Oct 262013

I came across this newspaper cutting from 1776 and thought how little has changed over the ensuing centuries:


So, I think we can take it that there is nothing new in people of all ages going out on a Friday night and getting absolutely rat-arsed. (Or rather, using the terminology from Grose’s  1811 “Dictionary in the Vulgar Tongue”   “Getting bloody Lushey” ). In fairness to Nikki Reed (who she?) this following image is a still from an instantly forgettable film called Empire State, but I could just as easily have used any of a number of photographs which appear with monotonous regularity in our national newspapers.


I have a certain sympathy for Police Chiefs who want to see drunks detained in privately run “drying out hotels – and then being made to pay for the accommodation – in order to deter the serial drunk-and-disorderly. As they said in 1776, if not, who will wonder  if the gaols should be filled again in a fortnight?

  2 Responses to “26th October 1776: disorderly conduct amongst the lower orders.”


    If you have to call the Fire Brigade because you are stuck in a lift, you have to pay £400. Now when that’s not your fault, and you have to get it back by sueing the people who didn’t maintain their lifts, why should people who get ratarsed, lushy, well to live etc take up all the ambulances that might be needed for people with non self-inflicted illnesses and not have to pay for the privilege?


    And I dunno who the female is either. Generic blonde famous for being famous mark 2[b]

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