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Oh that La Serenissima ruled London....

Because the City Council of Venice has set up an Urban Decorum office, with volunteers dishing out on the spot fines for '"indecorous behaviour' among tourists, which the city has decided includes sitting on the [pavement], eating sandwiches there or going bare-chested". More here.

Failing that, more power to The Chap magazine's 'Civilise the City' Manifesto:

"Pleasantness and civility are being discarded as the worthless ephemera of a bygone age - an age when men doffed their hats to the ladies, and small children could be counted upon to mind one's Jack Russell while one took a mild and bitter in the local hostelry....

The Chap proposes to take a stand against this culture of vulgarity. We must show our children that the things worth fighting for are not the latest plastic plimsolls but a shiny pair of brogues. We must wean them off their alcopops and teach them how to mix martinis. Let the young not be ashamed of their flabby paunches, which they try to hide in their nylon tracksuits - we shall show them how a well-tailored suit can disguise the most ruined of bodies. Finally, let us capitalise on youth's love of peculiar argot only replace their pidgin ghetto-speak with fruity bons mots and dry witticisms".


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