Game of mu­si­cal chairs be­fore the film

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

You may re­mem­ber how a few years back Cineworld in Ash­ford got a lot of stick for in­tro­duc­ing a sys­tem where cus­tomers were al­lo­cated a par­tic­u­lar seat when buy­ing/ book­ing a ticket rather than the pre­vi­ous free for all sys­tem which al­lowed them to sit any­where that wasn’t al­ready oc­cu­pied.

Yet de­spite this there’s still the oc­ca­sional up­set over seats.

A mem­ber of the Nuts and Bolts team who is a reg­u­lar cin­ema-goer went to see a none too pop­u­lar film last week, bought a ticket for a back row seat and was sur­prised, and an­noyed, when en­ter­ing the cin­ema to see some­one sit­ting in his seat.

He went to the seat and pointed this out to the woman, who was with an­other woman, who seemed rather an­noyed to be asked to move but did – a cou­ple of seats along the aisle.

Then the in­evitable hap­pened. An­other lone man en­tered the au­di­to­rium and the same woman had moved to the seat he had booked. He said it didn’t mat­ter, told the woman and her friend to stay where they were, and sat in the aisle seat im­me­di­ately in front of them.

Two min­utes later a cou­ple ar­rived, and sur­prise, sur­prise the lone man was sit­ting in one of the seats they had booked. So he then moved fur­ther along the same aisle.

Con­sid­er­ing all this hap­pened in two rows of seats in an oth­er­wise al­most empty cin­ema, with a ca­pac­ity of about 250, this was a ridicu­lous chain of events (like some­thing out of a Char­lie Chap­lin silent movie) and all caused be­cause two women hadn’t sat in the right seats that they must have se­lected when they booked.

Ba­nanas ... good for you, tasty and amaz­ingly cheap.

But, why is it that a ba­nana grown in some­where like the Caribbean and shipped or flown over here from a dis­tance of around 4,700 miles away costs 20p in Ash­ford’s Tesco Ex­press in the High Street, while an ap­ple grown in Kent and de­liv­ered to the same shop, a dis­tance of prob­a­bly 20 miles, costs twice as much (40p)?

How daft is that? Well quite frankly it’s ba­nanas!

Can you be­lieve that it’s 10 years since the ban on smok­ing in en­closed pub­lic places was in­tro­duced?

How time flies when you’re en­joy­ing your­self – by not breath­ing in other people’s fag smoke on buses, trains and planes and in pubs, restau­rants etc etc.

Smoke­free leg­is­la­tion was im­ple­mented in Eng­land on July 1, 2007. In the year fol­low­ing there was a 2.4% re­duc­tion in hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions for heart at­tack and in the three years fol­low­ing the law’s in­tro­duc­tion, there were al­most 7,000 fewer hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions for child­hood asthma.

Sup­port for the smoke­free leg­is­la­tion has be­come even stronger in the decade since its in­tro­duc­tion. The cur­rent level of pub­lic sup­port in Eng­land has been mea­sured by YouGov sur­veys at 83%. Even the ma­jor­ity of those who smoke ev­ery day sup­port the leg­is­la­tion (52% sup­port and 25% op­pose).

But since the ban was in­tro­duced there’s been a mas­sive in­crease in the use of e-cig­a­rettes (pre­sum­ably be­cause smok­ers think they will not kill them).

How­ever e-cigs aren’t in­cluded in the Health Act 2006 that led to the smok­ing ban and there is no law that says vapers can­not use elec­tronic cig­a­rettes in pubs.

That’s a great shame be­cause why when en­joy­ing a pint do you have to in­hale the foggy steam that em­anates from an e-fag.

Ban them too!

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