from the fireside whisky drinking thinker

posted 09/2019


Savouring a single malt beside the fireplace, whilst swirling a question less foolish than imagined; begged analysis, and perhaps answering.

The fire emitted a warm glow and pipe smoke swirled. I pondered the next sip of single malt whilst peering at the cover of the celebrated publication by Ramesh Gurugot Yahmoni. The individuals renowned for teachings appeared to have certain key factors in common. They either came from or had spent time in high and remote places. Went up more or less ordinary and returned transformed. A connection appeared likely and not something simply imagined. Though the hypothesis had merits; could it be classed as a logical fallacy? Deeper thought was warranted.

Was I on the cusp of undocumented fact not treated with gravity in academic circles? A salivated further sip of whisky fuelled the prospect and gave rise to out of the box lateral reasoning. Seemingly simple ideas could unlock the mystery.

Logic dictated speculation whether it occurred in certain mountainous regions. Research revealed that though some geographical locations were more prevalent; it occurred independent of particular regions. The Himalayas, Tibet, China and Japan, to mention a few, were familiar. Tribal and regional history speaks of wise folk from the four corners of the earth. Even scripture, and one of sorts, claimed illumination after climbing a mountain and seeing a burning bush. Eureka! Undoubtedly the common denominator were high places. The ingesting of natural hallucinogens was part of some, but not across all. My reasoning had foundation. Logical fallacies be damned, I thought aloud.


A further step was ascertaining the process by which the Guru effect occurred. In the writings or teachings of many wise people; there were references to solitary journeys in remote wilderness. Quantifiable extrapolated data given degrees of valid writings revealed sufficient. Solitude and heights coincided with reduced oxygen. The guru effect was not necessarily time sensitive. Hypoxia, hunger and the elements were further contributory.  
Upon returning from said places; re-oxygenation, environment and conditions could not be ignored as part of the process. Though unpalatable from some academic perspectives; the spiritual element could not go easily ignored. The relatively new physics with its more than ill-conceived brush with metaphysics  demanded to be taken seriously. The preachers of materialistic scientism were an angry noisy crowd whose beliefs would be as dead as those they claimed for their counterparts. The observable term enlightenment suggested some higher realm, state or being regardless of questioning plausibility.  


The heated debate over bearded old Santas on a throne handing out blessings or backhanders depending if naughty or nice versus, everything is an accident and nothing means anything lead nowhere. A higher comprehension was returning. Its near scientific grounding called for calmer heads with an open mind and not zealots of opposing doctrines. Another slosh of whisky and a puff on my pipe beckoned. Perhaps this was a personal revelation of sorts, and yet the logical steps were clear.


1) Desire, need or compelled to change. Solitude, weary heights and hypoxia. 2) Duration under hypoxia with contributing factors. 3) Return and Oxygenation. 4) Restored conditions and grounding. Spreading the news. It wasn’t possible to be called a guru if no one knew you.  


Many would no doubt consider the proposition cuckoo. This was not the case of tribal folk from all around the world. Did they know something the so called modern world did not? The eradication of tribes and tribal tradition by diverse means was a subject that opened a kettle of questions books could fill.   


I reached triumphantly for the whisky, but inspiration had drained it dry. A solemn puff on my pipe revealed it had burnt out. Never mind, Q.E.D despite a wisp of lingering doubt; There was no room for delay. While it was fresh in mind; a paper had to be written in the hope of being taken seriously.


It was only fair that for once I should be hailed and validated, instead of considered a laughable dolt. Then I thought, bollocks, I’m going to the pub. All this time I could have been watching the match over a pints and a bag of pork scratchings. 





from the fireside whisky drinking thinker

posted 10/2019

‘My TV is so smart, it has face and voice recognition, is programmable, has intelligent mood lighting and more. It knows what I like to watch and will make recordings or suggestions. The tech is so cool.’ Sounds a bit 1984, but it’s all ok, right?


My 9k supersized curved screen, has got TITSS, Theatre Immersion Technicolour Surround Sound system. Leica, B&O engineered, totally sexy, right? And the lights, don’t forget the smart glowing mood lights. It’s a Super-Max Diamond XSS MkIII.’ … ‘Whatever. I’ve got the SameSong HAL9000 Tribute 12K CinePlex LUX II. So sharp and crisp it burns your eyeballs if you sit too close.’


I listened bemused by the ridiculous rap-like exchange between the Hoodie and baseball cap gold chained characters. Accidentally, I had wondered into the audio visual section when looking for yet another non-standard standard cable inter-connector amongst the rows of ‘standard cables.’ As yet, not cured after years within IT of the plug and pray, I mean plug and play promise of a utopian single universal connector for all devices. No, but everything was going to become even easier with the ‘wireless’ connection. Yeh, right, let’s not go down that endless wagon of a train of thought. Heavens forbid I should become a utopian or idealist, therein would arise the madness of incomprehension and my mental undoing.  


Darting eyes attempted to catch piercing resolution sharpness, richness of drifting images and colour. Ears pricked to the depth, direction and flow of rich accompanying sound. A promise that it was more real than real, more vivid than the life. It didn’t take long before my eyes were forced shut due to stinging pain. It didn’t seem more real, it was fake, and the curved screen was beginning to causing a nausea I had not experienced upon or under the sea; regardless of the the beautiful undersea demonstration that looped.
The sleek chrome remote had more buttons than a movie mid-air hanging Sci-Fi hologram control panel, with all the complexity to match a warp capable intergalactic shuttle. A totally cool, sexy, ergonomic and futuristic remote for operating an orgasmic entertainment system. Then there were the added perks; coming with a whopping great month only free subscription to all those greatly advertised got to have entertainment distractions…

[Offer applies under terms and conditions changeable. Extension notification not given. Cancellation must be processed two weeks prior to end of period offer, bla bla bla. Penalties apply bla bla bla…] Legalese microscopic font size your affirmation is a legally binding contract.   
If only with all the great TV features there was an auto mute, screen saver aquarium or nature mode for all intermittent propaganda of all sorts. Alright, I know what you’re thinking. ‘If you’ve contracted all those packages; there ain’t no commercials.’ You might say. That’s not quite accurate. There is all that crud between programmes, that repeat and repeat ad-nausea that could cause brain dystrophy or a desire to bash one’s head against the wall. You know the ones. Coming soon, on next, the new season, sneak preview all new, and if you missed it, repeat, rewind and repeat. Repeating the never ending trailers, aching eyes and rising brain throb. I laboured the point, and close to tears.


It was time to get out of the shop, into the open air. Away from the electro-magnetic static of utopian indoor entertainment. Where surround sound didn’t suffocate, images and colours did not cause eye strain, and industrial smelling air conditioning didn’t fill the lungs





posted 12/2019

Flying used to be a pleasure, somewhat of an adventure, almost like being in a movie. Now it’s like getting on a trendy bijou backpacked budget pay as you go minibus in Bangkok.


Do you remember the days gone by when short haul flights had reclining seats? Good Lord, the luxury. Adjustable trays and blessed leg room. It felt like being in a trusty fireside cushioned arm chair where you could wriggle into a comfortable position for a short nap. Progress provides a joy evaporating flying experience. The planes got bigger, seats got smaller, leg room vanished and sliver thin armrests lost their recline button. Why in blue sky’s name would you want to ease your seat back and get comfy. Heaven’s forbid you might be a touch on the tall side, or wide around the middle parts. No disrespect, and embarrassing enough it may be, but no one wants to be sandwiched between Mr and Mrs Tubby in today’s seats.


There were real knives, forks and even a spoon. Ok, they were blunt. There was a choice between two warm meals on continental flights of a certain duration. Don’t forget the coffee, tea, juice and water. Yes, we agree, it is cheaper, but really by how much, and what has been sacrificed?


Now short haul appears appropriate; a drag in many ways. Diminishing perks, and everything is extra and deluxe. What happens when you add everything extra now paid for,  and work done for the airline, their savings so they can recruit skeleton staff? Interesting when it’s put under a microscope. Free nuts, now Deluxe Assorted Sky Mix. Spend more and you get a special offer combo. Deluxe/ Special Offer/ Combo, I’m fast confused. Sky Club soft drink, Deluxe Assorted Sky Mix or Sky Chips, Panin-Wich choice of either filling with melted Captain’s Cabin Pepper Jack Deluxe Cheese. All warmed just for you. Goodness, I didn’t realise I was getting a Michelin star sandwich, chips or nuts with tiny tin Coca-Fanta.


It could be worse, I hear you say. Some have taken out trays and motion sickness bags. Can you hold it in long enough for the bag to arrive before you spew. Maybe there’s a fifty eurocent charge for a bag because it’s an extra. What will it be next; a coin slot for the WC. It must be due to the Deluxe Sky Pooping Experience.  


Cost saving and profit boosting ideas have, are, and will be floated in illustrious think tanks of ethic dead ego bloated business intelligentsia grey cardboard cutouts with a hard-on for bonuses, promotions and diddling a new office worker (fluid, non-fluid binary non-binary, LGBT, hermafro, clean, dungeon, dirty whatever, let’s stick it all in a big perv  prosaic dull-minded sack. I don’t want to be branded non-inclusive), and a couple of lines of breakfast Charlie, double decaf half and half, lemon twist StarFux coffee sludge in a trendy logo cup that’s good for scoring carbon points for the absent minded smart screen watchers of socially marketable conveniently conscience.


So you’ve booked online, provided identity, confirmed credit details, and chose your seat, plus the extras, including your bags by the way; how could one forget their luggage. In some places they have that police state HAL-9000 iris scan; surely we needn’t provide sexual orientation, blood type, ethnicity, finger print and skeletal biometric for the 5G scanner. Paranoid yet, of course I know they’re out to distil my essence into an electronic digital signature. Nobody wants to play, step right up, step right up. ‘Checkin Desk Queue Pot Lucky Dip Seat Allocation!’ Because you never know if the check-in desk frump or orange skinned LGBT binary-non-binary-hermafro-androginoid billboard cut out might take a disliking to your binary look, and squeeze you between a larger person and mother with a new born who will constantly cry for nipple or from ear pain. I certainly don’t have a problem with public breast feeding infants or the rainbow sky crowd of every porking preference, at all. Have at it I say; it’s all one big nonsensical circus as far as I’m concerned.  


Airport security seems designed more for preparing consumption. We’ll take your liquids so you can buy more liquids inside, bottles of vodka, whisky or gin, perfumes, toiletries, nail clippers, tweezers and nail files, etc. You can’t drink on the plane though; it’s strictly forbidden. The carrier needs to make its extra penny. There will be extra pennies to pay; who will foot the New Order Gestapo Green policies many brainwashed cry bloody murder over? All with lashings of extra clothe stripping genital cancer causing airport security scans. That’s why they employ a host of  certain mental types. You can see it in their eyes and stance if you take a moment from your screens. There we go, that’s all my China Surveillance State Social Credit points lost. No more visits to Southeast Asia through Beijing airport. 


Weaving through corridors of wheeled tiny cases, people, dither, wobble, whiz or stand about stores half in a daze. At times half bumping and pushing, perhaps with expressions of annoyance, lacking consideration for most, save the mobile screens that illuminate their faces and mesmerise minds. The low strata pompous proud mediocre business pricks will have to settle for extra leg room at the front or wings; as gone is the curtained area for first budget privilege class. They think the British thought up their pernicious putrid class system, but no one beats India on that score.


So you got through the slightly duty free shop deliberate slalom. Queued once, twice and even thrice. If you wish a space for your wheelie carry on; queueing soon secures it. Now there is the ‘Willie Wonka Speedy Priority Boarding Golden Ticket Class.’ Perhaps Janis Joplin should have penned a song.  


‘Lord, I need over head space for a case, Lord, I know it’s always a race. Don’t let another squash my bag in selfish disgrace. Oh Lord, please won’t you give me more over head space.’
After working out all the money saved by the airlines, and how all the standard perks are squeezed out, then paid for. The wages depreciated, monetary devaluation; how is it possibly cheaper?

‘Fings ain’t what they used to be… It wur al beta back then… you could leave ya door open, liver and kidneys were less than thrupence.’ Not necessarily better, oh how we forget.


It’s new, tech, shiny, convenient, the bright future, and a great big con. What in good gracious name is a cross-check anyway? (Though they don’t mention it any more) Cross-check: verify by using an alternative source or method, perhaps. Does that mean the cabin crew lock the doors and cross themselves in the hope the doors won’t fly off midair, decompress everyone to exploding point before crashing in a ball of flames? So much for the life jacket demo. People screaming in hysterics, jumping over each other, jacket on, half on, in hand or inflated.


It is interesting how pilots feel compelled to explain in their best 3 a.m. radio talk show voice that you are onboard a brand new Boring 353 aircraft. I expect it fills us with confidence. That and the fact they sound half asleep and on tranquillisers. It does not make the square tubular aircraft aluminium wafer thin foam wrapped seats any comfier or increase their width and tilt.


The obligatory Marcel Marceau accompaniment to the safety recording still prevails. A person used to speak it; now recorded. They removed the, ‘keep your seat upright,’ obviously. They forgot about the arm rests, because some don’t move. It’s probably a good thing the seats don’t recline, they’re so close together you’d find your head in someone’s lunchbox or wedged between their breasts. Upon climbing to cruising altitude you pray for a little nap time before your feet go to sleep. Then you hear, ‘ping.’ The pilot announces airspeed and cruising altitude. What the f***, I pay a pilot to fly me, not entertain me with cockpit banter.


How upon angel’s wings does a cockpit gauge reading sermon serve me. They certainly wouldn’t announce.


‘This is your captain speaking. Our engines are failing, flight controls are shot. We’re going down and it will all be over in a few minutes. It’s fine to unfasten your seat belts, wonder around in hysteria. The toilets won’t be closed in case anyone wants a final quickie, best be sharpish about it. Oh, and smoke them if you’ve got them. I’m about to take a toke on a crack pipe with one of the stewardesses who has been ever so kind as to straddle me so her boobs are the last thing I’ll ever see. Cheerio. It’s been a blast, and I hope you’ve enjoyed crashing with forgettable airlines.'