podcast: Episode 98 – Yvonne Lorkin to hand-select the […]
Beer and music – we’re told, so often, they go together. The craft beer fellas have all aligned themselves with music, sponsoring gigs, even naming beers after bands. And anyone with a rock’n’roll story of a gig from 20 or 30 years ago often adds in some yarn about being boozed, sozzled, tipsy…or if they […]
Being a teenager in Hamilton in the seventies involved quite a bit of drinking. There wasn’t a lot to do and it seemed like one of the ways to get out at the time though it was really only a path further into itself.
Fraser had been trying to fight the oncoming no-smoking laws that were about to hit NZ bars but it was a lost cause. Like the motorway had forced him to change Bodega’s location, he had to bow with the flow and sort us out a place at the new bar we could puff up large and […]
A couple of years ago – as part of a promotion for a booze brand – I was asked to make a summer drinking playlist, tunes for while you’re on the deck or at the BBQ or by the pool, a bottle in hand, all the cares of the world stacked up around the corner […]