I haven’t given this post a title yet, and I might forget to do so. It is likely to ramble a bit.
Last time I went to Mallorca on holiday (and I shall be there again in a few days time), I noticed that a few bars had hookah paraphernalia on some tables outdoors. You need to think about that phenomenon a little. Mostly, they just sat there unused, but I saw some youths using them. When I say youths, I mean 20 0r 30 year-olds. And they were doing so in the full view of children. Had the law permitted the hookahs indoors, rather than forcing them to be outdoors, children would not normally see them. It is a bit like passing a law which permits the indulgence in sex only in the full view of children or in totally private, indoor places. Either or. Either indoors in private, or outdoors in the full view of children. Is that not a reasonable précis of smoking bans indoors? If the sighting of smoking by children was so important, would it not make more sense to ban smoking outdoors rather than indoors? Ventilation of indoor smoking places does not have to be ferocious. My favourite bar in Mallorca has a small extractor fan near the door. Before the smoking ban, there was a no smoking area at the far end of the pub away from the extractor fan. Thus, the fan drew any smoke in the air away from non-smokers. In any case, no one who went into that pub ever complained about smoking. Why should they? The smoke rose up into the air and was extracted from near the ceiling. Frankly, I think that pubs in the UK have extractor fans which are far too powerful. They can suck out all the warm air in a giffy and replace it with cold air. Then the central heating cannot cope. It would make sense for such places to have several fans of different powers.
But why should we expect such invention and sense? We do not even have bidets normally, to wash our bums after shitting. That is SO European. Even the Romans in Britain, 2000 years ago, had the means for the soldiers to wash their bums after shitting. They used sponges on sticks.
Has any reader ever heard of ‘golfers arse’? The phrase refers to horrible pain in the anus area due to chapping as a result of walking some four or five miles. The bum does not have to be shitty. It is enough for sufferers to a bit sweaty and hot. The rubbing together of bum cheeks create friction, which becomes especially painful in the presence of sweat.
Erm… That was an aside.
What has been happening in Magalluf recently is that more and more bars have hookah paraphernalia in open display on tables outdoors. I have not seen them being used very often, but I have seen them being used occasionally by groups of youths. By ‘youths’ I mean 20 or 30 year olds.
The Tobacco Control Industry/Empire has successfully changed smoking from an every-day experience to an esoteric pleasure which might be associated with harems and brothels of old. Personally, I would love to frequent such a place of pleasure, but it is frowned upon and almost certainly illicit and taxed to the n-th degree. In any case, I am far too old. But I really must have a go at this hookah thing. I shall have to be brave and ask a group of these youths if I can indulge at their expense. I suppose that, if I give them €5 for their trouble, they would not object. I hate being ignorant. I need to know.
So the enjoyment of hookah tobacco is becoming specific to time and place. Most youths might not smoke cigs daily, but might indulge in hookah at their leisure. I suppose that it is like enjoying a meal, or a sexual encounter or a pint of beer.
What is important is that The People are announcing their displeasure with authoritarianism. They do so by inventing other ways of circumventing the rules and regulations. They assert their individuality and thereby reject totalitarian, fascist agendas.
It is completely beyond my comprehension that Tories can accept EU tyranny, or that Labour is happy with such blatant corruption.
It blows my mind.