Monthly Archives: May 2016

Language

Still pondering Europe in the run-up to the EU referendum, I came across an interesting essay (my added italics): The history of multinational ventures in Europe is not a good one. Over four hundred years, the Habsburg Empire was unable … Continue reading

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A Government Response

A month or so back I wrote to my MP about smoking bans in prisons. More recently I reported on escalating prison violence. I wrote: Prisoners are now being forced to stop smoking. We are constantly told that nicotine is … Continue reading

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The Hyper-Fragile New World Order

With the Brexit vote less than a month away, I guess I’m not going to be able to get away from the topic of the EU for the next few weeks. But Spiked! has a bunch of very interesting essays … Continue reading

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Personae Non Gratae

After yesterday’s good news, more bad news – this time from Montreal: Starting Thursday smokers become persona non grata on terrasses and public areas throughout Quebec. The final provisions of Quebec’s latest anti-tobacco law come into effect on May 26, 2016, … Continue reading

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Nothing Is Inevitable

H/T Rose, and following on from yesterday’s Czech-related post: Failure of smoking ban bill sparks coalition war of words 26-05-2016 13:06 | Ian Willoughby The latest failed attempt to ban smoking in Czech pubs and restaurants has left the country’s … Continue reading

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Crying In A Restaurant

Something by Pat Nurse that I found moving: I can’t comment on this blog for some reason but it’s well worth a read. If I could comment I would have said :”That sounds great. Do you have a link to the … Continue reading

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Unbelievable

Last night I started watching E-cigarettes: Miracle or Menace? on BBC iplayer, but somehow lost interest after about 15 minutes. Thinking back on it this morning, I thought that some things had seemed rather implausible about the programme. They had … Continue reading

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