• Short Summary

    Have a cigarette? No thanks. A pipe of baccy? No thanks. A cigar, then? No,no.?

  • Description

    1.
    G.V. Hassan walking along Bute Street in Cardiff.


    2.
    S.V. into C.U. Hassan walking towards camera, he stops and looks in to Davies',the Ironmongers.


    3.
    C.U.Pan From Hassan to rope in shop window.


    4.
    S.V. Hassan walks into shop.


    5.
    S.V.Int. He walks up to counter and asks for Jute Clothes line rope.


    6.
    S.V. Mr. Davies gets bundle of clothes line rope from shelf and brings them down to the counter.


    7.
    C.U.Pan From Hassan picking up clothes line-up to Mr.Davies.


    8.
    S.V.Pan From clothes lines to Hassen.


    9.
    C.U. Clothes line-reading-Jute rope, Hassan examining rope.


    10.
    S.V. Showing socks for sale-1/6d.per pair.


    11.
    S.V.Towards Hassen leaves shop carrying his two clothes lines.


    12.
    Back V. Hassan walking down street, he enters his home.


    13.
    Back V.Int. Walks into room and sits.


    14.
    S.C.U. Hassan placing turban round head.


    15.
    C.U. Ditto.


    16.
    C.U. Hassan with turban.


    17.
    S.V.Pan Showing Hubble-Bubble, pan to rope, Hassan takes rope and starts to make small ring.


    18.
    C.U. Ditto- pan to face.


    19.
    S.V. Hassan places small ring of rope on to fire.


    20.
    S.C.U. Ditto.


    21.
    C.U. Showing rope burning.


    22.
    C.U. Hassan filling hubble bubble with water.


    23.
    S.V. He takes pipe and places it on to hubble bubble.


    24.
    C.U.Pan from Hassan, he takes rope from fire and places it into pipe.


    25.
    C.U. Hassen blowing rope.


    26.
    S.V. He places bowl of pipe on to hubble bubble.


    27.
    C.U. He takes hubble bubble and places it on the floor, takes mouthpiece and starts smoking.


    28.
    C.U. Showing the burning rope in bowl of pipe.


    29.
    Full C.U. Hassan smoking.


    30.
    C.U.Pan A friend offers Hassan a cigarette.


    31.
    C.U.Pan A friend offers Hassan a cigarette.


    32.
    Pan Shot Trail of rope-pan to Hassan enjoying a long smoke.




    Initials A.W./P.B.



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Have a cigarette? No thanks. A pipe of baccy? No thanks. A cigar, then? No,no. Thus Hassan Abdullah Burro, of Cardiff. For Hassan, who hails from Aden, in the Middle East, smokes only rope - clothes line to be precise.

    He gets through two coils of it a week; and at 54 feet a length, this means he smokes over a hundred feet of rope a week. Twice a week for months Burro walked into the little dockland store and said: "A clothes line, please:". He never bought anything else. Just clothes lines. Dozen and dozens of them. At 2/9d for a 54 foot length of new white rope a very cheap smoke at present-day prices.

    At first the shopkeeper was just a little curious. But as the months went by and Hassan appeared for his two rolls of jute clothes line a week, he became a bit suspicious. What, he wondered could anyone want with such a lot of rope a week. Came the day when our friend from Aden walked into the shop, in Butetown, Cardiff, and said, as usual, "A clothes line, please." The shopkeeper replied, "You tell me what you do with them."
    Hassan replied: "Me smokum." So the little mystery was solved. Little Hassan, a 64-year-old seaman, really did smoke the clothes lines - two a week. 108 feet of cool, satisfying puffing. And to prove it he showed our reporter the three-feet high "hubble-bubble" pipe he uses. It has a six-feet long tube to puff at and a tank of water to cool the smoke.

    Hassan coils three feet of rope and gets it smouldering on the fire. He puts it in the pipe bowl - and then begins his 9-foot drag. The water in the tank bubbles like an old geyser. And Hassan closes his eyes in pleasure.

    Hassan Abdullah Burro insists on new rope for smoking. "Old rope bad for chest," he said.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4CHIQDS5YD2W1YFZHZWFVPFOR
    Media URN:
    VLVA4CHIQDS5YD2W1YFZHZWFVPFOR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/02/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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