Corpus Christi City Council passed a really restrictive ban on smoking in bars, billiard halls and restaurants, despite a huge display of opposition. And once again, special interests take precedence over the will of the people. Having seen the special interest groups in action in Decatur, AL, I know how these things get passed. The will of the people has nothing to do with Council decisions, and their passage of smoking bans is a foregone conclusion. Opposition means nothing and is just in place to give the illusion of a democratic discussion. In Decatur the opposition was ejected from the council chambers by the police.
Crack. Fizz. Gulp. Ahhhhhh. Is there a drinking experience more classically Australian than ripping the ring-pull off a beer? "The visceral pleasure from that first crack of a beer can is identical to popping a champagne cork," says wine and drinks writer Mike Bennie. "There's also huge appeal in the tinnie's nostalgia factor."