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    Scotland - Smoker to maroon himself on island to help quit smoking

    'Castaway' hopes to quit smoking


    Mr Spice will leave behind civilisation in his health quest

    A businessman who has smoked 30-a-day for decades is to maroon himself on a remote Scottish island in an effort to quit the habit.

    Former merchant banker Geoff Spice is due to land on the small isle of Sgarabhaigh, off Harris in the Outer Hebrides, over the weekend.

    Mr Spice, 56, will spend four weeks in solitude with only some books and the island's sheep for company.

    The island's owner Dave Hill wished him the best with his island "adventure".
    Sgarabhaigh has no electricity or water supply and lies at the eastern end of the Sound of Harris.

    If you are passing the island in August then sound your claxon and give Geoff a wave
    Dave Hill
    Sgarabhaigh owner

    Weather conditions prevented Mr Spice from landing on the island early on Saturday, but he hopes to be in place over the weekend.

    Mr Hill said: "He will be taking residence for the whole of August along with his stock of 120 books.

    "So if you are passing the island in August then sound your claxon and give Geoff a wave - but keep your distance, it can be a serious business giving up smoking!

    "Anyone wishing to help Geoff stop his addiction can deliver any single malt whisky they wish to the following address - The Cove, Sgarabhaigh, The Sound of Harris, The Western Isles."
    The island is usually home to sheep, midges and seabirds

    Mr Spice is a former senior director of NM Rothschild & Sons and took up smoking 43 years ago at the age of 13.

    He said he would have "one last cigarette" and give the rest of the packet to his wife before getting on the boat.

    If he can stop after a month in exile he hopes to be able to look forward to years of extra life with his wife, children and family.

    Mr Hill bought Sgarabhaigh four years ago and has set up a project of selling small shares in the island in an effort to secure a sustainable nature reserve.




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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    merchant banker
    put a stake through his heart

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    will spend four weeks in solitude with only some books and the island's sheep for company.
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    can deliver any single malt whisky
    Books, sex and single malt whiskys, what more could a Scot want

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    There will be a 7-11 somewhere. No worries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Books, sex and single malt whiskys, what more could a Scot want
    500 B+H

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    could have just bought a pack of nicorettes !

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    At least take a bloody fishing line. Fark reading books all day.

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    The guy must really be hooked. Won't be long he'll be smoking the heather rolled in a sheet of toilet paper.

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    A trillion to one on he doesn't quit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panda View Post
    At least take a bloody fishing line. Fark reading books all day.
    He took 120 books to read in 30 days, he must be able to lick through the fuckers if he can do that many in .

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    Island 'helps smoker kick habit'

    BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Highlands and Islands | Island 'helps smoker kick habit'

    A businessman has left a remote Scottish island he inhabited in order to kick a 30-a-day smoking habit. Geoff Spice, 56, a former merchant banker from Surrey, spent most of August on Sgarabhaigh, in the Outer Hebrides, living in a tent.
    As he left a week ahead of schedule the island's owner, Dave Hill, said the experiment had been a success.
    Mr Hill said: "He has succeeded and has survived the rigours of some of the worst weather...this summer."
    Sgarabhaigh has no electricity or water supply and lies at the eastern end of the Sound of Harris.
    Nature reserve
    Mr Spice took up residence on the island along with his stock of 120 books at the beginning of the month and left on Wednesday.
    After his departure Mr Hill said: "He feels that he has got a good grip on his smoking cravings and he has experienced the spirituality of three and a half weeks on his own in one of the most beautiful, if wet and windy, parts of Scotland."
    As a former senior director of NM Rothschild & Sons Mr Spice took up smoking 43 years ago at the age of 13.
    Mr Hill bought Sgarabhaigh four years ago and he has set up a project of selling small shares in the island in an effort to secure a sustainable nature reserve.
    Mr Spice said "Anyone got a fag, I'm gasping"

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    What a bunch of shit, You can quit if you just do not light one, but it does not take away the craving and as soon as he can get his hands on one he will be smoking again, just being off them has no effect on the addiction except to make it worse.
    I have not had a smoke in damn near 2 years and I still crave them and would damn near kill for 1 right now, except I would never smoke just one, like having a beer, I never had A beer in my fucking life, I had a lot of first beers tho.

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    He will have to pack up cigarettes so that he can get his breath to run and catch a sheep or two.

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