|02-07-2005, 12:02 PM||#1|
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24 hour drinking in a pub...I could like England
British Pubs May Stay Open 24 Hours a Day
The Associated Press - Monday, February 07, 2005
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Pubs, clubs and other drinking venues in England and Wales can apply to stay open 24 hours a day under new laws that come into effect Monday.
Currently, many British drinkers imbibe as much as they can as quickly as they can before pubs shut at 11 p.m. Then heavy drinkers all stumble into the streets at the same time, often leading to fights and other drunken misbehavior. The government says the new laws will help curb the problem because people will drink in a more relaxed manner and leave at different times.
Although establishments can apply for the extended licenses starting Monday, the new hours won't come into effect in England and Wales until November. Scotland is conducting its own review of licensing laws.
Opposition politicians and many newspapers have criticized the new regulations, saying that 24-hour drinking will add to Britain's culture of boozy behavior.
But Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell defended the plans, saying few pubs are expected to open around the clock. Although licensed premises can apply to stay open for any time during a 24-hour period, local authorities can limit the hours if nearby residents or the police raise objections.
"We are not, and never have, promoted 24-hour drinking - that is a myth," Jowell said. "We are promoting flexible hours to reduce violence at last orders.
"This will put a long-needed end to the double madness of people gulping two or three rounds of drinks to beat last orders and then all being chucked out at the same time," she said.
Jowell said the new laws also give police more power to close down premises where the licencees are not complying with their conditions.
A recent poll by the British Beer and Pub Association, which represents more than 30,500 pubs and bars, found that none intended to open for 24 hours, the government said.
"The vast majority of people should be treated like the adults they are. It is ridiculous that the government should deny the entire population the right to a drink after 11 p.m.," Jowell said.
|02-07-2005, 06:08 PM||#3|
Join Date: Oct 2003
Currently, many British drinkers imbibe as much as they can as quickly as they can before pubs shut at 11 p.m. Then heavy drinkers all stumble into the streets at the same time, often leading to fights and other drunken misbehavior
Sounds like me on a normal weeknight.....
|02-07-2005, 11:42 PM||#4|
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Join Date: Dec 2002
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Rugby Fan Reportedly Takes Things Too Far After Win
Welsh Supporter Allegedly Keeps Word, Severs Testicles After Upset
LONDON (Feb. 8) - A Welsh rugby fan cut off his own testicles to celebrate Wales beating England at rugby, the Daily Mirror reported on Tuesday.
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Geoff Huish, 26, was so convinced England would win Saturday's match he told fellow drinkers at a social club, "If Wales win, I'll cut my balls off," the paper said.
Friends at the club in Caerphilly, south Wales, thought he was joking.
But after the game Huish went home, severed his testicles with a knife, and walked 200 meters back to the bar with the testicles to show the shocked drinkers what he had done.
Huish was taken to hospital where he remained in a seriously ill condition, the paper said. Police told the paper he had a history of mental problems.
Wales's 11-9 victory over England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was its first home win in 12 years.
02/07/05 20:37 ET