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Thread #46702   Message #696394
Posted By: Skipjack K8
23-Apr-02 - 08:33 AM
Thread Name: UK catters be useful TODAY
Subject: RE: UK catters be useful TODAY
I've just sent this to Shona McIsaac, MP for my patch, and PPS to the Norn Iron Minister.

Two in a Bar rule

Dear Ms McIsaac,

Firstly, Id like to pay you the compliment of recalling that you came to see me after your election, rather than before. I was most impressed by this effort, in a non-election period, and would like to thank you for your trouble. You seem to be ready to stick up for your constituents, and so I am asking for your help on the Two in a Bar rule, which is apparently changing.

I am a folkie. Let's get the Kim Howells joke over with straight away, although I'd join him in fleeing three folk singers from Somerset. To be more precise, I am a folk musician, and every Tuesday night, I play a session in the Sloop (Waterside, Barton). We do a lot of Scottish stuff; drop in one Tuesday and enjoy the craic. We'll lay off the Fenian tunes in deference to your day-job! Anyway, it seems that this fairly inoccous pastime is to be licensed or banned. The license is rumoured to be somewhere about 1,000, but most landlords (and certainly the Sloop's) in Barton have the seat out of their trousers, and it looks like the session, and many others in the area will close because of this ill-founded license nonsense. It seems to have been precipitated by the Karaoke invasion, but our noise isn't amplified, and will endure well beyond the fad of Karaoke, if the Government hasn't closed folk down!

I know you have more on your plate than most, especially with your Norn Iron portfolio, but can you also put your shoulder behind our waggon when this one comes to another vote? Many thanks for your time reading this.

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