Good little children — 6 Comments

  1. When I was a lad at school it was traditional for smokers to light up furtively in or behind the bicycle shed. Can I suggest a theory to account for Irish schoolkids slipping badly in the international school smoking league table? I think the numbers of schoolchildren going to school on bikes has dropped dramatically as they are bussed to their catchment schools in clapped-out former public buses. Hence many school bicycle sheds have fallen into disuse and been dismantled for scrap. So there's one way for us to regain our self-respect as furtive schoolboy smokers. Start a go-to-school-on-a-bike movement. Bicycle sheds will again become social focal points. And since many schools are now co-ed, the girls can join the lads behind the sheds for a good puff and whatever. We'll put Iceland and Bulgaria in their place.

    • The old bicycle shed is legendary!  I remember in my day you could clearly see the gentle cloud of blue smoke wafting on the breeze from behind the shed.  The year I left  they opened a student smoking room, which shows how enlightened they were.

      Of course, when you think about it, so many kids get collected by Mammy of Daddy these days so they have fewer opportunities to nip into the shops.  I cycled and used to buy my two fags [6d, if I remember correctly] on the way home.  Ah the good old days……….


  2. A sorry state of affairs indeed.

    Our bike sheds were a bit exposed, and a bit of a hike from the playground. Fortuitously, the gym flanked the playground, and there was an extension which didn't run the full length of the gym, which created a cosy little 'smoker's corner', which could be easily guarded by the appointed 'screws', who in return for their watching duties would get a few drags of the cigs going round.


    • Hah!  I've just had a memory flash of the brother [religious, not familial] striding across the playground with the cane at the ready, as a stream of lads pour out from behind the shed.  I don't think he ever caught anyone though!

  3. These days, alas, there'll be a CCTV camera busy recording the scene, so sensible smokers play truant.

    • They probably have smoke detectors too.  Can't let the little scallywags away with it, can we?

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