James Leavey's Sharing An Ashtray With... Sir Jimmy Savile, Obe

Sir Jimmy Savile, OBE

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James Leavey's Corner
  By James Leavey

JL:Where and when did you start smoking"


JS:When I was seven years old, my father used to have a Christmascigar, which I found very interesting. In order to put me offsmoking, he let me have a drag on it - it worked the opposite way,and I’ve been on and off them, ever since.


JL: What do yousmoke now"


JS: Bolivar, medium size, because I think they’re the best smoke. Too big is too long, and too small is not long enough.


JL:What do you say when someone asks you to put our your cigar"


JS: Nobody wants to die young, and I’ve never had that happen to me.


JL:Who, living or dead, would you like most to share an ashtray with"


JS: WinstonChurchill.




JS: He wasunique.  He used to have a good bevvie and enjoyed a good smoke.  Hewas a real man.


JL:Whose doorway would you like most to smoke in"


JS: I don’t go in doorways.


JL:For a life-long smoker, you are very fit.


JS: I’ve run 214 marathons, done the Lands End-John O’Groats threetimes, and over 300 professional cycle races including the firsttour of Britain in 1951.  When I was wrestling, I enjoyed 107pro-fights.


JL:That’s not bad for a smoker…


JS: It’s not badfor anybody!


JL:Is it true you run marathons while enjoying an Havana cigar"


JS: I’m always a leg puller, I always like to have a nice joke onpeople, so very often I started a marathon with a Churchill cigar onthe go. So off I go and what the public don’t know is that 200 yardsdown the road one of my guys is waiting to take it from me. He thengoes 200 yards from the finish and when he sees me coming he lightsit up and hands it to me.  And I cross the line with a Churchillcigar on the go.


JL:Did anyone notice that the cigar hadn’t got any shorter"


JS: No, because people say ‘how many cigars do you smoke on the wayround’ and I say ‘3or 4’, which of course is not true.  It’s thesame one and it’s called ‘Anything for a Laugh’.


JL:What’s your most memorable smoking experience"


JS: Every time I light a cigar is a celebration.  Every single one.


JL:What do you say when someone asks you to put your cigar out"


JS: Nobody‘lets’ me do anything. I do exactly as I want.


JL:What about all these smoking bans"


JS: They don’t affect me at all.


JL:If there was a button that, once pressed, would stop everybodysmoking – would you press it"


JS: I would find that pointless.




JS: Because whyshould everybody stop smoking"


JL:What do you get out of smoking big cigars"


JS: If youstarted life skint, then a cigar was always the picture of beingloaded, and that’s the way that I still feel.   A cigar is an ‘allround good feeling.’


JL:What’s your favourite smoking story"


JS: When I wasstarting to get a few quid, I was a dance hall manager, and my nightwatchman had, as a first job when he came on, to go round theashtrays and see if there were any big butt ends of cigars – whichhe would collect.  I would then smoke them at public times through acigar holder and got the reputation for being totally loaded.

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