On Sundays the British may go to the cinema, but not to the theater. The theaters are closed, and big sporting events are prohibited. Under Britain's strict "Quiet Sunday Laws," some of them centuries old, a poet may give a recitation so long as he makes no gestures and dons no costumes (only a Scotsman may perform in a kilt—others would be dressing up). The laws forbid game shooting (except rabbits), beekeeping demonstrations, milk deliveries between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., buying bread at the baker's after i :30 p.m. (although it is possible to borrow a loaf and...

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