Just to show it isn't all fun and muppets here... yesterday, whilst doing my chores, I listened to a radio play about a pair of alcoholics by Scottish writer A.L.Kennedy. Kennedy must write about alcoholism a fair bit because I read her book "Paradise" (2004) a few years back and that was its subject matter too (it's reviewed by Ali Smith here). I didn't enjoy "Paradise" much... but then I guess I wasn't really meant to (it's fairly grim). I got a bit fed up with all the drinking because whilst I've done my share of drinking (and beyond) I don't think I've ever been anything remotely like an alcoholic. I have, however, encountered a few and my goodness they are usually enough to put a person off drinking forever (how boring! how predictable! I worked in a real "alky's pub" back in my youth, it was revolting...). That doesn't sound very kind, does it... so for balance I will add that there are other ways of being boring and predictable (and indeed revolting) and I'm sure I've been guilty of some of those myself over the years... at least now and then. Also we went to an A.A. picnic in California last year (here) and I was pleased to learn that recovering alcoholics can be some of the least boring and predictable people on the planet - what a great party, that was...
Anyway, the radio play ("That I should rise") is on the i-player for two more days (here). It's an hour long, not bad and features some good performances from actors Tim McInnerny and Harriet Walter. My favourite bit of the whole thing though was Kennedy's introduction. In it she says (in that inimitable A.L.Kennedy I-dare-you-not-to-take-me-seriously way):
"I wanted to look here at the opposite of ruin, at how someone might save themselves or be saved. I wanted to look at how any of us might realise that living in the moment and loving those we need to love as well as we can is pretty much all that's important; the work of a lifetime and all that's important."
Then came her less appealing side (see comments...).