Another thing I was conscious of, strangely enough, was the enormous brass bowl for cigarette ends
. Quietly, with the least possible action, Dona Rita moved it to the other side of her motionless person.
Disorder, the remains of dinner, a broken wine-glass on the floor, spilt wine, cigarette ends
, fumes of drink and delirium in my brain, an agonising misery in my heart and finally the waiter, who had seen and heard all and was looking inquisitively into my face.
Many people still believe that a cigarette end
is so insignificant or an apple core that eventually biodegrades is not classed as litter but has been since 1990.
Anyone caught dropping a cigarette end
can expect to be fined PS75 for the offence.
A spokesperson for Wirral council said: "Discarding a cigarette end
down a grid is litter and the enforcement officer was right to issue a fixed penalty notice if that is what they witnessed.
Jim Jones, executive board member for Environmental and Public Protection, said: "Dropping litter is against the law and dropping a cigarette end
is no different from throwing away any other sort of litter.
Grangetown Fire Station watch manager Marty Challenor said: "We are still investigating but it appears that the fire started from a cigarette end
in a bin in the kitchen.
"We have highlighted that it is not acceptable to drop a cigarette end
and this is having an impact on our streets.
Upon investigation, they found a small fire caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette end
dropped in a waste paper basket holding paper.
Richie Brown, neighbourhood warden co-ordinator (south) said: "Throwing away a cigarette end
is the same offence as dropping any other type of litter and attracts a fixed penalty notice of pounds 80.
The blaze - thought to have been caused by a cigarette end
- was confined to the bedroom.
Pretty for cocktails!" Linzi Moran TOP TREND: A Gateshead mum was fuming when she found a cigarette end
in Asda vegetable pack.