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:

    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…

  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,


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