31 July: who knows what joy lurks in the bottle of wine …….

This day in 1930 the radio mystery “The Shadow” aired for the first time. It’s a perfect anniversary to celebrate with lashings of deep, dark mysterious fruit of the vine. If you click HERE you can listen to an episode on YouTube. (It’s fantastic – as is the out of place Goodyear advert at the beginning. And, fantastic as it is – add wine and becomes fantastic to the power of a hundred and sixty two.)

(This site now has a theme tune. It’s HERE. Click it and read. It adds a majesty to the crap I write.)

This is when drama was drama and families sat in dark rooms at night huddled around a wireless shitting themselves at the mystery of it all rather than all huddled around mobile devices boring themselves  rigid with how mundane it all is and how they don’t measure up to everybody else (or to every other body.) Fuck it – let me tell you some wisdom – these people are self obsessed fuckwits who believe their life is inherently interesting to others. I prefer the mystery of wine though so they’re wrong. I’m not part of their love affair.

So, to show them how little you care about their pouts and glossy photos of what they had for dinner, why not recreate the olden days tonight  by opening a bottle of red wine, turning the lights off and listening right through to the end to see if you can guess what The Shadow’s advanced methods are and why that hat looks so damn good on him! And – as if there’s not enough reason to drink here already I should mention that, at one point, the mighty Orson Welles voiced The Shadow. (That calls for a second bottle, right?) And, if even that doesn’t grab you I’ll tell you that the “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of man, The Shadow knows …” line is my text message alert and puts an entire room on edge.

To mystery, to radio, to heroes, to wine. Cheers.

A quote: “Mystery is the wine of the universe. It makes us dizzy and makes us feel happy. Man needs enigma so that he can get rid of the dullness of reality.” Mehmet Murat Ildan.

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