Puritans don’t party

Sorry to be talking about the Olympics again, I know it’s pretty much inescapable where ever you go so I’m sorry to be adding to that. Now certain bits of the international media have noticed that we’re exactly in a party mood. I’m sure by now you’ve all seen the numerous stories about what that august body LoCog have decided to ban to prevent any local business actually benefiting from the disruption of the Olympics, in case you’ve missed it here’s a selection.A volunteer produced village news paper for Boxhill has been banned from making and selling a special edition … Continue reading

Back on the booze

Well to be fair I’ve not been off the booze, but I am I’m afraid going to go on about the increasing anti-drink agenda. I begin to sympathise with stuck records the world over. They are as Leg Iron has often observed using exactly the same tactics as they did with smoking. Camra and the pub trade are once more, as again LegIron observed, putting up no resistance but just hoping they’ll somehow be spared. The puritans are so blatant and unimaginative in their tactics that even the mainstream media is starting to pick up on it. But then again … Continue reading

Dehumanising demonstrated

Many other bloggers who I may have linked to once or twice in the past have commented before on the denormalisation of smoking, and the dehumanisation of one’s enemies is a tried and tested technique. So it was quite fascinating to watch a very blatant example of such a thing on BBC4 tonight in The Smoking years. Notionally a historical program the propaganda aspects weren’t even thinly veiled with smokers referred to as “creatures” and a separate species from early on and in the blurb on the BBC’s web site: “Timeshift reveals the story of the creature that is ‘the … Continue reading