Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Nick Hogan – Without those Walls!




Nick Hogan is safely back behind bars. Not the bars which the government sought to contain him behind for failing to act as an unpaid policeman and report his customers for smoking – even when he was not on the premises to witness them to doing so – but the bars, the snug, and the restaurant of his own private property, the Swan with Two Necks, in Chorley, Manchester.

It was with the greatest pleasure that I was able to telephone Denise Hogan, his wife, a few minutes ago, and ask her to go and collect her husband from the Forest Bank jail in Pendlebury.

The indefatigable Old Holborn had moved heaven and earth, above and beyond the call of duty, to arrive at the jail with £8,664.50p in cash, to exchange with the Custody Officer there in return for Nick Hogan’s freedom.

Nick was jailed as an example to us all, that when the State barks ‘jump’ you only question ‘how high’.

He didn’t. He said ‘Why’?

The State made him pay a high price for his temerity; they harassed him, hounded him, bankrupted him, and finally forcibly removed him from his family and friends and jailed him for six months.

His crime? No longer the original charge that he had failed to prevent two customers from smoking on his premises. No. He was actually jailed for being unable to pay the £11,600 in fines and prosecution costs resulting from that charge. He had managed to pay off £1,600, but incomprehensibly to the State, he was not able to put his hands instantly on the £10,000 balance.

The State is so used to having a bottomless pot of Taxpayers money to dip into whenever they feel the need, that they have literally lost the ability to comprehend what the recession means to ordinary people.

I blogged about this affair on the afternoon of 28th February. My primary concern was, and always would be, Nick’s wife, Denise.

Nick objected to the smoking ban. He was part of a group of people, unsurprisingly largely publicans, who violently objected to the smoking ban, both regarding choice and their viability as a business. That is both his right, and his concern. He hosted a demonstration on the day the ban came into force. He stood up to be counted. He was willing to challenge the law.

Did Denise? She stood in the background, the loyal wife. She is not a 'campaigning person'. She is not macho. She is just a wife and Mother.

When the Bolton Evening News story came out, I tracked Denise down to interview her. She was ‘shell-shocked’. Having run a busy restaurant and hotel myself, I was only too aware of the position she had been left in. ‘Put a smile on your face girl; keep the show running’, while the posturing idiots make their political point. Not her choice.

Within minutes of my blog appearing kind hearted people were asking how they could help, where could they send money? I asked Old Holborn if he would let me use his Paypal function and cross post the story onto his web site. Unwittingly I had lured him into a nightmare situation where he would be abused, vilified, threatened, and harassed himself. One day I shall blog about the back ground events to this saga, but today is a day of celebration.

Within 36 hours over £5,000 had been raised. A further £1,200 was donated over the next two days before the campaign received a crucial helping hand from political blogger, Guido Fawkes, who publicised it on his influential site.

Money came in from all over the world, the International Blogosphere had reacted in a truly heart warming way, outraged at the behaviour of the State.

Four days after my story first appeared, Old Holborn’s Paypal account held in excess of £9,700 in assorted currencies. We had to ask people to stop sending money! Then began the battle to persuade Paypal that we were not part of an International money laundering cartel….

Today we succeeded, and with the good wishes of thousands of ordinary men and women, equally battered by the recession, Nick Hogan is once more in the bosom of his family, able to support his wife Denise and their children, instead of being locked up with drug dealers and murderers.

Thank-you Blogosphere – and well done.

The fact that so many of you responded is a powerful message from the voting public that politicians would be well advised to heed.

The Blogosphere will not be controlled by politicians, bound up in regulations, throttled by impenetrable legislation. It is not a single target that a ‘D’ notice can be fired at. We are not beholden to advertisers.

We are the authentic, unfiltered, voice of your electorate.

©Anna Raccoon

UPDATE:



204 comments:

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Fenrir said...

Well done Anna and OH.

katie kwik-fit said...

now come and release my boobies big boy!

Guthrum said...

A1

Anonymous said...

Well done you two!

Sir Olly

Mac the Knife said...

I am delighted, and very proud to have been able to make my (little) contribution.

My heartfelt thanks to you and OH for the opportunity.

pygout said...

Well done everybody.

And if I added to the crap OH, I sincerely apologise.

Ron Broxted said...

Bene factum, Anna.

Anonymous said...

A happy ending - well done to us all.

Do you think that any politicians are aware of what has happened?

Jay

g1lgam3sh said...

Outstanding

Serial Shagger said...

Nice one, bet that first pint will taste delicious.

lilith said...

Brilliant. Very well done OH and Anna. Thank you for doing this on our behalf as well as Denise and Nick's.

Anonymous said...

Well done all. A great and just result.

Grumpy Badger

Dazed And Confused said...

Superb news. Much respect to all who contributed.

Ali said...

Terrific news! Well done Anna and OH!

Dominic Allkins said...

Fantastic news!!!

Well done to OH, Anna and all who contributed or publicised this.

Dominic

Daed Parrot said...

Well done Anna and OH, excellent job.

Perhaps this blogosphere energy thing could be directed at fixing our government.

Jimmy Freedom said...

***** For everyone in London who opposes the smoking ban : *****



http://londonsmokersvenues.ning.com/

Spartan said...

A victory that tastes oh so sweet thanks to OH and Anna.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant, can we have a picture possible of Nick with a pint in his hand?

Anonymous said...

Indeed. And this needs to get into the MSM to show what people really feel about their dictats.

Smoker said...

OK, Now everyone celebrate and
SMOKE IN PUBLIC PLACES!

Only then can you pat yourselves on the back.

That's right, I'm advocating braking contemptible law, so any filthy cretinous Blockwarts watching, come and get me!

Anna Raccoon said...

Pictures will be following - Mr Hogan is having a quiet well earned pint with his wife at the moment - half an hour or so, OK?

Jimmy Freedom said...

*** For everyone in London who opposes the smoking ban : ***



http://londonsmokersvenues.ning.com/

Please check it out and spread the word.

Poet in Residence said...

If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

If you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear.

Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime.

War is peace. Peace is war.

Have a nice day.

Free the Hogan 1.

Done!

Nice one.

Kit said...

Well done!

I look forward to seeing pictures, it would be great to get some publicity in MSM.

BTW, whatever happened to that mysterious donor F2C had lined up?

Dick Puddlecote said...

Excellent news! :-)

Anonymous said...

It wasn't ukip or f2c who actually came through. It was us!

Cold said...

"And they sing as they march with their flags unfurled /
Today in the mountains, tomorrow the world"

Excellent work on the part of all!

hangemall said...

Strangely, I don't feel jubilant. Just sort of relieved and satisfied that I actually got off my arse and did something. But well done everyone who contributed and especially those who put in their own time and effort.

subrosa said...

Well done Anna and OH and let's not forget all who contributed.

A show of people power. Wonder if it will make the MSM? I do hope so.

The Economic Voice said...

Well done all involved

Ed P said...

Wonderful result!

I am now in awe of blog-power.

From now on we, the people, are unstoppable. Watch out sheeple and statist fools, liberty is attainable!

Billy Blofeld said...

Respect - to you both.

I am Stan said...

Happy days!

denverthen said...

Reading this news made me very bloody happy. Well done OH and all the other campaigners and money-raisers.

You've raised the bar for everyone.

Oldrightie said...

A peaceful clunking fist for freedom. Well done all concerned.

Anonymous said...

Well done OH & Anna & thanks for organising it - and also 'well done' to all of us who piled in & did our little bit by contributng/sending cards/whatever.
Wonder if 'the powers that be' will try & interrogate Paypal as to who contributed?

Beware of Geeks bearing GIFs said...

Fantastic!

Well done OH and Anna and everyone else concerned!

For all those that criticise those that dare speak out against injustice, let this be proof that there are a few brave souls that lead by example and are prepared to do something against the onslaught of tyranny.

Brilliant!

Lawson Narse said...

Well done OH, Anna and the Bloggers.
One in the eye for the bansturbators on Nosmo King Day.

Demetrius said...

Well done that man, oh, and woman as well.

Anonymous said...

Well done, guys!

Jimmy Freedom said...

*** For everyone in London who opposes the smoking ban : ***



http://londonsmokersvenues.ning.com/

Please check it out and spread the word.

bofl said...

well done oh/ anna and everyone that contributed...........

now if we could just get some of the others to show some spine then who knows what could be achieved?

how about none of us voting for the lib/lab/con charade ?

Anonymous said...

- and it's the first time I've seen a suitcase full of dosh outside of a film! Unwittingly, HMG have contributed to the drama of the occasion!

Jay

Ampers said...

Well done, the both of you.

You both "stuck it up 'em" and they don't like it "stuck up 'em!" Ask Corporal Jones!

Anna, when you do a background blog, don't forget to include a paragraph on how many hours extra Nick spent behind bars because of the intransigence of PayPal!

Ampers

Old Holborn said...

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1198289_landlord_who_defied_smoking_ban_released_from_jail

Billy Blofeld said...

Love the photos OH.

He sells Black Sheep.... my favourite session beer....

Jim Baxter said...

That's one heartwarming sight.

We really can beat these bastards.

caesars wife said...

Yep well done !

Anonymous said...

Naturally we are all pleased that Mr Hogan is home free but having followed this all the way through I fail to understand why he wasn't released last friday ?
The money was apparently there from a private lender but he was still left in prison for another 6 days! This does not add up at all.
Well done Nick-you're back

Angry Smoker said...

This is not the end of the story,
I WAN'T REVENGE ON THOSE BASTARDS IN BOLTON COUNCIL.


Maybe someone from Bolton could put in a Freedom of Information request to get a breakdown of their costs.

Katabasis said...

My heroes!

Kit said...

Anonymous, the money was never there last Friday. There were a lot of promises made and broken by certain outside parties.

Old Holborn did exactly what he said he would, he raised the money and the exact moment Paypal released it he went and released Nick Hogan. In contrast, certain other parties phoned Denise Hogan, promising to release Nick immediately, and then did not. They made varying and contradictory demands and promises but never actually did anything.

All credit to Old Holborn and Anna Raccoon

Gallimaufry said...

Well done OH and Anna.
If Hazel Blears can write a cheque to repay £13,000, why, after 13 years of socialist paradise shouldn't anyone else be able to find £10,000 at short notice?
It's a pity Scotland wasn't gaoled until £5,000 was raised by public subscription for that technical civil penalty.

Anonymous said...

Kit, you obviously only read what you want to read & believe what you want to believe, but if I were you I should check the facts for now Mt Hogan is 'out' the truth will out and it will be seen that-with all the info stored in web pages-that indeed my question is relevant!
Still glad Mr Hogan is out tho!

Anonymous said...

"Maybe someone from Bolton could put in a Freedom of Information request to get a breakdown of their costs."

You don't need to come from Bolton. You can do it.

Jimmy Freedom said...

** For everyone in London who opposes the smoking ban : **




http://londonsmokersvenues.ning.com/


Please check it out and spread the word.

RantinRab said...

Wahaaaay!!

Well done all concerned.

And a big 'fuck you ya bass' to 'them'.

Ali said...

What a result on 'No Smoking Day' - would love to see the expressions on the faces of the ASH harridans.

Or maybe not...

Kit said...

Anonymous, i judge people by their actions.

Old Holborn raised the money and then freed Nick the second Paypal released it.

Other parties made a lot of empty promises, tried to grab the glory and actually did fuck all.

Chief_Sceptic said...

" All credit to Old Holborn and Anna Raccoon" & " And a big 'fuck you ya bass' to 'them' " ...

God, yes - RESULT !!! ..

Now, what about all Publicans 'turning a blind eye' - say, on 1st. April ? ...

(Non-smoking hater of 'Command and Control' Government, who was only TOO happy to contribute !) ...

The Filthy Engineer said...

Very well done Anna & OH. And not forgetting all those who contributed to the fund.

It's especially poetic that it is on National No Smoking day.

That's told Deborah Arnott and ASH where to put it in their pipe and smoke it

katie kwik-fit said...

16:41

sorry anna, you're welcome to a schnozzle too - after all, it's all in a good cause!

Dick Puddlecote said...

Chief_Sceptic: Now, what about all Publicans 'turning a blind eye' - say, on 1st. April ?

Would that they could, but they have treatment such as that meted out to Nick hanging over them if they do. Only the brave dare try.

It truly is quite the most evil of laws. Remember that one of Nick's 'transgressions' was not only legal, but perfectly normal, the day before.

Instead, we have a brutal legislature passing rules on us on the whims of state-funded lackeys.

Snowdon said...

Great work all. Welcome home Nick.

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/5052774.Smoking_ban_landlord_freed_from_jail/

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/chorley/5052632.Lancashire_landlord_who_flouted_smoking_ban_out_of_jail/

http://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/news/5052774.Smoking_ban_landlord_freed_from_jail/

jez said...

Well done Anna and OH - you two are stars. Well done everyone who contributed.

SO17 said...

I am so chuffed at that good news OH.
I wish I had the means to have paid more,however I get solace reading the parable of 'the poor widow'from a book written by some jewish bloke.
You get a lot of stick sometimes mate but you don't get off the pot, you have a good long shit.
Well done.

MikeF said...

Great news for Nick and his family. Now he needs a "top-up" to get his business (and life) back on track!
I'm guilty of meanness and laziness in not contributing myself.

I wonder if this will get a sniff of a mention on the national news channels? BBC perhaps? I THINK NOT!

Smoke them out said...

So,when IS National smoking day?
I already light up in public spaces regularly (not necessarily pubs) but a proper day for it might give the lily livered a drop of incentive to do so.

nuclear fizzisist said...

17:26

BTW, whatever happened to that mysterious donor F2C had lined up?

i reckon that was guido trying to muscle-in at the last moment and help the ukip boys pip old holborn.

great photo op in the manchester evening news old ho - you don't get any more historic than that old rag.

Hates Stasi said...

More coverage:

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/5052774.Smoking_ban_landlord_freed_from_jail/

http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/news.ma/article/86264

http://www.chorley-guardian.co.uk/chorley/Jailed-Chorley-former-landlord-walks.6140630.jp

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/chorley/5052632.Lancashire_landlord_who_flouted_smoking_ban_out_of_jail/

RantinRab said...

The comments on this site need a bit of 'balance'.

Batter in, people.

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/chorley/5052632.Lancashire_landlord_who_flouted_smoking_ban_out_of_jail/

Hates compulsive non-smokers said...

Hehehe, already reported some prattish comments for being highly offensive to the millions of smokers who support Nick's action and a stand against the smoking ban.

Start commenting on the sites, folks.
Now, let's see how one can get in touch with ASH.

bofl said...

i am sure that we will get a full update later.....

re paypal.........it is more of the same shit! they are forced (as is ebay) to ask us if we are businesses/if we sell more than £x per year etc because in the eyes of the law we are all criminals ie money launderers ,drug barons etc......

accountants had to sign a paper a few years back that they HAD to inform the revenue of cash deals etc (experts feel free to put the correct details)......

the state wants to monitor EVERY PART OF OUR LIVES...and who are these people?
the effing comedians we see at pm chimps party....horrible shits like brown and mandy etc..........

the people that have stolen £millions and then have the cheek to say THEY didn't understand the rules! the people that steal your hard earned to sponsor wars and give your money to foreign dictators to buy private jets with!ffs(endless list)

why would we want to be beholden to turds like them?

time to grow some..

spark up said...

my congratulations to old ho (enjoy that pint nick's pulling), and to wackoon - tonight you may treat yourself to a couple of roasted acorns and an extra-long fat worm, à la béarnaise).

(for fuck's sake, if i can't siphon-off a few hits today, i never will)

Number 7 said...

Congratulations OH - TOP MAN.

Blackthorn said...

I gave £10 out of my benefits, worth every penny.

Gandhi said...

I am impressed. Love the money in flight case!

JD said...

Sweet!

the well-pissed proprietor - by brahms said...

17:38

oh fuck off stan, you're just terminally bloody happy - this is a day for us miserable english gits to celebrate in a measured, conventional and considered fashion.

Tom Paine said...

Well done, OH and Anna. It was done swiftly, honourably and in style. The briefcase of dosh was a nice case, but I would have paid them in pennies to maximise their inconvenience.

What a shame the money had to go to such unworthy recipients.

Anonymous said...

well done to all.

the nico-warrior of chorley forest said...

18:08

i'm gonna kill all you cunts for letting me rot inside until no-smoking fuckin day.

King Karlos said...

Excellent news. I used to drink in the Swann many years ago as a teenager. Next time I'm in Chorley I will definitely drop by for pint (and a fag) . All the best Nick.

The Filthy Engineer said...

Just thought I'd set the record straight at the Bolton News.

Dear Julian,

You've not been entirely accurate in your piece about Nick Hogan.

The overwhelming majority of the money raised was through the endeavours of Old Holborn and Anna Raccon. It was they that started the wagon rolling for the donations. Freedom to choose were late players to the game. Lets give credit where it is due.

The scenario is here

http://bastardoldholborn.blogspot.com/2010/03/nick-hogan-without-those-walls.

It was a good result, showing what the Blogosphere is capable of. Consider that twice the amount was raised in four days, than ASH (Action on smoking and health), can raise in a year, by public donations.

Regards

The Filthy Engineer

The Filthy Engineer said...

Sorry Anna, I missed out an O.

Corrugated Soundbite said...

OH & Anna - bloody good show. Same to all who donated. Done swiftly and with great integrity.

Anonymous said...

great news
faith in humanity
humbly restored

Anna Raccoon said...

Tom Paine @ 19.44

It took the half wits an hour to count out the money in notes, OH would have been there for the next week if he'd delivered it in coins!

Filthy Engineer,

Don't worry about missing out the letter, you just redirected the half wits to the pron site that is riding on my back by the 'nearly same' web address - they'll be more at home there, that lot!

418 said...

Sadly for Nick and other publicans, there's more B/S on the way:

Stealth taxes from Labour on pubs ~

http://newportcity.blogspot.com/2010/03/stealth-taxes-from-labour-on-pubs.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+TheLoneVoice+(The+Lone+Voice)

killemallletgodsortemout said...

Congrats to all concerned. The Gummint can stick it in its pipe and smoke it!

horny henry redmuffin - a member of the hampshire hunt said...

18:24

i've been gaoled owing to my pointedly political refusal to pay my fine for persistently practicing the traditional country pursuit of fox-fucking. anyone care to organize a whip-round for me?

G.O.T. said...

A wonderful result all around!

Thanks OH and Anna for all your hard work behind the scenes and to everyone who donated.

2010 : The Year of the Blogosphere ;-)

wouldpecker (too pissed to pay pal) said...

19:37

liar

Anonymous said...

Brilliant - justice done (except for the fine no doubt given to some numpty socialist cause). Government, hear the bloggers roar!!!

MikeF said...

Yee haaah!!
Well the Daily Mail anyway:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1257023/Pub-landlord-thanks-donors-helping-early-prison-release-flouting-smoking-ban.html

invisible notice said...

well done, old holborn - if you ever decide to break the d-notices* which are gagging you, we'll do our best to help, but probably not via paypal...

it's a crime that you are not permitted to discuss these matters without risking immediate detention.

*cia subversion of the british political process, cia-mi5 illegal eavesdropping, surveillance, mobile-phone-bugging, and other assorted harrassments against bloggers.

Thick As Thieves said...

WOOF WOOF SAUSAGES WOOF WOOF

Mr Geedo said...

Hi Sparkitup

How is it going?

marksany said...

Well done to all - top result.

I wonder how many Daily Fail readers know what a libertarian blogger is?

Anonymous said...

Again a big well done to OH and Anna, thank you for giving us a chance to stick it to the big man.

For those of you who want a day off work tomorrow and live in or near London, you have another ideal chance to have your voices heard.

Be at Westminster Magistrates Courts at 2pm tomorrow. (As per OH's blog entry earlier this week).

4 thieving scumbags are going to be there. Wear a pig mask, bring a camera and a vocab armed to the teeth with insults.

I'll be there and hope to see a few others.

Cheers
Sir Olly

Anonymous said...

Well done to the two of you. A victory for freedom and a kick in the balls for the fascists at westminister.
The only downside is the one-eyed snot gobbler gets the money.
Still,a small price to pay
Urban11

Anonymous said...

Well done everyone, this is a good result for common sense and the people, whether you agree with the smoking ban or not, Nick was made an example of and should not have been in gaol.

I'm sure the PTB won't be happy.

Keep exposing the hypocrisy and lies.

tinks

obama - the witch messiah said...

hiya limeys, we're still allowed to smoke in the white house - although i don't take advantage of this liberty, partly due to a higher, far more tyrannical authority, called michelle. however, beyoncé does take advantage by-the-by, when she drops around for a tug on my weapons-grade cigar. and the president's torpedo of choice? i prefer to smoke afghan civilian - the brand which fires-up humanity - matches my profile as a political incendiary.

Mrs Rigby said...

Well done!

Dick Puddlecote said...

Crikey! Even the BBC are onto it.

Time for change, Cameron, doncha think?

her majesty the chimneypot said...

well done to you all, my loyal subject's - one weally was wondering how long it would be before they stopped one smoking one's snout on one's own sodding thwone.

S.B.S said...

All those who gave money I hope you get it back off thr government by,,,, any means how? creative accounting??
Time the government were brought to book.

Anonymous said...

Out on the BBC & the DM too - publicity at last for an iniquitous piece of legislation. What serendipity that this is all happening on No Smoking Day!!!


O/T but are the BBC changing sides? Another happy making piece of news:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1256863/BBC-turns-Gordon-Browns-request-appear-Match-Day-2.html

Rogerborg said...

Best £50 I ever spunked.

Incidentally, I don't smoke, never have, and wouldn't go anywhere where people were smoking. Filthy habit, only suitable for queers and tarts.

But unlike the miserable hypocritical Presbyterian moaners infesting Westminster, I utterly respect the right of you shirt lifters and slags to spark up a cancer-stick at a time and place of your choosing. More power to your shriveled blackened lungs.

paulo said...

Well done Anna and OH.

I hope Nick Hogan has a wonderful evening.


paulo

PS best news I've had all day!

Anonymous said...

And still the wankers spend our money on shit like this people smoke because they fucking want to, not a hard question is it.

Jimmy Freedom said...

** For everyone in London who opposes the smoking ban : **



http://londonsmokersvenues.ning.com/



Please check it out and spread the word.



Over 250 landlords are to flout the smoking ban this friday.

selsey.steve said...

RESPECT!!!!

Anonymous said...

Now folks, time to get the money back!
It's OK to claim business expenses against tax, it's within the rules. I'm sure one can remember a lot more expenditure if one thinks hard enough. Like entertainment of customers or an "essential journey", for example. Wholly in the pursuit of one's business, of course.

jocelyn jack esien said...

big up to all the sistas who contributed to the release-fund and helped scoop those nutwits at ukip.

so onwards and upwards...

next stop: let's legalize marijuana man!

max splifford said...

22:20

go girl!

Anonymous said...

Well done Anna and OH. Star performers both.

Anonymous said...

For tomorrow:
http://www.youve-been-cromwelled.org/documents/westpro.doc

Cheers
Sir Olly

Anonymous said...

Yesss...It made the BBC site:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8561184.stm

Old Holborn said...

Nothing to do with me. I was just the delivery boy.

Nick and Denise send their thanks to you all. No, really.

and to the one bitter and twisted anonymous detractor who tried to steal the generously donated funds last Friday for their own ends

"Those than can DO. You didn't"

Anonymous said...

Jimmyfreedom is another of those freedom2choose trolls trying to cash into promote his website - 6 posts on this thread I make it.

jocelyn jack esien said...

16:41

if you like that sort of thing...anyway...my tits are bigger than 'ers

six million dollar essex girl..tcha

bofl said...

i hope that cash is safe......
there are a lot of criminals in prison!!!!1


o/t.........unbelievable.....

Your Neighbour Is a Terrorist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIAFHjL3ZMg

Dick Puddlecote said...

Rogerborg @ 21:50: Comment of the day for me, sunshine. Sort of agrees with me here.

A bit less of the queers, tarts, shirt-lifters, and slags next time, though, would be preferable. ;-)

Old Holborn said...

Never mind that. I have just spent an entire day and 600 miles in a car with Beauty and the Beast.

Conversation snippet on M1 near Nottingham

“right, so if we get stopped now by the Police, we have:

Expensive video cameras
£9000 in cash in a suitcase
The address of a Cat B prison on the Sat Nav
Substances
Mask, wig and gloves in the boot
A fit bird (Emily Nomates), fast asleep in the back
A posh talking unshaven walrus in the passenger seat (Tory Bear)
A swivel eyed loon driving.

We might be late after explaining that little lot. By about six fucking months”

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas springs to mind

Why the pubs are being destroyed said...

The pubs have to be destroyed as they are where people freely share and exchange ideas often based on personal experience that can form a common consensus and reinforce you feelings about certain issues and injustices, such as the goverment, again the key point here is that it is based on personal experience.

This is a big no no for the NWO, they want your only source of influence to be the NWO controlled propaganda box - the TV.

THEY will form the critical consensus gained through influence that keeps you towing the line.

Hence pubs have to be destroyed and attacks of beer and smoking are key to this.

Lastly well done everyone, as for Guido I don't trust the totalitarian censoring creep.

Kit said...

Old Holborn, you make it sound like something out of a Tom Sharpe novel.

Wilt finally flips.

JIMMY FREEDOM!!! said...

To anonymous -

What do you mean I'm trying to cash in? Cash in on what? How? I'm just promoting my website. And oh, what a website...

http://londonsmokersvenues.ning.com/

Everyone check it out. It's the most amazing thing ever in the history of humankind.

Again, that's :

http://londonsmokersvenues.ning.com/

What's that again, I hear you ask? No problem, here you go one more time :

http://londonsmokersvenues.ning.com/


Sorry, Mr Anonymous, I'm just a bit of an attention whore tonight. Oh, and before I forget :

http://londonsmokersvenues.ning.com/

helend498 said...

Thank goodness that Nick is back where he belongs.

The speed at which his fund was raised (without main stream media attention) should be a warning to many.

His imprisonment was a step too far by this nanny state/the authorities - the people have obviously spoken, and won, this time.

I applaud and thank everyone for their efforts, against all odds.

Helen Daniels

Anna Raccoon said...

You got back safely OH?

Did your wife believe this crazy story then?

Did we get away with it?

Told you if I made it bizarre enough I could get it into the papers!

Til' the next time sweetheart xxxx

Bercow said...

You forgot the houses of Parliament, Jimbob

Anonymous said...

Nice work, people. I know you all meant well, but....

Think what you have done here. You got this principled chap freed, but in order to do so you had to pay a ransom to our Parasite State for the privilege.

You all chipped in your pre-taxed contributions to the same bunch of CUNTS that taxed them in the first place. A bit like feeding the hand that bites you, innit?

A bit more imagination is called for here. If this shit is going to occur on a regular basis, then DON'T pay these vile, malingering PARASITES. Burn them. Kill the fuckers, stamp them out like the cockroaches they are. Destroy them. DO NOT PAY THEM OFF NEXT TIME.

If there IS a next time, gentlemen and ladies, FFS use your loafs and don't FEED the problem.

bofl said...

anon 00.28

we know the downside..but we have done something very powerful......

we have shown that there are still some intelligent fair-minded people in the uk that are willing to do a little something and act like adults.

perhaps others will wake up?

other options still remain!

Giolla said...

Excellent work OH and Anna.

Stating the Obvious... said...

Next time (I'm sure there will be one) please don't have a whip round. Just get down to the appropriate council offices en masse and smash them to fuck. Then get down to the appropriate prison and storm it. Seize a screw and refuse to release him until the detainee is set free. Don't piss around paying these cunts off. They might start to get the idea they can make a living out of it, like your Somali pirates have done.

Anonymous said...

Anon 00:28:
A) For the amount of publicity it's getting it was cheap.

B) One will be far more meticulous in claiming expenses against tax on the next return. It's within the rules.

woman on a raft said...

Well done.

dave "the dachshund" cameron said...

20:10

the first thing i propose to do when i come to power is to repeal the disgraceful raft of fox-fucking legislation and reinstate the hornblowing cadence of good-old healthy country pursuits to our beleauguered british countryside. however, working-class fag-smoking scum will still have to give themselves lung-cancer out in the cold, since the public cigarette ban appears to have done no harm to my rothman's share-price. the puffing-plebs are also going to get a pretty chilly reception when they start to die and subsequently discover i've amputated all the nhs departments devoted to the care of the chronically sick.

as to your request for a whip-round...oooooh matron!

koolmaß. said...

00:21

here-here, nick is a very naughty boy, but put his mouth where his money was - he's the real hero of the day. may he enjoy many more budweisers (czech ones, i hope).

not a cashcunt said...

00:48

yes, and we've devalued the dirty pound these money-grubbing politicrows want us to deliver to their expense-nest (ie. the exchequer). the cunts can have all the cash in the uk, for all i care - but, on the street, they'll find it won't have the currency to buy a simple smile, a pleasantry, a civil-word, or a helping-hand.

the greedy bastards can take the loot, but not our free-spirits (and fags).

loloahi tapui's hubby said...

18:24

pity scotland wasn't deported to eke out the rest of her unnatural in a filipino slum

spark up (the blogger) said...

20:49

go screw yourself staines you filthy cia-slag. still eavesdropping while i wank, you prat?

no comment said...

22:56

and to the one bitter and twisted anonymous detractor who tried to steal the generously donated funds last Friday for their own ends

23:38

Lastly well done everyone, as for Guido I don't trust the totalitarian censoring creep.

third party perspective said...

02:38

the whole point of old holborn is that he's anonymous (unlike guido fawkes also known as paul staines, who likes to ponce around on podiums playing the philosophically-challenged piss-headed politician). clearly, old holborn could never have signed a letter guaranteeing to pay the relase-fund over to an unnamed unknown individual, without compromising his own apolitical anonymity. it was a matter of trust - and the other cunt didn't get the vote.

Anonymous said...

Well done OH and AR!!

Because we're young said...

Get in, well done guys, glad to see the Mong-Stream Media is finally being forced to pick up the story! Awesome work OH and AR, I chucked in a tenner for which I am pleased, but you two really have shown what a huge diff can still be made by regular people. Heroic.

Anonymous said...

Simon Clark on "Taking Liberties" has a 'good wishes' thread for Nick to read (Nick Hogan - Free At Last).

Jay

Billy Blofeld said...

I woke up this morning - and I'm still smiling.

Fucking excellent work.

Kinderling said...

Iread it in this mornings Daily Mail so it must be true.

Well done to everyone involved and I'm bringing over a celebratory cigar... oh, Nicks's only been let out into an open prison...

Uncle Marvo said...

How MSM do you want?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7416601/Landlord-who-defied-smoking-ban-freed-from-jail-after-punters-pay-his-fine.html

Mentions Anna Raccoon as well as that dodgy Holby character with the briefcase full of cash.

And it's an article, not a blog.

and now for the hypocracy! said...

All we need to do now is free those imprisoned for freedom of speech thought crimes, oh no I forgot, no one gives a toss!

Or we could stand up for political parties members who are repressed and their freedoms illegally restricted, of I forgot, no one gives a toss!

Or perhaps the state and the EU trying to shut down a political party in the UK, Oh once again no one gives a toss.

Now when i say people i really meant to say, sheeple, too shit scared to speek out.

Wonder why the country is so f*cked up?

Field Marshall Watkins said...

This is up in the Daily Mail

Jailed smoking ban martyr is freed by a mystery crusader's cash

righty right wing (mrs) said...

Standing ovations all round.

Anonymous said...

Simple Simon (Clark) says:
"I handed the money to a prison officer in the reception area."

The Morning Advertiser says:
"Simon Clark of smokers’ lobby group Forest traveled to Forest Bank prison in Manchester today to pay for Hogan’s freedom."

Just as I had suspected. OH was a useful idiot for FOREST. How much of the donation was from them? Don't pretend it was all from the "blogosphere", from people donating 10 oder 50 pounds here and there.

And the F2C bashing was a 'nice' favor from you to Simon Clark, because we all now that Big Business, including Big Tobacco doesn't like independent groups like F2C.

With the help of F2C, you would have been able to free Nick on Friday. But no, you wanted your 15 minutes of fame and Simon Clark probably didn't allow you to collaborate with F2C.

Anonymous said...

Can I just raise the issue of Shisha Bars? These are establishments where patrons can smoke 'Shisha' (flavoured tobacco) though a 'nargileh' (A hubble-bubble pipe). Indoors.
Google 'Shisha Bar' and the name of the big city nearest to you. Then explain to me why you think they are legal, given the anti-smoking legislation we all enjoy these days?

Old Holborn said...

anon guy from F2C

Keep it up. Forest covered the PR and made sure it hit the Mail, the Telegraph, the BBC and the Manchester Evening News.

They contributed a photographer. Nothing else.

Now if you want to pick a fight with over a thousand independent contributors to this blog and Nicks release, then do it on your own turf. Not mine.

I suspect Nick will be having words with F2C (who contributed £0.00p) after he has had a good breakfast and a lie in. Thanks to the readers of this blog

Uncle Marvo said...

I suggest it WAS all from the Blogosphere, Mr Can't-Be-Arsed-To-Think-Of-A-Name.

I stuffed in a fat wad, and so did many I know.

I don't think OH is interested in 15 minutes of fame. You will have seen the PayPal bullshit?

No? Then fuck off.

Old Holborn said...

I love the theory that an anonymous man who wears a mask wants 15 minutes of fame.

How does that work then?

Dazed And Confused said...

Holborn:

Any chance of a guest post from Nick Hogan?

TheBigYin said...

OH, has Anna's blog been got at? I can't access it, not able to do for a couple of hours now.

righty right wing (mrs) said...

Anonymous, 11 March 2010 10:35

You are the same personage who wrote the hysterical piece on the F2C website attacking OH. Same overblown style, grammar...

F2C is a busted flush - you have behaved appalling towards good people like OH who put themselves out there to make a difference.

I would venture the opinion that it is you who wanted some kudos & publicity out of this, but lacked the sheer determination & bloody minded talent to make it happen.

If it were left to you Nick would still be in prison right now.

Anna & OH made this happen - & they deserve our praise & thanks, not petty vilification & jealousy.

Scrubber said...

Absolutely top stuff, guys.

We've covered this, proudly, here:

http://www.panscourer.com/2010/03/11/nick-hogan-freed-by-theblogosphere/

TheBigYin said...

I have just read some of the posts above and I'll say this, if anyone from F2C has something to say don't fucking hide behind the Anon mask and accuse OH of publicity seeking when, as he says himself, he wears a mask. Yes, I know it'll do his blog stats some good but that is a by product of getting Nick released. I would have prefered it if he was released on Friday, the sooner the better given what I new at the time about his health inside, and believe me I know something about being inside.

Any qualms I had, as a proud paid up member of Freedom2Choose, were quickly quashed when I saw my friend smiling like a Cheshire Cat, pulling pints, (with some mystery man in a mask.)

So if any more members come to OH's gaff the least you can do is not skulk behind the anon facade, it is easy to register with blogger and 'come out!'

Do-gooder spotter said...

Fuckin Do-gooders.

Anonymous said...

Let's not fight amongst ourselves - remember 'divide & rule' - don't let the govt succeed with this - dissension among dissidents is what they crave & will promote to their upmost. Most contributors to this item are against the Anti Smoking Laws, let's agree on that, lets also agree on the fact that we're pleased Nick is free rather than argue over what we disagree about.

Gloria said...

I just wanted to say thank you OH for all you have done. You are a star.

And the 'walrus' bloke sounds just up my street....

G. Smudd (Mrs)

Chalcedon said...

Well done anna Racoon and Old Holborn for getting this up and running and the bloggers who supported the crusade and those donors who gave money so willingly. You can always guarantee governments will jail people who don't pay fines and taxes but release violent thugs with non custodial sentences. Perhaps Nu Labour should rethink their outrageous ban and instead address their manifesto pledge to allopw smoke rooms or smoking and non smoking pubs. Smoking isn't illegal and the bastards tax it extortionately. Is it any wonder the government is hated?

john in cheshire said...

OH, Good result. Well done and congratulations to Nick and his family. Problem is, when will the next battle begin? thank god for good people such as yourselves, who can be bothered to make the effort.

Dave said...

Well done Anna & OH.
Beware the rise of state sponsored kidnapping, like this case. The gummint have to raise the money somehow you know.

El-Kevo said...

Good job !

g1lgam3sh said...

Good article today, better than their last effort. Quite complimentary to OH and the cause.

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/5053172.Freed_smoking_ban_rebel_thanks_blogger_who_led___8_500_release_fund_campaign/

Catflap said...

There are two main criticisms that have been mentioned several times.
(1)That by paying the fine we have all played into the establishments hands.
(2)OH's motive's to lead this crusade.
Lets be straight Nick Hogan isn't Nelson Mandela.
After being jailed he was now out the media spotlight,possibly for good.
Nick made his stand publicaly and was jailed publicaly.
Leaving him to suffer in jail would be pointless and cruel.
By publicaly getting Nick out so soon after being jailed, the public are showing support for a guy who is prepared to say "NO".
Point 2.
So big fucking deal what motivates OH.
Those that can,do,those that can't(Including me)winge.
There will be no gongs or peerages for OH, that's for sure, and he knows it, but carries on regardless.

My tenner was worth it said...

respekt

Anonymous said...

Someone needs to write a book.

The Nick Hogan Story, it begs for a book and movie rights.

Maybe only if the regime is brought down first.

Pat Nurse said...

It's a brilliant day and so uplifting that the sour and bitter voices are being drowned out by the rejoicing.

Happy voter said...

Lol. Was that Holby At Westminster Magistrates giving the accused a rough time? By the head jerking i could surmise he was yelling something. "SCUM" seemed to be the crowd's most popular choice.

TheBigYin said...

Sour and bitter voices will NEVER do that Pat. I always try to listen to the voice of reason, however implausible. But I am human after all.

old holborn - the reality-interface (device) said...

00:28

If there IS a next time, gentlemen and ladies, FFS use your loafs and don't FEED the problem.

if you were able to examine the origination of donations, you would undoubtedly find that 'we' (the readers of this blog) did not 'feed the problem'. the sum handed over to the authorities was miniscule in the grand scheme of their mastercard economics and was equally insignificant to the brewery and tobacco companies who obviously made the bulk of donations. to think that ordinary members of the public, however sympathetic to the cause, would have handed over £50s and £20s with gay abandon is pure and simple fantasy - as is the notion that a blogger named old holborn has no connections with the tobacco industry. although unfairly treated, nick hogan was engaged in a commercial dispute with the government and had the full-backing of the beer-and-fag-trade - old holborn just acted as a handy conduit for the big boys' stake-money in a far bigger game, and anna raccoon set him up at the optimum angle. old holborn, anna raccoon and guido fawkes were all in the picture, and looking for some cheap publicity.

i've been receiving some anonymous flak today, for spoiling the party and posting inappropriately. well now...unlike old holborn and anna raccoon, i've never been invited to the party, nor do i receive sponsorship from the beer or tobacco industry, and it should therefore come as no surprise that i have my own individual agenda. as far as i'm concerned, this blog was set up specifically to slag off paul staines (cia), who is attempting to sell the people of this country out to foreign powers, such as the usa - my thanks to old holborn and anna raccoon's sponsors for providing me with a free platform to promote my anti-cunt campaign.

now fuck off you tarts.

sandy said...

10:49, 21:13

how can old holborn prove that the money came from 'over a thousand independent contributors to this blog'? in fact, how does he know that the contributors even knew of the blog until their bosses or mates in the tobacco or brewery industries gave them the nudge and wink and a few notes? he can't, the donations were definitely 'organised' - i know, i fixed it.

Anonymous said...

What a load of bollocks some people are posting.
I made a contribution as did a lot of other people that I personally know.
I saw a post on the f2c website leading to Old Holborns blog appeal and made a payment.
I didn't send a fortune but can assure the idiots here that no 'tobacco' money was used.
What an insult to ordinary people.
Tobacco money could have easily paid the fine months ago had they wished and would have gained nothing by waiting until Nick was jailed.
I have met Nick and don't like the accusations here.

TheBigYin said...

Sandy, please try and make some sense! I'll argue my corner but you cant argue against the shit you are spouting. Say what you mean or say nothing.

tea-leaf reader said...

21:47

publish your name and address then fuckwit, so other readers can pay a visit to verify the authenticity of the transaction documents - although this still leaves room for you to be a tobacco or brewery industry associate and a fucking liar to boot.

nick had to be jailed to ensure publicity you disingenuous prat.

jim said...

21:47

aren't you that bird i met in 'the dolphin', sandy? the one who was complaining about all the pubs closing down coz of the smoking-ban? yes, i'm sure of it. and you recommended old holborn, didn't you?

TheBigYin said...

Tealeafreader, what are you on? Fuck off if you have nothing to say...and you HAVE NOTHING TO SAY. Arsehole!

Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP said...

You bunch of fucking cunts, how dare you make libellous accusations; that money was sent by concerned board members from their own legitimate and above-board expenses! Really just shut the fuck up, you'll get me kicked off the Conservative front bench before I have time to nobble Osborne - FUCK YOU!

Ken

tea-leaf reader said...

22:58

sorry, i meant to address that to22:03, but you're welcome to go fuck yourself too, yin.

TheBigYin said...

Thank you Ken for your astute observations...fucking idiot!

Rebel said...

Hey "Big Yin" why did you ban me from the f2c forum?

TheBigYin said...

Tealeaf I have duly fucked myself, (nice it was too) and I do apologise for getting my knickers in a twist. Kissy kissy? No, thought not. (We all fuck up sometimes Tea.)

Rebel said...

The loon shift has now started posting. My donation came from me, and anyone with any sense doesn't smoke "tobacco and brewery industry" tobacco. I get mine from abroad at €2.80 a pouch.

TheBigYin said...

Hey Rebel, I DID NOT ban you from the F2C forum! I run the office for f2c and although I have admin status it is limited. I also did NOT close down the 'blogs' forum where OH and Anna were most virulent on Sunday. One of the exec did, and it was NOT Phil Johnson.

Old Holborn said...

So who banned me?

Get someone to call Nick. And explain to him how offended the Exec were with Anna and me. Hence they could do nothing to free him.

Don't send boys to do mens jobs. Luckily Nick didn't send for your F2C Exec. Or he'd still be there.

You aren't the cavalry, the internet is. Whoever I as a masked, anonymous person may be.Nick said thanks to us, all of us. Whoever we may be.

Anonymous said...

...And the lord of the dance is he!

Anonymous said...

OK, first one to get fined for smoking in a public place gets kudos! (doesn't have to be a pub)
Does anyone know if any smoker ever got fined for this at all? Were the ones in Nick's pub coerced to pay?

TheBigYin said...

So who banned me?

As far as I know OH nobody 'banned' you but that thread on our forum was "locked" by _steve_, an f2c exec.

Get someone to call Nick. And explain to him how offended the Exec were with Anna and me. Hence they could do nothing to free him.

Oh we are in contact with Nick, have been long long since you and anna came on the scene, where were you and anna then? I have many videos of Nick and Godfrey Bloom (UKIP) speaking at our local meetings, wanna see...you will shortly.

But this is NOT a contest OH, we, f2c, have done right by him and done wrong by him, and Hamish, of which I am not proud but I will not stop thinking of Nick, Hamish or Tony Blows as Heros.

As far as I know there are a few people that are in contact with Nick circle, one is Hamish Howitt and Bill Gibson from F2C and TICAP, of which Nick is a founder member.

Don't send boys to do mens jobs. Luckily Nick didn't send for your F2C Exec. Or he'd still be there.

Yes, and he had your number in his diary as his first port of call did he?

No, we certainly are not the cavelry, we just recognised, before you did, that Nick was on our side, the side of the smoker!

Jimmy Freedom said...

Everyone just stop arguing. It's silly. Wake up and think : Even when something good like this happens, people on the same side argue.

Divide and rule, people, stop it. The smoking ban is about causing arguments, when at the end of the day it's us V them (the ones behind the ban), we're on the same side as each other). What chance do we have of making things change when people are determined to nitpick and make us all look stupid?

Nick is out, good. OH turned up in that costume and paid in cash, good. Today this was in The Sun, good. It's all good. Stop creating problems when something as good as this has happened. Use it as an opportunity to move forward.

I know I have a simplistic way of saying all this but sometimes things are very simple.

And I'm sorry to Old Holborn for repeatedly posting my link, I won't do it again.

Anonymous said...

Old Holburn, you've said you hadn't heard of freedom2choose before this episode.
Perhaps I should point out to your readership that you have been a member of our web forum since 2008, and have posted on it long before this episode.
I don't think you should be so quick to condemn an organisation that has been supporting Nick since 2007 and throughout this whole sorry process.

Our Chairman was right when he said that you were just in this for self publicity.

As our fellow f2c member Jimmyfreedom says, stop fighting.

Anonymous said...

@anon 8.09 - For heavens sake, give it a rest.

If I hadn't heard of F2C before this affair, I wouldn't want to have anything to do with it after reading comments like yours which only undermine all its hard work over the last few years.

The savvy thing would've been to be gracious towards OH without whose efforts, in this instance, Nick Hogan would still be in prison. You want credit for your involvement in the past, you give credit now where it's due.

Jay

Anonymous said...

Stop whining then.
Back to the question: Does anyone personally know anyone who has been fined for smoking?

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