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Jumper
100957.  Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:07 pm Reply with quote

In New Zealand six pm closing for pubs was introduced as a 'temporary' war-time measure in 1917. The 'six-o'clock swill' encouraged binge drinking as patrons aimed to get their fill before closing time.

It was on this day in history 9th October 1967 the "Six-o'clock Swill' ceased and closing time was extended until 10.00pm

 
samivel
100966.  Mon Oct 09, 2006 12:34 am Reply with quote

A temporary measure lasting fifty years? Pah! William Pitt the Younger introduced a temporary income tax in 1799 to help finance the fight against Napoleon, and it's still in force today.

 
cabs
100969.  Mon Oct 09, 2006 2:21 am Reply with quote

samivel wrote:
A temporary measure lasting fifty years? Pah! William Pitt the Younger introduced a temporary income tax in 1799 to help finance the fight against Napoleon, and it's still in force today.


Ah, but one day we'll beat the French blighter of dubious height and then all will be well again. One day.

 

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