Friday, October 30, 2009

Round One

Round One, a nightclub for the perpetual under 25s (and the associated stupidity that goes along with it) was established on Low Street in 1994 on the premises of the Laverstone Guild of Boxers and Packers on the mistaken assumption that it was once an underground boxing ring. It never was, of course, since the building used to be a manufacturing plant producing cloth in the nineteenth century and bullets in the early twentieth. In 1952, when the British contracted their arms manufacturing to Germany, it was taken over by a spring manufacturer which it remained until 1987.

Undaunted by this easily researched history, Bumpkin's Brewery refurbished it with paraphernalia of the Gentleman's sport of professional brain damage and began pumping the liquid form of brain damage to teenage youths. It is a measure of the progressiveness, however, that they reintroduced the Roman custom of the vomitorium, and won an award in 2003 for the cleanest surroundings.

Such a Roman custom, however, has never actually been verified, the concept having stemmed from the word 'vomitorium' (plural: vomitoria) -- a passage below or behind a tier of seats in an amphitheatre, through which crowds can "spew out" at the end of a performance


aims said...

Well thank goodness I'm twice that age and more now. I'm not sure I'm into spewing that much any more. Never really enjoyed it. Not mine and definitely not others.


Leatherdykeuk said...

Aye - I loathe being sick!

stephanie said...

*chuckles* Colourful pseudo-history. I might go, just for the scenery. Once.

Leatherdykeuk said...

Probably worth a look, yes.