Something is not right with the world. I appreciate that the nausea and involuntary shaking is a result of yesterday's alcoholic excess, but there is still something not sitting as it should. The planet appears to have been re-ordered.
I’ve never had the inclination to indulge myself in a popularity contest. Despite not having achieved anything worthy of being considered for an online forum vote I was delighted to be excluded this year. Clint Eastwood once said “A man should know his limitations,” and mine cover anything laying beyond making a half-decent fry-up.
People of a certain age will forever link the title of this post with a top shelf naturist magazine that was either an eye-opener or a bitter disappointment depending on your personal outlook. For some reason it always struck me as an incredibly odd journal - in the way that ones about buses or tractors didn’t. I imagine that a fair number of non-vapers would look at an ecig magazine similarly perplexed manner.
Let’s go all arty, let’s contemplate design. We can ponder on the pleasant aesthetics of the curve, the Euclidean beauty of the circle and (especially exciting for 80s Blondie fans) the fundamental simplicity of parallel lines. We all want vaping gear that works but many of us are put off by a visually challenging set up.
Inertia – a reluctance to alter a given course of direction. Massive objects require more than a hanky being flapped to get them to change direction. An artic lorry needs a heavy prod to shift its trajectory. So why have my unused but comparatively lightweight mods been so hard to shift from the desk?
I was once told there were two personality types: those who do and those who don’t. This was clearly meant to be some kind of motivational lecture on behalf of frustrated teachers throughout the school, to inspire me on to greater things. It failed; I remained a disillusioned teacher.
It is something that doesn’t feature much on the “Come holiday in Wales” websites or associated literature. In fact, it’s distinctly possible that many proud Welsh people are blissfully unaware of it, but Wales lays claim to being the powerhouse of the Victorian leech farming capital of Europe.
Much has been made of the decline of the standalone satnav in the media this week. With it leaving the basket used to calculate the consumer prices index, and replaced by ecigs, I’m left wondering why?
As a physicist I’ve held a long-term fascination with the aural and visual splendour of the subject. As an artist I hunt out aesthetic pleasure in everything and vaping is no exception. What is the point in art? To me it serves to illustrate life, provide answers to questions and give a sense that we are all part of something so much bigger than ourselves. The intrinsic beauty of art can both challenge and reward. Vaping is art.
A simple question is posed here: to what extent does harm reduction work; will people not simply displace a set of behaviours with something else of equal abhorrence to Public Health officials?
Harm reduction advocates argue that vaping is an essential tool in reducing harm for those who wish to use nicotine. Those lying behind the opposition to ecigs would prefer a blunter tool that, given the opportunity, would be an outright ban.