||[Jun. 18th, 2009|04:38 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
Ways in which the US is the opposite of the UK #1: starting times for sports events and pop concerts.|
In the US, advertised starting times for sports events are largely a suggestion. The football match I went to was supposed to start at 7.15 and at that stage they hadn't even told us the teams. I think it eventually started at about half past. The gig I went to was advertised as 8.00 start, doors half an hour before that. The doors opened a few minutes late, but at 8.00 the first band were on stage, and the bands all stuck to the list of stage times.
The UK is the opposite of this. Give or take a couple of minutes, sports events here happen when they say they will, but the times things happen at gigs bear little or no resemblance to the time on the ticket, or even to the stage times that they sometimes let you know. I'm going to a gig tonight that just says 7.30 - I don't suppose there'll be any action much before an hour after that.