Woke up, fell out of bed …

Harry Mahtar said: “A lurking pun is the worst pun, one the offender has been waiting to spring on you.” You have been warned.

It’s green, extremely alcoholic and supposedly mind-altering.

It’s associated with esteemed French artists and writers such as Vincent Van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Arthur Rimbaud, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Charles Baudelaire and Paul Verlaine.

Nicknamed the ‘green fairy’, absinthe was an essential feature of the cultural life of Parisian boulevards in the 19th century. Then, in 1915, it was banned in France and has been outlawed ever since. Until now…

The French Senate has just voted in favour of lifting the ban and absinthe enthusiasts are overjoyed at the prospect of reclaiming part of their heritage, thus proving the old adage that … (are you ready?) … absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.

I’m so sorry.


About thespeedofdark

David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

Dave’s blog (The Speed Of Dark Blog) is part of his crusade for truth and justice and universal entitlement to free real ale. It may well be that his whole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

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