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Come on now! Drink up! Ain't you lot got News at Ten to go home to?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by modelmaker, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. modelmaker

    modelmaker Star commenter

    In the part of London where I was raised, closing time in pubs was 10:30pm. They also chucked the midday drinkers out at 2:30pm. It was something of a revelation when I discovered that pubs in central London closed at 11:00pm, but whatever time it was never mattered much. It was just the way it was. We were used to it and lived with it.

    There was though, the mad rush to get another pint or two when the last orders bell tolled. I remember an Australian collegue telling me that in Australia, the law until 1967 required pubs to close at 6:00pm resulting in the Six o'clock swill.

    From a personal perspective, it won't make one iota of difference to me if a 10:00pm curfew is introduced, but it seems to bother some, including libertarian politicians of the sort who are relishing Brexit. What are your views?


    "Pubs will close to the sound of air raid sirens in order to evoke the blitz spirit and ensure people comply with the new 10 pm curfew.

    With a pub closing time of 10 pm being rolled out across England this week, the government is finding innovative ways of ensuring compliance.

    “People love all that World War Two stuff,” explained Minister for Pubs Simon Williams.

    “Instead of the usual meek ‘ding ding’ of the last orders bell, pubs will now sound a deafening air raid siren.

    “Also, rather than saying, ‘Drink up please ladies and gentlemen,’ landlords have been instructed to scream, ‘The virus is coming! Run for your lives! Ruuuuun!!!’

    “That should get people scurrying patriotically for home without even pausing to vomit on the pavement.”

    However, the initiative may be having some unforeseen consequences.

    Christopher James has set up an underground ‘Drinking shelter.’

    “Look, I totally get why pubs need to shut at ten,” he said. “The virus is nocturnal, probably because it came from bats. All makes perfect sense.

    “What I’m not really clear about is why we need to stop socialising and drinking to excess in confined spaces.

    “That’s why I’ve built an underground shelter in my garden – to provide a safe space where people can down a few jars, have a laugh and share bodily fluids without having to worry about the vampiric coronavirus prowling the streets above us.

    “I’ve even ensured the ventilation is really bad so that no viral particles find a way down there.”

    Mr Williams doesn’t seem too worried about such schemes.

    “It’s just nice to see the public using a bit of common sense and initiative,” he added."

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  2. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Particularly those who don't go until after 9 p.m I think.
  3. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    I have to say, there seems to be a short-sighted group of people who are more concerned about not having an extra few hours' drinking each week (for a few months) than about catching and/or spreading a killer disease.
    I can't get my head round it.
  4. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    If you were a publican you might be able to.
  5. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Priorities for numpties:
    1. Go down the boozer
    2. Go to the football
    3. Have a barbie with all your mates
    4. Go down the beach
    5. Believe all the alt-right and Q-anon conspiracy stuff on Faecebook, Twitter, Russia inspired channels......

    125. Take precautions to avoid getting Covid
    150+ Take precautions to avoid spreading Covid
    mothorchid and Aquamarina1234 like this.
  6. lunarita

    lunarita Lead commenter

    So the virus becomes more dangerous after 10pm?

    What happens when the clocks go back next month?
    lapinrose likes this.
  7. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Nothing wrong with going to the beach.
  8. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Nothing wrong with going down to the boozer.
    Vampires celebrate.
  9. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Everybody seems to talk about hypothetical people they don't know. Does anybody know or have family behaving in the manners described?
  10. Catgirl1964

    Catgirl1964 Senior commenter

    These new measures announced today will not make much if any difference to most people’s lives. It won’t affect me at all so I wonder if it will make no difference to many others either so will not affect the numbers, certainly not to achieve the desired result. My main danger is having to go in to school with no social distancing of full classes and little evidence of mask wearing ( except me). Now, if that changed, a big difference will happen to the numbers.
    red_observer likes this.
  11. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    And when things revert to normal. What then?
  12. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    I conclude you work is not related to hospitality or retail.
    Maybe. If masks in school (big difference,) mean hospality and retail do not need to change (small difference) your ideas would have traction.
    Your qualifications for this analysis?

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