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Classical music scheme helps drive away rowdy youths
Birmingham (UK) Mail ^ | 12/23/11 | Mark Cowan

Posted on 01/06/2012 4:47:35 AM PST by tellw

ROWDY groups of teens are turning their ‘Bachs’ on a popular Birmingham city centre meeting spot – after police starting playing classical music for Christmas shoppers. The teenagers have moved on from the ramp leading from New Street to the Pallasades shopping centre since the music started being piped through the PA system. Officers said it was an unexpected result as the original aim was simply to pipe soothing classical music to ease harried Christmas shoppers. The ramp has for years been a popular meeting spot for gangs of teenagers and a source of a large number of complaints from the public. Within days of the launch of the music scheme, late last month, officers and shopkeepers noticed the number of young people hanging around had plummeted – and so had the complaints. When the system was temporarily switched off the young people returned.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: classicalmusic

1 posted on 01/06/2012 4:47:39 AM PST by tellw
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To: tellw

I have two CDs full of WW2 German army marches...whenever some hoodrat with a thumping base drive near, I crank up some Whermacht songs...
They dont know what it is....but I like it


2 posted on 01/06/2012 4:51:48 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: tellw

Going for Baroque—gotta love it!


3 posted on 01/06/2012 4:52:32 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (Disgusted with it all.)
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To: tellw

Just don’t give them the Scythian Suite, they might like it.


4 posted on 01/06/2012 4:55:02 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: tellw

If they played Canzonetta sull’aria, the undesirables would just stand around mesmerized.


5 posted on 01/06/2012 4:59:00 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: Mygirlsmom
Going for Baroque—gotta love it!

Go for Baroque

From an interesting group - this was released in '80 or '81.

6 posted on 01/06/2012 4:59:08 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: tellw

I had a critter get into my attic and then into a wall. I was about to call a exterminator, and Mrs OrioleFan suggested placing the boombox next to the wall and cranking it up on one of those rap (crap?) stations while we went shopping. We haven’t had any critters since.


7 posted on 01/06/2012 4:59:22 AM PST by OrioleFan
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To: tellw

Hymns would probably work even better.


8 posted on 01/06/2012 5:01:38 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: tellw
"ROWDY groups of teens are turning their ‘Bachs’ on a popular Birmingham city centre meeting spot – after police starting playing classical music for Christmas shoppers."

Just so long as they don't start playing the glorious 9th from lovely lovely Ludwig Van. The results could be real horrorshow!


9 posted on 01/06/2012 5:12:58 AM PST by DemforBush (May I have 10,000 marbles, please?)
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To: DemforBush

You got it all wrong. try Barry Manilow.


10 posted on 01/06/2012 5:24:26 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: Yorlik803
I use Wagners "flight of the valkyries" in My volkswagen for such situations. It's pretty effective.

CC

11 posted on 01/06/2012 5:32:02 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (Wisdom comes from experience. Experience comes from a lack of wisdom.)
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To: DemforBush

The beginings of “A Clockwork Orange” gotta love it.....


12 posted on 01/06/2012 5:39:23 AM PST by sniper63 (If Obama pats himself on the back anymore, his shoulder will dislocate.....)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
You got it all wrong. try Barry Manilow.

Any song by Gino Vanelli works almost as well

CC

13 posted on 01/06/2012 5:45:05 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (Wisdom comes from experience. Experience comes from a lack of wisdom.)
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To: DemforBush

God forgive me, I love that movie....


14 posted on 01/06/2012 5:47:16 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: tellw
When the system was temporarily switched off the young people returned.

Hillarious - the first thing that comes to mind is "vermin". When you have the repellent in place, the vermin avoid the area, and when you remove the repellent temporarily, the vermin return.

15 posted on 01/06/2012 5:47:34 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: OrioleFan

You may attract even less desirable critters.


16 posted on 01/06/2012 6:31:09 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Yorlik803

May only serve to attract opera gangs.


17 posted on 01/06/2012 6:33:27 AM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: tellw

Good classical music (no atonal, modernist crap please) is a good indicator of intelligence. That does not mean you’re stupid if you don’t like classical music, but a number of researchers have linked liking or love of classical music with higher intelligence. Which still does not make a lover of classical with high intelligence a person who is immune from doing stupid things.


18 posted on 01/06/2012 6:37:03 AM PST by driftless2
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To: SampleMan

Obama will have to move his Occupy buddies (or Obama’s Wealth Spreaders as I call them) into my neighborhood.


19 posted on 01/06/2012 6:38:16 AM PST by OrioleFan
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To: tellw
This tactic works at the house too. When I want a quiet evening at home, I turn the TV off in the den and start playing my classical music. My teenage sons begin drifting to other parts of the house and I can open a good book and a bottle of wine. Classical music goes good with reading, especially the earlier Baroque stuff by Bach, Handel and Telemann.

If you want a quick and dirty approach to driving teenagers off, put on some opera and they will run from the area with their hands over their ears.

20 posted on 01/06/2012 7:00:26 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 34 days away from outliving Marty Feldman)
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To: tellw

One notable exception I can think of is the film Clockwork Orange. That guy really loved Beethoven. The other could be Hitler’s love of Wagner.


21 posted on 01/06/2012 7:16:27 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot.)
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To: DemforBush
The results could be real horrorshow!

"You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means."

22 posted on 01/06/2012 7:35:23 AM PST by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: thulldud; DemforBush
"You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means."

One must watch the movie to know what Alex meant. It has to do with the "Ludovico Treatment".

23 posted on 01/06/2012 1:10:56 PM PST by ARepublicanForAllReasons (Crony Capitalism & Union boot-licking Marxist politicians are our undoing.)
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To: tellw

Better yet, try playing patriotic music. And planting the American Flag all over the place.


24 posted on 01/06/2012 1:14:03 PM PST by ARepublicanForAllReasons (Crony Capitalism & Union boot-licking Marxist politicians are our undoing.)
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To: ARepublicanForAllReasons
One must watch the movie to know what Alex meant. It has to do with the "Ludovico Treatment".

Here I must take issue with you. "Horrorshow" has nothing to do with the Ludovico treatment, it is the Nadsat word for "good".

You could look it up.

25 posted on 01/08/2012 8:51:25 AM PST by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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