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hutch0
Date: 2008-06-02 00:49
Subject: brits at play
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The alert, or indeed the insomniac, among you, will have noticed I mentioned the Tube Drinks Party which accompanied the arrival of the ban on alcohol on public transport in London.
Turns out it was a little worse than I mentioned last night. The BBC reported it thus, while the Observer reported it like this, and the Telegraph had this.
I'm getting old, I really am. Once upon a time I would have at least given passing consideration to joining in this ridiculous bacchanale. Now I just want to slap these people. Hey ho.
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pds_lit: Nuit
User: pds_lit
Date: 2008-06-02 00:16 (UTC)
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Is the word "codger" or maybe "old crumbly" ringing any bells? LOL
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-03 23:01 (UTC)
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They're my middle names.
Actually, that's a lie. My middle name's Christopher.
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pds_lit: Red Cat Quilt
User: pds_lit
Date: 2008-06-04 02:28 (UTC)
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As in Robin I suppose. :)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-06 21:16 (UTC)
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:-)
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User: robsoft
Date: 2008-06-02 07:13 (UTC)
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' "This was an unfortunate end to what should have been a fun event," he added. '

Which seemed to sum-up our great nation quite nicely, really. :-)

Like you, when I heard about the planned 'event' I thought, 'hurrah! That would be fun, although I'll be buggered if I'm giving up a weekend, travelling to London and expending swathes of cash just to have a tipple with some strangers on the tube.'

Then the voice of experience chimed in with, 'it will be hijacked by YOUNG PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW THEIR LIMIT, there will be SILLINESS FOLLOWED BY DAMAGE and POSSIBLY VIOLENCE. Illness and pointless VANDALISM will be the lasting memory of this.'

Then I told the voice of experience to shut the fuck up; really, those capitals are quite unpleasant first thing in the morning and who needs to have some poorly constructed metaphor reminding you that you're getting old and no longer see only the fun in everything?

Then I started doing some work and forgot about the whole thing, 'til I saw the news.

At which point, the voice of experience became insufferably smug for a while. I took some Nurofen and played some annoying, repetitive music through some earphone-buds that I find particularly uncomfortable in my ears. That'll teach the bastard.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-06 21:27 (UTC)
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Bit of an emotional rollercoaster, then, yes?
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2008-06-02 10:17 (UTC)
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Hang on a minute, the way the reports seem to be going, people are saying, "Oh, look at all that mess and unpleasantness, obviously the mayor was right to ban alcohol".

Ok, so can you people who live in London tell me if there has been serious problems in the past with people drinking alcohol on the tube etc? Otherwise its a bit silly to say its a good idea based only upon the evidence of the end of drinking bacchanale which is supposed to be a big blow out anyway.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-06-06 21:34 (UTC)
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To be honest, the first time I saw anyone drinking on the Tube was this week, and that was a Polish guy having a beer on his way home from work. Did anyone grass him up to the staff? No, because he was having a quiet drink, he wasn't pissed, and he wasn't causing anyone any harm.
I do my very best not to be on the Underground late at night, so I've never - touch wood - seen any bad behaviour, and London's not seen anything like that before. And I'd guess that you'd have to expect the papers - particularly the right-wing `law and order' ones, to take the line that it demonstrated a ban was necessary. Which it didn't; it was a one-off stunt organised by people who just wanted an excuse to have a party and look clever. I'd be interested to see how many of the people who took part in the `demonstrations' actually bothered to vote in the mayoral election.
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