Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Is it legal to shoot a Welshman with a longbow inside the city walls of Chester after midnight?

As previously reported everyone in Chester knows this is true. Now there is an official government statement about this:

Is it legal to shoot a Welshman with a longbow on Sunday in the Cathedral Close in Hereford; or inside the city walls of Chester after midnight; or a Scotsman within the city walls of York, other than on a Sunday?
It is illegal to shoot a Welsh or Scottish (or any other) person regardless of the day, location or choice of weaponry. The idea that it may once have been allowed in Chester appears to arise from a reputed City Ordinance of 1403, passed in response to the Glynd┼Ár Rising, and imposing a curfew on Welshmen in the city. However, it is not even clear that this Ordinance ever existed. Sources for the other cities are unclear; Hereford, like Chester, was frequently under attack from Wales during the medieval period. Unlawful killings are today covered by the criminal law; see also Art. 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights on the right to life. 
But some silly laws actually are true:
It is illegal to beat or shake any carpet or rug in any street. However, beating or shaking a doormat is allowed before 8am. 
This is an offence under s60 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839. In other districts, it is an offence under s28 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847. Other offences covered by s28 include: 
  • keeping a pigsty in front of your house; 
  • slaughtering cattle in the street; 
  • erecting a washing line across the street;
  • singing profane or obscene songs or ballads in the street; 
  • wilfully and wantonly disturbing people by ringing their doorbells or knocking at their doors. 
 This New York Times article has more details about other unusual laws.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Poor Excuses

When articles in The Times exposed the street-grooming scandal in 2012, the council’s response was to dismiss the investigation as a "politically motivated" attack on a Labour authority by the "Murdoch press". Now Rotherham council is to come under central government control after an independent inspection of its handling of child sexual exploitation concluded it was not fit for purpose and was more concerned about protecting its own reputation than its most vulnerable citizens. Meanwhile the Times reporter Andrew Norfolk won the Paul Foot award.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Monday, December 01, 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Punk 45: The Singles Cover Art of Punk 1976-80

This book is fabulous. Soul Jazz must be the best reissue label. Each single sleeve is actual size to allow for maximum drooling. I am cheap and I got it from the library but this is worth buying.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

King Crimson @ The Warfield, San Francisco, 4-Oct-2014

King Crimson (version 8.0) consists of Fripp, Mel Collins, Tony Levin, a guitarist who sings in a baritone not unlike John Wetton, and three (3) drummers. No band needs more than two guitarists, so this amount of percussion seems a little unnecessary. They do look fine arrayed across the front of the stage, and there is some pleasure in seeing them all simultaneously flick at a cymbal during a unison section. Fripp, unlike Mel Collins, is willing to appear as his real age. He sat at the back in an unassuming way which fooled nobody as the audience knew where the crunching riffs were coming from. Tony Levin played bass a lot of the time, which was good as that stick thing is pretty stupid

This was a seated concert, which was for once OK as I had paid through the nose to be in the front section. This was treated as a recital, which overall worked pretty well, though it could have benefited from slightly better sound quality. There is no talking to the audience, apart from a pre-recorded skit which mostly successfully persuaded people not to wield cameras. The show started more or less on time, which is a nice habit I would like to see copied. A crazy person wanted to dance in a rather deadhead style which was deemed acceptable once he was ushered out of everyone's view.

They played a mixture of pre- and post- 1974 songs. Played live the two eras blend well but the audience only gasp with pleasure at the older things, perhaps reasonably as a song like Starless is pretty perfect.