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Vaping: The Answer To Life, The Universe And Everything?

Well, it certainly annoys the do-gooders and bores ...



I've been thinking about vaping recently. I stopped smoking some five years ago. I was in a pantomime and was fed up with going to the stage door for a ciggie, plus I wanted to give up ...

Vaping in great for annoying the do-gooders and bores, but is far better for you than smoking.

Vaping in great for annoying the do-gooders and bores, but is far better for you than smoking.

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I went and bought a vape device and since that day I've never smoked another cigarette. Now, vaping is certainly not proven safe, but pretty much certain that its not as bad as smoking cigarettes.

"That's good enough for me."

I'm trying to cut down on vaping as well as its a bit of a pain in the bum to keep remembering to charge the thing up, but what I really like about it is that it keeps everyone happy. People nearby can hardly notice you doing it, but if you feel naughty you can plume out smoke to enrage the boring do-gooders.

I sometimes have a secret vape on a train or aircraft where its banned, just because I like to do something technically illegal. They're easy to hide and no-one can notice you doing it if you're surrepticious about it. Oh and also, whatever they tell you, they don't set off smoke alarms. I've tested then in planes, trains and hotel rooms.

"But also, now smoking is banned, they are trying to ban vaping as well."

So it gives bores something to ban. Bores always like to ban things they don't like. Meat, booze, fags, you name it, someone wants to ban it. I've never quite got that. I'm an ex-drinker and a pretty heavy sipper in my time, but i've never felt the need to stop others from drinking any more than I cared if anyone drank when I was on the stuff.

It really doesn't worry me if others don't do what I do, or believe in the same things as me. I have no problem if someone wants a fag or cigar in my house or up at my club, The Winchester Club. I make the rules and the rules are that we open a window.

"Same rule as we have for farting."

But vaping has it all. It gives the loonies something to rant about, but doesn't actually effect anyone at all. And that is a precious commodity in these days of political correctness. Long may it continue ...

Until next time ...


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David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.

David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.

His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.

Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.