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7th May '18 2:01:58 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* Cigar bars and tobacconist shops with smoking lounges aren't nearly as common as they used to be, but can still be found today. Laws tend to give them a little extra leeway about smoking indoors in the form of carveouts and grandfather clauses, simply because patrons of such establishments know exactly what to expect when they walk in. Big, comfy chairs and sofas are a given.

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* Cigar bars and tobacconist shops with smoking lounges aren't nearly as common as they used to be, but can still be found today. Laws Anti-smoking laws tend to give them a little extra leeway about smoking indoors in the form of carveouts and grandfather clauses, simply because patrons of such establishments know exactly what to expect when they walk in.in (and some of the people ''voting'' on such laws may be patrons themselves). Big, comfy chairs and sofas are a given.
7th May '18 1:59:31 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* Cigar bars and tobacconist shops with smoking lounges aren't nearly as common as they used to be, but can still be found today. Laws tend to give them a little extra leeway about smoking indoors in the form of carveouts and grandfather clauses, simply because patrons of such establishments know exactly what to expect when they walk in. Big, comfy chairs and sofas are a given.
7th Feb '18 1:56:48 PM margdean56
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* Literature/JamesBond's boss, M, is a member of one of these called Blades (which also features in the film ''Film/DieAnotherDay''); at the beginning of ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'' he invites Bond along because he suspects one of the other club members is habitually cheating at cards, and he wants Bond to work how it's being done so the club officials can take appropriate action. (And yes, [[MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot this does turn out to be relevant to the rest of the plot.]])
** Kingsley Amis noted that how M got a membership of the club is a bit of a mystery; Fleming's description of the club states that a member must be able to 'show' £100,000 in cash or gilt-edged securities (i.e. government bonds)... which equates to just shy of two million pounds in 2015 money. M doesn't earn anywhere near that much in his job.

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* Literature/JamesBond's boss, M, is a member of one of these called Blades (which also features in the film ''Film/DieAnotherDay''); at the beginning of ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'' he invites Bond along because he suspects one of the other club members is habitually cheating at cards, and he wants Bond to work out how it's being done so the club officials can take appropriate action. (And yes, [[MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot this does turn out to be relevant to the rest of the plot.]])
** Kingsley Amis noted that how M got a membership of in the club is a bit of a mystery; Fleming's description of the club states that a member must be able to 'show' £100,000 in cash or gilt-edged securities (i.e. government bonds)... which equates to just shy of two million pounds in 2015 money. M doesn't earn anywhere near that much in his job.
31st Jan '18 3:44:34 PM johnnye
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* In ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', the Reform Club, where Phileas Fogg goes to read papers and play whist, is quintessential to the novel's [[TheBet key bet]], as it arose from the card table discussion of a newspaper article Fogg have read recently.

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* In ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', the Reform Club, where Phileas Fogg goes to read papers and play whist, is quintessential to the novel's [[TheBet key bet]], as it arose from the card table discussion of a newspaper article Fogg have had read recently.



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* Finnemore, the narrator in ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'', is generally introduced speaking from his club and/or sets the beginning of his stories in it. Common activities beyond the usual drinking and smoking seem to involve storytelling and bizarre Edwardian varieties of {{Calvinball}}.
-->'''Finnemore:''' We were engaged in a game of Hey Ho Rumbelow!, in which we would line up the six smallest members of the club and attempt to knock them down with the fattest member -- all without waking the sleepiest member.
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* The craze for establishing social clubs, in England at least, really caught on during the Regency. Due to the Napoleonic War the English upper class were prevented from participating in fashionable European society and therefore had to look to each other for amusement. The original clubs were exclusive to aristocrats, but later clubs extended membership towards the middle-classes. By the Edwardian Era, there was a club for everyone: soldiers, civil servants, colonial service members, doctors, reform politicians, artists, sportsmen, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Scotsmen]] etc. Each club generally provided a place for political discussion, gambling, fine dining, and a healthy amount of nepotism and insider dealing. Every reputable man of a good trade or living was expected to participate in at least one club, and those who do not are seen as [[LonersAreFreaks dangerously anti-social.]]

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* The craze for establishing social clubs, in England at least, really caught on during the Regency. Due to the Napoleonic War the English upper class were prevented from participating in fashionable European society and therefore had to look to each other for amusement. The original clubs were exclusive to aristocrats, but later clubs extended membership towards the middle-classes. By the Edwardian Era, there was a club for everyone: soldiers, civil servants, colonial service members, doctors, reform politicians, artists, sportsmen, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Scotsmen]] etc. Each club generally provided a place for political discussion, gambling, fine dining, and a healthy amount of nepotism and insider dealing. Every reputable man of a good trade or living was expected to participate in at least one club, and those who do not are were seen as [[LonersAreFreaks dangerously anti-social.]]
31st Jan '18 3:01:09 PM johnnye
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Alternatively, [[BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats just a place upper-class men can be out from under the feet of their wives and servants]]. Not to be confused with the other kind of "gentlemen's" clubs, or indeed the ''[[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame other]]'' other kind.

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Alternatively, [[BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats just a place upper-class men can be out from under the feet of their wives and servants]]. Not to be confused with the [[BikiniBar other kind kind]] of "gentlemen's" clubs, or indeed the ''[[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame other]]'' other kind.
11th Dec '17 5:35:59 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The Hellfire Club of ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' have a smoke filled room thing going on in some of the 19th century plotlines, when Dark Phoenix goes back in time with Sebastian Shaw.

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* The Hellfire Club of ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' have a smoke filled room thing going on in some of the 19th century plotlines, when Dark Phoenix goes back in time with Sebastian Shaw.
21st Sep '17 10:54:17 PM foxley
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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has Butler's: an upper class club where superheroes can relax in their identities (and formal wear) while the staff wear masks. Discretion is absolutely guaranteed.

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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has Butler's: an upper class club where superheroes can relax in their secret identities (and formal wear) while the staff wear masks. Discretion is absolutely guaranteed.
21st Sep '17 10:48:35 PM foxley
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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has Butler's: an upper class club where superheroes can relax in their identities (and formal wear) while the staff wear masks. Discretion is absolutely guaranteed.
5th Aug '17 9:22:44 AM Prfnoff
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* ''Theatre/{{Fiorello}}'' has the Ben Marino Association, a smoke-filled joint in Greenwich Village where Tammany Hall hacks meet and play five-card stud.

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* ''Theatre/{{Fiorello}}'' has the Ben Marino Association, a smoke-filled joint in Greenwich Village where Tammany Hall hacks meet and play five-card stud.stud as they try to determine the winner and the loser of the next municipal election.
4th Aug '17 8:14:16 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''It All Started with Columbus'', poor visibility in the smoke-filled room where the Republicans held their presidential convention in 1920 led to them nominating UsefulNotes/WarrenHarding because they mistook him for UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover.

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* In ''It All Started with Columbus'', poor visibility in the smoke-filled room where the Republicans held their presidential convention in 1920 led to them nominating to nominate UsefulNotes/WarrenHarding because they mistook him for UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover.
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