Defiantly Waving a Cigarette

I thought this was a refreshing video.

In almost every video I watch these days, nobody ever smokes. It seems to be a compulsory part of the process of denormalising smoking to portray a world in which nobody ever smokes. James Delingpole advertises himself with a pipe in his mouth, but I’ve never actually seen him smoke a pipe.

But in this video Rod Liddle smokes all the way through. In fact he smokes three cigarettes. He chain-smokes. And makes no attempt to hide the fact.

And I watched not him but his cigarette. I couldn’t take my eyes off it, it was such an unusual sight.

I have no idea what he was talking about. BLM? Lockdowns? Something like that.

All I could see was a man defiantly waving a lit cigarette.

More power to Rod Liddle. May there be many more like him.

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12 Responses to Defiantly Waving a Cigarette

  1. RdM says:

    Thanks for this link, Frank;- it’s refreshing to see and hear these views out here in the colonies;-
    How interesting to see these Englishmen talk; the room, Rod’s heavy jowls, talk, smoking.
    I’m about half-way through as I write.

  2. RdM says:

    Ah well, I’ve watched it all now.

    I’m reminded of earlier TVNZ days when even though in a spoof satire show, however it might be seen now, the protagonists could be very non PC, drink and smoke, and seem outrageous.

    And who later famously punched a reporter intruding on his private space as it were:

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/bob-jones-punches-tv-reporter-rod-vaughan-during-story

    Since then knighted Sir Bob Jones, a property magnate, has written many books, and has a succinct blog:

  3. Stephen Helfer says:

    God bless Rod Liddle. Smoking tobacco is the ultimate act of sedition.

  4. Stephen Helfer says:

    god bless Rod Liddle. Smoking tobacco is an act of sedition.

  5. Philip Neal says:

    I spotted Delingpole smoking a cigarette on one of his podcasts. Good old Dellers!

  6. Clicky says:

  7. Roobeedoo2 says:

    I did not know the Suez Canal is referred to as the ‘Marlboro Canal’ because of an appreciation of cigarettes…

    There’s a massive container ship caled EVER GIVEN stuck in it at the moment and it’s holding up the traffic…

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-56505413

  8. I’d imagine that the question of his smoking must have come up in the prep for the program. It would be interesting to know the back-story on that. I do remember reading that in the US in the 80s(?) a directive went out from/to the news networks advising reporters to avoid showing smoking as appearing to be a normal activity in their filming of stories.

  9. RdM says:

    I haven’t looked to see if similar is available for the Panama Canal but if you’d like to view:

    Through the Suez Canal: 120 Miles in 4 Minutes

    or for a little more, and surely you can find others,

    Cheers!

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