Jugglers - you are a persecuted minority

martin_e

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So yesterday, myself and my friends have just left our advert premiere and wandered down to Trafalgar Square to see if the "War on Poverty" rally is still going on. It wasn't - they were packing up.
Some photography student notices the juggling bag and before we know it there's three jugglers getting photographed in front of the fountain.

Then two security guards approach us and tell us that there's a bye-law which prohibits juggling ... and basically to sling our respective hooks.

So - anyone fancy setting up a "flash-mob" of jugglers to annoy them ? We can choose a day and time and everyone tells all their juggling, poi-ing, diaboloing mates to appear at the same time :Smile3:
 

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OK - will work out a good day.
I think a Sunday afternoon would be ideal. Flash Mob rules as well. i.e. hide your juggling stuff - start at an EXACT time (3.15pm ?), should be an explosion of juggling leaving "jobsworth" security people running around in utter confusion :Smile3:

That'll learn 'em ...
 

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Hehe... sounds awesome. I'll round up the cavalry. (which would be a whole one other person... don't even know if I count cos I do controlled dropping instead of juggling... working on the anti-garvity though... ) They have laws for Everything in this country. Is there anything you ARE allowed to do, except drink for 24hrs?
 

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martin_e said:
So yesterday, myself and my friends have just left our advert premiere and wandered down to Trafalgar Square to see if the "War on Poverty" rally .......
Then two security guards approach us and tell us that there's a bye-law which prohibits juggling ... and basically to sling our respective hooks.......
What the hell are security guards. Has B'stard Bliar now privatised the police force around Trafalgar Square?
 

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Martin, it might be worth checking into whether the bye-law prohibits juggling or whether it prohibits juggling for cash, ie: busking type juggling...

Right followed it up myself and here're the bye-laws which don't actually mention juggling, but the paragraph on performance could possibly be stretched to fit.

5 (10) is what seems to be relevant:


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Acts within the Squares for which written permission is required
5.
[/font]Unless acting in accordance with permission given in writing by-
(a) the Mayor, or
(b) any person authorised by the Mayor under section 380 of the Act to give such permission.

no person shall within the Squaresa





(10) organise or take part in any assembly, display, performance, representation, parade, procession, review or theatrical event;


It doesn't specifically say juggling and well... fake a letter of permission... tell them you're not performing, you're practising individually...

Have fun winding them up!


 

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grokit23 said:
Martin, it might be worth checking into whether the bye-law prohibits juggling or whether it prohibits juggling for cash, ie: busking type juggling...
Hmm - was a while ago now but as far as I can remember we went through the following rigmarole.

1. "We're not busking - we don't want money, there's no hat out" - Doesn't matter, still not allowed.
2. "If you consider this a ball game - we'll use clubs" - nothing like that is allowed at all.

So presumably they considered it a "theatrical performance"... or were just being bastards!

Will start rethinking about gathering the clans for a flash mob jugglefest ...
 

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How about a cross between miming and juggling? Like juggling, but with no actual balls or clubs or anything?

I remember going on the 2nd major Stop The City demo in the 80s, in which the Met had decided that, on that particular day, a group - in peaceful assembly, or walking along - of more than one person constituted a demonstration, and no demonstrations were allowed. Ah me, the Thatcher years. Blair's a pussycat in comparison.
 

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Count me in!!!!

I got told off for juggling knives outside euston station once, that was quite amusing :p
 
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