I actually went out for a pint yesterday, and I can't say enough about the pleasant atmosphere in my local, The Cotton Ball in Mayfield.
As I sat relaxed on the high stool, a reasonable book taking me effortlessly to the sands of Saudi Arabia, the owner Jack appeared before me on the other side of the bar. As always with him conversation is interesting, informative and refreshing.
Discussing his plans for the pub in the coming years, he mused that the business of being a publican had always come and gone in waves. He summarised this as, "Change comes and then it changes back". I was intrigued by his observations as he has been in the business for what seems like a thousand years.Listening to him talk about the old days, you can almost imagine that he was serving Republicans in the front bar and the Black and Tans in the back bar.
Today, he says, the habit of just going to a pub for a drink is dwindling. His plans then include extending his menu to feature something novel in the food line. He suggested other changes, looking for feedback on the desirability and feasibility of each. But his earlier comments on things changing back, were still in my head, so I asked about those in light of his plans.
His humane and intelligent observation was that, possibly a war or an extreme weather event, will completely change public perspectives and the pub as a location or destination, will revert to how it has always been, and that included smoking too. In the meantime, he will play along with the politically correct nonsense that passes for society today.
It has been a long time since I have heard plain common sense talked so well.