Harry and Charlie

Express:

Prince Harry infuriates Charles with his ‘filthy’ smoking

WHILE PRINCE Harry is riding high in public approbation (he has just been voted the world’s “hottest royal” in a poll of 1,000 British women) he continues to frustrate his father with his inability to give up smoking.

Prince Charles has, according to chatter in royal circles, been giving new vent to his irritation over his son’s predilection for cigarettes, which began when he had his first smoke at Eton aged 15.

Harry, who will be 32 on Thursday, often gets through a packet of Marlboro Lights a day, despite the efforts of his stepmother Camilla. She had suggested a session with the doctor who helped her give up her own habit.

Charles has always disliked smoking and used to turf Camilla out on to the terrace at Highgrove in all weathers when she wanted a postprandial puff.

One regular visitor says that if Charles “gets the slightest whiff of someone’s fag, he starts theatrically waving his arms around”.

Finally, after 30 years Camilla gave up what her husband referred to as “that filthy habit” with the help of her alternative health guru Mosaraf Ali.

I’m not surprised. Charles is fully on board with all the Green stuff and Global Warming. It comes with the antismoking package, three for the price of two.

It reminds me of Dr W, shouting about the “filthy, filthy, filthy” habit. These people aren’t rational. I learned this 50 years ago. All the science and medicine is a smokescreen to conceal their real motivation.

I’ve suggested before that they’re really aesthetes. They’re primarily concerned with beauty, and with creating (or restoring) a beautiful world.

If it isn’t clear why smoking and drinking is so ugly to them, perhaps their war on obesity most clearly shows that this is really all about appearances. After all, fat people have been despised and regarded as ugly for far longer than they’ve been identified as ‘unhealthy’. Their ideal type is slim and athletic.

Where’s the aesthetic in Environmentalism and Global Warming? It’s probably not carbon dioxide that bothers them, so much as what they so often call it: ‘Carbon’. And carbon is black. It’s the primary component of soot. It’s found in charcoal and coal and crude oil. And it’s filthy stuff, which they think should have been left in the ground, and not dug up and burned to pollute the world.

Theirs is the tyranny of fashion. And fashion is the greatest tyrant of all. And they are really just art critics and historians who have somehow managed to have their artistic manifesto made into law. It’s also why they’re not very interested in Ebola or Zika: art is more important than stuff like that.

But I don’t see things that way. I don’t think the world is an art gallery.

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36 Responses to Harry and Charlie

  1. Go Harry!

    I take slight issue with you considering them aesthetes however – the antis, that is. My aesthetic is chaotic and imperfect and real. I don’t view someone else’s idea of ‘perfection’ or proportion or sense of order as anything remotely beautiful. In fact there is nothing aesthetic at all about sterile or static states.

    I like lightning and swirls of smoke and unkempt hair. Odd bodies, big crooked noses, scars, things that smell strange, strong, vigorous. Those are the things the comprise my version of true aesthics. Colors too, of course, usually in the undertones, things like purple, orange and green that lay beneath the colors you think you really see. I think people who don’t have their own unique aesthetic or appreciation for chaos and uniqueness aren’t really alive. They’re just drones.

    • Frank Davis says:

      I like lightning and swirls of smoke and unkempt hair.

      Me too. I like chaos and uniqueness as well.

      But it remains the case that many people don’t. They want order and sameness. And that, I fear, is their aesthetic, which is antithetical to mine.

  2. Tony says:

    I suspect they have no idea what CO2 is. Referring to CO2 as ‘carbon’ is as ridiculous as referring to water as ‘hydrogen’. Even if you went along with that, their delicate, aestheticly tuned brains would explode if you pointed out that carbon isn’t always black and sooty. Diamond is pure carbon.

    Prince Charles believes in talking to plants. He thinks it helps their growth.

    The weird thing is that he is actually right. Exhaled human breath is of the order of 4% CO2 compared to typical atmospheric concentration of 0.04%.

    Anyway, here’s a lovely little video that demonstrates all of this beautifully:

  3. jaxthefirst says:

    Didn’t Wills used to smoke, too? I’m sure I can remember pictures of him back in his more youthful days enjoying a cigarette. If he’s still smoking, no doubt, as the future King, these are now strictly disallowed from being published. Or maybe as a Family Man he has been coerced into giving up. Harry was always the more free-and-easy of the two, possibly because he’s not heir to the throne but also, I think, because he’s more of a rebel and less likely to take a blind bit of notice of what some pinch-faced health zealot says. Which attitude, I suspect, has played no small role in his rating as Hottest Royal amongst the ladies. When has being a goody-two-shoes ever roused the passions of the fairer sex? All the girls like a bad boy, so they say!

    • nisakiman says:

      I seem to remember Harry getting rumbled smoking dope, too, about 15 or so years ago. He certainly doesn’t seem to follow in his father’s footsteps.

  4. waltc says:

    It’s all fashion. In Reubens’ day, fat was beautiful.

    As for tobacco,

    c. 1850 (if not earlier):
    “Tobacco is a filthy weed
    from which the devil doth proceed.
    It drains your purse. It burns your clothes.
    It makes a chimney of your nose.”

    But c. 1905 the puritans already are getting a send-up:
    “Tobacco is a filthy weed. (I like it.)
    It satisfies no earthly need. (I like it)
    It makes you thin, it makes you lean,
    It takes the hair right off your bean
    It’s the worst darn stuff I’ve ever seen.
    (I like it.)

    Followed again by creeping US tobacco prohibition.
    Followed by full normalization
    Followed again by creeping prohibition.
    As Vonnegut said, “And so it goes.”

    • Frank Davis says:

      In Reubens’ day, fat was beautiful.

      Quite so. Big, plump, naked ladies with enough flesh to drown in.

      I think it’s rather wonderful how ideas of beauty are constantly changing, and what is beautiful one day is plain or even ugly the next.

  5. Roberto says:

    “If it isn’t clear why smoking and drinking is so ugly to them, perhaps their war on obesity most clearly shows that this is really all about appearances. After all, fat people have been despised and regarded as ugly for far longer than they’ve been identified as ‘unhealthy’. Their ideal type is slim and athletic.”

    You forgot an important characteristic of this crowd: they hate odor, any odor that is slightly beyond mild, even if perfume or fragrance. The healthist fundamentalists (the no smoke, no fat, no sugar, lots of aerobics and little bit of wine crowd) crave for a “sanitized” environment in which only very mild “natural” essences are smelled.

    Notice how a lot of suburban areas and shopping malls in the USA and Canada where odor has been practically extinguished. Remember the perfume hysteria that occurred in Halifax, Canada in the late 90’s. In fact, a lot of anti-smokers also object to strong perfumes. More than everything else: healthist talibans hate odor.

    The funny thing is that a lot of toxic substances (nitrogen oxides) are odorless, while a lot of stinky substances are irritant but harmless.

    • Frank Davis says:

      You forgot an important characteristic of this crowd: they hate odor, any odor that is slightly beyond mild, even if perfume or fragrance.

      You are exactly right. And I have noticed that shopping malls are odourless. And also colourless.

      These people do not want their sensibilities disturbed. They live the lives of smoke detectors and security cameras.

      • Rose says:

        I used to love the scent of cigars in hotel foyers, the mingled scents of the perfume department in department stores, burning logs in fireplaces and the smell of creosote on a newly painted fence.

        • Roberto says:

          Non-smokers that are not anti-smoking talibans distinguish between different tobacco smells. Many times non-smokers have told me they dislike smell cigarette smoke but enjoy the smell from my pipe or mi cigar. We may speculate that most of these same non-smokers used to tolerate cigarettes before the “second hand smoke” scare. Unless in excessive dose, the odor of cigarette smoke was not an issue before the 80’s. Odor perception changes with social custom. Friends of mine traveled through the old Soviet Union one summer in the late 70’s (summer is hot in Russia) and noticed in the tramways and in the Moscow metro that all passengers were (by western standards) heavily stinking in sweat because of their polyester clothing. However, the Russians were used to the odor and were not bothered by the smell.

    • nisakiman says:

      I must say that for me, one of the great appeals of SE Asia is the cacophony of smells.
      Walking through Bangkok you are under constant olfactory assault – herbs, spices, cooking, incense, drains, people, perfumes, coffee, tobacco, burning charcoal, exhaust fumes – it’s constant and it’s relentless and it’s wonderful.

      A world without smells would be a very uninteresting place.

  6. Manfred says:

    How entertaining. Charles III, The Frustrated, babbles distractedly to his plants and to the WWF, while chastising his son. On the other hand, his clever son may quite well be protecting himself against the future expression of these potentially neurodegenerative difficulties. Good on him. Wise fellow.

    Mechanisms of neuroprotective effects of nicotine and acetylcholinesterase inhibitors: role of alpha4 and alpha7 receptors in neuroprotection. J Mol Neurosci. Akaike A et al. 2010 Jan;40(1-2):211-6. doi: 10.1007/s12031-009-9236-1.

  7. chris says:

    In many cultures–including western culture of not-so-long ago–heaviness is considered attractive, as it signifies that one (or one’s family) has sufficient food and the wherewithal to provide it. Only when the food supply becomes relatively secure and the majority of the population decently fed, does thin become “in”.

  8. Rose says:

    Tobacco standard packs: supporting smokers to quit

    But mostly designed to prove that David Cameron was not under the thumb of Lynton Crosby.
    http://www.wired-gov.net/wg/news.nsf/articles/Tobacco+standard+packs+supporting+smokers+to+quit+15092016140500

    Conservatives dismiss Lynton Crosby tobacco link ‘smears’
    2013

    “Two shadow ministers have written to ask whether Lynton Crosby was involved in the decision to delay plans to bring in plain cigarette packets in England.”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23305924

  9. King Harry Cigars I can see it now!

  10. harleyrider1978 says:

    Prince Harry Cigars/Cigarettes the new millineal answer to Victorian Prince Edward Cigars Brand

  11. prog says:

    Once Liz and Phil the Greek era’s over, Harry will be the only remotely interesting top Royal about (maybe his Auntie Anne as well).

  12. harleyrider1978 says:

    Well fellow Secessionists\Brexiters family history holds no glory greater than my find today,read em and weep!

  13. harleyrider1978 says:

    Lord whatd I start In Kentucky here my governor

    Silence is consent – This fellow should be a running mate with Trump –

    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says bloodshed may be needed to protect conservatism

    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said conservatives may need to turn to physical violence in order to protect the United States against contemporary liberalism. The Republican governor put forth the controversial suggestion after speaking of the “degradation of society” during an impassioned, 15-minute spee…

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/kentucky-gov-matt-bevin-says-bloodshed-might-be-165058821.html

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said conservatives may need to turn to physical violence in order to protect the United States against contemporary liberalism.

      The Republican governor put forth the controversial suggestion after speaking of the “degradation of society” during an impassioned, 15-minute speech at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. The provocative comments started to gain national attention at the start of this week.

      “America is worth fighting for ideologically. I want us to be able to fight ideologically, mentally, spiritually, economically, so that we don’t have to do it physically. But that may, in fact, be the case,” he told the crowd.

      Bevin suggested that if Democrat Hillary Clinton were elected president, she would set the nation on a dangerous course that might require bloodshed to correct. He told the audience that the “candle” of liberty might go out “on our watch.”

      To hammer home his point, he paraphrased a famous quote from Founding Father Thomas Jefferson: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

      “Whose blood will be shed? It may be that of those in this room. It might be that of our children and grandchildren. I have nine children,” he said. “It breaks my heart to think that it might be their blood that is needed to redeem something, to reclaim something that we, through our apathy and our indifference, have given away. Don’t let it happen.”

  14. Some French bloke says:

    And is there a better way to wrap up an odour-filled day than:

    ?

  15. harleyrider1978 says:

    A boy and his father walked past a rack of Condoms.
    The boy asked:
    “What are these things daddy?”
    “Condoms son.”
    “Why do they come in packs of 1, 3, and 12?”
    “The packs with 1 are for the high school boys, one for Saturday night, the ones with 3 are for the college boys, one for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and the ones with 12 in them are for the Married men, one for January, one for February, one for March….”

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