Drinking at Race Meetings

August 6th, 2007
It is probably best not to drink too much when you go to the races.

UK Government Ciggie Ban is hitting pubs where it matters

August 3rd, 2007

It seems the [tag]ciggie ban[/tag] which was implemented on July 1st is hitting pubs where it hurts- in the cash register.

A report in the Sunday Mirror newspaper claims some landlords are claiming their takings have dropped by as much as 40%. For smaller [tag]pubs[/tag] this is of course an enormous drop, and if it continues, is likely to put a lot of pubs out of business.

The Mirror interviewed a number of Landlords and Landladies who’s comments include:

“Even though we’re in the heart of things, we’ve been hit pretty badly. We can’t afford fancy outdoor furniture with patio heaters so people are just staying away.”

“We’re much quieter. Profits have dropped drastically.”

“We’ve had a slide of about 10 to 20 per cent. I’d like to know where the nonsmokers that were supposed to be coming into pubs when the ban was introduced are. I haven’t seen any.”

“Takings are definitely down. Half the customers go outside in the interval to smoke, so we’re losing money from the bar.”

“I’ve lost up to a quarter of my trade.”

“We’ve got a roof garden but when it’s pouring with rain the ban does hit us.”

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Hamish Case Adjourned

August 2nd, 2007

[tag]Blackpool publican[/tag] [tag]Hugh Howitt[/tag] (known as Hamish) appeared in Blackpool magistrates court yesterday to face charges of allowing customers to light up in his pub, The [tag]Happy Scots Bar[/tag].

He was accompanied by his wife Joanne, son Hugh and a friend Warren Thompson who all face charges of smoking in the bar.

They have been ordered to return on 15th August.

Supporters were out in their droves to support Hamish, who has vowed to take his fight to the European courts if necessary.
Good Luck Hamish!

Bar Customers Panic as Flooding Threatens Ireland

July 29th, 2007

Flooding Bar


UK Pub Landlord Summonsed for Defying No Smoking Ban

July 23rd, 2007

[tag]Hamish Howitt[/tag] of the [tag]Happy Scots Bar[/tag] in Blackpool has been served seven separate summonses for failing to maintain a smoke-free pub.

Mr Howitt is due to appear before [tag]Blackpool[/tag] Magistrates’ Court on the 1st August. He has been against the ban as he considers it a breach of human rights, and refuses to “Shove his customers outside in the wind and the rain to allow them their right to smoke.”
He said: “I don’t incite smoking in my pub as our karaoke bar next-door is completely non-smoking. I’m not pro-smoking just pro-freedom. Having a pint and a cigarette in a pub is one of the last great enjoyments left for the working classes.”

I do not smoke, but I find it ridiculous paying customers should be pushed out onto the pavement to smoke when they are enjoying a drink in a pub.

I remember the days when a pub was an establishment where adult people went to indulge in compulsive behaviors along with other adult people also indulging in compulsive behaviors, and nobody interfered or batted an eyelid. It was left to the discretion of the landlord to decide how far his patron’s excesses should go, and customers would chose a favourite drinking hole accordingly.

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Guiness Beer Commercial

July 22nd, 2007

This is a really cool beer commercial from Guinness.

It amazes me how admen (and ladies) come up with the ideas for these fantastic ads- maybe drinking a large amount of Guinness gives you have a vivid imagination.
Oh No- forget that, I HAVE already tried it (I have a short memory), and large amounts of Guinness simply gives you a vivid feeling of nausea. Definately a case of ‘less is more’.

Famous Drinking Quotes

July 20th, 2007

I wish I was witty enough to make up some memorable quotes- but I am not so I have had to steal from others.
Anyway, not being famous wouldn’t give mine quite the same edge.

Famous Drinking Quotes by Famous People

“When I read about the evils of drinking I gave up reading.”
“My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn’t need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.”
-Henry Youngman (1906-1988)

“Work is the curse of the drinking class.”
-Oscar Wilde (1889-1945)

“I’ve stopped drinking, but only while I’m asleep.”
-George Best (1946-2005-Used up two livers)
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