Dave’s Tip No1: Understand the local flow and do business with people who ‘get it.’
Graham Greene’s ‘Our Man in Havana’ is brilliantly funny. Written in 1958, he takes the mickey out of the British secret service’s MI6. They were shown up to be gullible and inept, falling for a Pommy bullshit artist, Jim Wormold, who fooled them into thinking sketches of vacuum cleaner parts were plans for a ‘supergun’. The secret service lads were given the run around over a supposed Missile Crisis, four years before one actually happened for real.
I think I met the real Wormold on my trip to Cuba last week. James (for that was his name), a Scotsman, sat next to me on the short flight from Cancun to Havana. From his bag he proudly produced a stash of ‘Cohiba’ branded e-cigars. You couldn’t make it up.
E-CIGARS!!!! Now call me an old traditionalist, I just about get the whole e-cigarette thing – helps you give up, only problem is you look like a dick sucking on a fairy-lit Christmas tree.