Tag Archives: Stony Stratford

Idle Conversation

Today marks the sixth anniversary of the day in 2011 when some 200 people showed up in Stony Stratford to protest against Councillor Paul Bartlett’s proposed street smoking ban. I drove across England to get there, with my home-made placard … Continue reading

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7 PM Happy Hour in the Smoky Drinky Bar

This morning I’ve been reviewing the events of the last few days, during which smokers have been meeting up in the Smoky Drinky Bar. I’ve been reminded once again of one of the last occasions when smokers met up, at … Continue reading

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Plain and Not-so-plain Packaging

I was a bit surprised that the Queen’s Speech made no mention of so-called “plain packaging”. Perhaps it had something to do with this: Rebel Conservative MPs have accused their own party of running a nanny state Government over plans … Continue reading

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The Pied Piper

H/T Harley for Peter Hitchens’ Revenge of the Fruitcakes in American Spectator. It’s a perceptive article about Nigel Farage and the rise of UKIP. As Hitchens sees it, British conservatives have finally woken up to the fact that David Cameron … Continue reading

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Mainstream Myopia

There’s an interesting article in the Telegraph about Nigel Farage: “I can’t stand Cameron,” says Farage, witheringly, through a miasma of cigarette smoke. “He’s shallow, nobody trusts a word he says. I respect people with different opinions that are sincerely … Continue reading

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Banquo’s Ghost

With a US Presidential election just days away, I ought to be interested in it. In the past, I’ve almost always been more interested in US elections than UK or EU elections. I guess that was probably because I regarded … Continue reading

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One of Us

I was thinking today how much had changed over the past 5 years since the UK smoking ban came into force. Back then I wasn’t in contact with any other smokers, and while I’d heard of F2c, it took me … Continue reading

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