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  1. Nis, I’m a qualified translator and have , as you know, spoken German 24/7/365 everyday for the last three decades so if your German authors want to write in German, I’ll happily translate any German article into English (sorta, maybe)…usually in under 24 hours. I can do it the other way around of course but that would take longer….2 or 3 days probably.

  2. Are you 100% certain they were Dominos cigarettes because there’s no reference to that brand full stop?

    Domino cigarettes on the other hand is plastered everywhere. Doubt you’ll find an image of a 4 pack though.

    • No, you’re probably right that they were called ‘Domino’. That was an error on my part. I found lots of images for domino cigarettes, but they were all either American or French(?), in normal packs of 20. The ones I’m talking about were UK made, and not related to the images I found. They only made them in the small packs of four. I think they probably disappeared in the early 1960s.

        • No, definitely not Woodbines. I don’t actually remember Woodbines coming in packs smaller than 10. Before my time, I guess – I wasn’t born until 1949.

    • Ha! The stuff that has passed through my hands that had I kept would have made me wealthy is staggering, particularly cars. The old Messerschmidt; Morris Traveller; Austin Cooper ‘S’ (bored out to 1400cc with uprated carbs); Chrysler ‘S’ series; first-run SWB Jaguar XJ6 – the list goes on. Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20 vision.

  3. LOL, School photographs…. I have a lot on each of which I look obstinate. And I was. I hated the being lined up lark.

    Anyway, going back to the title of this post, Smoking Bandits is a very polished site, and deserves all the support it can get. I was asked just recently to submit a post, but had to offer an old blog post from here, as this has been a busy week, and I didn’t have the time to write anything new.
    Yours is up this week.

    • Yeah, school photos! For some reason, that’s the only one I still possess. God, I hated that fucking school. Talk about a throwback to a bygone era…

  4. It is nice to see a new pro-choice site up especially since the antismoking crusade is becoming increasingly ruthless and opposing viewpoints are brutally suppressed in the mainstream media.

    Just today, I see the Japan Times is once again calling for comprehensive smoking bans and lambasting the government for not enacting draconian bans. Check out their editorial Measures against secondhand smoke insufficient” https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2018/03/19/editorials/measures-secondhand-smoke-insufficient/#.WrA2762ZPuQ

    The antismokers are seeking prohibition; they must be stopped.

    • Yes, it promises to be a good site. I really hope it attracts a diverse international mix of contributors.

      I dunno what it is about the MSM and their enthusiasm for ever more draconian restrictions on smoking. It’s not as if they have a horse in this race. Unless of course they get regular full-page anti-smoking ads placed and paid for by TC. Now the tobacco companies are no longer allowed to pay them lots of money for advertising, they naturally have no reason to support that side of the argument any more.

      • I think it is a combination of Pharma advertising revenue combined with blind acceptance of the relentless antismoker propaganda. it is essentially a ‘self-licking ice cream cone’. Without dissent the ‘accepted’ view prevails. unfortunately few recognize the outright fraud and exaggeration that helped build that accepted view. Since dissent is brutally suppressed the only voice heard by most is that of prohibitionists ad antismokers.

  5. Not “Celts”, “Jutes”. My school had a similar convention, and I too was an Angle.

    And we too had pip pens, and proper ceramic inkpots in the front of the desks (filled by an ill-tempered janitor with a seriously specialist ink jug). The pens were quite fun really, because you had to learn to use them properly (messily, at first) in order to get any sort of result — and there’s a valuable principle there.

    The way they work is actually an elegant bit of physics (surface tension of liquids, wettable surfaces, menisci, etc.). You could even use blotting paper in the inkwell to demonstrate osmosis, and how molotov cocktails work. I have retained a curiosity for popular science ever since.

    —BT

    • Ha! Yes, I think you’re right, it probably was the Jutes. As for pot-filling, we had an ‘ink monitor’ whose responsibility it was to ensure all the pots were full in the morning; and that position was rotated through the class. And blotting paper was an essential part of the writing process. It also made an excellent projectile when folded tightly, soaked in ink and dispatched via a robust rubber band.

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