Hot Toddy with Turmeric. Finally! A Cure for the common cold. Or further evidence towards sectioning? The booze poetry of Wendy Cope and Phillip Larkin.

Driven insane, more insane, by the quick return of a cold I am treating it with a hot toddy, fresh lemon and crushed ginger. I told Ruth, excitedly, that I had added turmeric, which has many health benefits and sometimes appears in recipes alongside lemon and ginger. Upon tasting she said, “Yes, you have.”

Never mind, here’s Wendy Cope on whisky, from Uisce Beatha

The plash and glub of amber liquid/ streaming into tumblers, inches deep, Life water, fire-tanged

all of which (from Two Cures for Love, which I bought. With money.) reminded me of Larkin’s Sympathy in White Major

When I drop four cubes of ice
Chimingly in a glass, and add
Three goes of gin, a lemon slice,
And let a ten-ounce tonic void
In foaming gulps until it smothers
Everything else up to the edge,
I lift the lot in private pledge:
He devoted his life to others.

While other people wore like clothes
The human beings in their days
I set myself to bring to those
Who thought I could the lost displays;
It didn’t work for them or me,
But all concerned were nearer thus
(Or so we thought) to all the fuss
Than if we’ d missed it separately.

A decent chap, a real good sort,
Straight as a die, one of the best,
A brick, a trump, a proper sport,
Head and shoulders above the rest;
How many Iives would have been duller
Had he not been here below?
Here’ s to the whitest man I know-
Though white is not my favourite colour.


On The Couch – Chris Rea’s On The Beach

On The Couch

Between the crowded aisles I call your name
Up the hill to Lidl I daily go
Getting short of breath
A harbinger of death
Take me back to the place that I know
on the couch

The remote control from Argos I will keep
nowhere I can find it I could weep

Oh No! Come Dine With Me

On afternoon tv
take me back to the place that I know
on the couch

Forever on my back my heart will be
clinging on, my youth a memory
the horizon ever higher
my feet burning like fire
Let me lie, in the place that I know
on the couch

Chris Rea – monstrously brilliant singer and songwriter.
Official video

Nick and Samantha’s sweeter and lighter female vocal version is the second track on the Cafe Del Marr official 2014 remix