The Last Furlong

Comments on the race of life.


Sahara memory

The Furlongs watched Michael Palin’s Sahara last night on TV. I have a Sahara memory of my own….

I have loved every cigarette I ever smoked. But one comes to mind that was so memorable.

I was on a plane when smoking had just been banned on long haul flights but they were still using fresh air on planes. In the middle of the night, on a quiet plane, I woke to find I could smell the faint whiff of cigarette smoke. So I got up and followed it to the back of the plane where staff were sitting chatting in a curtained off section, a small staff room, smoking.

One of them offered me a cigarette and I smoked it. But that is not what made the situation magical, although I felt hugely blessed as smokers do when they have a cigarette after hours of denial. What was stunning is that we were flying very low to conserve fuel and take advantage of air currents over the Saharan desert.

Down in the dark, were not electric lights, but little fires sparkling in clusters where people were camped, or where there were small settlements. It was stunningly beautiful to my eyes.

Lonely, secret, and beautiful while everyone else was sleeping through it on the plane. I felt hugely priviledged.

And the cigarette tasted great too!

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Fires in the Sahara

We have just finished watching Michael Palin’s SaharaContinue reading


A different place, a different time

These old Furlongs grew up and lived, loved, and worked in a different place, at a different time.

I write several blogs because

But today, I will write, here, about why the old Furlongs are made of different stuff.

We are not ‘victims’ – never have been. We grew up in Africa, where there are REAL victims.

We experienced real stuff. Ugly stuff. Our ideas about life are different from most other people’s.

In the UK, people have it really good, whatever their colour, religion, gender, political leanings. OK, some things could and should be improved, but compared to real stuff in other countries – life is good here.

The west is going soft in the head. Victimhood is the IN. Every day someone finds another injustice to whine about.

Now, we’ve REALLY gone potty.

Robert Mugabe has been made the All-Africa Representative for the World Health Organisation’s ‘Smokefree’ initiative.

For God’s sake! What ARE people thinking! Robert Mugabe!

On his rise to power, he had a little trick to get voters.

Unless you voted FOR him, you’d get a hot coal pushed down your throat.



Imagine having a burning coal from your own fire/village fire,  shoved down your throat, as you were pinned down by Mugabe thugs, because you were not a supporter.

Mugabe mustered up thousands and thousands of recanted supporters that way. You just have to do that once in one village, and the whole village is converted. But there are many, many villages in Africa, as you go about on your political campaign.

The deaths must have been terrible. Savage.

Do you think Mugabe gives a fuck about ‘Smokefree’ or ‘healthy’ Africa?

Mugabe’s role will be to encourage policies aimed at reducing peoples’ exposure to the main risk factors – tobacco and alcohol use, unhealthy diets and lack of exercise.

Mugabe: WHO Role Model Of The Month


Why I like men/cigarettes/pipes/cigars and snooker

My mother told us stories about my father and her going to America for a year in 1946 aboard a war time troop carrier. It was an uncomfortable experience, evidently. And coming back was equally entertaining. Continue reading


A bit of a cock-up

I have always written this blog as “The Last Furlong”. I make everything short and sweet and topics can be about absolutely anything I feel like posting. There’s no set theme. Continue reading

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On Tobacco Control and the Drug War – harm reduction

Good stuff here  whether you are pro or anti drugs/smoking/vaping – half an hour on ideas you didn’t think of.  I personally hate the term “Harm Reduction”  even though I am a vaper. I hate the term because it issues out of the mouth of Tobacco Control, and I view “The EndGame” (ie – a world without smokers) as a totalitarian ideology that should be fought with all our might. But this is harm reduction with a twist. Enjoy. Continue reading


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Review the smoking ban – new report

Smokers are the only group of people in the Western World, that are never considered, never given a voice, who are overtly persecuted. Society has been sculpted to “hate” them by a barrage of deceit and lies poured into their minds by Prohibitionists whose only “Endgame” is the eradication of smokers worldwide. Continue reading


Giving up addictions through guilt

The Furlongs are not smokers, even though our children were brought up in a smoking home.  I smoked for fifty years, but now I vape. God help anyone who tries to stop me doing THAT. Continue reading


Dear Prime Minister – what I want

A political party phoned us yesterday to do a “survey”. Mr Furlong took the call. He was brilliant! He told them exactly what he thought of them and why we wouldn’t be voting for them today. I listened in awe. Mr Furlong and I , no matter how we can’t bear each other when our satnav comes between us in our car, concur on many things. That makes our relationship very good. I know he reads this blog, but I can’t say if he agrees with me on what I want from the Prime Minister – he’s not passionate about some of the stuff that upsets ME. Continue reading