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Letter in Irish Times today:

Madam, – I recently discovered that it is against Dublin Bus regulations to sing on the bus. This seems authoritarian and petty. Buses are traditional venues for singing, and personally, I believe my morning commute would be enriched by hearing a fellow passenger lifting his or her voice to express the joys of life. Imagine how much social solidarity (in these difficult times) could be created by sing-alongs between strangers in transit.

Instead of forbidding singing on the bus, Dublin Bus should encourage it. It might also redirect its disapprobation towards the pot-smoking, ghetto-blaster-playing faction who often occupy the upstairs back seats on the 13 and 13A buses.

– Yours, etc,

MAOLSHEACHLANN O CEALLAIGH, Sillogue Gardens, Ballymun, Dublin 11.

Date: 2011-05-30 10:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thesme-01.livejournal.com
I think Maolsheachlann should combine singing with pot-smoking. It might forge a bond between the two factions on the No.13 bus.

Date: 2011-05-30 11:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazy-hoor.livejournal.com
Maolsheachlann should hear me sing when I'm stoned (or indeed, when I'm not). He might rethink his position altogether.
Edited Date: 2011-05-30 11:17 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-05-30 11:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] being-here.livejournal.com
I have a vision of commuters singing on the tube in London.

O.o

What a wonderful world it would be.

Date: 2011-05-30 11:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazy-hoor.livejournal.com
Ha, I can't see that happening somehow.

If you really want to hear mass-singalongs on transport, get on any Ryanair flight between Liverpool and Dublin.

Date: 2011-05-30 12:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ideealisme.livejournal.com
Or London and Dublin. One fecker was playing a mouth organ. Die, die, die!

Date: 2011-05-30 12:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazy-hoor.livejournal.com
Capital punishment seems quite a reasonable response to crimes such as these. See also: people who whistle.
Edited Date: 2011-05-30 12:45 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-05-30 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kristamm.livejournal.com
Um, ever? Or just on public transport?

Date: 2011-05-30 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazy-hoor.livejournal.com
Depends where they're doing they're doing the whistling, i.e. anywhere near me!

Are you a whistler?

Date: 2011-05-31 03:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kristamm.livejournal.com
I have been known to whistle a merry tune every now and again. Not generally in public, though.

Date: 2011-05-30 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bananamanreject.livejournal.com
"Imagine how much social solidarity (in these difficult times) could be created by sing-alongs between strangers in transit."

I am really trying to, but it's almost unimaginable.

There is a young man who walks the same way to work as me and he sings along to his mp3 player at the top of his lungs in the morning. I have changed my route.

Date: 2011-05-30 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hieronymousmosh.livejournal.com
I imagine much of the solidarity would come from the rest of the bus getting fed up and attacking the singers.

Date: 2011-05-31 05:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazy-hoor.livejournal.com
Hahaha, oh dear.

Our upstairs neighbour likes to belt out ballads, usually around 10pm. Last night it was that Bruno Mars one, while I was trying to watch Game of Thrones.

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