You know, in this forum there has been a lot of talk about-no tellies, no music, poor food- all explanations about why it's so difficult to increase custom in a Smith's house, even though the old fool thinks otherwise. But what seems to have been overlooked is the fact that many of his houses have perfectly nice, even lovely, function rooms, that are now no more than redundant. The pub we ran was in the lovely room catagory. Some years ago when we went into our Sams pub, we had some great ideas about how to utilise the room, therefore increasing trade, we thought, significantly. Within months, all our best laid plans were thrown out the window when he took all music etc. out of his houses. A while later it was said to him that the rooms could be used, with music etc., without incurring any costs to the PRS and the like. It was pointed out to him that because it was a private party, he wouldn't need a licence. His answer....."it's against company policy". When asked for a copy of the company policy his answer was quite abusive (not worth printing), hence the thought from that day onwards was that he makes it up as he goes along-company policy that is. For all the speculation, and that is what it is, the payments to the PRS are not the sole reason for him stopping all entertainment in his pubs, if indeed they are a factor at all. The main reason is, for some reason, he just doesn't want it. Que Orwell and The Moon Under The Water senario. Question is why, after all these decades, has he suddenly turned?? We will never know the answer to that question of course!