John Gibson: Alan’s still on a roll – for real

Gerry Baker. Picture: Greg Macvean

Gerry Baker. Picture: Greg Macvean

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Real rough if you’re denied a puff. I’ve seen blokes in the huff when they can’t get a puff and we’re talking about the real thing – a cigar. And none of your rubbish.

So Nicolites, a Birmingham company, is seeing a mixed reaction to its e-cigar. Costs 15 quid – sweeties compared to the authentic article – and reportedly it’s crowing about a thousand puffs per cartridge.

Alan Myerthall, owner of The Pipe Shop on Leith Walk, Edinburgh. Picture: Dan Phillips

Alan Myerthall, owner of The Pipe Shop on Leith Walk, Edinburgh. Picture: Dan Phillips

Get down Leith Walk to The Pipe Shop where Alan Myerthall has been on a roll since 1981. Scoffing at this new product, he’s telling me: “Besides regulars for pipes and tobacco we’ve found from cigar smokers that there’s nothing to beat a real Cuban cigar. At a price, admittedly. Puffed properly and leisurely and not inhaled.

“I’ve tried them and I’ve been in the tobacco trade since 1972, originally in Montrose Terrace before flitting down here to Leith.”

Smoke on the water. Smoke gets in your eyes. A non-participant, I’m content to sit back and let them all get on with it. Sticks in my throat.

Credit to game

A nice guy. Truly. Gerry Baker, the illustrious Joe’s brother, passed on at the weekend, at 75. Free-scoring (for St Mirren), Gerry was a credit to the game. Not many of his kind about and a family friend tells me that when they were kids having a kick about in the park near their Lanarkshire home Gerry always wanted to be Lawrie Reilly. Admirable aspiration.