Looking At Edinburgh

30 May 2008

Aye butt. Nae butt.

Filed under: Current events, photos — Tags: , , , , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

In March 2006, the reason there were tables outside pubs and cafes in Scotland was because non-smokers preferred to sit outside away from the pong of cigarettes. From April 2006, the reason turned inside out: there are more tables outside than ever before, for smokers to sit outside because they can’t smoke indoors.

I remember when people could smoke on buses. (Running for a bus in winter, the cold air kniving at my throat, and trying to breathe shallowly through my nose because if I breathed smoke through my mouth I would start coughing and not be able to stop.)

I remember when people could smoke only on the upper half of the bus, only when they sat at the back, only in bus shelters.

I remember when I would come home from a night out and my jersey would smell like bonfires from all the smoke.

It hasn’t been that way for over two years now: I don’t miss it at all, but I do, sometimes, think it weird.

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Aye butt. Nae butt.

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