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Nutriceuticals for the rest of us…

Readers who remember Brewdog– earlier-featured purveyors of the “world’s strongest beer: Tactical Nuclear Penguin”— won’t be surprised that the scrappy Scottish brewery has risen to the occasion of the upcoming Royal Wedding. Their “Royal Virility Performance” is a 7.5% ABV India Pale Ale laced with Viagra, chocolate, Horny Goat Weed–  and of course, a healthy dose of sarcasm.

The brew will be available on April 28…  but readers should act quickly– only 1,000 bottles will be produced!

[TotH to If It’s Hip It’s Here]

As we rethink our wedding present choices, we might  recall that it was on this date in 1993 that Bill Wyman, the bassist of The Rolling Stones, wed Suzanne Accosta.  Though moderate (at least by Stones’ standards) in his use of alcohol and drugs, Wyman was a compulsive womanizer; indeed, Maxim ranks Wyman at number 10 on its “Living Sex Legends” list, as he is reputed to have had sex with over 1000 women.  Nonetheless, he did have relationships that were at least relatively more permanent…  He married his first wife, Dianne, in 1959; they had a son, Stephen Paul Wyman, then divorced in 1969.  From 1967 through 1983, Wyman was romantically linked to Astrid Lundström.

Then in 1989 Wyman married the 18-year-old Mandy Smith, whom he had been dating since she was 13; a relationship that was understandably the subject of considerable media attention. The marriage ended in spring 1991, although the divorce was not finalized until 1993.  In that final year of Bill’s union with  Mandy, Stephen– his son from his first marriage– became engaged to Smith’s mother….

But Wyman’s third marriage was the charm: he is still happily joined to Accosta, with whom he is raising three daughters.

Accosta, Wyman, and their daughters at the 2010 premiere of Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones (source)

Keep Calm and Carry On…

From British designer Lydia Leith, the Royal Wedding Sick Bag

Oh my! I’ve throne up!

[TotH to Presurfer]

As we steel ourselves for ever-amplifying coverage, we might recall that it was on this date in 1940 that Woodie Gurthrie wrote (the first version, he varied the lyrics over time) of “This Land is Your Land.”; he didn’t record the song until 1944, nor publish it until 1954.

Guthrie wrote the lyrics (to an extant tune) in response to to Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”, which Guthrie considered unrealistic and complacent. Tired of hearing Kate Smith sing it on the radio, he lifted his pen…as he’d considered writing a retort, he’d thought to name it “God Blessed America for Me”; happily, it surfaced with the title we know.

Woody Guthrie



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