Author Archives: Lohcifer

Be Slow to Anger

I had a fiery temper when I was younger. I lost my cool with my children a couple of times. I remember giving my younger son a couple of tight slaps when he was in secondary school. Till today I … Continue reading

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Responses to Yanked from their Plinths

Received lots of responses to my last post. Examples: From a reader in Australia Read your thoughtful piece on statues. You are spot on in posing the question what, if anything, is achieved by yanking statues? (Vandalism clothed in idealism … Continue reading

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Yanked from their Plinths

Indro Montanelli, who died in 2001 at the age of 92, was a famous Italian journalist. He bought a 12-year-old Eritrean girl and turned her into his sex slave after he volunteered for Fascist leader Benito Mussolini’s colonial invasion of … Continue reading

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It’s Showtime! (At Home)

I didn’t venture out of the house much since the April 7th lockdown. I’ve been binging on books, music, cigars, pipe tobacco and movies. (And not one drop of alcohol. Pat me on the back!) Netflix is always a rich … Continue reading

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So, Blame Your Mother, Instead?

Yesterday was Father’s Day. Fathers play an important role in a person’s life. I’m a firm believer of that. Then, I came across this, from a Milly Gomez of Latibule Counseling. Make of it what you will. Here it is: … Continue reading

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Today’s the Day!

Nope, the new normal or new abnormal is not here yet; but it’s a start!

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Quai d’Orsay Senadores

In 1976, then French president Valéry Giscard D’Estaing wanted a cigar that France can call its own, so SEITA, (Société d’Exploitation Industrielle des Tabacs et des Allumettes), the state-owned tobacco distribution company (since privatized) attempted to make one, but soon … Continue reading

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More Accessories for the Cigar Smoker

Last week, I showed some of the stuff being sold to cigar smokers. Today, here, you’ll find a pair of foldable cigar scissors, a knife cutter, some pocket-size punches as well as some cigar rests for those whose hands are … Continue reading

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Not Just for Presbyterians

JRR Tolkien’s tobacco of choice was Capstan Medium Navy Cut and CS Lewis liked Gold Block as well as Three Nuns. Stanley Baldwin’s favorite was Presbyterian Mixture. This fine tobacco originally had no name. It was blended by Alfred Gale, … Continue reading

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If We had Tails

An acquaintance from long ago, Ali of Ali’s Electricals, formerly at Centrepoint, once remarked that if we had tails, we would all probably spend an inordinate amount of money on accessories for our tails. Merchants would be selling a wide … Continue reading

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