Pubs

It’s been pointed out to me recently that although the pubs in Britain smell a lot less smoky after the introduction of the smoking ban, they now smell much more of the other people in the pub, and that’s not obviously an improvement.

7 thoughts on “Pubs”

  1. In a purely aesthetic sense, you may be right, but I haven’t yet heard of BO causing cancer.

    You do often have to negotiate a cloud of smoke to get into or out of pubs though. Will be interesting to see the effect of colder weather…

  2. The pub I was outside last week had such strong heaters I can quite see it being usable all through winter. Felt a bit strange though and probably quite expensive financially and environtmentally.

    The BO problem is thought to be particularly bad in clubs, not that I imagine any of us go to them. Apparently one solution is to pump around perfumed air.

  3. Unintended consequences work both ways, of course.

    I’m told by a friend who writes about food and drink for a local paper that the landlords around his way are increasingly enthusiastic about the ban. If you have any kind of outdoor area, however scrubby, it’s now packed however cold it gets, freeing up a proportionate amount of space inside. It’s as if the government built them all extensions.

  4. In a purely aesthetic sense, you may be right, but I haven’t yet heard of BO causing cancer.

    Imagine the Daily Mail headlines if it did! And the ensuing government campaign – a bit like Viz’s notorious Bottom Inspectors, but with far greater powers.

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