Saturday, November 08, 2008

This Ain’t A Speakeasy

Why Can’t They Perform In A Sing-Song Manner?

A poetry group in Britain has been banned from performing in its local pub - on health and safety grounds. The Royal Standard in Ely, has been threatened with a $10,000 fine because it has an entertainment licence for only singing and not speaking.

FOOTNOTE: Standard's slipping.

9 comments:

Millennium Housewife said...

Oh dear, sorry about that, my poetry group is gutted, gutted I say. MH

Retiredandcrazy said...

Welcome to my world. Elf & Safety rules, OK?

Lee said...

That's an interesting way of raising revenues. Wonder if the states has that.

Cheers!

CrazyCath said...

WHAT???

The world has gone mad.

74WIXYgrad said...

I guess that leaves out rap also.

Merisi said...

Holy Molly,
what about a poem of sixpence,
to recite before the King, er, Queen? Is her entertainment license only for singing with tea?

Maggie May said...

That is the kind of thing that absolutely drives me crazy! Bureaucracy gone mad.

Sandi McBride said...

Now if they can just find someone put the poetry to music! Or hum a few bars.
Sandi

Moannie said...

The sad thing is that the loonies win because no-one has the guts to stand up to them. I get soooo angry when I read these kind of stories...Today's paper has a story of a Butcher who was banned from chopping meat before 8am...too noisy, another, Health and Safety Zealots ban toys in Surgeries, as they might spread infection. Ahhhhhhh! Give me strength!