Hockney: “There are a lot of very angry people”

He keeps speaking out. Unfortunately he is one of the few famous people who does.

“I don’t suppose Andrew Lansley has noticed, but the last by-election was won by a smoker – one George Galloway – who was perfectly happy lighting up in front of the cameras. That is something a Tory or Labour politician or Nick Clegg would never have the courage to do. Or, perhaps, be allowed to do.

The anti-tobacco professionals have gone far too far in a country that prides itself on freedoms. Denying cigarette companies the right to decorate their cigarette packets is a draconian measure of which Stalin’s censorship police would have been proud. It suggests that the Government thinks it can control our thoughts and our desires.

Well, it can’t. I admit there are many people who don’t like smoking, and things should be made convenient for them, but there are ten million people (myself included) in the UK who do. According to Lansley, they are all fools, slowly killing themselves (who isn’t?) and, according to him, others around them.

I don’t believe the second-hand smoke stuff. How can you know? It is all highly exaggerated. I speak as someone who has smoked for 58 years and I’m still here (and I’m fine, thank you). I’ve no doubt Mr Lansley’s friends in the pharmaceutical industry are pushing this to increase the supply of their ghastly antidepressants on us but I prefer the calming effects of tobacco.

As you might have noticed, the consumption of antidepressants is on a steep rise as smoking declines, and we have no idea of the long-term effects of that. Why is it that not all smokers die younger, as it says on the packets in that ugly typography? Could some people have weaker lungs? I don’t know. Neither does he.

I see his chum David Cameron was selling arms in the Middle East lately. It was the armament manufacturers who were called the ‘merchants of death’ in the last century. Now, according to Mr Lansley, it’s the tobacco trade, which has given enormous pleasure to millions. I say to the Health Secretary: we all die. It’s what you do in between birth and death that’s the concern of most people.

It is a very natural thing to seek out pleasure, and this will never end with human beings, hence the popularity of mood-changing substances. The Americans say no taxation without representation. Well, as a buyer of cigarettes, I pay £7 for a packet and about £5.50 of that goes in tax. You take the money, Mr Lansley, but do not think you can take our freedom to think. And be warned: it is a dangerous thing to try to diminish the right of expression.

You should remember also that you are not running a school, I am not a schoolboy and I prefer to prescribe for myself some medications. I smoke for my mental health as I’m much too hyper normally. I thought I lived in a ‘free’ country but see now I have little say in how it is run, or even what debates there are.

The philosopher Isaiah Berlin, a pipe-smoker, used to say Britain is not a wounded country because we have not been conquered for many centuries. What is happening now is that, thanks to people like Mr Lansley, we are wounding ourselves. There are now a lot of very angry people in this country, and I am one of them. Very, very fed up with arrogant politicians who treat us like children. We seem to be governed by very naive people who are not keeping abreast of technological developments.

Restricting advertising is not going to be as easy in the future. I can read reviews of pipe tobaccos on the internet, as can any savvy young person, and there will be enormous difficulties stopping that.

I am sick of the constant negativity in Britain, the utter meanness of spirit (possibly not good for the health) that seems to have taken over everywhere. Let us have a proper debate about this issue. No other European country has a smuggled tobacco problem, caused here by high taxes. So we get spreading lawlessness (which is possibly not good for the health) from some ridiculous Utopian goal that depresses present laughter.

I was told by an anti-smoking fanatic (and I know about them as my father was one, although my smoking elder brother has now lived longer than he did, as I will this year) that tobacco ‘killed’ one hundred million people in the 20th Century. I pointed out one hundred million people were killed in the 20th Century for political reasons and their deaths were very unpleasant indeed. You cannot use a word such as ‘killed’ with smokers.

Who is going to stand up for the England of freedom? Baldwin, Attlee, Churchill, Macmillan and Wilson were five Prime Ministers who smoked. They wouldn’t believe what has happened to this country.

The low-grade, low-intellect people now ruling us seem to have no vision at all.

Mr Lansley, Mr Cameron, Mr Miliband, Mr Clegg: Keep out of my life. I don’t want your dreary view of life infecting me. It’s not good for my health, or others around me.”

And noticed on the same page:

Cabinet rift throws cigarette censorship plan into chaos as Lansley is branded as a member of the ‘health police’

Cigar-smoking Ken Clarke has mocked Cabinet colleague Andrew Lansley as a member of the ‘health police’ over his call for cigarettes to be sold in plain packaging only.

..He also took issue with Mr Lansley’s wish that tobacco firms ultimately had ‘no business’ in the UK.

Mr Clarke said: ‘The point at which you so police somebody else’s wellbeing that you are prepared to order them and put penalties on them if they won’t stop doing something .  .  . is a step one should take cautiously.

There are indeed a lot of very angry people in this country, and I am one of them too.

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38 Responses to Hockney: “There are a lot of very angry people”

  1. patnurse says:

    Me too

  2. reinholdfrombavaria says:

    Me too, though in another country.

  3. wobbler2012 says:

    Hockney said he will not quit his 50-year habit, adding: “I feel I’m powerless. Pubs aren’t health clubs. What do you go to a pub for? “You have an area where people can smoke and an area where people can’t smoke. That’s what a decent country would do.”

    I still can’t understand why the wankers didn’t do this.

  4. smokervoter says:

    My God who is this Hockney guy? I’m afraid I’ve never heard of him. He’s great. He says it all. I hope he’s popular enough that Andrew Lansley (what a complete fascist this man is) reads these words and takes it like a punch in the nose. Our health secretary is a similarly fascist bitch, I despise her. Health Secretaries seem to think that since they’re in charge of sacrosanct public health they can run unchecked like a bull in a China shop. I have had it with David Cameron, did he personally select this horrid Lansley?

    The health police are pushing their luck, one of them is going to end up with a black eye and a broken jaw. Then the rest will settle down. If that’s what it takes to stop these governing roughnecks, so be it.

    And I hope both Lansley and Katleen Sebelius and their overseers Cameron and Obama read this. They need to realize how much pent up hostility is poised to unleash.

  5. smokervoter says:

    Making up for a long silent streak here. I’m going to take issue with the Big Scary Mortality Statistic of 100 million dead from smoking last century. How many people died all together last century? I’ll bet the figure is staggering if it’s even knowable. How about a little proper perspective?

    In a eureka moment, I finally stumbled upon the mortality figure for US adult non-smokers for heart, cancer and respiratory causes and it jibed with my laborious number-crunching research. I wore out an Excel spreadsheet and several months of grating internet research on this one. It is 7.4 per thousand.

    The corresponding number for the UK is likely very similar, just divide the comparable products (or multiply) by roughly 4.93

    If 100,000 UK smokers (out of 11 million?) die annually of these three causes, then so do 82,000 (out of 11 million) non-smokers.

    Smoking Mortality Statistics in Proper Perspective

    Although it is accurately unknowable, I think the yearly UK figure might be more like 94,000 rather than 100,000.

    • garyk30 says:

      If one goes here:
      http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5745a3.htm
      Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Productivity Losses — United States, 2000–2004

      We see that there are about 1.3 million deaths from the 19 smoking related diseases per year.

      393,000 deaths are called’smoking caused’ and would be the deaths to smokers(current + ex)
      That leaves about 907,000 deaths from the smoking caused diseases to happen to never-smokers.

      There are about 94 million ever-smoker adults and about 136 million never-smoker adults.

      393,000/94,000,000 deaths = 42/10,000

      907,000/136,000,000 deaths = 67/10,000

      Never-smokers are about 60% more likely to die from the 19 smoking ’caused’ diseases than are ever-smokers!!!!

      • garyk30 says:

        393,000/94,000,000 deaths = 42/10,000

        907,000/136,000,000 deaths = 67/10,000

        I should have posted:
        393,000 deaths/94,000,000 people = a death rate of 42/10,000

        907,000 deaths /136,000,000 people = a death rate of 67/10,000

        Antis will claim those to be excess deaths; but, smoking caused lung cancer deaths are about 80% of the total lung cancer deaths and the CDC claims that smokers account for about 80% of the lung cancers.

        There are no other smoker lung cancer deaths to be in excess of.

  6. Peter Wilman says:

    Wondered how long it would be before Ken Clarke piped up. Seeing as how is is a director (or was) at British American Tobacco.

  7. Rose says:

    A wonderful article, I enjoyed it immensley.

    And look, an object of desire.

    “This iconic ashtray has become the infamous talking point of all the exclusive gifts for sale during the David Hockney RA : A Bigger Picture exhibition.
    Featuring a details of the painting Astray, measuring 20 x 16 x 4cm and made of fine bone china, it is large enough for smokers of cigarettes and cigars.

    Please note that due to overwhelming interest in this item we are currently out of stock.
    We are expecting to receive stock in the week beginning 20th Feb and will be despatching orders at the end of February.”
    http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/david-hockney-ra-a-bigger-picture-150/david-hockney-ashtray-1330/product.html

    I found reference to it in the comments on the Telegraph
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/9205306/David-Hockney-hits-out-at-arrogant-Government.html

    But as the exhibition is over, sadly, its probably too late for me to buy.
    I’m sure that using that ashtray occasionally would have given me considerable mischevious joy.

  8. ptbarnumthe2nd says:

    Rose, you can still buy one of Hockney’s lovely ashtrays (tho’ at £45 + p&p it’s not exactly cheap) since the website put one in my virtual shopping basket without murmur.

    What have we come to when an ashtray in a gift shop is an ‘infamous talking point’? But Hockney is one of our few Big Name Heroes. He left California to escape the Health Nazis and came back to Yorkshire to find the same stupid, petty, spiteful cruelty being perpetrated here. No wonder he’s pissed.

  9. Frank Davis says:

    Rose, I rather think that what you’ve ordered is this:

    But maybe those long brown things with glowing ends are very big cigarettes.

    • Rose says:

      To me they are newly felled logs that have a reddish tinge to the exposed wood, left to pick up later, and a convenient place to sit and look around.

  10. Frank Davis says:

    Or maybe it’s this.

    Which is rather lovely.

  11. Frank Davis says:

    I was hunting for the very simple Hockney ashtray that I saw a year or two back, that he’d done on an ipad or a mobile phone or something. But instead I found this in the BMJ:

    David Hockney’s one-man crusade against tobacco regulation has struck again. Fresh off the back of critical acclaim for his use of an iPad to capture the Yorkshire landscape, he’s used his new artistic tool to create an image protesting against the “anti-smoking fanatics,” and the Guardian have put it on their home page.

    It reads: “LIFE IS A KILLER. WE ALL GET A LIFETIME. There is only now. This is the case against the anti-smoking fanatics and the doctors and bossy boots etc. etc. Who are busy trying their best to make everything DULLER.”

    He also used his recent exhibition for another small pro-smoking plug, creating an ashtray for the Royal Academy gift shop.

    A personal image from one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century must be a hard thing not to publish, although this becomes even less surprising given Hockney’s frankly bonkers views on the smoking ban that the Guardian put out a few years back. This was, according to him, “the most grotesque piece of social engineering” that meant “people will stay at home and do drugs instead – legal and illegal.”

    Already a study’s shown that in the year after the ban there were 1200 fewer emergency admissions for myocardial infarction. I’ve not seen anything showing drug use has gone up and, particularly given Hockney’s assertion that the evidence against smoking is void because he, his brother and four celebrities who smoke and aren’t dead, I’m not holding my breath.

    When it comes to art, and publicity, Hockney is clearly a master. When it comes to public health he’s nonsensical, stubbornly refusing to see the harm in his peddling. I’d really rather not see his nutty arguments on the front page of a broadsheet (AGAIN), whether they’re beautifully drawn or not.

    And this:

    ‘The iPad is like an endless piece of paper that perfectly fitted the feeling I had that painting should be big’

    • Rose says:

      The BMJ article is merely what we have come to expect, I think we have all seen the same sort of thing too many times to greatly care.

      I did watch a documentary he did not long ago, where he explained about the ways he saw things, which quite fascinated me and gave me a different perspective on his work.

  12. Frank Davis says:

    I still haven’t found it, but it was a bit like this:

  13. Frank Davis says:

    Hunting and hunting and hunting. I think it was a glass ashtray with a few cigarette butts in it, and it looked like it had been painted with a finger.

    Instead I’ve found an ashtray by Damien Hirst:

    On 31 December, an image to strengthen the resolve of anyone planning to include abstinence from cigarettes among their New Year’s resolutions. Damien Hirst’s Horror at Home, 1995, is a gigantic fibreglass ashtray into which several binbags filled with cigarette butts – all supposedly smoked at one of the artist’s favoured London haunts, the Groucho Club – have been unceremoniously tipped. A thing of beauty and a joy forever it is not; nor was it meant to be.

    Hirst explained how he came to think up this unflinchingly direct, somewhat simple-minded and extremely smelly work in an interview given at the time. He had been irritated, he said, by the fastidiousness of a wealthy acquaintance and fellow-smoker:

    “I went to some posh person’s house and they had a tiny little fucking ashtray, it was about two inches by one inch. And they had a beautiful house. It’s like they were trying to reduce the horror to such a point. You could only fit about three cigarette butts in it, then they’d empty it.”

    The artist elaborated further, in characteristically rambling fashion:

    “I think an ashtray is the most fantastically real thing. But smoking’s never talked about. It’s probably the most powerful thing of the 20th century. There’s no country in the world where smoking is allowed where they don’t smoke. Even where it isn’t allowed they still find a way to smoke. People are killing themselves. I think suicide is the most perfect thing you can do in life. The whole thing in life is you don’t know when you’re going to die. It makes everything not make sense, there’s this unknown factor. Whereas if you suddenly go, ‘OK, I choose to die now’, you take the matter into your own hands. So smoking is the perfect way to commit suicide without actually dying. I smoke because it’s bad, it’s really simple. So people can’t come up to me and say ‘Oh it’s bad for you, don’t do it’. I mean, I don’t trust people who don’t smoke, because I think the way the world works, I can’t imagine not smoking. If I don’t smoke, I feel like a poof.”

    • Rose says:

      Good grief.

    • ptbarnumthe2nd says:

      Damien Hirst has spent his entire career ‘adapting’ the work of others and making a lot more money than they ever did from the original idea. His friendships with other artists don’t tend to last very long….

  14. Rose says:

    Btw I have been thinking about what ptbarnum said

    “What have we come to when an ashtray in a gift shop is an ‘infamous talking point’

    I would suggest that this nervousness about not following the “correct” view began when we could no longer hazard a good guess what the law was at any given moment. You used to have a good idea what it was because it mainly seemed to be based on common sense.

    I have a feeling I might know when the rot set in.

    First Worldwide Conference Calls for Action on Many Fronts Against Cigarettes – 1967

    “A demonstration of the value of conflict and surprise in capturing headlines occurred when a young lawyer, Joseph F. Banzhaf, 111, who was an lnvitee to the Conference, brought a fiery attack on health agencies into the pressroom on the morning before he delivered it in one of the work groups.

    Reporters and TV cameramen were fascinated as he flailed at the health agencies and the National fnteragency Council. Banzhaf had been the plaintiff whose letter to the Federal Communications Commission became the occasion for the ruling that the fairness doctrine be extended to advertising.

    He attacked the health agencies because they did not follow his advice to go to court on behalf of the FCC.
    Health groups argued that their business was education, research, service to patients, not law suits; but the independent young lawyer casting his adjectival rocks at the large health agencies had the headlines that day.

    Generally ignored by the media was the fact that the Federal Communications Commission’s own strong law department and the Department of Justice seem able to defend the fairness ruling without help from voluntary agencies.” – Page 3
    http://tobaccodocuments.org/atc/60272395.html

    Investigations: Banzhaf’s Bandits
    1970

    “Once, ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) was John Banzhaf’s only pressure group. Now he has CAP, PUMP, LASH, TUBE and SOUP. Startled industries and badgered regulatory agencies are suddenly painfully aware that Banzhaf’s Bandits are abroad in Washington.

    John F. Banzhaf III, 29, is the lawyer who staggered the tobacco and television industries with his successful demand that TV stations give free time for antismoking messages. To his amazement, the Federal Communications Commission responded to his “citizen’s complaint,” an action later upheld in the courts.

    The victory prompted Banzhaf to quit his New York law firm and devote his time to ASH, which he had earlier organized as a nonprofit foundation. He moved to Washington, and LASH (Legislative Action on Smoking and Health), an antismoking lobby, was started soon after.

    Marble Soup. Last fall Banzhaf taught a course in unfair trade practices at the George Washington University law school. He so inspired his 60 students that they split up into activist groups and fanned out to do battle, a la Nader’s Raiders, as Banzhafs Bandits. Examples:

    CAP (Collection Agency Practices) investigates abuses in poor Washington neighborhoods, collecting affidavits from citizens harassed by bill collectors who pose as lawyers and policemen.

    TUBE (Termination of Unfair Broadcasting Excesses), charging that many television commercials are deceptive, demands that the FCC monitor commercials before they are shown.

    PUMP (Protesting Unfair Marketing Practices) accuses gasoline retailers of selling identical gasoline under a broad spectrum of brand names and ratings.

    SOUP (Students Opposed to Unfair Practices) is pressing the Federal Trade Commission to fine the Campbell Soup Co. for a commercial in which glass marbles allegedly were employed to push soup solids to the top of the bowl for greater visibility.”
    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,904206,00.html

    Would you like fries with that lawsuit?
    http://edition.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/07/29/cf.crossfire/index.html

    John Banzhaf: In His Own Litigious Words

    “One of the most effective ways to get social change is to sue people.”

    — Detroit News 12/14/03.

    “We must remember that the anti-tobacco movement did not just sue the tobacco companies. We sued lots of people.”

    — The Washington Times 9/20/04.
    http://www.cfif.org/htdocs/legislative_issues/federal_issues/hot_issues_in_congress/legal_reform/john_banzha.html

    But when the concept of commonsense and personal responsibility has been legislated away, over time the resulting infection grows in unexpected ways.

    Regulations flatten pancake race

    “A traditional pancake race has fallen flat after it was cancelled due to health and safety regulations.
    Every year, children and choristers take part in the Shrove Tuesday race in Ripon, North Yorkshire.
    The event was revived 10 years ago and is usually started by the ringing of Ripon Cathedral’s ancient Pancake Bell.

    But this year’s event has been shelved, with organisers blaming the mountain of risk assessments that must be carried out before children can take part.

    Bernard Bateman, one of the organisers, said they were told they would have to pay £250 to Harrogate Borough Council to close Kirkgate Road, where the race takes place.
    They would also have to hold insurance risk assessments and pay to have medical staff on hand in case of any injuries or accidents.”
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/north_yorkshire/7227897.stm

    Gloucestershire’s annual cheese rolling cancelled due to health and safety fears
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/mar/12/gloucestershire-cheese-rolling-cancelled

    The painful legacy of frivolous lawsuits.

    Health and safety experts warn: don’t clear icy pavements, you could get sued

    “Pavements are being left covered in ice because of “ludicrous” laws that put home owners and businesses at risk of being sued if they try to clear them.”

    “Heavy snow, low temperatures and a lack of gritting mean pavements throughout the country are too slippery to walk on safely. Hospitals have been struggling to cope with rising numbers of patients who have broken bones after falling on icy paths.

    Yet the professional body that represents health and safety experts has issued a warning to businesses not to grit public paths – despite the fact that Britain is in the grip of its coldest winter for nearly half a century.

    Under current legislation, householders and companies open themselves up to legal action if they try to clear a public pavement outside their property. If they leave the path in a treacherous condition, they cannot be sued.”
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/6958131/Health-and-safety-experts-warn-dont-clear-icy-pavements-you-could-get-sued.html

    You can understand why people might shy away like frightened horses when they see an ashtray on open sale.

    • Rose says:

      Possibly, even governments who thought they still had a choice?

      Memorandum from Action on Smoking and Health

      21. Chapter 4, paragraph 77 of the White Paper states that the Government intends to “consult widely” on, inter alia. “the special arrangement needed for regulating smoking in certain establishments—such as hospices, prisons and long stay residential care”.

      It is notable that this list does not included exempted pubs and clubs. Nowhere in the White Paper is there any commitment even to consider minimum health and safety standards for such premises. This is unacceptable.

      22. Any attempt to exempt a category of workplaces from smokefree legislation would be subject to legal challenge

      The date of “guilty knowledge” under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) has now passed in relation to secondhand smoke.
      The evidence, not least from the two SCOTH reports (1998 and 2004), is now sufficiently strong and sufficiently well known for any employer to be expected by the courts to know of the risks associated with exposure to secondhand

      Therefore, employees made ill by such exposure in the workplace will have a case for damages against their employer, claiming negligence and citing a breach of the HSWA as evidence. This would remain possible in respect of any premises exempted from a general prohibition on smoking

      ASH has been working with the UK’s largest personal injury and trade union law firm, Thompson’s, to identify such cases, which will begin to reach the courts early in 2005.”
      http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200405/cmselect/cmhealth/358/358we08.htm

      “This would remain possible in respect of any premises exempted from a general prohibition on smoking”
      and therefore presumably, any public body who had exempted them?

  15. garyk30 says:

    Angry about plain packaging?
    Here is a thought for you.

    If plain packaging discourages the sale of cigarettes: why are black-market cigarettes that are sold on street corners in plain plastic bags, so very popular?

    What are children to be protected from? How many ‘children’ die from diseases caused by smoking?

    There are none as there are no smoking related deaths below the age of 35.

  16. Nature is my ashtray………..what can I say,I have so little respect for the law anymore!

  17. Harleys run on sentences…………………I am a product of failed public schools! I didnt buy the propaganda served.

  18. beobrigitte says:

    I’ve no doubt Mr Lansley’s friends in the pharmaceutical industry are pushing this to increase the supply of their ghastly antidepressants on us but I prefer the calming effects of tobacco.

    As you might have noticed, the consumption of antidepressants is on a steep rise as smoking declines, and we have no idea of the long-term effects of that.

    Why are we accepting antidepressants as a solution to whatever problems we perceive to have? Let’s face it, we, however individual, are humans full of hormones which vary in amounts, so we have good days and bad days.
    But then we are told to: smoking = BAD; Eating = BAD; Drinking = BAD; Not to be successful = BAD; to Fail = Bad; and so on. Aren’t people getting “depressed” if they are constantly told that they can’t do right for doing wrong? Give them antidepressants!!
    Great; we will be a world full of anti-depressant-zombified existences.

    Now, according to Mr Lansley, it’s the tobacco trade, which has given enormous pleasure to millions. I say to the Health Secretary: we all die. It’s what you do in between birth and death that’s the concern of most people.

    I second that. I have no time for becoming an anti-depressant-zombified existence. I am too busy to fail in a few things, learning from it. While I do my learning, I might eat whatever I fancy and wash it down with whichever drink I choose, whilst enjoying my wonderful cigarette(s) in what I call my personal idle time.

    Incidentally, while I was writing this, my door bell went and some Labour canvassers were at my door. I told them that under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will Labour get my vote. I didn’t tell them that a few days ago I told the Tory and Lib Dem canvassers the same.

  19. Illegal ciggies and spirits cost Britain more than 28 billions
    Black market cigarettes, fuel and booze cost Britain about £28.5 billion in lost tax between 2005 and 2010. That kind of money would be more than enough to fund a 1% cut in the basic rate of income tax, a report reveals.

    http://rt.com/business/news/uk-black-market-tax-620/

    • Rose says:

      That reminds me Harley, I copied this out from my wine making book the other day, I thought it might prove useful.

      Dandelion Wine.

      “Traditionally you should collect your dandelions on St. George’s Day, 23 April.
      Wait for a fine dry and don’t pick the flowers until nearly lunchtime or the early afternoon. By then any dew will have dried off and the flowers will be fully open.
      Gather only mature flowers and pick off just behind the head, leaving all stalk and leaf behind.

      Select your flowers from areas away from busy roads or dusty tracks so that they are as clean as possible. (Someone’s lawn sounds better to me unless they’ve been out with the Weed and Feed)
      Place the flowers in a brown paper bag or whicker basket, then hurry home while the flowers are still fresh.
      Plastic bags cause “sweating”.

      Remove all the surplus green parts and place the yellow heads in a pint mug or measure.
      Shake them down but do not press them.

      2.3 litres (4 pints) dandelion heads
      4 litres (7 pints) hot water
      500g (18 oz) chopped sultanas
      15ml (3 teaspoons) citric acid crystals
      675g (1 1/2 lb) sugar

      Sauternes wine yeast and nutrient
      25 ml (fl oz) glycerine
      Wine finings
      2 Campden tablets (home brew shop)

      Empty the dandelion heads into a polythene bin, pour hot water over them, add the citric acid crystals, cover the bin and leave to cool. Rub the dandelion heads against the side of the bin with the back of a wooden spoon to squeeze out the fragrant essences from the petals.
      Repeat this this process several times during the next 24 hours.
      Lift out the flowerheads with a strainer and press dry, then discard.

      To the flower water, add chopped sultanas, nutrient and activated yeast. Cover the bin and ferment for five days, keeping the sultanas well submerged.
      Lift out with a strainer and press the sultanas dry, stir in the sugar, pour into a fermentation jar, fit an airlock and ferment in a cool place – around 15C (60 F)

      When the specific gravity has fallen to 1.010, rack the wine into a clean jar, add wine finings and 2 crushed Campden tablets.
      Refit the airlock and move the jar to the coolest place you can find, until the wine is bright and still,in about one week.

      Rack the wine into a clean jar, add the glycerine,top, cork and keep in a very cool place for five or six months.

      Obviously I wouldn’t do the last bit using the chemicals, I just ferment things out to dryness, then keep them in a demijohn for a couple of years until I’m absolutely sure that they won’t start fermenting again before I bottle them.

  20. ptbarnumthe2nd says:

    There’s something just so…so blatant about an ashtray isn’t there? It reminds the viewer that once they used to be everywhere, that they have one primary purpose which, for all the efforts of those who live in airy-fairy-ASHY land, many people still pursue, without apology, without regret. I used to regard Hockney as a bit of a mimsy West Coast ex-pat painter with his glossy surfaces and bland bland bland subjects. But since he came home, his paintings have become genuinely exciting and his public pronouncements are a joy. These things must be connected.

    • Rose says:

      Yes, I quite agree, the landscapes have quite caught me but then again,being a Yorkshire lass, they are pictures of home.

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