I have tried getting involved with Twitter about as many times as I have started to read Ulysses : with similar results. I know many find it fascinating, compulsive and life-enhancing, but at my age I wonder whether I have the time to spare. But I remain a keen supporter of that early prototype of Twitter (or Facebook or indeed Blogging) - the humble picture postcard. We should always remember that the great-great-grandfathers and grandmothers of the kids of today who constantly send each other little messages and pictures on their mobile phones and computers spent their time sending each other little messages and pictures through the post. But postcards are a more sedate form of blogging, a more relaxed Facebook experience. They represent Twitter for Gentlemen.
You may recall that a couple of weeks ago, Tess Kincaid and I carried out an experiment by a transatlantic exchange of postcards. There was something so satisfying about the very solidity of the postcard when it fell through my letterbox, so much more than the electronic ping of the new mail message. I was talking to my good friend Mike Lucas about postcards the other day as we sunk a good few pints at an Old Gits Luncheon. He too was a fan of postcards so a couple of days later I sent him a card and yesterday a card from him arrived in return. The front of the card is illustrated above, the reverse is as follows :
Mike is a writer and actor and founder of the Mikron Theatre Company. He is also a member of the famous Old Gits Luncheon Club. The reference in the first sentence is to the England v Scotland rugby match (England won), whilst the hillside he mentions is in the beautiful Pennine village of Marsden.
I will try to persevere with Twitter (and, who knows, I might even give Ulysses another try) but it is Twitter for Gentlemen (and of course Gentlewomen) which fascinates me. So if there is anyone else out there who wishes to exchange postcards and share them on our blogs, just let me know. Who know, together we might start a postcard revolution.