As we saw over the weekend, mass gatherings of people organised via the net can cause Nanny a few headaches.
I refer of course to the last night of legal drinking on the tube party, last Saturday, which on the whole was good natured but towards the end of the evening got a bit out of hand.
Anyhoo, Nanny normally does her best to stop such gatherings of people; as the pie flingers of Brighton recently found to their cost.
The world's largest ever pie fight, scheduled to have taken place on 24 May in Brighton, had to be cancelled as a result of concerns over health and safety.
Pie Fight Brighton, which had been promoted (just like the last night of drinking on the tube) through Facebook, was abandoned when the Sussex Police intervened. Seemingly Nanny was rather spooked when she realised that over 1,000 people had signed up to take part.
The event was to have been a spontaneous 10 minute "splatterthon", but officers have asked for a postponement so it can be properly organised with the backing of local agencies.
A pie fight spokesman sent out a message to members saying:
"At the time there were less than 100 people signed up. Now there's more than 1,000 and, unsurprisingly, the police aren't too happy about it.
The police have a good sense of humour and think it's a fun idea and have suggested we organise the event for real. Okay, it's not as spontaneous as it was but we could easily turn this into a world record attempt."
The new date and location for the postponed pie fight have not been confirmed. I wonder if the council will try to ban it on the grounds of public liability insurance being insufficient?
In case you are worried about the waste of food, participants have been advised to make their custard pies out of shaving foam.
The net is a very powerful tool for mobilising people, and Nanny is afraid of it.
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