Idle Eye was originally conceived as a weekly wine-soaked swipe at life in and around West London’s Idle Hour pub. Delivered by Caesarean section in 2011, it was unruly and truculent from the outset, yet managed to hold down its initial brief for a couple of years, harnessed by the sedentary effects of New Zealand Marlborough Pinot Noir.
By Sept ‘13, it had burst its moorings and gone feral. Sexed up, rudderless and at best, bewildering in the extreme, it took a while for things to re-anchor. But as readership nudged into double figures, a new-found confidence was born. The consequent globe-straddling success of Idle Eye (with its inevitable arsenal of sycophants and parasites), is a paean to hard work, self-belief and red wine. It also serves as a template for young people to learn from and better themselves in their own life endeavours.