We’re out drinking…


by Sunny
31st May, 2008 at 10:44 am    

Things may prove a bit quiet here today folks – most of the PP team will be out drinking in the afternoon to celebrate the last day one is legally allowed to drink on London’s public transport. If you’re in London and want to join us, get in touch through the contact form.
(ermm, not that we drink on the tube regularly… but its a good excuse for a meetup)


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  1. BenSix — on 31st May, 2008 at 11:47 am  

    Apparently the papers have cashed in on the scheme, so it could be fairly festive.

    Have fun, all.

  2. MaidMarian — on 1st June, 2008 at 12:48 am  

    Any arrests?

  3. Gege — on 1st June, 2008 at 1:04 am  

    it was a pleasure meeting all you guys today. especially rumbold and sonia!

  4. Katy Newton — on 1st June, 2008 at 11:40 am  

    I saw all the Tube drinkers on the news last night, and I’ve got to tell you: the sight of all those people swigging vodka from the bottle at Liverpool Street made me feel considerably better about the alcohol ban.

  5. Rumbold — on 1st June, 2008 at 12:27 pm  

    It was nice to meet everyone as well. None of us drank on the Tube in the end anyway, which was a good thing.

  6. cjcjc — on 1st June, 2008 at 1:17 pm  
  7. BenSix — on 1st June, 2008 at 1:33 pm  

    “Boris will (unfortunately) feel vindicated I think.”

    I’m not sure that he’s that silly. Would the Manchester riot* have been a good reason for banning football?

    * http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article3936458.ece

  8. cjcjc — on 1st June, 2008 at 2:29 pm  

    Eh?

    He *has already* banned it (the drinking).

    Then the last day “party” takes a nasty turn…he will feel he’s done the right thing.

  9. Sunny — on 1st June, 2008 at 3:05 pm  

    Good to meet you people too! It was a fun day… and regardless of the media coverage, which was bound to pick up on a few isolated incidents and make them into a big thing, Boris is a twat.

  10. BenSix — on 1st June, 2008 at 3:06 pm  

    Sorry, I meant to put in a paragraph break between the sentences. My (fairly inconsquential) rebuttal to your point was that Boris wasn’t silly enough to imagine that one night of revelry was indicative of normal drinking habits.

  11. cjcjc — on 1st June, 2008 at 4:18 pm  

    Revelry?

    From the report it sounds more like mayhem!
    Assualting staff is not revelry!

    Not that I support the ban…I don’t.

  12. BenSix — on 1st June, 2008 at 4:28 pm  

    cjcjc,

    Don’t judge it by the acts of the minority.

    Not that I don’t have sympathy for the poor beleaguered staff, of course.

  13. dave bones — on 1st June, 2008 at 5:07 pm  

    We were in Liverpool street station. Great atmosphere, if you like 1000 pissed people shouting and dancing that is. Film coming. Couln’t get on the tube they shut the station. Someone said the ban doesn’t come in for a year is that right? Shall we do it all again next week then?

  14. Anas — on 1st June, 2008 at 5:40 pm  

    it was ok for BoJo and his toffee nose Bullingdon mates to get pissed and trash restuarants and bars, etc, but the common man can’t even get pissed on the tube now?

  15. Desi Italiana — on 1st June, 2008 at 6:44 pm  

    I hope you all drank something more hardcore than beer. I just had a conversation last night with a bunch of guys whereby I tried to convince them that drinking beer is the sissiest thing out there. Seriously. I mean, you might as well just drink water. Yet, drinking beer is a favorite male pastime.

    Need to grab life by its horns and take clean shots of rum, gin, etc. And if aiming for elegance and class, then wine.

    Beer is for wimps!

  16. Desi Italiana — on 1st June, 2008 at 6:45 pm  

    Hey, anybody have any embarrassing moments?

  17. BenSix — on 1st June, 2008 at 6:46 pm  

    Desi Italiana,

    I agree with you 100%

  18. Don — on 1st June, 2008 at 6:59 pm  

    It’s been years since I was on the tube, is sharing a carriage with half a dozen people getting rat-arsed a positive experience?

    That aside, mainline trains (and planes and ferries)sell you the stuff.

    Anas, if you are a toff then trashing restaurants is mere high spirits. It’s a privilege to mop up Etonian vomit. Class hate is so last millenium.

  19. Anas — on 1st June, 2008 at 7:04 pm  

    I hope you all drank something more hardcore than beer. I just had a conversation last night with a bunch of guys whereby I tried to convince them that drinking beer is the sissiest thing out there. Seriously. I mean, you might as well just drink water. Yet, drinking beer is a favorite male pastime.

    Need to grab life by its horns and take clean shots of rum, gin, etc. And if aiming for elegance and class, then wine.

    Beer is for wimps!

    Rum, gin, pah, that’s for sissies. Heroin, LSD, Crack… there’s a real man’s pastime.

  20. Don — on 1st June, 2008 at 7:05 pm  

    Desi, you have a point. But I like pubs, and I can’t manage spirits all night. As for ordering wine in The Miner’s Arms …

    Actually, for the first time in decades I’ve been drinking cider on warm days. Probably been insidiously influenced by the Magners campaign (ice?) but tend to go for Fromes. Very refreshing.

  21. Katy Newton — on 2nd June, 2008 at 12:27 am  

    is sharing a carriage with half a dozen people getting rat-arsed a positive experience?

    No. There is nothing worse than sitting on the tube on a Saturday night on your own surrounded by loud, drunken twats who can’t wait until they get off the train to start drinking. It’s irritating at best and intimidating at worst.

    I actually approve of this ban. I don’t want to travel on the Tube with drinkers any more than I would want to travel with smokers. Restaurants and bars aren’t the same because you can choose not to go to one if you don’t like the people in there or if you want to do something the owners have banned, but most people don’t have a choice when it comes to public transport: if they want to get from A to B they’ve got to use it, and I personally don’t see why my train journey should be wrecked by people shouting, arguing or throwing up around me.

  22. leon — on 2nd June, 2008 at 2:05 am  

    Drunk people can still get on the train, they’ll just have to finish their drinks before getting on. I fail to see how this ‘ban’ will stop the situations you describe Katy…

  23. Desi Italiana — on 2nd June, 2008 at 7:39 am  

    Speaking of spirits, Peppermint Schnapps is the worst. It’s so cheap in intention and quality. For some reason, it reminds me of a bunch of raunchy sailors playing strip poker late into the night on the shipdeck, or rowdy pirates who down just one more Schnapp before they hit up a ship.

    So no one had any drunken moments? Sunny didn’t hop onto a table and take his top off? He didn’t illuminate on the finer points of ‘Asian women’s’ dating preferences?

  24. Desi Italiana — on 2nd June, 2008 at 7:42 am  

    How come there’s a countdown counter at the bottom of my comment? Is that the available amount of time I have to edit my comment?

  25. Desi Italiana — on 2nd June, 2008 at 7:44 am  

    “Drunk people can still get on the train, they’ll just have to finish their drinks before getting on.”

    Or, they can carry their whiskey and tonic drinks in water bottles to pass it off as water and keep enjoying the ride. All aboard!

  26. cjcjc — on 2nd June, 2008 at 8:49 am  

    We were in Liverpool street station. Great atmosphere, if you like 1000 pissed people shouting and dancing that is.

    I’m sure the staff loved it.

  27. sonia — on 2nd June, 2008 at 11:45 am  

    but the whole point was that most of us never drank on the Tube and would not thought of doing had it not been for the alcohol ban! the circle line parties were never “mainstream” the alcohol ban made a large no. of people want to go on the Tube and drink. most folks hate spending any more time on the tube than they can help. i guess people just wanted to show their libertarian spirit and Good on them.

    it was lovely to meet folks :-)

  28. Katy Newton — on 2nd June, 2008 at 10:52 pm  

    I fail to see how this ‘ban’ will stop the situations you describe Katy…

    Stop oppressing me with your logic and common sense. I mean it. Mind me, now.

  29. Katy Newton — on 2nd June, 2008 at 10:52 pm  

    But I AM a libertarian. Normally. I just have a blind spot when it comes to drunk people on trains.

  30. Jabed — on 2nd June, 2008 at 11:44 pm  

    I was coming back from East London on the central line and got puked on (by the lady sitting next to me). How nice! How come none of them got killed? I mean surely there were opportunities…

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