Keith Richard's autobiography, Life. An excellent read and while no doubt it has been edited, equally no doubt this is Keith's own view on life and his words. I especially like the first half of the book, which deals, more or less chronologically, with his youth, the formation of the Rolling Stones and most interesting for me, the period during which they made some of their greatest albums, that great period from 1968 to 1972, starting with Beggars Banquet and ending with Exile on Main Street. The most interesting tidbits include musical influences, mostly blues artists, but also a lot of 1950s rock 'n roll stars, ranging from Elvis to Chuck Berry. In my opinion the final 50 pages are a bit weak, as the whole story just peters out with a series of random anecdotes and musings, including a safari trip to southern Africa, his recipe for bangers and mash and so forth. Slightly frustratingly, he doesn't ever remark on what made the Rolling Stones have such longevity and why they are still playing together almost fifty years later. Nevertheless, a very good book indeed.
Unsurprisingly, I'm revisiting a lot of the Stones' catalogue, especially that 68-72 period.
Lots of kids' films - unsurprising considering I have two children aged 6 and almost 4. I also watched Sideways again last night. I've seen it a number of times, but hadn't watched it for about five years. I still think it is a great movie.
Well, you can gauge most of that from this very blog, but I have particularly enjoyed wearing Amouage's Opus VI a few times this week. A lovely perfume and in my opinion the best of Amouage's releases from the last two to three years.
I went to my town's top-rated restaurant this week, for a business lunch. The food was decent, but sometimes I am skeptical of the myriad smears, trails and patterns of gravies, sauces and coulies that accompany a lot of these dishes. Sometimes I think they detract from, rather than add to the quality of the dish.
Lots of cold snow flurries. It is cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey here!