The more I hear from Mr Hockney, the more wonderful he seems. This from the Today programme:
I’m living now. I want it exciting. Mind you, I can get excitement from a puddle.
(H/t: Joe Moran).
He edited an edition of Today over the holiday period and sent fellow smoker, the rather wonderful Caroline Wyatt on probably one of the best journalistic assignments of the winter: to investigate how smoking bans were being managed in Paris, Brussels and Berlin.
This involved what sounded like a convivial round of visits to bars and restaurants in each of these cities. I know Caroline a little and know she wouldn't be so rude as to refuse any hospitality proffered. The conclusion? One way or another the bans in each country have been adapted, either formally or informally, to accommodate the interests of smokers.
As an ex-smoker and continuing drinker with small children, whom I regularly take into pubs where they can irritate other adults, I'm naturally all in favour of a ban. But I do think we could be a little more accommodating to smokers. Particularly as after a bottle or two I often fancy a fag.