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'Drunk Brits' Spark Heathrow Terror Alert

Old Jan 8, 10, 7:38 pm
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'Drunk Brits' Spark Heathrow Terror Alert

Emirates EK004 was already on the runway when it was directed to a remote part of Heathrow to be boarded by armed forces on friday.

Two males have been arrested and quickly removed from the plane, while the police performed searches with sniffer dogs.
Apparently a "verbal threat of some kind" was made, overheard and reported to members of the crew who obviously reacted accordingly.
At the moment it is thought to be only a verbal threat, but investigation ensues until police are satisfied.

Source: Sky News (UK)
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Old Jan 8, 10, 7:45 pm
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Early indications are that the miscreants are what the British so descriptively refer to as yobs.
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Old Jan 8, 10, 7:51 pm
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I think the Brits get a bad rap for their drunken debauchery; not that I'm defending these knuckleheads. I know we have our own fair share of boozers over here on this side of the pond. I do have to admit, I always look forward to the annual January 1 edition of the UK Telegraph with all the drunken Brits passed out after a night of New Year's revelry.
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... I didn't quite expect that the discussion would lead to this, but this is a serious issue in this beautiful country... and actually one of the reasons that made me move my main residence back to the continent.
I just hate the fact that going out after midnight, most people are hardly able to pronounce their own names anymore, and not particularly peaceful either. Pub closing hours surrounded by the police - for a reason.
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... I didn't quite expect that the discussion would lead to this, but this is a serious issue in this beautiful country... and actually one of the reasons that made me move my main residence back to the continent.
I just hate the fact that going out after midnight, most people are hardly able to pronounce their own names anymore, and not particularly peaceful either. Pub closing hours surrounded by the police - for a reason.
With the risk of this going too OMNI...

Generally speaking:

1) Alcohol is too cheap in this country.
2) The underlying rage over inherent perceived unfairness and inequality in our society has existed for generations if not centuries. People are generally impotent to deal with it. Using alcohol as a release valve for this frustration has become codified in societal behaviour.
3) English culture promotes suppression (or at least curtailing) of the expression of emotion. I would argue that this is generally not healthy. Everyone needs to express their emotions frequently. When people in this country drink, they overcompensate for this reason and it all comes out at once.
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'Drunk Brits' Spark Heathrow Terror Alert
maybe their team lost its football match?
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maybe their team lost its football match?
or won it, or maybe was playing the next day.
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maybe their team lost its football match?
Few if any matches are played on Fridays and given the current weather it's unlikely it would have been played even if there was
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Originally Posted by djlndc View Post
I do have to admit, I always look forward to the annual January 1 edition of the UK Telegraph with all the drunken Brits passed out after a night of New Year's revelry.
I like driving around South London in the morning on new years day. Belisha beacons knocked over, tyre marks across Mitcham Green, the odd drunk sleeping in a Sainsbury's trolley at the bottom of Bedford Hill, that kind of thing.
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Originally Posted by ajax View Post
With the risk of this going too OMNI...

Generally speaking:

1) Alcohol is too cheap in this country.
2) The underlying rage over inherent perceived unfairness and inequality in our society has existed for generations if not centuries. People are generally impotent to deal with it. Using alcohol as a release valve for this frustration has become codified in societal behaviour.
3) English culture promotes suppression (or at least curtailing) of the expression of emotion. I would argue that this is generally not healthy. Everyone needs to express their emotions frequently. When people in this country drink, they overcompensate for this reason and it all comes out at once.
How Hogarthian.
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Originally Posted by ajax View Post
With the risk of this going too OMNI...

Generally speaking:

1) Alcohol is too cheap in this country.
yes, a couple of quid extra would pay for police, hospitals, compensation to victims of the action of drunks and onging costs to the NHS

most of the drunks round our street ( 2 doors from a pub) seem fairly harmless, only 2 shouting matches in 10 months, last night, however, the head of a snowman was placed neatly on the bonnet of my car like a mascott
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Originally Posted by cj001f View Post
How Hogarthian.
What do you mean?
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What do you mean?
William Hogarth was an 18th-century British painter who was known for satirizing the society of his day with some graphic paintings that revealed the strange and sometimes cruel nature of social customs. His depictions led to similar displays being described as Hogarthian.

I've heard legends of certain FT Dos, for example...
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Originally Posted by ajax View Post
With the risk of this going too OMNI...

Generally speaking:

1) Alcohol is too cheap in this country.
When I was in Belgium, I was told that beer was cheaper than water. Something like 30 cents for 2 litres. No ASBOs there.

2) The underlying rage over inherent perceived unfairness and inequality in our society has existed for generations if not centuries.
I don't think the thought process extends that far. People have become accustomed to drunkenness, I doubt they could spell inequality, let alone rage against it.

3) English culture promotes suppression (or at least curtailing) of the expression of emotion. I would argue that this is generally not healthy. Everyone needs to express their emotions frequently. When people in this country drink, they overcompensate for this reason and it all comes out at once.
The Germans? Consume more alcohol than we do, and known neither for their expressiveness, nor for alcohol-related anti-social behaviour

Again, I don't think this needs psychoanalysis, people do it because it is the local custom.
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Originally Posted by djlndc View Post
I think the Brits get a bad rap for their drunken debauchery; not that I'm defending these knuckleheads. I know we have our own fair share of boozers over here on this side of the pond.
Sorry, but it's not "a bad rap", it's a fact and a true problem.

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