The word 'Stoogie' is widely used in England and Scotland as the common slang for a 'Cigar'.
By Guy Adams
Published: 18 July 2006
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's 40-a-day cigar habit is held responsible for some of the greatest triumphs of British engineering.
Unfortunately, it also represents an upturned middle finger towards the politically-correct mandarins of modern academia.
With this in mind, Brunel University has removed the famous stoogie from a new, life-size statue of the eminent Victorian.
The bronze is based on the National Portrait Gallery's iconic photograph of Brunel standing next to the launching chains of his ship, the SS Great Eastern, in 1857.
It was unveiled last week, revealing a close likeness, but - to the annoyance of Brunel fans, historians and the smoking lobby alike - no cigar.
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