Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Gits, Ships And Cuts

We have a meeting of the Old Gits Luncheon Club today and our two main objectives are to sample as many real ales as we can in the time available and to reach agreement with regard to the long-running dispute about our name. The main proposals on the table are:
- The Gentlemen of Refined and Independent Temperament Luncheon Club (GRITS)
- The Gentlemen of Independent Temperament Luncheon Club (GITS)
- The Gentlemen of Refined and Independent Means Luncheon Club (GRIMS)
Personally I would be happy to leave it at the Old Gits, especially as I have just designed a new T-shirt. I will be wearing it for the meeting later today. Hopefully it will swing the vote.

I have decided to become a member of Wikimedia UK. This has nothing to do with any Ecuadorian asylum seekers - it is just that in an age when the commercial ownership of ideas and images seems to have accelerated beyond control, any movement that exist "to help collect, develop and distribute freely licensed knowledge (and other educational, cultural and historic material)", is worthy of support. Just what my membership will entail, I have yet to discover, but as long as it doesn't mean living in the Ecuadorian Embassy for the rest of my days, I am willing to give it a try.

At long last I have returned to the Great Novella of the 21st Century (GN21) after allowing it to lie fallow for the last five months. Starting up again is hard work: it's like digging potatoes from a parched vegetable patch. I spent an hour this morning churning out Kindle-drivel, before editing out the rubbish. This leaves me with just two sentences!

“And did he do it?”, Tomlinson asked in a tone measured to the point of precision.
“Who knows, who cares? He has certainly confessed to doing it, but there is no surprise in that. People will confess to anything if they are given enough encouragement”.

The conversation takes place on a ship. The picture of the ships comes from Wikimedia. Everything connects. It's time to go to the Old Gits now.


  1. Two wonderful objectives! I hope you have a delightful time and fun choosing the name, too! :)

  2. Your headline made me wonder if you were an Old Conway.

    We Old Conways are definitely gits,
    Many of us served in ships,
    Punishment at Conway consisted of being thwacked with a "teaser", being a knotted bell rope soaked in brine. The punishment was referred to as 'cuts'.

  3. I like Gits just the way it is, however Grits is nice too. Have fun at the Ecuadoran Embassy. I hear the food is spectacular.

  4. Aha, I think I have a picture of some of your members - to be posted on my blog in the next day or two. And yes, time to start thinking of our next 'Challenge' - your turn to choose!

  5. So after such a tough challenge with that piece of writing a testing of ales is very necessary. I hope to hear about the ales tomorrow.

  6. I've been impressed with Wikimedia. Even more so now you've become a member!

  7. I became a member too, before I realised I didn't have to! I'm impressed too.


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