Printers especially Compositors are often portrayed in the movies as drunkards, like in the above scene from “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”.
But, the Government Gazette comp room staff never needed such stimulation.
Often when bored with someone’s boring conversation the Gazette Staff would gather round the person and give them a Gazette Punch Up.
You would give the victim little pinches on the arms, light taps to the ankles, a little tug of the hair.
While doing this, they would like making noises like singing rhubarb and custard.
The routine usually took a minute.
The boring person on the receiving end would usually slink back to their frame.
Sometimes, someone would go just too far and throw solid punches on the hapless victim.