Sunday, 25 September 2011

Electronic cigarettes

A key and interesting question doing the rounds at the moment concerns electronic or electric cigarettes.

The manufacturer's claim that these beat the ban and are currently legal to smoke in the office, plane, pub and club.  They back this up with the logical arguments that there is no danger of passive smoking,
massively reduced risk to health according to the experts they have interviewed, no tar or carcinogens and no smell.

What is an electronic cigarette?
"An electronic cigarette, electric cigarette or vaporize cigarette, is a battery-powered device that provides inhaled doses of nicotine or non-nicotine vaporized solution. It is an alternative to smoked tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. In addition to purported nicotine delivery, this vapour also provides a flavour and physical sensation similar to that of inhaled tobacco smoke, while no smoke or combustion is actually involved in its operation". (from wikipedia).

By way of research we would like to ask for your experiences with electronic cigarettes and your comments on what you feel about the e-cigarette and clubs. 

If you would like to read more about electronic cigarettes take a look at their website.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

The One Show

BBC's 'The One Show" 24 August 2011
Ruth travelled to Blackpool in order to appear on The One Show and add her opinion to a televised feature covering the history and the current state of clubs.

The present situation was described as; ‘One of the last bastions of British Social life is in decline, the good old working man's club.

Clubs have been the springboard for some of our best known entertainers. One of them, Russell Watson, was asked to find out how they're adapting to life in the 21st century.

Russell visited the Blackpool Philarmonic Club where he had performed previously. He and Ruth discussed club history together with the rise and fall in popularity. Discussions revealed that the number of clubs in Blackool has fallen from 32 down to 15, following the national trend.    More detail on the website.

If anyone managed to record the programme could you let us know please.  Ruth would like a copy if possible.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Doncaster Trades

Here's where you can just pop down the shopping centre for a pint and you can also enjoy a bit of country and western and a hot lunch to go with it.

The new, relocated Trades Club can be found right next to the food court in Frenchgate Shopping Centre.  When Ruth from Club Historians visited in early March 2011, under recommendation from locals, she couldn't help thinking how handy it was to have a club slap bang in the middle of a modern, indoor shopping area.

The Trades has been in this location for just over 2 years, covering four floors which are connected by lift and stairs, all tastefully decorated and furnished.  The club was occupying land needed by the development company and was asked to move to make way for Frenchgate, part of Doncaster's regeneration.  Part of the deal was it being placed in a similar location which puts it right at the heart of the shopping mall. 

There's more about Ruth's visit on the site.  Click here