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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2014 23:44:04 GMT
RedAlFire says:
I would reply martin but zon has zapped it. All I did was list some cigarette brands. Too long to start again...maybe tomorrow.

Posted on 27 Jan 2014 23:48:59 GMT
Lez Lee says:
Yes Martin, my husband and I collected Embassy coupons - I've still got a complete tea/coffee set. We didn't collect Green Shield, we had the pink ones, don't remember what they were called.

Posted on 28 Jan 2014 06:56:16 GMT
Gordon Dent says:
I remember browsing the Green Shield Stamp catalogue in my more deluded moments and dreaming about when we'd have the 2,000 books required to purchase a Ford Escort. On an average family's expenditure I think it would only have taken about 250 years to collect them.

Posted on 28 Jan 2014 08:42:41 GMT
wobberoo says:
I can remember the Embassy Regal coupons. Used to even pick them up in the street! Saved enough to redeem them for a decent dartboard, though. Had to save about a thousand, mind!!!

Posted on 28 Jan 2014 09:11:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2014 09:12:13 GMT
Brass Neck says:
My first packet of snouts was at the age of around 11 from a vending machine OUTSIDE a newsagents, none of that pestering an adult to go in and get some. 10 B&H cost 10p and you got a 1/2 p back inside the wrapper. Packed in when I was 21 about a month before Uni finals ..... last year. Harumph.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2014 09:54:10 GMT
RedAlFire says:
When I decided to take on a larger unit for my company I fitted it out completely with flat pack (plus a few self-designed/constructed fitted units) in 3 days. 5 desks plus computer tables, 4 filing cabinets, 18 storage racks, shelving (cased and open), 2 work benches, reception desk, kitchen cupboards and washbasin surround for wc plus 5 highback executive chairs. Just the one failing, one of the desks had insufficient fixings - fashioned my own replacements, looked a little odd from the back but fine from the front. The lot lasted the 9 years we were there! :-)

In earlier times I did have a young lady working for me as an extinguisher service engineer, whilst a little hesitant at first she turned out to be a first class engineer and could turn her hand (if you'll pardon the expression) to a host of different tasks. But then she listened and didn't think she knew it all on day one....

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2014 10:04:46 GMT
RedAlFire says:
Try again then...and I'll copy it just in case.

Don't recall any of the 'posh' cigs coming in packs of 5 tbh, the likes of Rothmans, JPS, Dunhill, Lambert & Butler, Bensons, Peter Stuyvesant (remember them?). Not too sure about Piccadilly (nan used to smoke them before the lure of Kensington coupons) and Pall Mall I don't remember in 5's nor Guards, which were only in 10's/20's I'm sure. I stuck with Rothmans as my brand of choice as I got loads of formula one gear from their 'coupons', this extended into sports clothing and accessories - still have a sports bag and some of the 'limited edition' bits they would include in with your order.

When I started working in Mayfair in the late(ish) 60's, would splash out on a packet of 'posh' on payday from a splendid tobacconist in Burlington Arcade. Sobranie Black Russian and Sobranie's cocktail cigarettes with the paper of the cigarette printed with a scroll design all over, Dunhill, Rothmans International, Virginia Slims and the others that seemed about a foot long! There used to be the occasional 'limited edition' packs in the 70's that were a little 'individual' when you were 'flashing the ash' in a West End pub! Posing or what???

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2014 11:34:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2014 11:46:31 GMT
rothman's was also my choice for everyday smokes - i think it was the juxtaposition of scruffy punk with the elite 'airline pilot' advertising. for payday treats, we used to go to a great tobacconist in town (long gone), and usually went for french brands, gitanes, disque bleu, etc. sobranies looked good but tasted like dust. even bought snuff occasionally for a pose.

it was pall mall i used before switching to electronic cigarettes

Posted on 28 Jan 2014 11:36:00 GMT
My Aunty Nora used to smoke thin cigarettes that were either pale green or such a delicate shade of lilac. I remember sitting on her knee as a very young child and thinking how glamorous and beautiful they looked and how I couldn't wait until I would be considered old enough to smoke my own?!! - LOL! Thankfully, poor old Aunty Nora would also frequently go a rather unusual colour herself (puce!) when smoking them and always had such a horrendous cough, and that was enough to put me off! ;o>

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2014 12:13:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2014 12:18:48 GMT
RedAlFire says:
tech, I took up a pipe when I was about 15 or 16, lasted about a year! My maternal grandfather, such a lovely man, smoked a pipe (except for a cigar or two at Christmas - always Tom Thumb) and perhaps I wanted to be like him. What a palaver! Scrape out the bowl, take about 3 attempts to light the thing (baccy too tight, too loose, a bit damp...) and have to relight it if you put it down, not to mention cleaning the spittle out of the bowl to save embarrassing 'bubbling' as you smoked. All that relighting saved on tobacco but the lighter fuel/matches cost negated that! Also, the public would look fondly when first lighting up, but lord help you if you stayed too long!!!

Mate of mine did the snuff pose, lasted until he had to go to the docs to get his nasal passages cleared as his sinus were inflamed so badly he couldn't breathe...but he still smelt (as I liked to remind him).

Tried a cigarette holder for a while, there was this big health scare thing and these were supposed to be the b-all and end-all! Ruddy thing would get blocked making it harder and harder to smoke...didn't last long. This was during my more 'hippy' stage, did start a bit of a fad though! Even remember a bloke trying to smoke a roll up through one....yeah man!

Must admit I took to cigars for a while in the late 70's to early 80's. Panama in 6 packs were the faves, along with a Castella with a pint after football on Sunday lunchtimes. Henri Winterman Slim Panatellas were a posing cigar, almost made me get a poncho as my mates would call me Clint (or something like that) as I was the only cigar smoker amongst a group of about 40 blokes.

I gave up smoking must be closing on 20 years ago now, went to France with bruv in law and wives on booze cruise. Got the booze, then the cigs, got to the counter to pay and was working out my money and said 'had enough of this', and went and put them all back. Apart from finishing the pack I had the next day (about 3 or 4) whilst working on a Sunday (never good) I think I've had one Henri Wintermans Cafe Creme cigar on the first Christmas after giving up...and nothing more. Didn't really miss it much either in those early days, which others call the 'dark dim days of withdrawal'. Still don't miss them either.

Posted on 28 Jan 2014 12:17:32 GMT
TheFoe says:
I remember Silk Cut used to have some quite clever ideas on their advertising billboards, and for a short time there was a brand called 'Death' that were packaged in a black box with a skull on it and were pretty strong.

Posted on 28 Jan 2014 12:25:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2014 12:25:54 GMT
My Dad used to smoke beautiful Meerschaum pipes for many years - you know? - the ones with the very intricate and fascinating faces for a pipe bowl. I kept a few of them after he gave up because they are just so amazing to look at. He had a father time, a pirate, a roaring lion and a russian guard. And he used Golden Virginia tobacco from a tin that always reminded me of the delicious smell of honey...Mmmmm.

Posted on 28 Jan 2014 12:32:28 GMT
a mate of mine, for the benefit of the hard of hearing shopkeep, used to ask for half ounce of gordon's vagina. 'twas the same shop where we sent a friend of ours to buy a quarter of 'dangleberry drops'. he returned to tell us that '****** says they're sold out'.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2014 12:41:06 GMT
Okay, okay! - I admit it!...on my very first day in my first job as a Student Nurse I was sent off the ward in search of a bag of blue blood and a sterile flatpack of fallopian tubes...!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2014 12:45:12 GMT

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2014 13:30:47 GMT
Most of the fancy Silk Cut ads were photographed by Duffy, who also did the David Bowie Scary Monsters album cover........and a load of clever ads for Smirnoff. Great photographer.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2014 13:58:00 GMT
TheFoe says:
Don't worry Suzy, in my first job I was asked to get a jar of elbow grease for my supervisor but fortunately I asked my Dad in my lunchbreak where to get it from and he put me straight. Never lived that one down.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2014 14:02:00 GMT
TheFoe says:
Thing is Smitty all that advertising malarky was banned for fear of encouraging kids to smoke. I reckon if you asked any underage smoker why they do it and the answer will either be, to look cool, to look grown up, or to look hard. Advertising will have had F.A. to do with it.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2014 14:06:54 GMT
RedAlFire says:
Love it! I did the dirty on two young lads sent for school release by sending them round to the wholesalers for the hooks!!

Mine was more intricate, I had to ask for a double ended coaxial splitter with a male acceptable connection to an unflanged lubricated female opening and to make sure it was all B.S.

Posted on 28 Jan 2014 14:38:16 GMT
Grimmy says:
My mum used to smoke Du Maurier which came in a realy cool looking flip-top box, though I never smoked them. My first cig was probably a Rothmans, though was into Senior Serrvice in my early teens and we all aspired to Sweet Aftons and Passing Clouds, but could never afford them. Also quite keen on unfiltered Pall Malls, Lucky Strikes and Gitanes.

Probably why my lungs are now toast

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2014 15:17:09 GMT
Wharf Rat says:
Try absorbing sweet corn Gordon!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2014 16:02:55 GMT
wobberoo says:

Posted on 28 Jan 2014 16:40:29 GMT
Scarlet Lady says:
I smoked Silk Cut and if I was feeling a toughcase Marlboro Lights. Gave up when I got to the point of smoking two a day, unless I was clubbing it up and then would smoke 20 in one night.

Posted on 28 Jan 2014 16:43:40 GMT
Wharf Rat says:
Can you remember.....(sweet department)....

Army & Navy,Fizzers,Munchies,Poppets,White Chocolate Mice,Lemon Crystals
Refreshers,Catherine Wheels,Liquorice Root Sticks,Gobstoppers,Flying Saucers and
Dolly Mixtures,Cadburys Milk Tray Bar.........a misspent youth in my time.

Use to call B&H - Benson & Hedgehogs and Rothmans as Coughmans!

Posted on 28 Jan 2014 16:53:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2014 16:55:12 GMT
Grimmy says:
dredging up memories of the sweetshop round the corner from primary school where I used to get the Beano and Fantastic Four comics:
Rhubarb and custards,
pear drops,
those choc buttons with 100s and 1000s on them
has anybody mentioned jamboree bags?

Lemon sherberts of course

I like the way this thread has lurched completely OT into a nostalgia for poisons riff
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