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  1. Likewise here in Greece. My daily table wine is a local (Nemea) Merlot, 12.5% ABV, currently the 2016 vintage, which I buy in a 10 litre box. While not a 'fine wine' by any stretch of the imagination, it is very drinkable, and serves well as a table wine. It's certainly better than all the cheaper(?) end of wines in Thailand. And what do I pay for 10 litres of very nice table wine? The princely sum of 18.70 Euros, about 730 Baht.
  2. Bad news for "Vapers" from Harvard

    The alleged connection between vaping and 'popcorn lung' is non-existent. This is just a click-bait headline generated by the anti-smoking, anti-vaping propaganda machine. https://antithrlies.com/2016/02/04/diacetyl-in-e-cigarettes-what-we-can-really-say-not-much/
  3. I'm sure all their compatriots in the south will be eternally grateful to them when either 1) the lights go out, or 2) their electricity bills double. Wind and solar are all very well, but if the wind doesn't blow or the sun doesn't shine they tend not to produce electricity. Plus both have a big environmental impact, particularly wind, with its requirements for rare earth minerals for the magnets. http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/environment/baotou-a-toxic-lake-created-because-of-a-thirst-for-technology/article/430511 But of course, because 97% of rare earths mined come from far away in China, the environmental damage doesn't impact on their lives, so can be safely ignored.
  4. You really are quite remarkably naive.
  5. Because of course with drugs being illegal, this sort of thing never happens, does it? Thank heaven for the drugs laws. Oh, wait a minute....
  6. I think it must be normal in most Islamic countries. It certainly was in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan when I was there in the late '60s. And as JT points out, not unusual for Indian men to hold hands either. I must admit that I was slightly taken aback when, on my first visit to Tehran, a local lad I'd got friendly with and who was taking me to a vodka bar took my hand as we were strolling down the street. I didn't quite know what to do! I had to make some rapid cultural adjustments! :)
  7. I would have thought that with the introduction of tachographs in Australia there would be a lot less driving over-long hours - tachographs are quite difficult to fiddle. I drove semis interstate for several years in Aus back in the 1970s when we just had log books (otherwise known as 'lie books'), mostly doing what was known back then as the 'kamikaze run' between Melbourne and Sydney. Back then, there was just a short stretch of freeway at either end of the route, with the rest of the Hume Highway being narrow and twisty (there was even the old wooden bridge at Gundagai still in operation when I first started that route). We were expected to do the run (about 600 miles - 1000 kilometres) overnight and then spend the following day driving round Sydney unloading and loading for the return trip, which was the following night. About 2 or 3 hours sleep in 24 was the norm - three return trips a week. All the drivers took 'beanies' - ephedrine tablets, to stay awake, but there were a lot of accidents due to drivers falling asleep at the wheel. And those interstate trucks were fast. They had to be to average 50 mph over the trip. One truck I drove, a Kenworth, was capable of a tad over 90 mph on the flat, fully loaded. Have an accident at that sort of speed in a truck, and it's Goodnight Vienna. That said, I actually loved that job, hard though it was. I was young (mid-twenties) and fit, and enjoyed the challenge. I was one of only a couple of Poms who managed to break into the closed shop of interstate driving back then. Mostly, it was third-generation Aussies, and anyone else wasn't welcome.
  8. Butts Out: Smoking Ban To Hit 24 Thai Beaches

    You obviously didn't read the post on the previous page by mrfill
  9. Butts Out: Smoking Ban To Hit 24 Thai Beaches

    Now that is indeed a telling comment. "Owners too afraid of losing custom". And why would they be afraid of losing custom? Reading through this thread, one would be forgiven for thinking that absolutely everyone loves the smoking ban. Could it perhaps be that the majority of people who frequent these establishments don't like smoking bans? And if the majority don't want them, why should the owner be forced to make his best customers unwelcome? That's a terrible business plan to impose on someone against their will, in their own private property, and against their customers' wishes.
  10. Butts Out: Smoking Ban To Hit 24 Thai Beaches

    The rate of closures quadrupled almost immediately after the smoking ban was introduced. All those other things you mention didn't start in 2007, so had no bearing on the massively increased rate of closures.
  11. Butts Out: Smoking Ban To Hit 24 Thai Beaches

    Well they've been a hell of a long time returning, and the publicans are still waiting. In fact most pubs aren't even pubs anymore - they had to turn themselves into restaurants with a bar (and snotty, screaming kids running around) to survive, such was the influx of non-smokers that rushed to enjoy the now 'smoke-free' pubs. I guess the sheer numbers of non-smokers rushing to the pubs is why only 17,000 pubs and clubs have closed in the UK since the smoking ban. Yes, that's 17,000. Seventeen thousand. Sorry, sunshine, but the only reason any pub might be gaining customers is because all the others in the area have been forced into liquidation by the smoking ban. The smoking ban was a disaster for the hospitality industry. Tens of thousands lost their jobs, thousands of good businesses were forced to close, millions of older people had their only social lives taken from them. Why do you think that, for the first time ever, the UK government is creating a 'Minister for Loneliness'? It wouldn't be because nearly all the British Legion clubs and Working Men's clubs and bingo halls were forced to close in the wake of the smoking ban, would it? Those places where the older generation would traditionally meet and socialise? But then, you would never have been to one of those establishments, so you wouldn't know, would you? Nor do you care. You're just like all the other zealots. Self-centered, intolerant, bigoted and not very clever. You obviously know nothing about the actual science and research, but have memorised all the propaganda soundbites you've read in the 'Daily Mail' or whatever, which you trot out at every opportunity to display your level of indoctrination, your status as one of the 'in crowd', those who are 'acceptable' because they say the 'right' things; tick all the PC boxes. I usually avoid getting annoyed at other people's lack of understanding, but sometimes the unctuous sanctimony of some people's attitude really does irk me. You ever heard the biblical quote "Let he who is without sin throw the first stone"? Think about it.
  12. Buying luggage bag in Bangkok

    I have a medium size hard shell suitcase (with clips, not zip) that I bought at MBK about five or six years ago for 1500 Baht, and which has had plenty of rides on the luggage carousel, and doubtless has also been used in that favourite game of baggage handlers "Long Distance Suitcase Hurling". It's still as good as new. I fully expect it to last another five years.
  13. Indeed, I remember it well from when I was in LOS in '71. As I travelled around, I would regularly be invited to share a bong. It was a common and unremarkable social lubricant in Thailand back then - lots of people smoked it, even though it was in fact illegal. And I don't recollect coming across any young people doing Ya Ba or similar back then, either. Why bother, when you have some of the best weed in the world on your doorstep?
  14. As I understand it, clove cigarettes have now been banned in EU, on the basis that all the kiddies are falling over each other to buy them. Complete BS, of course. They banned them so as to restrict the choices smokers have. Menthol cigarettes are next...
  15. You see this is a classic example of how they work. They tell you that exposure to SHS "... has immediate and substantial effects on blood and blood vessels in a way that increases the risk of a heart attack, particularly in people already at risk ". Which is probably true. However, what they don't mention is that eating a meal has exactly the same effect on your heart and vascular system. It's called 'lying by omission', and they are experts at that. Another one of their favourites is telling you about all the 'toxic chemicals' in cigarette smoke, for instance arsenic. We all know that arsenic is a deadly poison, right? And it's in cigarette smoke! Oh my God! Deadly! What they omit to say is that a glass of drinking water contains eight times more arsenic than the smoke from a carton of cigarettes, and that our bodies need minute amounts of arsenic. They completely ignore the first rule of toxicology, which is "The dose makes the poison". And they do so deliberately. And all those other 'toxic chemicals' which they will tell you are used in battery acid, embalming etc etc are present in such small quantities that many of them are merely theorised, because they can't be measured. And the ones that can be measured are measured in nanograms, picograms or femtograms per cubic metre of air, and a nanogram, which is the largest of those measurements, is one billionth of a gram. (There are 1000 picograms to 1 nanogram and 1000 femtograms to 1 picogram). Which gives you some idea of the 'dangers' of tobacco smoke. I've posted this link here before, but it's a good one, so is worth posting again. It is an article written to demonstrate how easy it is to twist facts to make something harmless appear lethal by using the 'science' so beloved of 'experts'. http://www.dhmo.org/facts.html It is a great illustration of how Tobacco Control operate.
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