Let's see if we recognize him .... Back in 1970, A B Hughes, a Durban journalist, gave us permission to use his delightful description of a Pipeman. There is nothing like a pipe for giving a man a meretricious air of profundity. You ask a pipe-smoker, for instance, whether he thinks that mankind is justified in spending all this money on visiting the moon and he promptly goes into his routine. First he takes his pipe out of his mouth and examines the outside of the bowl. Then he peers inside and debates with himself whether he can save the little glow he sees there. He decides he can, so he puts the pipe back in his mouth and sucks hard five or six times. Nothing happens. So he takes the pipe out of his mouth and looks into the bowl again in a reproachful and injured manner. He then pats his left pocket to see if there are any matches there. There aren't so he pats his right pocket with the same result. He looks utterly dismayed, as if the world had come to an end, but then he notices with relief that the matches were on the table all the time, alongside the ashtray. Finally he gets his pipe going and sits back in a cloud of smoke, directing at you that long, level, honest look that is probably the most infuriating characteristic of pipe smokers. At last he delivers his verdict. He says "It all depends on your attitude to these things. I think my answer would be yes - up to a point".