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Raising a Glass to the faithful departed.

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 15-07-2016 at 18:03 pm

Everytime someone dies,I raise a glass of whisky to their memory and to see them on their way. It could be someone I know,a musician or actor I admire or a tragedy in the world. Tonight I will be raising a glass to the victims of Nice, killed by some cowardly bastard. Please use this thread for anyone you wish, I will certainly raise a glass for them. Unfortunately I seem to be doing it a lot lately. Cheers

  Edited on 15-07-2016 at 18:04 pm
I'd much rather be someone's shot of whisky than everyone's cup of tea.
mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 15-07-2016 at 18:34 pm
I foresee that this thread is going to get a lot of action.

I have to raise my glass to little Taliyah Marsman tonight.  An Amber-alert was raised earlier this week when her mother was found murdered and the 5-year-old missing.  The police did a wonderful job of investigating.  They already have a suspect in custody and charged with murder... but alas, it's now two counts of murder.  They discovered the poor girl overnight in a field.
To Taliyah and her mother Sara Baillie.
St. Pauli
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 16-07-2016 at 08:33 am

Well, there are a lot of occasions lately to raise the glass for. It's not that I have a special occasion in mind, but it's sad to see that so many attacks and now even coups are taking place.

One thing: I also raise my glass to the immense number of people that die or vanish in parts of the world where we hardly receive news from. There is so much more happening out there than we might be aware of.
Bart&Claudia
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 16-07-2016 at 10:50 am
St. Pauli wrote:

Well, there are a lot of occasions lately to raise the glass for. It's not that I have a special occasion in mind, but it's sad to see that so many attacks and now even coups are taking place.

One thing: I also raise my glass to the immense number of people that die or vanish in parts of the world where we hardly receive news from. There is so much more happening out there than we might be aware of.

Hear, hear. 

And let's raise a glass to Erdogan, who by the grace of a staged coup is becoming the dictator he always wanted to be. Uncle Putin gave the go ahead and is laughing his ass off at the inability of the West to do anything about what is unfolding. 


Raising a glass... I'm raising more glasses than I used to. These times.. I'm glad I don't have kids. 

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 20-07-2016 at 08:30 am

Tonight I will raise a glass to Gary Marshall creator of Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy. Shows I loved as a kid. Nanoo! Nanoo!

A glass of Booker's bourbon

  Edited on 20-07-2016 at 14:34 pm
I'd much rather be someone's shot of whisky than everyone's cup of tea.
mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 20-07-2016 at 15:40 pm

I'd like to raise a gigantic glass to all the men and women who've died fighting for my right to live free of tyranny and oppression, from the brave souls who saved us from the Nazi scourge to the people on the ground fighting middle-east extremism today.  We owe you a great debt.

thanasist
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 25-07-2016 at 11:57 am

Terrorist attacks, insanes, accidents and casual deaths, every time i read the news my hurt hurts and wonder if should stop watching the news and start reading a bit more instead some literature t ogive my mind an opportunity to take a break from a very brutal and uncertain reality. Fear and uncertainty rules alongside with bad politicians . I am becoming a very sad person with all i observe , see and thing and i will certainly become an alcoholic if i raise a glass every time i see or learn about a tragedy.

lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 25-07-2016 at 17:32 pm
thanasist wrote:

Terrorist attacks, insanes, accidents and casual deaths, every time i read the news my hurt hurts and wonder if should stop watching the news and start reading a bit more instead some literature t ogive my mind an opportunity to take a break from a very brutal and uncertain reality. Fear and uncertainty rules alongside with bad politicians . I am becoming a very sad person with all i observe , see and thing and i will certainly become an alcoholic if i raise a glass every time i see or learn about a tragedy.


I had this conversation with my wife and feel exactly the same, there are some parts of worlds society that want anarchy because it serves there misguided beliefs.
The innocent suffer, the world generally is in very bad shape at the moment, I dread switching on the tv right now.
  Edited on 25-07-2016 at 17:32 pm
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 25-07-2016 at 18:31 pm

I think this is a tremendous own goal on my part, sorry. We all come on Whiskybase to talk about our shared love of whisky and to get away from all the shit that's going on in the world. I feel the same as you lads, from now on I am only going to celebrate someone's life but not forgetting the bigger picture.

I'd much rather be someone's shot of whisky than everyone's cup of tea.
VaryingViewpoint
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 29-07-2016 at 05:56 am
Now that the election is officially in full swing to see who becomes the next president of the United States. There is one person that I miss dearly at this time more than ever. Christopher Hitchens.

Over the last few months, in all the insanity that is involved with the primaries, I found myself on YouTube looking for some of Christopher’s past videos that I never saw before as I wanted just to hear and listen to what he had to say, about anything. 

I’ve read a few of his books, always looked for his appearances on tv when he was alive. Although I agreed with most of what he had to say. The one thing I had a real issue with and did not agree with was his stance on the Iraq war. And yet, I’ve recently been studying what has been happing in Europe over the last 10 years with regards to immigration. Christopher’s views has been a real void on this issue over the last 4+ years.

Other than the fact it I wish Christopher to be alive today. I can’t help but to wonder, what his stance would be and what he would have to say in regards to the two presidential candidates. Any one that knows anything about Christopher’s Hitchens will know what his views are on Hillary Clinton. But what would he say about Donald Trump? And would he endorse either one of them?

It’s been almost 5 years now since Christopher passed away. It seems not all that long ago. And yet, reflecting on his lack of presence in that time. It feels like an eternity.

I don’t watch tv. I limit myself to what I find on the internet. And yet I can not help but be bombarded with the US election. Every time I'm exposed to the election, I’m reminded of the void of Christopher’s intellect, insight, opinion and his wit! 

Christopher’s favourite drink was Jonny Walker Black 1min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP51NnoVErA 

Raising a glass to The Hitch. Forever missed!

Christopher Hitchens - Earliest Known TV Appearance - 1983 23min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvkv6s7Yqr4
  Edited on 30-07-2016 at 03:18 am
One life... Drink it well
peatbogger
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 29-07-2016 at 17:08 pm
Now that the election is officially in full swing to see who becomes the next president of the United States. There is one person that I miss dearly at this time more than ever. Christopher Hitchens.


I second that, one of our time greatest.

Here's Sam Harris view on the topic, and at 4:50 he ponders upon what Hitch would have thought about it.
Out of 350M people they manage to end up having to choose between a con-artist and a cartoon caracter... only in America.
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 29-07-2016 at 19:37 pm
peatbogger wrote:
Now that the election is officially in full swing to see who becomes the next president of the United States. There is one person that I miss dearly at this time more than ever. Christopher Hitchens.


I second that, one of our time greatest.

Here's Sam Harris view on the topic, and at 4:50 he ponders upon what Hitch would have thought about it.
Out of 350M people they manage to end up having to choose between a con-artist and a cartoon caracter... only in America.



Con-Artist? Cartoon character? That sounds like most British politicians

I'd much rather be someone's shot of whisky than everyone's cup of tea.
peatbogger
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 29-07-2016 at 20:24 pm
karloff wrote:
peatbogger wrote:
Now that the election is officially in full swing to see who becomes the next president of the United States. There is one person that I miss dearly at this time more than ever. Christopher Hitchens.


I second that, one of our time greatest.

Here's Sam Harris view on the topic, and at 4:50 he ponders upon what Hitch would have thought about it.
Out of 350M people they manage to end up having to choose between a con-artist and a cartoon caracter... only in America.



Con-Artist? Cartoon character? That sounds like most British politicians


You all got that "carry on" spirit, so British politicians can afford to double as comedians wink

Americans are voting for the next chief of the self ordained world police, with one of the candidates greatest achievements as Hitch put it, is to cover 90% of his head with 30% of his hair.
mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 29-07-2016 at 22:50 pm
karloff wrote:
peatbogger wrote:
Out of 350M people they manage to end up having to choose between a con-artist and a cartoon caracter... only in America.

Con-Artist? Cartoon character? That sounds like most British politicians

also, Canada.  con man and cartoon character describes our last federal election perfectly...   actually come to think so does giant douche and turd sandwich.

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 13-08-2016 at 19:16 pm

Tonight I will raise a glass of Old Fitzgerald 12 to Kenny (R2D2) Baker , who died at the age of 83

Long life for a short man.

  Edited on 13-08-2016 at 19:23 pm
I'd much rather be someone's shot of whisky than everyone's cup of tea.
VaryingViewpoint
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 15-08-2016 at 07:20 am
I found out today that a man I knew only as Garnet (did not know his last name) passed away on Tuesday August 9 2016. He was more of an acquaintance than a friend. He did a big favour for me earlier this year when I was in a bind and time was of the essence. I was to have him over for a visit on a Sunday this summer outside in the back yard. It was supposed to be a special and unique visit as we both knew his time was short and it would have been the last time I would see him. When I phoned for him today, I was informed that I had missed my opportunity to thank him in person and to let him know how much it meant to me what he did for me when I was down and needed help. 

Throughout the day today I could only think of how lucky I was to know him. In my almost 50 years on this planet, Garnet was one of only two people that I meet in my life that was truly the salt of the earth in such an uncompromising and genuine way. It is so sad that there are so few that are this true in today's world.

I raise a glass to Garnet, one of the nicest men I've ever meet. A man I will sorely miss, knowing that he's gone. Forever.
  Edited on 15-08-2016 at 13:50 pm
One life... Drink it well
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 29-08-2016 at 23:37 pm

I am now raising a glass of Arran Machrie Moor to the Great Gene Wilder who died today. Stir Crazy and Young Frankenstein are two of my favourite comedies. R.I.P

How could I forget Blazing Saddles happy

  Edited on 30-08-2016 at 00:12 am
I'd much rather be someone's shot of whisky than everyone's cup of tea.
lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 30-08-2016 at 01:49 am
karloff wrote:

I am now raising a glass of Arran Machrie Moor to the Great Gene Wilder who died today. Stir Crazy and Young Frankenstein are two of my favourite comedies. R.I.P

How could I forget Blazing Saddles happy


Yeah, I remember my long gone father laughing his arse off at the farting scene, he had tears in his eyes.

karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 03-09-2016 at 18:22 pm

Tonight I will raise a glass for Jon Polito, he wasn't a well known actor, but still a great one. He was known for his work with the Coen brothers, especially for a memorable performance in Miller's Crossing "I'm always getting the high hat"

I'd much rather be someone's shot of whisky than everyone's cup of tea.
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 27-09-2016 at 14:36 pm

Tonight I will raise a glass to Herschell Gordon Lewis, The Godfather of Gore, rest in pieces.

I'd much rather be someone's shot of whisky than everyone's cup of tea.
peatbogger
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 30-09-2016 at 19:00 pm

Not a recently departed, but all the more dear, so I'll fill my glass from my most preciouse bottle and raise my glass tonight anyway.

To the most patient and silent man, whom rather through he's actions than words thought me things I never got to thank him for.
To my father who passed away in 2000... today would have been his 90th birthday!
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 30-09-2016 at 19:38 pm
peatbogger wrote:

Not a recently departed, but all the more dear, so I'll fill my glass from my most preciouse bottle and raise my glass tonight anyway.

To the most patient and silent man, whom rather through he's actions than words thought me things I never got to thank him for.
To my father who passed away in 2000... today would have been his 90th birthday!



I too will raise a glass for him, because he sounds like a man worth raising a glass too.

I'd much rather be someone's shot of whisky than everyone's cup of tea.
peatbogger
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 30-09-2016 at 23:49 pm
karloff wrote:
I too will raise a glass for him, because he sounds like a man worth raising a glass too.


Thanks karloff, I appreciate it, and I know he would too, in his humble ways happy

One of my best whisky moments is from the first weekend of my vacation in '99, visiting my old folks and after a BBQ dinner pulling out a HP 18YO dumpy and the good old GlenDronach 15YO that I had bought the day before with the intent of lasting me the next three weeks.
My mum keeled over and called it a night after a taste of each, but me and the old man held out until 5am... and both bottles were empty.
What bonding moments whisky can create happy and yes, I'm a sentimental soul, I still got and just looked at the empty bottles wink
  Edited on 30-09-2016 at 23:51 pm
mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 11-11-2016 at 15:43 pm
Leonard Cohen

The Year of the Death of Music looks to be finishing with one last exclamation point (at least I hope it's the last... we really have lost far too many great musicians in 2016).  This time was a Canadian treasure.

(By a shocking coincidence, I'd just ordered his new album yesterday, plus a collection of his entire discography.  I was quite stunned when the announcement was made literally within hours)

(edit: by another strange coincidence, I'll be attending Mozart's Requiem at the Philharmonic tonight.  That piece seems appropriate.)

Hallelujah, Mr. Cohen, hallelujah
  Edited on 11-11-2016 at 15:50 pm
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 11-11-2016 at 16:52 pm
mrgood wrote:
Leonard Cohen

The Year of the Death of Music looks to be finishing with one last exclamation point (at least I hope it's the last... we really have lost far too many great musicians in 2016).  This time was a Canadian treasure.

(By a shocking coincidence, I'd just ordered his new album yesterday, plus a collection of his entire discography.  I was quite stunned when the announcement was made literally within hours)

(edit: by another strange coincidence, I'll be attending Mozart's Requiem at the Philharmonic tonight.  That piece seems appropriate.)

Hallelujah, Mr. Cohen, hallelujah



You beat me to it Mr Good, I too will be raising a glass to the great man. He now holds Marianne's hand.

I'd much rather be someone's shot of whisky than everyone's cup of tea.
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