Went to a pub last night – probably only the second time since I came back to York for my PhD (yea, I know its a bit pathetic in a city which boasts of having 365 pubs – one for each day of the year!) – but I had good reasons, before July last year, being a non-smoker, I hated going to pubs because of the smoke. I couldn’t risk going to pub for a drink and puking all over the smokers in there! And then the disgusting smoky smell you get on your clothes when you come back from the smoke-filled-pub afterwards would make me puke again!! Yuck!
Then for the second half of last year after the smoking ban in England (in public spaces!) I was in Ghana, again most of the time trying to dodge smokes coming my way – everybody seemed to smoke there!! Having been to a smoke-free pub now, I quite liked it! So may be I should get a bit adventurous and census the York pubs – one a day!! Seriously? NO. Especially when I have already noticed quite a few pubs shut down – may be due to smoking ban!?! – I would imagine this 365 pubs thing to be just a myth now.
If they had 365 pubs at some point in time, and somebody was actually going to one pub a day, I wonder what they did on 366th day in a leap year!?! Ahh these crazy thoughts! Don’t be surprised, I’ve just woken up with my head heavy (last nights drink and 3-hours’ sleep!) and am typing this with a cup of strong-dark-roast coffee on my side!! Well, happy Easter to those Easter-celebrating types. I’m just gonna enjoy bargain-offer chocolates and work my head off (I should probably say eyes and fingers off too, because my work involves sitting in front of the computer all day and
writingtyping and reading papers!! 🙁
By the way, I’ve been meaning to write a couple of “meaningful” posts (essay-types that I used to write when in Nepal!) – if you are already curious as to what subject matter, on Britishness – yeap, on British-ness (the previous word flagged-up an spelling error, which means there is no such thing as “Britishness”, at least not according to my computer’s dictionary, and I’m using UK-English with UK-English Dictionary!!!). Anyway, its something we’ve been hearing a lot here in England (or should I say in “Great” Britain!), especially since a Scot became the prime minister. Me, being a foreign student, with absolutely no desire to stay here for long or become a naturalised Briton (although I’ve lived here on and off since 1999, but I must add, solely for studies, and not even for job proper!!), I think I could write a thing or two about this issue without being biased 🙂 Anyway, I’ll definitely get to this once I finish the first draft of a paper, which, if I don’t, has the potential to derail my PhD altogether!! So, just a hint of things to come for now…just the hint…