May Fayre

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Valiant, 24 Apr 2008.

  1. Valiant

    Valiant Senior Member

    Mayday 2008 is the 300th anniversary of the last free Mayday before the Grand Jury suppression of the traditional May Fayre in central London; a riotous, raucous celebration of fertility and freedom. From the 1st of May each year, and for up to two weeks afterwards, the people stopped working, rejected their normal routines then danced, drank, laughed and made love in the streets, jeering at the controlling figures of the Church and State, and turning everything they could upside down.

    It was known as such "a nursery of vice and debauchery", that after 1708 the authorities, having had enough of this dangerous freedom and subversion, shut it down. Although there were some attempts at reviving it, the creeping spectre of gentrification made sure it couldn't continue, as the area of the fayre was gradually built over with palaces and playgrounds for the rich.

    To commemorate this significant anniversary, and the still thriving tradition of over the top state control, the Space Hijackers and the Metropolitan Police proudly present a collaborative re-enactment of the end of this traditional May Fayre. Our modern-day interpretation of the cycle of uprising and suppression is in keeping with the attempted repression of parties, protests and gatherings enacted by the state throughout the ages.

    In act one, the Space Hijackers will be inviting people to join a mayday street party in it’s traditional home, with music, bands, food and revelry. This will be later followed by the Metropolitan Police Players, who will be re-enacting a classic clamping down on civil liberties and freedom of the people.

    All are welcome to this celebration, bring food, bands, mead, rum, codpieces, bales of hay, 18th century prostitutes, music, laughter, wonky teeth, corsets, bustles, spit roasts and virgins dancing around poles. And yes of course you can bring your bikes!

    The exact location of the fayre is still a closely guarded secret, however it will be revealed closer to the date here on our website at



    So who's in?
  2. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    Sorry Sam, but it sounds like a load of bollocks to me ;)
  3. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    Ye olde reclaime thye streetes?
  4. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Sounds like it'll be a riot! :eek:
  5. vbc

    vbc Guest

    I'd be there but I can't get any time off work.
  6. :eek:
  7. Horace Goes Skiing

    Horace Goes Skiing New Member

    Why dress it up as a political statement? Why not be honest and call it "Unimaginative Losers Pointlessly Flicking The Vs At The Very System That Pays Their Benefits And Allows Them To Buy Sandals And Rizlas"?

    I predict there will be jugglers, some arse in a recumbent towing a soundsystem, rollerbladers, Socialist Worker placards, someone in a George Bush mask...same tired old shoot at every one of these events.

  8. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Melksham, Wilts
    Why not just have a rave on the m4?
  9. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    I reckon the "arse" (Valiant from the OP) has a great sound system. Nonetheless I reckon it still sounds bollox. Mostly as it's in London, which is full of twats. :eek:
  10. Horace Goes Skiing

    Horace Goes Skiing New Member

    LOL. I didn't realise, but should have guessed. These events are so predictable.

    Do something really subversive Valiant, like playing Radio 4 on your soundsystem. After all, this is an "alternative" event where imagination rules and there are no boundaries...
  11. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    "Subversive" has "always" been predictable.

    I do not know Valiant, I know "of" him. He seems like a decent bloke, and makes an effort, which should not be discouraged. Before long proper "subversives" realise there are better and more effective ways to "fight the powers that be" (showing my age and pretending I am "right on" :evil::wacko:)
  12. I got caught up in the big London riot on Shaftesbury Avenue and surrounding area(2002-3?). I was around at 'kick off' and the people I saw excercising their 'right' to peaceful demonstration were total trouble makers. Anywhere I went, the police and 'the general public- particularly motoring public' were provoked in an unreasonable and unfair manner.
    By the evening,after having been at work since 6.30am, my exit door was barricaded by police vans and protectively dressed police. They seemed impotent to do anything constructive to dissuade the morons causing this problem. Got outside about 10.30pm...
    Never mind - the 'peaceful demonstrators' probably went for a piss up and a lie in after wrecking as much of everyone's hard earned livelyhood as possible.
    Act like that and take the risk - you immediately forgo any rights because you are not accepting responsibility. Expect to get a thorough beating if you want to hand it out.
    Mind you, it has been a bit quieter in recent years - the ringleaders are probably in the Maldives with Mummy and Daddy etc etc...
    Bastards for interfering in my life. Go away.
  13. OP

    Valiant Senior Member

    ^^^ That weren't ours.

    Ours was a loverly do in Mayfair without trouble and even the locals joined in. There was a police presence but they were nice and some even nodded and tapped their foot to the music and dancing. Our's wasn't so much a politcal presence as bringing back a tradition and letting everyone have a good time in London, something you don't much get anymore. When was the last time you saw over 100 people in London with smilies on their faces in public?

    But yes it's not to everyone's taste but that's cool too.
  14. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Saw your pics on facebook Sam, looked fun, though some people dressed up a little too weirdly for my liking, and someone who had brought their kid all dressed up, am never sure how I feel about parents who force their views etc on their little kids.....

    And for those slagging Sam off above, his soundsystem is wikkid, and it's not pulled by a recumbent! I may not be a political subversive, but Mayday is normally a good laugh, better than sitting in an office in slough and just moaning about everything all day!
  15. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    8th May is also a big day in the Cornish town of Helston where there is much dancing in the streets for the Flora Day celebrations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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