Saturday, October 29, 2005

Cigarettes and Alcohol
So, the BRitish government is changing the laws governing the consumption of both alcohol and cigarettes.

Cigarettes are being banned except for in pubs that don't serve food, and clubs. This is supposed to be a major effort to improve the nation's health.

Meanwhile, alcohol 'licensing-laws', the laws which decide when and where alcohol can be sold, are being extended. This will mean round the clock drinking, and is apparently an attempt to tackle the British binge-drinking culture, replacing it with a more relaxed 'continental' attitute to alcohol.

The cigarette ban obviously seems like a step in the right direction health-wise. Extending the licensing hours is so obviously just going to be like pouring petrol onto a fire.

I guess that when you ban smoking, you are making a big dent in your tax revenues. You have to fill that hole up somehow don't you?

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The load gets lighter...
This afternoon I went along to my bank in Blagnac, and sat down with my account 'advisor'. I asked her how much I had left on that loan that has been a real pain in the ass. She gave me figure. It was less than I had in my bank account. Result = no more loan. Yippee!

I got home this evening and looked in my post. There was a collection of flyers advertising pizza and the like, and one letter. It looked a bit special and had definately come from the UK. I opened it up and sure enough, it was from the Student Loans Company. Balance paid in full, account closed. Yippee times two!

Now except for a little bit of credit card that is a piffling piddle in the previous ocean of debt, I am Mr Debt Free of Toulouse. I have to tremendously thank my parents who sorted out that financial operation.

All that debt was largely the result of 1) Drinking beer at university, and 2) Credit card financed consumer consumption. I have learnt my lessons on spending, I can tell you.

Anyway, now for that mortgage ;)

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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Cocaine
The BBC are reporting that Boy George, 80s musician and general fading star, accidentally invited the New York police to his appartment and got himself arrested for possession of cocaine. Accidentally my ass.

Meanwhile, having organised an press conference to get his point across, Robbie Williams commented on Kate Moss' use of cocaine saying that it was her business and people should leave her alone (poor Kate). Oh yeah, there was a something about his new album and T-Mobile who sponsor him but I'm sure that was incidental.

Personally I prefer the line from Rebecca Cheshire of the Addaction drug treatment centre, who said: "Rock stars and models can afford to go to rehabilitation clinics but the average person cannot. Teenage girls look up to Robbie Williams as a person to emulate and he has not considered the effect of his comments on the wellbeing of his fans."

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