PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
ZION
 
Comments: 22
Article views: 265
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all ZION's badges.
 

LICENCE TO SMOKE

24 October 2012, 13:58
LICENSE  TO  SMOKE
    
This article has been prompted by a similar type of article which was posted on NEWS 24   about 2 weeks ago. And is not related to it       December 1968, I  was 18. The family was camping at Omarurumund, a popular fishing spot near Henties Bay. Our camp was only a short distance from the sea. After the camp was set up we sat around going through the standard routine of braaing  chatting and In my case jubilant that I had completed school.  And I had bought into the smoking habit. When My father lights up a cigarette then it becomes almost a ceremony and when you are “lus” for a smoke it feels like a knitting needle penetrating your heart;. The portable radio was blaring.  “(In and out of the Red Balloon., marry the farmers daughter”) when the temptation reaches breaking point I would stand up and go for a stroll on the beach and suck on that fag until my head was spinning. Now and again I would cough my lungs out. The sun was setting over the sea and it was just good knowing school is past and the following year I would start an apprenticeship.      

After several sorties to the beach my father told me to sit down and stay down. He casually lit up again. I noticed he lit up 2 cigarettes with the normal pomp and ceremony, beckoning I must come around to his side of the fire.  He offered the 2nd cigarette and I could not refuse it. He and my mother gave me a lengthy speech touching on honesty and openness. I was berated because I was smoking on the quiet and never bothered to ask their permission.       

Those years smoking was taboo and mainly just frowned upon. There was less hype  relating to lung cancer and other smoking related diseases. Basically a bad habit and “Not good for you”. Parents did not allow their children to smoke because smoking was not meant for children.     

My mother left her chair and disappeared into the tent. Soon she came out carrying a package which was given to me. 6 packets of the correct brand. I smoked for 30 years and never experienced any health defects as a result of  smoking. September 1998 I kicked the habit and a month later I had forgotten that I actually had smoked.     

Of that outing I vividly remember that my parents slept in the one tent while we kids in the other. Round about midnight I woke up hearing my mother calling me urgently. I was to bring the .22 Remington with me When I eventually arrived at their tent I heard running footsteps.  It was a huge Strand Wolf scavenging the area which was a habit and caused by discarded food. When hungry they could and have attacked humans.

The rifle was not intended to kill the animal but to chase it away

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
22 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Craig Pedersen
Thoughts of Freemasonry

Founded in South Africa in 1756, Freemasonry is South Africas oldest fraternal organisation - if not the oldest established organisation.  Read more...

28 comments 2085 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Melancholy Madness

 Read more...

2 comments 73 views
Submitted by
NotSoMysteriousBrony
The folly of Labour laws

Recently I heard that government wishes to up the minimum wage requirements for domestic workers. This got me thinking about the increased strictness of labour laws in our country.  Read more...

6 comments 383 views
Submitted by
Kalos eidos
The Rasputin behind Vladimir Puti...

Although appearing to embrace conservatism, today’s Russia seems to be a mass of contradictions especially with the emergence of a so-called Bolshevik party and its admiration of both Stalin and Tsarist Russia. Read more...

2 comments 558 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Being Nice

Recently I had an intellectual altercation with a client in one of my public stress management lectures. Read more...

3 comments 203 views
Submitted by
Mancha Wa Ga Mashilo
Misdiagnosis by the SA government...

Like a Medical Practitioner misdiagnosing Tension-Pneumothorax or Pulmonary Embolism, he will punish himself forever following the autopsy which revealed lack of diagnosing expertise leading to loss of life. Read more...

2 comments 317 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.