A tube-crawl on the 31st?


4:48 pm - May 17th 2008

by Sunny Hundal    


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Yup, it’s our first opportunity to stick one up at Boris Johnson. Since BoJo is banning drinking on the tube from 1st June, it has been suggested by various people (ok, bloggers mostly) that we get together for an almighty piss-up on the 31st of May. It also happens to be a Saturday, which is handy.

A tube-crawl then? Various Liberal Conspirators are already up for this… if any readers want to join us then email me and I’ll let you know where and when. Suggestions for venues gratefully received too.

Update
I should have been clearer. This tube-crawl is primarily for Liberal Conspirators, readers and contributors. Not random Facebookers. Hence I haven’t made it part of another event.

Update 2
Sadie has asked whether we’ll be going around on the Circle Line or drinking in one place. I think we can do both. Legally. But, apparently, she’ll be part of the rowdy crowd. Let’s not do a Guido, yeah? 🙂

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I’d recommend attending one of the many Facebook-organised events sticking two fingers up to the Blonde Buffoon and the suburban self-righteous he’s trying to please:

http://hs.facebook.com/event.php?eid=29254552120&ref=mf

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=12917449569&ref=mf

http://hs.facebook.com/event.php?eid=31101731728&ref=share

http://hs.facebook.com/event.php?eid=40256255076&ref=share

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=13179212437

Personally, i’m going to don my eveningwear, stroll on to the Circle Line and say cheers to subterranean revelry.

Also, any financial backers for my plan to buy an old Routemaster and convert it into a mobile Speakeasy?

Would a piss-up be the right way to do it? Surely the best way to stick one up at Boris would be to turn up, have a few, quiet drinks on the tube and then get off. That would show that people can drink responsibly on public transport, undermining the whole premise of the ban…

3. Rob Knight

An even better plan would be to do it on the 1st of June, to prove that it can’t be enforced.

Nah, I won’t be able to come – I’m a smoker, and our kind aren’t allowed to indulge our habit indoors anywhere in public. Not even in a pub where all the customers and staff are smokers themselves. Not even in a private club, come to think of it, so a few hours boozing without a cigarette is something of a personal nightmare.

Not that I recall many people, organising “smoke-ins” to protest that particular ban, likely because it wasn’t introduced by a thick Tory and hence doesn’t qualify as “illiberal”.

Plus, I don’t live in London.

Anyone know a way i could get my hands on a Bullingdon Club outfit on the cheap?

Doug,

If you wanted to show that the ban was a bad idea, the Circle Line pub crawl – http://www.tclpc.i12.com/ – would be the way to do it.

xD.

Leo and Doug, good points. Sadie also emailed in to ask if we’d go around the Circle Line.

I’m open to either way. We could all meet up in a pub, have a few drinks and say hello to each other… and later on board the Circle Line and go around while behaving ourselves perfectly sensibly.

Not that I recall many people, organising “smoke-ins” to protest that particular ban, likely because it wasn’t introduced by a thick Tory and hence doesn’t qualify as “illiberal”.

And what, FR? 🙂

Count me in for the 31st. I’m going to miss those pre-gig drinks on the tube, or to put it another way I’m going to miss not feeling like a criminal while having a pre-gig drink on the tube.

The alternative to the Circle Line pub crawl is the middle bit of the Northern Line, from London Bridge to Kennington to Euston and back to London Bridge.

xD.

This all sounds good.

The alternative to the Circle Line pub crawl is the middle bit of the Northern Line, from London Bridge to Kennington to Euston and back to London Bridge.

Yeah but the good thing about the Circle Line is that you never have to worry about changing.

An even better plan would be to do it on the 1st of June, to prove that it can’t be enforced.

Yeah, but we don’t all want to end up doing a Guido do we, as someone sensibly pointed out.

Perhaps this kind of idea would be rather civilised; Boris surely could not object.

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23418742-details/The+dinner+party+waiting+at+platform+one…/article.do

Not that I recall many people, organising “smoke-ins” to protest that particular ban, likely because it wasn’t introduced by a thick Tory and hence doesn’t qualify as “illiberal”.

And what, FR? 🙂

I don’t know about FR, but I do not think you seriously care about whether a measure is illiberal or not – just about whether it happens to be supported by your allies or enemies.

In short, the only thing this stunt would convince me of is your own cynicism and absurdity.

“In short, the only thing this stunt would convince me of is your own cynicism and absurdity.”

Or a shared love of The Booze and an excuse to get together and have a good time?

In short, the only thing this stunt would convince me of is your own cynicism and absurdity.

I take it you can’t come then ad? No need to throw a strop!

Sunny, I picked up this thread at Boriswatch. I’d love to come along – I’d either be blogging about it or passing on the details to Annie at her London Underground blog for publishing there – any start times etc available yet?

Pete aka TheLondoneer

lol 🙂

18. Publicansdecoy

I’ve already been invited to a similar event being organised by a friend that evening.

I think the key thing is to make sure that everybody behaves themselves and doesn’t get loud and lairy, which would be entirely counter-productive. And that all rubbish is taken with us, rather than left on the trains.

I intend taking along a can of pop and a can of lager, and asking why it is so much more heinous to take a sip from the latter than the former.

Or a shared love of The Booze and an excuse to get together and have a good time?

Sadie, I would have thought that if the first line of the post had not been “it’s our first opportunity to stick one up at Boris Johnson”.

“Not that I recall many people, organising “smoke-ins” to protest that particular ban, likely because it wasn’t introduced by a thick Tory and hence doesn’t qualify as “illiberal”.”

Which smoking ban? Not the one on the tube, presumably, which dates from the 1980s, finally banned everywhere after the Kings Cross fire. It’s hard to kill 31 people with a can of lager, after all.

“Not that I recall many people, organising “smoke-ins” to protest that particular ban, likely because it wasn’t introduced by a thick Tory and hence doesn’t qualify as “illiberal”. .”

An unfair assessment. We were coming out of corner shops with laden trolleys before the age limit on cigarettes was raised from sixteen to eighteen.

“Sadie, I would have thought that if the first line of the post had not been “it’s our first opportunity to stick one up at Boris Johnson”.”

I assume that this was meant for mainly comic effect. People don’t convene for a drinks in order to stamp a savage message into the nose of authority.

Oh, people have done much dafter things than that. Having said that, my original language was far too intemperate, for which I apologise.

Must have had too much coffee in my system.


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