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A place where I can lament the changing times; for eccentric comments on current affairs and for unfashionable views, expressed I hope, in cogent style; also occasional cris de coeur largely concerned, I regret to say, with myself.


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Monday, 17 November 2008


Yes, that's right: policies that address the real world!

Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA is renowned as a resort, and well known for its gambling facilities as well as other entertainments, sports etc.  The city was, I imagine, proud to have introduced a total smoking ban in its casinos just seven months ago.

As is the case elsewhere in the world, banning smoking meant effectively banning customers too. For the city, the current economic crisis has proved to have been a bit of a wake-up call and the City Council has relaxed the ban to the extent of permitting the casinos to install "ventilated smoking lounges away from the tables" according to this article in the Daily Telegraph.

To an inveterate smoker such as myself, I think a "ventilated smoking lounge" is a long way from my idea of say, a proper poker game!

Until the next time

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