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Monday, 24 December 2012

Pipe Smoking - a gentle hobby


Smoking is these days frowned upon and I gave up cigarettes some time ago but I do think that a person should be allowed to smoke if that's their choice. I still enjoy the odd cigar but one thing I will never give up is my beloved pipe. I started pipe smoking about a year and a bit ago, after snuffing out the fags, and consider it more of a hobby than a habit.

It's also better for you than cigarettes, since most of the time the smoker does not inhale. And there's few pleasures as good as a glass of full bodied red wine, a good book and a pipe.

(Pictured - Tolkien enjoying his pipe)

There is a definate art to pipe smoking and nothing helps me concentrate more when I'm writing than having a pipe hanging from my lips. I always used to be self conscious when puffing since it always seemed only the really old smoked pipes but these days the hobby, perhaps as a result of the draconian smoking laws is seeing something of a comeback.

There is an interesting pipe smoking podcast here THE OLD TOBY

So please don't demonise us pipe smokers - after all we are in good company.

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old guy rambling said...

Don't smoke but love the smell of a good pipe tobacco

Albie The Good said...

Gald to know you're a "brother of the briar." I love to relax with my pipe about twice a month or so.

Great list, too. A bunch of my heroes are on there, which is cool. I would add a few names to the list:

FRANK FRAZETTA, American artist
ROBERT SERVICE, Canadian poet
JIM KJELGAARD, U.S. Wildlife fiction author

I posted a poem by Service called "The Pipe Smoker" on my own blog which can be read here:


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Elizabeth J. Neal said...

It's also better for you than cigarettes, since most of the time the smoker does not inhale. And there's few pleasures as good as a glass of full bodied red wine, a good book and a pipe. how does a percolator bong work