Thursday, 13 January 2011

Longer Hours?

After the calls of binge drinking britain hitting the newspapers and the governments thoughts on how they are going to deal with it, again the government has done a u-turn and are considering letting opening hours to be increased to 1am for the Friday of the royal wedding and the Saturday afterwards.

Upside is the fact there will be a nice party atmosphere in the pubs I go to, possiblity of food being put on and happy customers make a pub to be a perfect place to watch something like this on a TV. The chance of celebration beers from the breweries to go with the wedding as you watch it would be nice too.

Downside is the folks who will use this as a chance to get wreaked for longer, no doubt it will be this lot that get on the covers of the newspapers. Sad but this sells more news than shots of folks enjoying themselves without getting drunk and stupid.


  1. To be honest, there are plenty of opportunities for people to get wrecked as things are. Our Spoons and a few other pubs are open until midnight anyway, and there are plenty of kiddie bars and clubs that open until 2, 3 or 4 a.m. I'm not sure that this extension will make that much difference.

    Like you, though, I have written on the phenomenon of binge drinking turning into celebrations, but only when it's expedient of course.

  2. I used to be a civil servant and when Charles and Diana got married, we were given a day's special leave. As I was the union rep and known as a republican, colleagues used to rib me that I shouldn't take the day off as a protest.

    When they got divorced, one of my members came up to me and said, "Do we have to pay that day back now?"

  3. :)

    Hopefully this marriage will last a lot longer!