Baccy growing experiments

Just before we reach the end of Octabber I thought it about time to post a short summary of my Tobacco production experiments so far this year. I entirely blame the inestimable LegIron for this endevour as his article on his efforts inspired me despite not actually smoking myself. I ordered some Virginia gold seeds from an interweb shop based on the fact that it’s what my father used to smoke so why not. I’m not exactly a keen gardener and planted them in pots so didn’t get particularly huge plants, I suspect they’re all root bound or don’t like … Continue reading

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A historical view of ASH

via It’s all bollocks and Dick Puddlecote. A reminder of when MPs had a bit of integrity and would stand up to lobbyists and a reminder that the Puritans have always played fast and loose with democratic process when it suits them. +10   

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We shouldn’t accept the puritans frame of reference

This post first appeared on Drinkuary I’ve changed the title, and am adding this slight introduction. By accepting the puritans idea that there are irresponsible drinkers who it’s ok to punish we’re handing them victory from the outset. They are already accusing the drinks industry of using the tactic of the tobacco industry – I fear that hey may be right, that the drinks industry hasn’t learnt anything from the Puritans attack on tobacco and will use the same tactics with the same results. They may slow it down, but once you accept that punishing “irresponsible” drinkers is ok, then … Continue reading

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In the pay of big Drinka

Wow I seem to have made it to the big time, or rather drinkuary has. It would seem that I’m in the pay of “big Drinka” over on the “Bad science” forums they’re discussing drinking and health related matters and someone linked to my humble endeavour and well it’s sparked a bit of a thread – which I shall be addressing on Drinkuary tomorrow, but this just tickled me so much I had to comment. Scottish Eric seems to think I’m in the pay of big Drinka, can’t wait for those cheques to start rolling in, some people more reasonably … Continue reading

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Salami slicing a pint down the slippery slope

This article was originally posted on Drinkuary.org I do apologise for mixing my metaphors (or possibly even my metafives, amongst friends who’s counting) and I would observe that my beer as you can see is wearing it’s finest tin foil hat (There are bonus points if you can identify what I’m drinking behind the fantastic photo editing*). However I would like to suggest an idea which may well be deserving of a tin foil hat, though I suspect those that have looked at how tobacco control has gone won’t think so. Currently there is much rejoicing in the land as … Continue reading

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Drink, smoke and be happy

It would seem that next week is Alchohol Awareness week brought to us by the fake charity Alcohol Concern. Who seem to believe that booze is the work of the devil and whilst we may start with just a social drink before long our habits will spiral out of control. The “good” news is that due to the governments generosity with our money (no cuts there yet) Alcohol Concern are always nagging us to stop drinking, after all they believe that for men 2 pints a day is too much and if you’re a lady well just one pint for … Continue reading

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Octabber: intermission

The Mawkin version of this kinks tune just came on, and what better tune for a lovely autumn day in Octabber? Enjoy. 00   

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Supporting Octabber

Sticking to my normal tradition of being so far behind the times I’m permanently retro I thought I should probably direct you all towards Octabber before it actually arrives. As is so often the case the existence of this excellent idea came across my path via the ever erudite LegIron. It seems that “no smoking day” is no longer enough and October is to be declared non-smoking month. Now we can all look forward to being bombarded by irritating smug adverts trying to encourage people who don’t want to stop smoking to stop smoking. I can but assume that the … Continue reading

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Tobacco control how daft can it get

The denormalisation of smoking continues with even candy cigarettes being restricted to over 18s, voluntarily of course – but then if even the sight of a packet of cigarettes can instantly cause a child to develop a 60 a day habit what perils being able to put a candy fag in a childs mouth. Of course this could be a tongue in cheek jibe on behalf of the retailer of sweeties, as after all if they were serious about protecting the children they wouldn’t sell any of the sweets to people under 60 without government authorization. Link to the site … Continue reading

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Ban that sort of thing

I keep trying to find time to write an article about the latest moves from the new puritans and their ongoing attempts to ban anything they consider immoral, or that any of the rest of us consider fun. The problem is the proposals, white papers briefings and everything else are coming in such a torrent that I can’t keep up. Thankfully there are the likes of Dick Puddlecote and LegIron who do a much better job. Despite that I’m going to try and do a bit of a round up just so I know where we were a week or … Continue reading

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