It’s a lovely day today.
The sky is blue with ne’er a cloud in sight. It’s fucking cold but what the hell.
However the meeja is going into meltdown over a cold snap that is supposed to hit during the week. Banner headlines scream about “exceptionally cold weather” and the forecasters are having orgasms. The entire country is going to grind to a standstill and no one will be prepared. Certainly the “grinding to a halt” bit is true because you only have to whisper the word “snow” here and instantly all traffic drives at five miles an hour whether there is any precipitation of any kind or not.
Going on past performance, we may get a few flurries. It may even cover the ground but it’s not likely to hang around too long. This is a dose of cynicism based on a lot of wolf crying on the part of the Met service, so if I’m wrong then it’s all their fault. They should have learned by now not to shout out their coloured warnings so often. Idiots.
There’s only one problem.
It is going to get a drop colder, and there’s no denying that.
And I have just noticed that the little nozzle icon is flashing on my oil gauge.
I’m nearly out of oil.
Breathlessly exciting news……..
Though in fact they are just saying that same packs are only beginning to appear, but they just can’t contain themselves with excitement. It’s like announcing that summer has arrived because someone has spotted a daffodil?
“Our aim is to decrease the appeal of tobacco products, to increase the effectiveness of health warnings and to reduce the chances of consumers being misled about the harmful effects of smoking,”
So the aim isn’t to stop kids smoking or to disgust the rest of us into quitting? Well, they can hardly claim that as it hasn’t had the blindest affect in the countries where it has already been introduced. The aim is solely to confuse shopkeepers and customers by making one brand indistinguishable from another and to make counterfeit products easier to sell.
The funny thing is thought that I doubt anyone buys a pack of cigarettes for the pack itself? They are far more interested in the contents. Maybe in Tobacco Control’s strange la-la land they have the impression that we smoke the packaging and not the tobacco?
As for the rest, I am fairly sure there isn’t a sinner out there who isn’t aware of the propaganda and the medi-porn. Your silly little messages have been on the packs for decades and the little pictures have been getting larger and larger over the years. People know about them and have become so accustomed to them that they have become invisible. First you told us and we ignored you. So you shouted your message instead and we still ignored you. Plugging in an amplifier and screaming in our ears is not going to make any difference to your “message” but will just piss us off. But then that’s the real reason behind the packaging, isn’t it? You really do like pulling the wings off flies, don’t you?
The plain fact about plain packs is that they are invisible anyway. I meet a lot of smokers and I honestly could not tell what brands they smoke, as they discreetly remove a stick and slip the pack back in their pockets straight away. Tobacco Control must be under the misapprehension that we all place our packs proudly on the table and stare at them admiringly. We don’t. When my tobacco pouch is empty I break open a new pack and decant the contents straight into the pouch. The original packaging goes in the bin and for the life of me I couldn’t tell you which message or medi-porn was on the cover.
Interestingly there is another article in the same paper –
Oh dear! That’s a bit awkward? Smoking had declined considerably since I was a lad, but cancer is rising at a “critical” rate? Surely rates should be dropping if we are to believe all those nice people in Tobacco Control? Could it be that Tobacco Control are wrong and that all their efforts have come to nothing?
Now there’s a challenge for an epidemiologist?
I’m a little late today.
I had to go down to the village for a meeting concerning something of grave concern.
There was only the one item on the agenda –
“Should we remove the village Christmas tree?”
The debate raged. Some were in favour of removing it, while some wanted it to stay. Some wanted the baubles removed but the tree left standing. I voted to remove the tree but leave the baubles where they were.
In the end, we decided to leave the fucking thing there in all its glory. It’s not doing any harm and it saves us the trouble of taking it down and putting it back up again at the end of the year.
After all, we stopped removing the street decorations about ten years ago.
It gives the tourists something to puzzle over.