Blog: Olly WehringEurope's bar owners - you think you've got it tough?

Olly Wehring | 30 July 2007

So, you run a bar in western Europe.

It's pouring down outside, meaning the punters aren't making their way  to your hostelry. The weather forecast is so grim, you're checking out property in the Algarve.

The smoking ban your government has introduced has also helped drive the drinkers away, and drink-drive legislation - also introduced by your elected body - is also making its presence felt, in the form of empty bar stools.

Oh, you've got it bad, haven't you?

There's always someone worse off, however. Meet Kamal 'Van Damme' - landlord of a bar in the Berber mountains in Algeria.

The Islamists and the military use his doorstep as their warzone. Does he let it get to him? Dear me, no: There's customers to serve.

Bar owners of the west - Pull yourselves together!


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