Thursday, November 24, 2005

An Era's Demise

As of Thursday, the end-of-evening pub cry, "Ladies and Gents, Last Call" will be a thing of the past. Or at least, pubkeepers will have the option to make it so. In an effort to stop the 11pm flood of drunken British from spilling out onto the streets (and why am I hearing an echo of Monty Python and soiled budgies flying out of people's loos and infringing their personal privacy?) the government has made licenses available for 24-hour service--on the theory, I guess, that this will spread the number of drunks weaving on the streets across the whole night. About 700 establishments, including 240 pubs, have applied for the permits.

Does this mean London Transport is going to start running the Underground later? That would be nice.


Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

No more "Hurry up please, it's time"?

1:54 PM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

Alas, apparently no. Or not all at once all over Britain.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

Hmmm. . . are spambots learning how to negotiate the Word Verification barrier?

6:32 AM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

Oh, crud. Either that, or Deanberry is an exceptionally dedicated spammer. I make it go away now.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

As a student studying abroad in London (very concerned about the early Tube shutdown), I read recently that Transport for London did a survey about the Tube running an hour later on weekend nights.

Was rejected when people complained about Tube starting later Sunday mornings.

So now they're considering running it a half hour later.

Honestly, I don't know why they just can't do a 24 hour thing. If New York can do it, London should too!

P.S. Am huge fan of Sarah Tolerance books, thanks to Sherwood Smith. Looking forward to next installment!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

Most transit systems don't run all night, I think--though NY is my personal model. Heaven knows San Francisco rolls up the streets at about midnight, except for very limited "night owl" service.

I'm not sure I see why the Tube has to start up an hour later on Sunday if it stays open an hour later on Friday and Saturday--is this meant to offset expenses?

3:10 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I honestly have no idea, but that's what I'd assume as well. The head of the transport authority recently stepped down, so who knows what'll happen now?

11:07 AM  

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