Henley and his wife Gloria have been running the Hotel Oceana in Porthmunster, South Wales for twenty years. Porthmunster's post war popularity as a British resort has long since gone and the hotel is reliant on a generation of people who return to revive a memory of Porthmunster's former glory days.
Henley's routine had already been disrupted by lewd, drunken behaviour from George, who ran the Seaview Bed and Breakfast next door. was about to find out that his life was never going to be the same after breakfast with Mrs Fanelli, a salacious lusty guest with a mysterious agenda.
I've been writing for my own personal pleasure for many years now. I write comedy, but my main focus is on having a good story with strong characters. I use comedy as a style that I feel comfortable with, it does not mean a gag every other line. have published an e-book Henley's Ricotta, with another one, Ushabti, about to go out soon.
In this excerpt, Henley is making reference to 'Brown Pub's' as I remember them. Brown Pubs earned their nickname by the layers of nicotine on the walls.
Smoking may be socially unacceptable and in many places illegal, but the ban in pubs, clubs and places of work marked the end of something that was so normal for so many centuries.
I remember cigarette advertising as a boy. The impression the ads made on me was I would not be a grown up unless I smoked.
I remember the attractions of smoking, particularly in the pub. Prior to the sixties, when the trend had shifted towards women, and the creation of 'the lounge' you had 'the bar' or 'the smoke.' The only other room, with a separate entrance was 'the off-licence.'
Happy days, but I have given up smoking six years ago, but do not wish to forget the days when smoking was socially acceptable.
They’ve put a stop to smoking in public places. Everywhere will be so clinically clean. Pubs and places like this will leave no trace of the good times people have had when they’ve been there." Henley gulped and took a moment of poignancy for effect, "It’s so sad, there is nowhere left for people to leave their breath?