Canadian writer Marni Soupcoff is appalled at the prospect of Cigarette Police bashing their way into private homes. She says anti-smoking has become positively frightening. Oh, yeah. She doubts alarmist propaganda about “secondhand smoke.” Right on. She says she would still find anti-smoking fanatical and scary even if she gave the “benefit of the doubt” to the “passive smoking” alarmists. Oh, no. Never respect battering-ram propaganda. Frightened Marni had better be prepared to give the Gestapo something more appropriate than a benefit of the doubt when they bash into her home. She had better be better prepared soon, because she’s right again, when she says the thugs are surely headed straight for her front door and making greater speed with every passing day.
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."