Two years later than planned, Microsoft’s new graphical operating system went on sale November 20, 1985. It wasn’t worth the wait. But a bigger story was soon to unfold.
The big story in The New York Times on November 20, 1985, concerned…
20 years ago to this day…
This being booze week, some points arise:
1) The answer to the question posed on this site on Wednesday – could Bernard Black outdrink Don Draper? – is: “Maybe, but Withnail would drink them both under the table.”
2) If one takes the Americans in the Guardian office as a valid sample, an alarming proportion of the US population has not seen Withnail and I, Bruce Robinson’s 1987 cinematic masterpiece of drink, drugs, despair and dodgy uncles. It thus falls to me to point out that Withnail, a perpetually resting 1960s actor played by Richard E Grant, is the greatest screen drinker of all time.
3) The legendary Withnail and I drinking game, in which participants must drink what Withnail drinks when he drinks it… is not an advisable endeavour. This rather beautiful explainer shows why.
4) Richard E Grant is allergic to alcohol. That means that yes, he gives a tremendous performance. However, he didn’t do it entirely dry – in the name of authenticity, Robinson had Grant and his co-star, Paul McGann, do one early readthrough while, in his words, “arseholed beyond Withinsnape”.
5) This gives rise to a question for English2English – are there any expressions or euphemisms for being drunk which are understandable on both sides of the Atlantic? I’m guessing Robinson’s isn’t. I’m also stating that we Brits have far better such expressions, having applied ourselves so diligently to achieving the state which they describe. We don’t leave parties at 10pm, you know.
Advantage: UK. Because although the British film industry is a weak joke when compared to Hollywood, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, it managed to make the film which made possible this little YouTube beauty. This is what the internet is for.
(Photograph: Ronald Grant Archive)
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