All Tomorrow’s Parties

I drank an entire bottle of champagne last night. And I had two or three whisky chasers as well. So I was feeling a bit furry this morning. And actually I’m still feeling a bit furry.

It’s all a bit of a blur now. But the party went well. About 10 minutes before it started I was wondering whether anyone would come. I needn’t have worried. And I even have the mandatory Embarrassing Photos of the occasion:

We broke the attendance record of the Smoky Drinky Bar last night. It had been 8 people. Now it’s 9. And technically it held up pretty well: everybody could see and hear everybody else, pretty much. It will probably work just as well when there are 12.

All the usual suspects were there, of course. But there were a couple of new faces. Castello was one. And Wiel Maessen was another. I’d been vaguely thinking of emailing Wiel. No need to do that now. He found his own way to the bar.

I’ve stopped worrying about the Smoky Drinky Bar.  For the last couple of weeks I’ve been worried that it would be empty all the time, and people would stop coming. But last night it was still buzzing at 2 am after I’d spent 7 hours in it. It’s a bit eurocentric at the moment maybe, but I think that will gradually change, once the Indians and Chinese start showing up.

Because the Smoky Drinky Bar never closes. And a succession of people will arrive in waves. When the Chinese smokers show up, the conversation will be conducted in Cantonese or something. It’s going to be one long party. It’s going to be a party that lasts forever.

The other thing that happened yesterday was that I got myself in the Guardian. They quoted a bit of what I’d written in response to their questionnaire :

It was possibly the blackest day in my life. We smokers all trooped out of the pub with beer glasses in hand and stood around bewildered in the car park. Somebody that I didn’t know came up to me and said, “It’s not a free country any more.” And he was right. My little circle of acquaintances, with whom I regularly drank and smoked and played pool, vanished on 1 July, never to return. The pubs emptied and never refilled. And I only sat outside them, alone with beer and cigarette, on warm sunny days thereafter. My circle of friends, some of them of 40 years standing, took longer to disperse. There was no longer anywhere to meet them. And most of them had banned smoking in their homes as well. I now usually vote UKIP because Nigel Farage is a smoker who stands up for smokers.

That was interestingly selective. Here’s what I actually submitted:

Please tell us about your memories of the smoking ban in 2007*

Possibly the blackest day in my life. We smokers all trooped out of the River, with beer glasses in hand, and stood around bewildered in the car park. Somebody that I didn’t know came up to me and said, “It’s not a free country any more.” And he was right.

He’s still right today.

What impact has the ban had on you in the years that have passed since?

My little circle of acquaintances, with whom I regularly drank and smoked and played pool, vanished on 1 July, never to return. The pubs emptied, and never refilled. And I only sat outside them, alone with beer and cigarette, on warm sunny days thereafter.

My circle of friends, some of them of 40 years standing, took longer to disperse. There was no longer anywhere to meet them. And most of them had banned smoking in their homes as well. It was 10 years before I bid goodbye to the last of them.

For decades I used to vote Lib Dem. But given that 95% of Lib Dem MPs voted for the illiberal and undemocratic smoking ban, I stopped voting for them after 2007. I now usually vote UKIP, because Nigel Farage is a smoker who stands up for smokers.

I don’t trust any health “experts” about anything any more. I no longer believe anything they say about tobacco. Or alcohol. Or sugar. Or anything else.

I no longer feel welcome anywhere in my home country, so I don’t go anywhere. I no longer travel or stay in hotels. I don’t go to cinemas or theatres or museums or art galleries or any other social or cultural events. I don’t read any newspapers or watch any TV channels. Why should I, when none of them speak for me?

How do you feel about the ban now, in 2017?

Exactly the same as I did in 2007: very, very, very angry.

I think that the smoking ban has brought about a social and economic and political catastrophe. But the political classes and the mainstream media and all the great and the good are completely oblivious to it. And they will probably remain oblivious.
The smoking bans that are being enacted all over the world are going to have consequences that will reverberate for the next 100 years or more.

Future generations will look back in amazement and wonder, and ask: “Why were they all so stupid? Why were they all so easily fooled with such egregious lies?”

The smoking bans will all be repealed eventually, much like US Prohibition a century ago.

Please add any extra information if you wish

I don’t believe you’ll publish anything I say. The mainstream media are completely under the control of Tobacco Control.

I guess I was wrong about them not publishing anything. But their commenters were incredulous. Some of them didn’t believe that I existed.

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33 Responses to All Tomorrow’s Parties

  1. Roobeedoo2 says:

    We actually got up to 10 in the wee small hours, Frank, when Some Other Tom arrived. I could only stay a little bit after that, so it was back down to nine. I can only think that Roy Castle would be besides himself with delight…

    • Frank Davis says:

      I was there when Some Other Tom showed up. I left around 2 am. I don’t remember the numbers reaching 10.

      • beobrigitte says:

        Actually, Roobedoo is right! At some point there were 10 people there. Not for long, though.

        Again, great party!!! There were only minor problems that were quickly sorted.

        Need coffee now. Loads of it.

        • Some other Tom says:

          That was a great little party! So nice to join in with you all.

        • RdM says:

          Let’s not forget the weird Audio Off/Video Off entity that turned up for a few minutes, incognito, some sort of invisible outside spy observer, discussed for 30-60 secs, kicked by Frank, sensibly, almost too late… they would have had a good look, maybe recorded, but it brings to mind etiquette;- appear with it all on, or be considered a troll or worse!

        • RdM says:

          (I think that was well late, after DP wrote he might have tried to have a look in.)
          (Of course, visiting without a camera or mic would likely provide the same result.)

          Just conspiracy theories… but you never know… (until its too late?) ;=}) Cheers

      • Emily says:

        I don’t think you can see or hear anything if you don’t have your own mic and camera enabled. I’m not positive though, I’ve been meaning to try a test of it sometime.

        • beobrigitte says:

          Let’s not forget the weird Audio Off/Video Off entity that turned up for a few minutes, incognito, some sort of invisible outside spy observer, discussed for 30-60 secs, kicked by Frank
          There were a couple more prior to that. (Don’t forget the pink heart one!!!)
          I don’t think you can see or hear anything if you don’t have your own mic and camera enabled.
          I don’t think you can. But that might not have been the objective, anyway. Maybe these poor people were thinking their (hidden, of course,) presence would scare us?

        • RdM says:

          It’s taken me a while to catch up, but it seems you certainly can!
          (Have just been testing it now, can or will send you a screenshot… )

          Which makes sense; enabling your camera & mic is for the other participants, not your own feed…. as I write I’m still getting tiny echos from two log-ins to a private room, one with video & audio disabled, the other audio on; if off echos go; video can be on or off.
          It seems to mean just that your outgoing feeds are disabled for other viewers

          Two separate devices logging in to the same room, that is… be careful about feedback!
          [Log the 1st one in & set audio muted first!]

          So yes, anyone visiting with their own audio & video turned off can see & hear but not be heard or seen? This could be by lack of a camera & mic at all, or deliberately.

          But I’m not entirely sure about this, just testing in one private room, logged in twice.

          DP seemed to me to report that (without camera or microphone) he was blind & deaf to it too? Further clarification might be interesting… ;=})

          “More studies are needed.” :-)

        • RdM says:

          (was in reply to Emily, I forgot to quote:)

          I don’t think you can see or hear anything if you don’t have your own mic and camera enabled. I’m not positive though, I’ve been meaning to try a test of it sometime

  2. beobrigitte says:

    Great party!!! I was looking for such an occasion to open my birthday presents, one of which had been in the fridge for 5 years!

    Can’t remember what time I left but I thought I could see day light, so it must have been stupid-o’clock.

  3. Mark Jarratt, Broome Gateway Caravan Park, Western Australia says:

    Excellent news and let the free choice part-ay never stop. Glad all attending the Drinky Smoky bar enjoyed such convivial company. Congratulations too on The Guardian publication, even if quite sub-edited.

  4. buckothemoose says:

    The anti smokers were out in force in the comments on that Guardian article. They’re always sarcastic, condescending or downright agressive. Freedom of choice seems to be alien to the antis

    • Rose says:

      They are much nastier on the Daily Mail when they are abusing smokers, drinkers or the overweight. At least on the Guardian they don’t usually say that they hope you die horribly for disagreeing with them.

      Having repeatedly said how much they prefer throwing alcohol down their necks in the lovely smoke free pubs without having to wash their hair afterwards, they are probably waiting for a story on the risks of alcohol to turn Temperance and have a go at the drinkers.

    • Smoking Lamp says:

      It is absolutely frustrating to see the tobacco control lies about second hand smoke being blindly accepted. The meme is so strong, any rational discussion is impossible. The relentless tobacco control propaganda is paying off for their quest for prohibition.

  5. All Tomorrow’s Parties: I drank an entire bottle of champagne last night. And I had two or three whisky chasers as well….
    ♫…and started up a fight♫ ?
    (for those who don’t get the reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DElRqo8u1vQ )

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  9. Rose says:

    What new drivel is this?

    Government urged to stub out tobacco ‘combi-packs’ aimed at young
    July 3 2017

    “Health Minister Simon Harris has been urged to ban so-called “combi-packs” of roll-your-own tobacco and cigarette papers.

    Anti-cancer and smoking campaigners argue that the convenience packs especially target poor and young people, luring them into smoking. The combi-packs are condemned by the campaigners as “alco-pops of tobacco” and a “cynical device to make more money for big tobacco companies”.
    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/government-urged-to-stub-out-tobacco-combipacks-aimed-at-young-35887795.html

    In what possible way can an unpleasant looking fake cigarette packet covered in medical porn containing an overly compressed block of tobacco in a pouch similarly marked and a packet of rough looking filters, be aimed at the young?

    The local supermarket ran out of my favourite tobacco and my husband misguidedly brought one home as a substitute.

  10. Fred says:

    OT but I thought you might find it interesting. The article says nothing particularly new, it’s just well expressed.
    https://winegumtelegram.wordpress.com/2017/07/02/the-fag-end-of-history/#comments

  11. Rose says:

    Frank

    Guardian Pick

    “Not a parody.

    I was never a member of UKIP. I voted Lib Dem for about 30 years, until 95% of Lib Dem MPs voted for the smoking ban (only 90% of Labour MPs did), when I stopped voting for them. UKIP has been all that’s left to vote for since then.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/01/it-has-had-a-real-social-impact-readers-on-the-smoking-ban-ten-years-on#comment-101342554

    806 comments and the antismokers clearly don’t like being confronted by the harm they caused.

    First comment
    “People like CF Davis and Myrtle above get zero f—ing sympathy from me, their habit hurts other people (voting UKIP because they support smokers…..give me a f—ing break)
    Times change and some of the better anecdotes above prove people do too.”

    Looks like that Guardian article has pricked a few consciences.

  12. RdM says:

    Lots I’d like to comment on, both here and in earlier posts, but for now a little frivolous:- )
    (I came in at ~1 am UK time, and stayed for a couple of hours, all fairly plastered by 3 am!)

    Magnificent efforts! Great to meet new people!! Thanks!

    (Maybe we can have more ongoing bar design improvement ideas, inputs, later;- )

    But anyway, somewhere along the way Black Books was mentioned;- here’s a 31 sec clip:

    Black Books – Drinking And Smoking Is Fantastic!

    If you don’t know it, this should be something to refer back to in idle moments! ;=}))

    The Best of Bernard Black || Black Books supercut

    Really short cut clips, out of context, but if you haven’t seen it, some kind of overview…
    Very UK humour/hunor!

    4:51 into it:

    “You know, I’m probably getting a lot of second-hand smoke from you.”
    “Don’t worry about it, just buy me a drink.”

    Cheers!

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  14. beobrigitte says:

    Thanks, 20 Rothmans for mentioning SSD drives. Nope, definitely haven’t got one, but being told prices have dropped.

    I like the bar even more now! I was fixed into cooling cpu and cranking up ram. Never looked into SSD. Stupid, isn’t it?

    • RdM says:

      Thanks, 20 Rothmans for mentioning SSD drives. Nope, definitely haven’t got one, but being told prices have dropped.

      I like the bar even more now! I was fixed into cooling cpu and cranking up ram. Never looked into SSD. Stupid, isn’t it?

      I wasn’t there for that comment, but if I may… I had thought/understood that while SSD drives are fast, and so the OS will load fast & be really responsive, they are expensive per GB cf conventional HD’s so you might find affordable is relatively small in size.

      But after cloning (& after maybe separating off / backing up your big audio photo or video data first elsewhere!) your original HD on to it. OS & etc. – then you can still keep your original HD as data storage for the above & etc.
      Maybe archive to a 3rd drive 1st?
      At any rate, a faster OS drive & a separate data HD.

      So you want an HD abckup / cloning app, program, easy to find free.

      But maybe there’s no need to rush into it… is that really the bottleneck, for appear.in?

      • beobrigitte says:

        Nope. But it’s fun. Although I was the dab hand in work to keep our system running/up to date, there is always space for expansion/new things.

        There are 250gb SSDs available for £100 these days. I get a discount and depending on how much, I might get 2 of them. It will be yet another project for the colder months.
        Also, I found detailed instructions on how to install a SSD in a Mac.

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