The Nanny State

The Nanny State


The Nanny State is here to stay

and woe betide those who go astray

Do you smoke they say

to this there is no give away

How many do you smoke each day

I replied that cigarettes were not within my pay

A pipe yes until the tobacco has burned away

He wrote the words, A smoker he does say

I was condemned that day

I am amongst those who stand outside to smoke

in whatever weather come what may

Do you drink I heard him say

How many units do you consume each day

What is a unit I asked in reply by chance

Do you drink every day

Yes I said and quite a lot I should say

He wrote the words

he smokes and drinks every day

Outside it was a sunny day

I filled my pipe with tobacco to delay

that moment in the pub when with a pint

in hand I could go outside in the rain

and smoke away

My twenty year old uncle was blown to bits one day

close to Dunkirk where he now does lay

He neither drank or smoked so people do say

and he never saw another day

So I shall drink my beer and smoke my pipe by the way

No matter what others may say

◄ That Great Emotion

A Gentler Age ►


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keith jeffries

Sat 5th Dec 2020 06:02

Brian, MC., and Paul. Thank you for your comments. MC you and I are in agreement to some extent. I too very occasionally also enjoy a cigar, maybe three times a year and Christmas being one of them. I am an intermittent smoker but do not feel addicted as I can go weeks even months and not bother to smoke. It is a therapeutic enjoyment which maybe harmful, but there again there are enough emissions from vehicles in a high street to cause permanent damage to us all, especially children in push chairs. I loathe cigarette smoke as it is so stale whereas pipe tobaccos and cigars have a pleasant aroma.

Thank you all again

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Paul Sayer

Sat 5th Dec 2020 00:06

I can't help but wonder if in some way smoking is beneficial to some.

Or the government would not want us to stop.

(Just another silly comment)

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Brian Maryon

Fri 4th Dec 2020 23:00

Good point I recommend drinking a glassful of soot every week.

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 4th Dec 2020 22:46

I liked a pipe and enjoyed the aromatic tobaccos - and often had a
cigar with a pint of beer for a change in the pub to finish the day.
In my retirement, that doesn't seem to rate as "smoking" as far as
the health questions seem to go. I guess it's about what might reach
the lungs where the trouble starts. But having patrolled London's
busiest streets and manned its traffic points over working decades, perhaps I'm immune to the stuff getting attention today that's referred to as pollution. Maybe a little dirt is needed in all our lives - just as vaccinations build up a body's resistance to other forms of invasion.

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Brian Maryon

Fri 4th Dec 2020 22:18

My mate's dad smoked a pipe. St. Bruno I think. His mum said, with straight face, that she loved a good shag. We couldn't hold it in!

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Paul Sayer

Fri 4th Dec 2020 19:09

LOL that would be great.

I used to smoke 'Clan' nothing comes close to tote on a pipe Keith.

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keith jeffries

Fri 4th Dec 2020 18:59

Stephen G, Stephen A., JD., Kevin and Paul, thank you for your comments which I appreciate. I smoke a pipe and use a Dutch aromatic tobacco. I often go days without smoking but only when I take a fancy to it. Paul it only counts if your piss smells of tobacco.

Thank you all again,

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Paul Sayer

Fri 4th Dec 2020 18:47

I don't smoke, but I steam when I piss, does that count?

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kJ Walker

Fri 4th Dec 2020 18:45

It's a long time since I saw anyone smoking a pipe. I don't smoke myself, but if I did I like to think that it'd be with a pipe .

Nice write.

Cheers Kevin

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keith jeffries

Fri 4th Dec 2020 17:59

A good tip JD

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J.D. Bardo

Fri 4th Dec 2020 14:11

I once new a man that was a daily smoker and drinker, who lived to be 106 years old. He did however, Jog the three miles to church and back every day without fail. Maybe that is the secret to old age.

nice write, (I smell smoke)

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