I’m always glad to welcome a new smoker’s blog, particularly one by someone who has been a regular commenter on my blog for many years: Nisakiman.
Such people are not competitors: they are companions or co-conspirators, and the more of them the better. Everyone has their own unique point of view. The more opinions the better. The more voices the louder.
Naturally I’ll be adding the new blog to my blog roll, and I look forward to visiting it regularly,
Nisakiman has also been a visitor to the Smoky Drinky Bar, here shown in action a week or so ago, courtesy of Emily (top left):
The Smoky Drinky Bar is only ever recorded on video by prior agreement with the participants, because not everybody wants their faces shown in public on YouTube.
It’s been going for over a month now, and during that time we’ve even had a couple of “parties” with everyone smoking and drinking and chatting just like in a real party, even though all the participants are in widely separated geographical locations. Emily lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Brigitte in Liverpool, England. John in Lancashire, England. And myself in Herefordshire, England. It’s rather amazing that we can all chat to each other as if we were in the same room. And also have people drop in and out just like in a real pub.
Over the past month I’ve had the novel experience (for me) of meeting new people and making new friends, more or less for the first time since I was exiled to the outdoors, and expelled from society, by the UK smoking ban of 1 July 2007 – the 10th anniversary of which fell on the day of one of our “parties”, during which I consumed an entire bottle of champagne to celebrate our “virtual overthrow” of the ban.
One result of spending several hours in the Smoky Drinky Bar almost every day for a month since its opening is that I’ve been spending every morning writing my blog, and very often every evening in the bar, leaving little or no time to do anything else. And so now I’ve reduced my visits to the bar, and at the moment I’m generally only going there on Friday and Saturday nights from about 7 pm UK time onwards, because the weekends are the time when most working people are free to visit (just like real pubs). But this does mean that during the week the bar is frequently empty, or almost empty (again just like real pubs). At the moment the bar has about 25 members, of which about 10 are “regulars” who drop in quite frequently. There have been about 25 additional people who have dropped in once or twice, perhaps just to see what this novel kind of bar was like. We may need to arrange times to meet up, and also arrange a few more “parties”.
I’m hoping that over time we can build up a clientele of smokers and vapers from all over the world, and in this manner begin to unite the world’s smokers. For the more that dispersed and isolated smokers can talk to each other, and be readily welcomed by each other, the stronger and more self-assured we will each get, and the more united we will all become. There are some 1,500 million smokers in the world, and if just 1.5 or 15 million could unite into a semi-coherent movement, we would become a very powerful political voice in the world to counter-act the satanic forces of Tobacco Control now rampaging loose everywhere.
In other news, Ella Whelan on Spiked lays into “the professional killjoys” in ASH over their silly, interfering complaints about smoking on Love Island:
What ASH and other anti-smoking charities want to do is pretend that no one smokes. Love Island was screened nightly at 9pm – after the watershed – and is quite obviously a show for adults. These cigarette censors can’t fathom the idea that some adults still smoke – and enjoy it. They despise the idea of ordinary people making decisions for themselves without being prodded and poked by public-health fanatics.
See also Smoking May Protect Lungs From Cancer:
Every year, thousands of medical doctors and other members of the “Anti-Smoking Inquisition” spend billions of dollars perpetuating what has unquestionably become the most misleading though successful social engineering scam in history. With the encouragement of most western governments, these Orwellian lobbyists pursue smokers with a fanatical zeal that completely overshadows the ridiculous American alcohol prohibition debacle, which started in 1919 and lasted until 1933.
Nowadays we look back on American prohibition with justifiable astonishment. Is it really true that an entire nation allowed itself to be denied a beer or scotch by a tiny group of tambourine-bashing fanatics? Sadly, yes it is, despite a total lack of evidence that alcohol causes any harm to humans, unless consumed in truly astronomical quantities.
Although there is no direct link between alcohol and tobacco, the history of American prohibition is important, because it helps us understand how a tiny number of zealots managed to control the behavior and lives of tens of millions of people. Nowadays exactly the same thing is happening to smokers at the hands of government zealots and ignorant medical practitioners….