What’s the most obsolete object in the UK now? It has to be the ashtray. They’re no use indoors anywhere since the new non-smoking law came in on the 1st July, and the smokers who go outside tend to leave their ash and butts on the ground, stomped out in heaps.
It’s interesting that at one of the local pubs in Roade, (the village where we’re staying), the owner was saying to a couple of her customers last night that since the 1st July, the number of diners per day has increased markedly. Of course they have. People enjoy not having to inhale smoke while they’re eating. Only smokers like it otherwise.
The bars still pong a bit around the country, and no doubt will for some time yet, but the air is starting to clear. It’s a great step forward, even though smokers might not appreciate being made to go out and get a breath of fresh air.