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Posted: 11/22/2002 12:59:23 PM EDT
Pubs fined because drinkers also dance Friday November 22, 2002 By JANE WARDELL Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) You're drinking with friends in a pub in London's lively West End when a catchy tune comes on the jukebox and you begin swaying to the music. Stop right there you might be on the verge of breaking the law. A British pub chain was fined $7,850 after undercover inspectors caught a few patrons dancing at two of its popular bars. The crime: flouting licensing laws that ban ``rhythmic moving.'' Another pub where customers were found ``swaying'' was served two written warnings. Under British law, dancing is only allowed in pubs that have public entertainment licenses. But getting the license from local governments can be an expensive and overly bureaucratic process and, consequently, only around 5 percent of pubs, restaurants and nightclubs currently allow live entertainment and dancing. ``We have spent ages trying to stop people dancing. We have signs up everywhere. Managers instruct customers. We turn the music down, rearrange the furniture and so on,'' said Derek Andrews, spokesman for Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries, owners of the Pitcher & Piano chain, which pleaded guilty to the offenses at a London magistrates court Wednesday. Undercover inspectors from Westminster Council spotted a clear breach when they paid a visit to a Pitcher & Piano bar in the West End and found four people dancing to recorded music. A return visit to the same pub caught another five people in the act while a check on another Pitcher & Piano bar discovered a group of 11 drinkers indulging in ``rhythmic moving.'' For those unsure about whether their movements constitute dancing, Westminster Council believes the rules are clear. ``Dancing could be described as the rhythmic moving of the legs, arms and body, usually changing positions within the floor space available and whether or not accompanied by musical support,'' Bob Currie, director of the council's community protection department said in a letter to an industry newspaper, The Publican. Westminster Council said the two pubs had ignored advice that they were encouraging dancing and should apply for an entertainment license. Without the license, pubs also are barred from allowing more than two musicians to perform at the same time. The British government last week proposed changes to the licensing laws that would allow pubs to stay open later than the traditional 11 p.m. closing time. The proposals do not address dancing. Andrews insisted that Wolverhampton & Dudley tried to comply with all the ``minute details'' of the licensing laws. He said: ``On a personal note, I would like to say that, to the best of my knowledge, spontaneous dancing is not in the top 10 lists of great social ills of our time.''
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 1:04:01 PM EDT
I'm sure they had the best interests of the people in mind when they made that rule. [rolleyes]
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 1:10:03 PM EDT
Where is the MMM, or the brady center, what about if it saves just one dancer lets do it for the children.....OH THE HUMANITY!!![rolleyes]
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 1:24:48 PM EDT
Senator Joseph Biden is trying to pass a law that would outlaw "raves". It's the stupidest, most oppressive law I've ever heard of; outlawing dance parties because people sometimes go to them on drugs. And if it passes, how are they going to define "raves"? All they are, really, is a DJ'd dance party. High school dances fit that description. I often went to dances all fucked up, does that mean we now ban school dances? It's completely insane.
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 1:30:16 PM EDT
Piercings Dildos and Dancing. It's all connected, I tell you.
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 2:22:51 PM EDT
I think we should send Kevin Bacon to merry ole' England on a rescue mission. [img]http://www.fast-rewind.com/footlse4.jpg[/img] I been working so hard Keep punching my card Eight hours, for what? Oh, tell me what I got I get this feeling That time's just holding me down I'll hit the ceiling Or else I'll tear up this town Tonight I gotta cut (Chorus) Loose, footloose Kick off your Sunday shoes Please, Louise Pull me offa my knees Jack, get back C'mon before we crack Lose your blues Everybody cut footloose You're playing so cool Obeying every rule Dig way down in your heart You're yearning, burning for some Somebody to tell you That life ain't passing you by I'm trying to tell you It will if you don't even try You can fly if you'd only cut (Chorus) Loose, footloose Kick off your Sunday shoes Oowhee, Marie Shake it, shake it for me Whoa, Milo C'mon, c'mon let go Lose your blues Everybody cut footloose FIRST - we got to turn you around SECOND - You put your feet on the ground THIRD - Now take a hold of your soul FOUR - Whooooooooa, I'm turning it Loose, FOOTLOOSE (Chorus)
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 3:04:52 PM EDT
[img]http://www.fast-rewind.com/footlse4.jpg[/img] Nice tie. Do they sell men's clothes where you bought that?z
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