By Roger Bealey
Our Wetherby columnist
It’s a crazy world. We didn’t say it, but we certainly thought it. There were four of us sitting outside in the beer garden of a local pub and we were smoking.
There wasn’t a cigarette smoker amongst us which probably was why the conversation went as it did.
Now that there is a smoking ban, pavements are all littered with cigarette ends and the filter tips take years to rot away. In the old days they used ashtrays in the pubs. And whilst a smoking ban on tobacco is enforced, there is also talk of making the smoking of cannabis legal.
It is no longer possible to buy pipe cleaners in Wetherby – Morrisons has stopped selling them so you have to go to Harrogate or Otley for such things. At least there is a proper tobacconists in Otley. We need one in Wetherby. It might be a good opportunity for one to move into Wetherby and occupy one of those vacant shops.
Have you ever noticed how seldom pipe smokers get into trouble? Two of our number are ex-police officers and they couldn’t remember pipe smokers causing any major problems and being arrested. Is it because we’re more thoughtful and contemplative – and is that because smoking a pipe has made us so; or is it because people who are more contemplative by nature are more likely to have taken up smoking a pipe?
Then it was time to go inside to join the other three non-smoking members of our party. They might even have bought in another round of drinks for us from the kitty. Which being already in contemplative mood made me wonder why we call it a kitty?