Last night I went to a poetry night but a couple sitting next to me had not, so they decided to speak as loudly as they could until I braved it and asked them to be quiet. “But we’ve been here since 6,” said the man, which was quite an odd defence, I thought. Imagine if someone organised a wake at a Wetherspoon’s, everyone shuffling sombrely in, drying away tears and remembering Pete holding his favourite pint. ”Ayyyyyyyy Macarena!!!” chant a group of tropical shirt wearing idiots at the bar. Mary (Pete’s widow) shudders and politely points out the seriousness of the situation. One of the idiots says, “But we’ve been here since 2am!”
If you see similar behaviour, don’t stand by and let it happen: let poetry win!