“Pubs will Thrive when Smoking in Them is Stopped” is a very free translation of the ’70% in favour of the smoking ban’ surveys, the studies conducted by ASH ET AL and the propaganda issued by these people. Of course, once the objective of banning smoking in pubs was achieved, all that junk could be forgotten.
I have had in mind an intention to show the lack of effect of the ban for some time, but I kept forgetting. Tonight, I remembered to pop my mobile into my pocket when I went to the pub. Here is the non-effect of the ban revealed (pics taken at about 10 pm):
That is a view of a room taken through the front window. You can see that there are lots of non-smokers in there.
That is a view of the main room in the pub.
Another well-populated area.
A poor pic, I must admit. There is a pool table there. It is very busy.
I would be lying if I said that there was no one except me in there. There may have been 10 people altogether including me. You can just about make out a person in the second pic, if you look hard enough. The other eight were dotted about in recesses. Hardly what you could call a sociable situation. That area could take about 150 people, if you include the bar area. (I have not included the bar area because I did not want to photograph people. There were about six people at the bar)
No doubt ASH ET AL would blame the recession for this abject situation, but that will not wash. Many of the regulars, like me, are retired and are hardly affected by the recession at all. Also, this is not a ‘deprived’ area. These people are no longer going there. It is all very sad. The soul has gone out of these places. Even on a Wednesday night, that pub used to be jolly five years ago, even though it would not have been very busy. I would not bother turning out, if it were not for the fact that I just fancy a change.
It would be interesting to see what would happen if an association of pubcos decided to sue ASH ET AL for compensation since the support of the ban by pubcos was base upon the ‘level playing field’ and the assurances from ASH that pubs would thrive. Such a legal action could very easily pave the way for ‘choice’, but do not expect any such action in the near (or far) future.
Unless something extraordinary happens, this is likely to be my last post about the plants. Things are winding down as the end of the growing season approaches. There are lots more interesting events, like curing and stuff, which are still on-going and changing as we try to find the best way to GAIN CONTROL.
Winding down is appropriate, but there are still a couple of useful months ahead. So I am going to show a few final pics of the plants:
As you can see, there is still a lot of stuff trying its best. There is still time for those plants to develop further, especially since I am fertilising them as previously described (one part urine and twenty parts water). The fence in the background gives a reasonable sense of scale.All being well, there is a very good chance that those plants will produce some jolly big leaves.
On the left in the pic, you can see my ‘star’ plant. The stalk is really thick. It will be interesting to see how deep the roots are. Here is a pic of the seedpods:
Most of the flowers have fallen off, despite appearances. One simply has to wait until the seedpods go brown and then one can pick them. Obviously, you need to test a couple first, but that is not a problem. If you let them go brown, and then cut the seedpod heads off, you can let them dry out indoors. But there is no rush. That plant alone probably has tens of thousands of seeds developing – but it is only one-of-two which I have allowed to go to seed (the other is just in case). I have been ‘nipping out’ the flower heads on the other plants simply by ripping them off with my fingers. They detach easily.
This splendid summer has been a Godsend. It has given us a chance to see what can be done. Even though we make horrible mistakes (like planting out in April!), we have had a chance to gain experience.