Wednesday, August 10, 2005

'Pugnacious and bellicose'... LOL

Apparently, rather a lot of crusty judges in this country think that extending the licensing laws so that bars can open later and people won’t all be forced to leave at the same time and clog up the streets would lead to binge-drinking and anarchy among the young.

*giggles* A guy called Charles Harris QC thinks that ‘a high proportion of British people become "pugnacious and bellicose" and "fight at the slightest provocation" after drinking’.

The BBC story goes on to say: ‘He also denied later opening times would lead to more “continental” drinking habits. “Continental-style drinking requires continental-style people — people who sit quietly chatting away at cafe tables.” He said British drinking involved “standing up, shouting at each other in crowded bars, trying to consume gallons of beer at a time”.’

Charles Harris, QC, obviously doesn’t go out to very many bars, has a massive tendency to generalise about that of which he knows nothing, and is given to using hilariously pompous phrases like ‘pugnacious and bellicose’ in a way which reminds me of this:

Act I, Scene II

The next day. Peter is watching television.

1st Pundit: The administration’s plan for peace in the Middle East is shallow and pedantic.
2nd Pundit: I agree, shallow and pedantic.
Peter: I agree, as well. Shallow and pedantic.

Act I, Scene III

Later that night at dinner.

Peter: Hmmmm
Lois: (concerned) Everything alright, Peter?
Peter: (lecturing) Well, Lois, since you asked, I find this meatloaf rather shallow and pedantic.

Heh. And don’t even get me started on the Conservative Shadow Home Secretary’s inability to stop himself from using the word ‘yob’ in connection with this issue...

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