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    New Zealand - Pipe Tobacco Guidance Sought.

    Actually yes I do and there’s not a day goes by that I don’t say thank you for the life I’ve had the wife I was married too and the children and grandchildren we had. If you’ve ever seen the film ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ you’ll know something of my experiences but they were far more Cypriot...
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    New Zealand - Pipe Tobacco Guidance Sought.

    I’d happily live in NZ if pipe tobacco is available but I’ve a married daughter and her family in England who regularly visit me during the summer months on the island of Cyprus where I live and where my lovely late Greek wife came from so I’m caught in between the the two hemisphere’s. Both my...
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    New Zealand - Pipe Tobacco Guidance Sought.

    I’m considering escaping European winters in my old age by staying with my son and his family for three or four months each year in New Zealand, they have a self contained flat/apartment and a car available with them for my use at no cost to me other than for fuel and live in an idyllic spot...
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    Re-Hydrating Tobacco

    I use Lemon and Orange peel and when it’s in season Kolokassi/Taro peel laid atop the tobacco in its tin with the paper packaging and lid in place. It’s not a quick hydration method and it’ll take several days with the peel being changed frequently as the thirsty tobacco quickly sucks the peel...
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    Chacom Pipes General Impressions?

    I Understood and when my eight year old grandson returns from visiting his maternal grandparents in the UK I’ll get him to run me through what’s required to post pics here using my new fangled iPad🤔
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    Question on Erinmore Flake Tobacco

    I first tried Erinmore Flake in the 1960’s and hated it but by the 1980’s it had become my go to tobacco no matter where I was in the world with my job as it could be found in most places and I’d become accustomed to and had then enjoyed its Belfast Bite. The transition from Belfast manufacture...
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    Chacom Pipes General Impressions?

    I have three Chacom pipes from the Royale range, one an estate which was little smoked Is a smooth Lovat 212 and the other two which I purchased new are both smooth Rhodesians a small 283 and a larger 498, all three are excellent smokers of almost any tobacco I load them with and have been...
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    Mac Baren's HH Balkan Blend and Cyprian Vs. Syrian

    Earlier this year (2018) Cypriot farmers appealed for a financial aid package from the government of the Republic of Cyprus to restart growing Latakia tobacco in northern Cyprus. The farmers, who claim that Latakia tobacco has NOT been grown in Cyprus for more than ten years require government...
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    How Old Is Everyone

    I'm 68 tomorrow, first real smoke of a pipe was 60 years ago thanks to a 'progressive' Grandfather and 32 more years will see me break even on my pensions contributions and start making a net gain. Another 2 years and I'll have start planning for retirement.
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    St Claude?

    To continue. The French say just about enough to make a sale and sometimes not even that. I recently purchased two pipes from the Chacom Royale range, that I purchased the pipes through two excellent Italian on line shops should say enough. Both pipes are excellent in engineering grain and...
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    St Claude?

    My first post here other than the introduction, bear with me! I found the Ropp factory/post industrial museum videos interesting and also very sad, difficult to see the setting of abandoned old fashioned overhead belt driven machinery, filing systems and half finished products without thinking...
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    Hello From Cyprus

    Thanks All for the Welcome, "npod" Neal, without getting into the politics and forced division of the Republic of Cyprus I'm afraid I can't add anything much to the 'Cyprus Latakia' mystery. Suffice to say that I live only about 60 Km's from the Karpas tobacco growing region of the island but...
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    Hello From Cyprus

    Hello to you all, After what now seems like years of looking in on this forum and far too many more mostly happy years of pipe smoking I decided to formalise my curiosity and request membership. Now of an age when time keeping is far less important to me than it once was my first real smoke of...