Elderly smokers refused shelter from the elements in their flats community room and faced prosecution for smoking there.
I've always liked my own company.
Don't get me wrong, I do like socialising too, but on my own terms. To me, sitting in a public house, whiling away a few hours of an evening and sinking a few beers with a smoke whilst chatting to the punters that idle by, is a real tonic. I would always get chatting to someone that I'd never seen nor met before and before you knew it they were calling last orders.
Now that they have imposed this diabolical smoking ban upon us I am quite happy to while away a few hours in front of my computer screen playing freecell (it's a card game) while sinking a few cans of Stella and smoking without freezing my nuts off. The downside though is I am smoking much more than I used to.
Although not socialising outside these four walls anymore I have always thought of those who's only break on the onset of depression due to loneliness was that trip to the pub a few times a week. An outing that most of them, I'm sure, couldn't come fast enough.
The recent Triblogology really brought loneliness through my doors and into my heart, especially the videos, which I give a second airing below.
Best viewed in 'full screen.' Click on the bottom right of this vid