Tag Archives: cigars

The worst year for human health

1492 must have been the worst year for human health. Latin Americans got deadly diseases, alcohol and bacon. Europeans got diarrhea, chocolate and tobacco.

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A Humidor for the Poor

Among us connoisseurs: a fridge is just as good. I learnt this from the store in Cochabamba where I regularly bought cheap (probably because they weren’t quite authentic) Cohibas. They stored the box with cigars on top of the beer … Continue reading

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250,000 cigars

In his book The Churchill Factor, Boris Johnson makes the apodictic claim that Winston Churchill smoked 250,000 cigars over his lifetime. This number looks too much like it has been pulled out of Mr Churchill’s famous hat. Let’s apply some … Continue reading

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The perfect parcel

Books, chocolate, cigars. Anything else, I can do without.

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Video Blog: A Busy Day at Work

I often receive reactions of surprise when I point out that I don’t have time to accept invitations to meetings, to get something done or to answer your e-mails. But I am really extremely busy. To counter the incredulous astonishment that regularly meets this assertion, … Continue reading

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A cigar a day keeps the doctor away

In Budapest, I saw this health warning on a cigar which I bought to reward myself for having run my best result ever in a half marathon: I don’t speak Hungarian, but the picture of an apple indicated to me … Continue reading

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Mountain Air

Enjoying the mountain air at the Curmătura refuge in the Piatra Craiului Mountains in Romania. (Photos by Dominik Lenz.)

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