A small step towards decency and sanity occurred in Wales as a health authority allows the erection of smoking shelters for hospital patients and visitors. Although such a step falls short of the goal of reintroducing smoking sections within hospitals, the Welch are to be congratulated for recognizing that in the real world people smoke, including patients of the tax-payer financed hospitals. The compassion shown in Wales is in marked contrast to health authorities in Scotland who are demolishing shelters and forbidding the construction of new ones.
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."