So they are picking on the cheeeldren now? The little brats will have to leave the playground before grabbing a quick drag? They can't have a smoke in the car on the way there, and now they can't smoke when they get there? I suppose that is fair enough – it will get them used to the vilification they can come to expect in later life.
I am intrigued by this concept of "smoke free spaces" though. I can see that working within the confines of a building all right but how is the smoke supposed to know it can't enter a playground? It's akin to the concept of Ireland being nuclear free and expecting the radiation to respect that when Sellafield blows up. Are they going to box in all the playgrounds so that the smoke can't get in? Or maybe they'll box them in to stop the smoke getting out – can't have them pesky kids polluting our fresh clean air which we have a right to?
I'm also still a little puzzled over the concept of "denormalisation". I have done a little research on this and have discovered that "denormalization" [with a Mercan spelling?] is a method of optimising [with an English spelling!] a database to improve read performance and reduce disk access. You can read the full explanation here. Now that is simple enough, but how on earth does it apply to smokers? Are they padding me out with spurious data to allow me to be read more efficiently? Do they really think I'm a relational database?
To the best of my knowledge, none of the lads [or lasses] in the village who smoke look any different. In fact they all look distinctly un-different, so what exactly are the signs of "denormalisation" that I should look for? I have even asked a few of them if they are normal or otherwise and just get strange looks in return.
How will I know if and when I have been denormalized? Will I start wearing skirts and odd shoes? I already wear odd socks – no missing sock syndrome here – so is this one of the first signs? Will I start walking backwards everywhere?
Will someone please explain?
I find it all rather confusing.
Does anyone else find this conjures up some pretty nauseating images, or is it just me?