11 December 2013
The Scottish health police would be appalled
I went down to the tobacco shop yesterday to buy stamps. In Spain, cigarettes and stamps are sold, more or less exclusively, in special shops, rather than in supermarkets or post offices.
It is my habit to visit the local tobacco shop once a month where I buy three cartons of ciggies (at a price considerably below that in the UK). The cigarette packets are much the same as in the UK, although the admonitions (Fumar Mata) are of course in Spanish.
For most of this year, my preferred brand has been on special offer, which means that - as the prices are set by central government - my three cartons comes with a half-bottle of Smirnoff vodka at no extra charge. Unfortunately (or fortunately), vodka is not one of my favourite tipples, So my drinks cabinet now sits proudly in the corner, displaying eight half-bottles of vodka. Now I need only find someone to whom I can give them away.
I suppose the authorities in Scotland would look askance at any proposals to give away free booze with ciggies. Shame really ...