Monthly Archives: January 2015

Enchanted Château

On a lighter note, still in France, I recently came across the enchanting Château de Gudanes. This is a château built on the site of an earlier fortress in the Pyrenees by the Marquis Louis Gaspard de Sales, who in 1750 commissioned Parisian architect … Continue reading

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Luz Lights Up

No wonder they didn’t survive, given the kind of firepower on its way:   And the pols look set to have a big jamboree on Sunday. 18.08 Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has also said he will come to Paris on … Continue reading

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The Real Fifth Column

Nigel Farage: “The first thing we have to do is recognise the mistakes of the past, let’s be absolutely frank and honest about this. We now have, within many European countries, and dare I say it within the USA too, … Continue reading

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Et surtout la santé

In the light of today’s atrocity, as an occasional cartoonist, the very least I can do is to re-publish Charlie Hebdo’s last tweet. Particularly since the artist, Philippe Honore, was one of the casualties: Et surtout la santé, “And especially … Continue reading

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Keep NOLA Killjoy-Free

I’m keeping an eye on New Orleans, where Latoyah Cantrell is trying to introduce a smoking ban,  the proposal for which comes before the city’s Community Development Committee on Wednesday. H/T Harley, the Louisiana state police: …the state police says … Continue reading

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The Incompetent Carpenters

H/T Rose, Richard Smith, one time editor of the BMJ, and the man who reported that the BMA’s alcohol consumption recommendations had been “plucked from the air”, has been criticised for saying that dying of cancer is the best death: Buñuel … Continue reading

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Tobacco Control is Driven by Hatred

A few days ago I included Michael McFadden’s Wall of Hate in this blog’s right margin. It’s a compilation of antismoking hate messages left in online comments, some of which were originally found by myself and Dick Puddlecote. I included … Continue reading

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Slapping the Wrong Smoker

It had to happen one day. A Chicago business owner slapped a 79-year-old African American woman, spat in her face, and called her “Rosa Parks,” after becoming angry that she had the audacity to smoke near him outside the Daley … Continue reading

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CRUK Strikes Back

Following on from the last post on random mutations causing most cancers, H/T Rose for news of the lifestyle medics rapidly striking back. Dr Emma Smith, Cancer Research UK’s senior cancer information officer, writes: Yes, sometimes developing cancer is just bad … Continue reading

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Bad Luck Causes Cancer

I can believe this. (originally from Science Magazine) WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Plain old bad luck plays a major role in determining who gets cancer and who does not, according to researchers who found that two-thirds of cancer incidence of various … Continue reading

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