#alcoholaware2012 – dry January no thanks

Just as No-Smoking day became no smoking month, so the puritans and killjoys are following up Alcohol awareness week with “Dry January”. Not only do they want people to not drink during January – which is fair enough if you don’t want to and it’s traditionally the time of year for new resolutions and the like; but they’d also like people to be sponsored to do this to raise more money for them so they can nag us better. Dick Puddlecote has the details and in some ways it’s heartening to see a fake charity having to make it’s own … Continue reading

It may be beer is best

Given our Glorious leaders recent warming up of an oft mooted idea to introduce Alchohol price fixing I thought I’d revisit a bunch of articles I’ve had sat open for months now, after of course first observing that such price fixing is verbotten by his masters in the EU as numerous bloggers have observed every time the idea is returned to. They’ll just have to resort to increasing tax (already about a third of the cost of a pint) and ever more dire warnings on bottles as they did for smokers. This re-use of the same tactics is something that … Continue reading

How to bring back smoking in pubs?

An article in the register the other day has given me an idea as to how one might bring back smoking in pubs without any need for a change in the law. The article reports that an American bar has gone self service by use of RFID cards (contactless payment cards) and flow control pumps. So tap the pump with your card and it will let you dispense so much beer. Now sadly this won’t work for real ale but what I can’t help but wondering is this. If no one is in the pub working because it’s entirely self … Continue reading