Something Bucko drew my attention to last night:
A PUB has revamped its smoking area by adding walls, a roof and a bar selling beer.
The Red Lion in Norwich made the changes in response to customer criticism that facilities for smokers were just an unspecified area broadly described as ‘outside’.
Landlord Wayne Hayes said: “This new smoking area has welcoming features like four walls, bathrooms, comfortable chairs and windows with a sticker from the Egon Ronay guide.
“We think our smoking customers might enjoy feeling more like valued patrons rather than a pack of scabby pariah dogs forced to linger around a drain.”
Smoker Tom Logan said: “It’s great to have the area refurbished a bit. The best bit is there’s even a machine that sells fags.”
Has Boris’ new girlfriend just scotched any chance of him becoming Prime Minister?
Boris Johnson’s bid to become prime minister has been thrown into chaos after police were called to blazing row between the MP and his girlfriend.
Neighbours heard ‘plate-smashing’ and a ‘screaming row’ between Mr Johnson and Carrie Symonds.
She is said to have yelled at him ‘get off me, get out’ at the home they share together in south London.
On Saturday Mr Johnson, 55, is gearing up to go head to head with his leadership challenger Jeremy Hunt in the first run-off hustings.
However, questions about his complicated private life are set to dominate the battle for Downing Street.
Police officers were alerted early on Friday to a loud row between the couple said to involve screaming, shouting and banging.
The Met Police said they were alerted to the situation by a caller who ‘was concerned for the welfare of a female neighbour’.
A neighbour, a 32-year-old nursery worker who would only give her name as Fatimah, said: ‘Just after midnight I heard a lady shouting, but I couldn’t make out what she said, then I heard plates and glasses smashing and things being thrown around.
I don’t know much about her, but according to this she seems to be a “public relations expert”, and she once worked for one of the other Conservative leadership candidates, Sajid Javid.
She may also be what’s behind Boris’ conversion to global warming alarmism.
Today she is a senior adviser at Oceana, a US-based environmental campaign group, working with its marketing operation in London.
A profile on the charity’s site describes her as being “passionate about protecting the oceans and marine life”.
What’s a public relations expert doing having a screaming row with the likely next UK Prime Minister? Didn’t she know what she was doing? Didn’t she know how bad it would all look when the police got called in the middle of the might? What was the row about anyway?
Global warming? Ocean acidification?
James Delingpole recently drew attention to a tweet:
I think she could have been a mole who was sent in to undermine Boris’ leadership bid.