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Why pub sessions never end

04 Jul 12 - 06:02 PM (#3372065)
Subject: Why pub sessions never end
From: GUEST,Paul Slade

Stuart Mason's seven-page comic strip has the answer:

http://helmintoller.com/saga/


04 Jul 12 - 09:06 PM (#3372110)
Subject: RE: Why pub sessions never end
From: Padre

There's still ale in the cask?


05 Jul 12 - 03:46 AM (#3372199)
Subject: RE: Why pub sessions never end
From: Will Fly

LOL!


05 Jul 12 - 04:09 AM (#3372206)
Subject: RE: Why pub sessions never end
From: Jim Carroll

One beautiful summer night we were drinking outside, in the front area of a bar in Liscannor, County Clare when, at 11.30 the publican came out and called out, "would you all mind bringing your drinks inside, we're closing".
We were still drinking and listening to music at 2.00am.
Jim Carroll


05 Jul 12 - 04:25 AM (#3372210)
Subject: RE: Why pub sessions never end
From: MartinRyan

Jim

I had an even more cryptic version of that conversation outside Haran's in Ennistymon some years ago. Around 1 in the morning, two English lads were sitting on the window sill outside, listening to the singing through the open window. Mary came out, slightly agitated, and announced: "I'm sorry lads.. Ye'll have to come in - we're closed!". SHE knew what meant, I knew what she meant - but the two Brits were distinctly puzzled!. Great woman.

Regards


05 Jul 12 - 04:51 AM (#3372220)
Subject: RE: Why pub sessions never end
From: Marje

I do remember an Irish singing session in the 1970s, where the landlord told us we'd have to leave soon, because the police, who would be patrolling certain local sites for bombs etc, would be in for their drink shortly.

However, there is something to be said for a fixed closing time. When I went to a session in Scotland, people just dropped out and departed one by one until late. But when there's an 11pm closing time, as in England, we generally try to finish on a tune that we all know and enjoy playing. Then we have a general milling-around time while we take our farewells (my Scots mother used to call this "bonnet crack" - the crack you have while you're putting on your flat cap to go home). It's the time when you arrange future contacts with each other, share scraps of gossip, pass on any tune names or e-mail contacts, remind each other when the next session is, and so on, and it's an important social part of the evening. Without a fixed closing time, this just doesn't happen. And the open-ended session may not actually work out any longer, it may just be later in both starting and finishing.

Marje


05 Jul 12 - 04:56 AM (#3372224)
Subject: RE: Why pub sessions never end
From: Jim Carroll

Hi Martin
I'm sure you remember Tomas and Maisie Friel.
During the Clancy week there was a pub full of drinkers in their bar way after closing time and around 1.00am some of them decided to leave.
Maisie peered out through the blinds to see if the coast was clear and saw two Guards (police) having a smoke in the doorway of the garage over the road (in those days there was no permanent police presence at the police station).
She told the leavers to wait until they'd gone away, but after nearly an hour they still hadn't moved, so she stormed over to them and asked politely, "Will you pair ever **** off for five minutes while I empty the pub"
They did.
Such stuff are legends made of!!
Jim Carroll


05 Jul 12 - 05:24 AM (#3372233)
Subject: RE: Why pub sessions never end
From: Sandra in Sydney

brilliant comic strip & lots of good stories.


05 Jul 12 - 11:22 AM (#3372358)
Subject: RE: Why pub sessions never end
From: Desert Dancer

The band from which the comic arose: Molly's Revenge.

~ Becky in Tucson
(and often in Long Beach)


05 Jul 12 - 02:33 PM (#3372458)
Subject: RE: Why pub sessions never end
From: Jim Carroll

We are in a bar in the next village south to Liscannor (Lahinch) years ago, when an American being served in front of me looked at his watch and seeing it was quite late, asked the publican what time they closed.
"October" was the reply
Jim Carroll


05 Jul 12 - 03:19 PM (#3372484)
Subject: RE: Why pub sessions never end
From: Lonesome EJ

Loved the cartoon. All in all Molly's Revenge is a curse I can live with!!!


06 Jul 12 - 03:52 AM (#3372719)
Subject: RE: Why pub sessions never end
From: GUEST,Paul Slade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6dmwyYbLGQ

And here's the song in performance.


06 Jul 12 - 08:19 PM (#3373048)
Subject: RE: Why pub sessions never end
From: Charley Noble

All too true!

Charley Noble


07 Jul 12 - 10:46 AM (#3373233)
Subject: RE: Why pub sessions never end
From: GUEST,leeneia

The cartoon? Typical pop culture crap. All about men, (look at the group in the pub), then stick in a woman and make it her fault. From Eve to Pandora to Nurse Ratched to Molly, it's the same hostile drivel.

It's supposed to be amusing, but a mean joke that never stops ceases to be amusing.


07 Jul 12 - 01:39 PM (#3373287)
Subject: RE: Why pub sessions never end
From: GUEST,sturgeon

I agree with leeneia. Typical sexist rubbish!