The imminent British smoking ban has one thing going for it. It's fostering friendly relations between the people of Southampton and the tiny Caribbean island of Redonda.
The Wellington Arms in Southampton is set to transform itself from a public house into the official embassy for a tiny Caribbean island.
If it is successful, the pub would be classified as "foreign soil", allowing smokers a haven from the smoking laws covering the rest of the UK.
In theory it would then also be allowed to serve cheaper drinks because the pub would be exempt from VAT.
Earlier this month, the pub was named as the official consulate in Britain for the island of Redonda, which lies 35 miles south west of Antigua in the Caribbean.
The title of "King of Redonda" is hotly disputed, with at least nine known claimants, but the current ruler is King Robert the Bald, who was crowned in 1998 and lives on Antigua.
Now, there don't appear to be any actual Redondans. But that's no reason not to drink to Redondan liberty.
Apply to be part of the Redondan royal navy for just $35 here.
Via The Bitch Girls.