You know you’re on the downside of your music career when you become famous for this

As a member of the shambolic Libertines, Pete Doherty was once one of the UK’s talked-about rock stars. The Libertines were revered in some circles, but Pete’s reputation as a drunk, a druggie (including crack and heroin). part-time amour of Amy Winehouse and Kate Moss, and all-round carouser were catnip for the British media. And yeah, the Libertines had some pretty good songs and were a major part of the British garage rock revival of the early 2000s.

The Libertines are still together (in theory, anyway) and allegedly have an album release planned for 2020. Meanwhile, though, Pete is working on keeping in the public eye in a different way.

The Dalby Cafe in Cliftonville, Kent,  has one of these gluttonous meal challenges. If you can finish this plate of food in a specified period of time–in this case, 20 minutes–you don’t pay.

  • 4 eggs
  • 4 rashers of bacon
  • 4 sausages
  • A big pile of hash browns (the POTATO type, Pete!)
  • Onion rings
  • Two slices of toast
  • A one-quarter-pound beef burger
  • French fries
  • Baked beans
  • Something called “bubble and squeak” (a mix of potatoes and cabbage)

Pete did it in less than 20 minutes. Two-thirds of it was gone in less than seven minutes. Anyone else feel sick? (Via the NME)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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