June 01, 2009

Twittish pubs

It seems our cousins across the pond are doing their best to regulate traditional pub life out of existence:

Traditionally pubs have been highly individualized places, distinguished by their eccentric furnishings, varied clientele, and the differing characters of their landlords. Some pubs went in for beer tankards, others for old photos. And while strict landlords kicked everyone out at 11:10 p.m., others let you stick around for an hour or offered "lock-ins." Now pubs are distinguished by their local council's brand of regulation. Preston Council banned "vertical drinking" (drinking standing up). Many other pubs have prohibited drinking outside, or will only allow drinking behind a line on the pavement. In a Home Office test-scheme in Yeovil, customers are fingerprinted and photographed at the pub door, and local pubs will "share information" on drinkers.
Well, that's a little disturbing, now innit?

Believe it or not, the thing about "vertical drinking" isn't the most ridiculous part of the article. Read the whole thing and wonder how these candy-asses are the descendants of the people who survived the Blitz and once ruled over one of the largest empires the world had ever seen. Seriously, I think they need Zombie Churchill to come back and sort them out.

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