Why partial smoking bans don’t work

I have just returned from a holiday in Austria.  In 2009 the Austrian Government introduced a partial smoking ban in public places.  The problem is that no one told the smoke, Brownian Motion applies in Austria ( although I don’t think humour does) and as result after 20 minutes of sitting in a  no smoking area you are breathing in other peoples second hand smoke.

As a result 2 things will happen:

  • Austrian will not see the reductions in cancer and heart disease that other European countries have seem post a full ban.
  • Non smokers will chose their holidays elsewhere.

Train tickets… how many do you need?

I am sitting on a train from Edinburgh to Bath, of the 30 people of so who have got on and off this train in the last few hours I would say that 40% were charged extra because they had the wrong ticket.

Things  I have heard:

  1. That ticket can only be used on East Coast…. we are X Country…. you need a new ticket.
  2. You are on the wrong train yours leaves in 30 minutes you will have to get off… unless you pay extra
  3. That ticket is for Off-peak.. now if you were going to Birmingham that would be Off-peak but this train is Peak to Leeds… the passengers bought  tickets to B’Ham and got out at Leeds… it was cheaper than Peak to Leeds
  4. No we going South you need to go to Edinburgh that’s North …. fair enough!
  5. A soldier in full combat kit and more baggage than you could shake a stick at, got in at Darlington and was asked for his ID to prove he was in the Army… fortunately he had one… and his ticket was OK.  I thought we might all die in the Cross-fire.
  6. No, this Ticket is for tomorrow you have to get off, passenger then shows seat booking for Today with the same ticket … Ticket collector nonplussed… have not seen him for a bit.

Oh well it was fun while it lasted.

My week on the web…

As part of making the web a greater part of the way I work, I spent Friday morning with Matthew Stibbe.  His blog Bad Language  is a great resource for all writers.

My week must have a does of TED.com, I am great fan of Hans Rosling  and his Gapfinder site.  He makes sense of complex things, and he tells it as it is.

I am planning to take 2 months away from Microsoft in the summer.  So I visited http://www.ctc.org.uk/.  I am a member of the Cyclist Touring Club and they have a great library of routes in the UK, Europe and around the world.  I plan to riding just a few thousand KMs.