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Banging on about the Smoking Ban


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I'm not much interested in fashion, so I wasn't in the least bit bothered when I heard that Christian Dior fashion designer John Galliano had been fired for making antisemitic remarks.

And so it was largely by accident that I finally watched this heavily-edited video of him making the remarks. What I saw was astonishing.

Galliano, as best I could make out, was sitting at night outside a Paris restaurant, and he was smoking. I've captured one of the relevant frames below. You can see the cigarette quite clearly.

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This completely changed my understanding of what had happened. Because, in fact, Galliano doesn't make any antisemitic remarks at all. He just tells the people at his immediately neighbouring table that they and and their mothers and their forefathers would be dead, and that they would have been gassed. There's nothing specifically antisemitic about that. Jews are not the only people who have ever been gassed.

The other thing which is quite clear is that the video records only part of what is clearly part of a longer conversation, during which Galliano seems to have taken a deep dislike of the people at a neighbouring table, and not because they are Jewish. Why did he take such a dislike to them?

My guess, for what it's worth, is that they complained that he was smoking. And Galliano, already deeply unhappy at having to shiver outside in the cold, and exhausted from just having completed his latest collection - which was due to be launched this last Monday - simply snapped and wished them and their mothers and their forebears had all been gassed.

Just like I would.

Because I hate these motherfucking antismoking bastards equally as much. Why, only a couple of days ago I was suggesting an eugenic programme to rid the world of them.

The EU smoking-ban-in-waiting calls for shock trials of high profile dissidents. I'm now wondering whether John Galliano may be the first of these. Except he won't be prosecuted for smoking, but for making 'antisemitic' remarks. Which would be quite typical of the way these mofos indirectly and deceitfully set about their aims.

Interesting.

I think that the smoking community should adopt Galliano as one of their own, as one of their dear and beloved sons. And anyway, we could do with a few fashion designers. And Kate Moss (another smoker, as you can see below) has asked him to design her wedding dress.




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If I may go slightly off topic for a second and learn something about the UK in the process:

I noticed that one of Mark Wadsworth's team members is known as The Sage of Muswell Hill.

What is the significance of Muswell Hill?

When I played lead guitar in a band, two of the songs I insisted on our performing were 20th Century Man and Muswell Hillbillies by the Kinks, both for their great rock beats and especially because I loved the lyrics.

Muswell Hillbillies contains this memorable refrain:

"They're putting us in identical little boxes
No character just uniformity
They're trying to build a computerised community
But they'll never make a zombie out of me"

I might be taking this out of context but a computerised community pretty well describes the internet and this song was written in 1971.

An old friend showed up at my doorstep one day wearing a blinking Bluetooth headset whilst holding an i-phone in his hand. As we tried to carry on a proper conversation, we kept getting interrupted by his gadgets. I gave up, made up an excuse that I had to leave, and bid him good day.

I thought to myself how my friend had become a computer zombie and immediately flashed on that old Muswell Hillbillie refrain.

The computerised community (internet) had indeed made a zombie (automaton) out of him.

Or perhaps Ray Davies was referring to an English, planned-suburban, computerised community in this vein:

Visitors to a new tourist attraction which has recently opened at Cadbury World in Birmingham will have the opportunity to create their own computerised village community guided by the one hundred ...

Now I know what an ASBO is - truly Orwellian.

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