At the last vapefest all talk in the queue was of the new Fogatti and iHybrid. At the last count I reckoned up around 20 mods being launched in the UK this time…and I’m convinced I am drastically underestimating. This is in conjunction with vendors across the country rocking up with their stock in hand.
The last twelve months has seen a continued growth in the size of the vaping market – a market that needs feeding with its insatiable desire for product. It is interesting to witness how various mod manufacturers have chosen to deal with this demand. Not just mods, the huge number of atomisers of all shapes, sizes, metals and prices has flooded vape stores across the UK.
What makes us failures? There’s a big list but according to a newspaper this week the answer is ‘television’.
This could be deeply upsetting news - well it would be if I watched one. I can’t remember when I stopped watching television; it must have been a gradual decline over the years. I do remember that someone spoke to me about a program recently and refused to accept that I hadn’t watched it. To be honest, TV life was never the same after they cancelled Eldorado.
Lots of things are bad for you - for some people it is cheese, alcohol or kinky sex games, Me? I found becoming a human bumper for a car while on my motorobike was particularly deleterious.
It never ceases to amaze me, the number of people who would compel you to do or not to do something because of their opinions. Not because of the science, not because of evidence, but their opinions.
As vapers we are blessed that most of the vendors in the UK are decent folk who bend over backwards to help if there’s a problem. This guide is intended for any person new to vaping or experiences a problem with their product/vendor when buying online.
The guide looks at two things to help you: The Consumer Contracts Regulations and the Sale Of Goods Act.
Back at the birth of the internets, at a quarter past dial-up, someone on a bulletin board told me that the government monitor my telephone for keywords. Later, while was I studying Computer Science, I read about a list of companies who employed voice recognition software to analyse the conversations going on in your house to identify key words. They did this as they were considered to be potential targets for terrorism, places such as Post Offices and British Gas installations. Yuma decapitated consulate army MS13 attack durka durka Mohammed Jihad!
When the bombshell was dropped I was lost for words. Those who know me understand what a rare occurrence this is, only beaten by my daughter’s inability to draw breath in order to add punctuation to her seemingly endless monologues. Staggered. Shocked. Sad. Wave upon wave of sadness.
I guess if I think back now I can point to indicators that this was coming but while the good times are rolling you don’t take time out to plan for the worst. At least I didn’t. I don’t have a pre-nup, I’d made no provisions for this and I own no insurance. I do own an impressive music collection and it has been in the bosom of Kirk Brandon I’ve sought solace this afternoon.
With less than a month to go it’s time to start preparing for the biggest vapers event in the UK. Being the kind-hearted souls we are we thought we’d turn our thoughts to what prep work you need to focus on, especially if this is your first time. With the growth in vaping over the last year this is obviously going to be more popular than ever – bigger venue, a whole weekend – it’s like Xmas without the family arguments, poor films and having to suffer your relations.
Words cannot fully encapsulate the love I have for the character Dr. Zachary Smith in the television series Lost In Space. Well, for the camp and barbed interplay between him and The Robot. At the time I figured I really liked the robot because:
“Non, Je ne regrette rien” sang Edith Piaf. I don’t regret anything either, I don’t think you can see life’s downs that way.
Motorbike, train, car – whatever, for me travelling is all about the journey and not the destination. It’s the events that happen on the way and the people you meet. It’s the stories you accumulate and the things you experience that give life its texture, that make it a life lived.
When the going gets tough the smart find somewhere else to be or a good excuse. This isn’t a famous quotation by anyone important, it’s just been the story of my life. I’m brilliant at quitting, you name it and I’ve quit it. Well, almost all of it.
My Curriculum Vitae was inspired by a lecturer I had who took a break from the topic in hand to explain to us that the only thing important was getting a job. I asked her whether it was best to tell the truth or lie (having had over seventeen different jobs prior to doing the course at 22). She said that if I told the truth I’d never get the job and that if I lied I might get a job but then be sacked if found out. Lying won the day then.