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The Information Game

The Information Game The Shallow end two Shuttlemakers; sixty Pattern 'Perhaps' , purred Candida, 'perhaps Weavers; and, making a brave last my dear brother would be better to stand, all eighteen members of the telephone his enquiries to me'. We The Cloth Pressers' Society. shall not be seeing her again before Christmas, praise the Lord. Nevertheless, the Cloth Pressers can Information Which reminds me: although we are console themselves with the fact that, only just into October and there has whereas the General and Municipal Workers' Union's affiliation fees are not yet been, so far as I am aware, a Game £346,325, and Nalgo stumps up single chorus of the Holly and the ivy or Jungle tills in the TV adverts, this £318,458, their contribution is just piece is intended for the December OU R elder son, a fledgling Frank seven pounds and twenty pence. That issue. So this is where I must wish the Johnson on a provincial daily news­ makes the Scottish Union of Power- Loom Overlookers' impost of forty- readers and a few others a Merry paper, frequently telephones his eight pounds seem a wee bit steep. Christmas. reference enquiries home rather than directing them to his paper's library or Some of the unions' telegraphic First, Peter Labdon, the most his friendly neighbourhood one. He addresses listed are quite imaginative: tolerant and patient of editors who, does this because he gets priority 'Antennae' (Radio and Electronic despite what you may have read in this service from his Ma; and she is happy Officers Union); 'Curriculum' (National column recently, never has kittens on to oblige because she can, at the same Union of Teachers); and 'Searoving' the telephone over late copy. Then our time, check up on his diet and the state (National Union of Seamen). Two very own Lord Gnome, CB, for keeping of his laundry. others—those of the British Actors NLW going in the face of all the Equity Association and the Post Office evidence that more pages are churned A few weeks ago, one of his queries Engineering Union—sound like jet-set out every month on photocopying was: what does the acronym Nuflat females: 'Britequity' and 'Ameansda machines at home and abroad than are stand for? He added, helpfully, that Wesphone'. produced by the printers—and paid for it's a trade union. Mrs S, quite by subscriptions. And then, of course, properly of course, searched from the The railway unions' choices are most the printers themselves; my dear old particular—Pugh's dictionaries of appropriate. That of the lugubrious friends who have coped for eleven acronyms and abbreviations numbers Ray Buckton's Aslef is 'Aslocobrom' years now with my quirky contribu­ one and two, which is as far as our and the National Union of Railway- tions with infinitely more skill and stock of him goes, Ellen Crowley's men's is 'Beware'. For the National accuracy than are evinced by their massive Acronyms, initialisms and Society of Metal Mechanics, there is hamfisted Fleet Street colleagues. Even abbreviations, a paperback compila­ 'Brassaries' which, as Churchill said of the Times is now daily littered with tion (ex-jumble sale) lacking cover, the name 'Bossom', is neither one ludicrous cock-ups—delicately referred prelims, etc., that starts at BMR, and thing nor the other. to in the trade as 'literals'. the centenary history of the TUC; to the Enter, at this point, daughter general—various short lists in language Candida who has not featured in this Which is why I send to our printers dictionaries and one-volume cyclo­ column for some time. She is, or rather not only Christmas Greetings, but also paedias. has been, busy sorting out her my assurance that I forgive them for substituting in the September 1982 She had no success to report, where­ belongings in preparation for a few years' living it up as an undergraduate. Shallow end (column two, line four) upon young sir loyally ruled out all other librarians and telephoned Con­ Now she is drinking a cup of her own the word 'of for the word 'to'. This gress House. They supplied him with a vicious brew of coffee—which looks converted my gloomy diaries from full list of unions affiliated to the TUC and tastes like the Humber at low being a 'counter to ' sundials—ie some­ thing which counter-balances or coun­ and he promptly posted a photocopy to tide—and is ready for a chat. ter—acts—to being a 'counter o f sun­ us. Very interesting it is, too. Having read my scribbled pages, dials—something which counts or enu­ A surprising variety of crafts Candida says 'not bad' and then adds, merates them. 'But you still haven't said what Nuflat survives in these days of computerised, stands for.' I need hardly add that I would not robotised, push-button technology. have mentioned this rare lapse, par­ Some of them are, perhaps, better 'I' m saving that for the ending', I described as mysteries: Felt Hat Trim­ ticularly during the Season of Goodwill reply, 'but don't wait for it.' Sur­ mers and Woolformers (as distinct prisingly, she actually left and I was and the giving away of trade calendars, except to inform readers so that they from Journeymen Felt Hatters and relieved to hear her going up to her may amend their September copies. Allied Workers); Beamers, Twisters room. Within two minutes she was and Drawers (Hand and Machine); back in the doorway. And a Happy New Year to you all Roll Turners; and Wire Drawers and 'Nuflat', she announced, 'the National Kindred Workers. Union of Footwear, Leather and Allied Robert Shallow Trades.' Hanging on by their fingertips, would seem to be the following: twenty- 'You looked at my TUC list', I nine members of the Wool Shear accused her. Workers' union; ninety Spring Trap- 'I did not', she said smirking, 'I makers; one hundred and sixty-seven looked in my Cassell's Dictionary of Sawmakers who, understandably, have abbreviations'. formed a Protection Society; ninety- 'Oh shoot!' I think I said. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Library World Emerald Publishing

The Information Game

New Library World , Volume 83 (12): 1 – Dec 1, 1982

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The Shallow end two Shuttlemakers; sixty Pattern 'Perhaps' , purred Candida, 'perhaps Weavers; and, making a brave last my dear brother would be better to stand, all eighteen members of the telephone his enquiries to me'. We The Cloth Pressers' Society. shall not be seeing her again before Christmas, praise the Lord. Nevertheless, the Cloth Pressers can Information Which reminds me: although we are console themselves with the fact that, only just into October and there has whereas the General and Municipal Workers' Union's affiliation fees are not yet been, so far as I am aware, a Game £346,325, and Nalgo stumps up single chorus of the Holly and the ivy or Jungle tills in the TV adverts, this £318,458, their contribution is just piece is intended for the December OU R elder son, a fledgling Frank seven pounds and twenty pence. That issue. So this is where I must wish the Johnson on a provincial daily news­ makes the Scottish Union of Power- Loom Overlookers' impost of forty- readers and a few others a Merry paper, frequently telephones his eight pounds seem a wee bit steep. Christmas. reference enquiries home rather than directing them to his paper's library or Some of the unions' telegraphic First, Peter Labdon, the most his friendly neighbourhood one. He addresses listed are quite imaginative: tolerant and patient of editors who, does this because he gets priority 'Antennae' (Radio and Electronic despite what you may have read in this service from his Ma; and she is happy Officers Union); 'Curriculum' (National column recently, never has kittens on to oblige because she can, at the same Union of Teachers); and 'Searoving' the telephone over late copy. Then our time, check up on his diet and the state (National Union of Seamen). Two very own Lord Gnome, CB, for keeping of his laundry. others—those of the British Actors NLW going in the face of all the Equity Association and the Post Office evidence that more pages are churned A few weeks ago, one of his queries Engineering Union—sound like jet-set out every month on photocopying was: what does the acronym Nuflat females: 'Britequity' and 'Ameansda machines at home and abroad than are stand for? He added, helpfully, that Wesphone'. produced by the printers—and paid for it's a trade union. Mrs S, quite by subscriptions. And then, of course, properly of course, searched from the The railway unions' choices are most the printers themselves; my dear old particular—Pugh's dictionaries of appropriate. That of the lugubrious friends who have coped for eleven acronyms and abbreviations numbers Ray Buckton's Aslef is 'Aslocobrom' years now with my quirky contribu­ one and two, which is as far as our and the National Union of Railway- tions with infinitely more skill and stock of him goes, Ellen Crowley's men's is 'Beware'. For the National accuracy than are evinced by their massive Acronyms, initialisms and Society of Metal Mechanics, there is hamfisted Fleet Street colleagues. Even abbreviations, a paperback compila­ 'Brassaries' which, as Churchill said of the Times is now daily littered with tion (ex-jumble sale) lacking cover, the name 'Bossom', is neither one ludicrous cock-ups—delicately referred prelims, etc., that starts at BMR, and thing nor the other. to in the trade as 'literals'. the centenary history of the TUC; to the Enter, at this point, daughter general—various short lists in language Candida who has not featured in this Which is why I send to our printers dictionaries and one-volume cyclo­ column for some time. She is, or rather not only Christmas Greetings, but also paedias. has been, busy sorting out her my assurance that I forgive them for substituting in the September 1982 She had no success to report, where­ belongings in preparation for a few years' living it up as an undergraduate. Shallow end (column two, line four) upon young sir loyally ruled out all other librarians and telephoned Con­ Now she is drinking a cup of her own the word 'of for the word 'to'. This gress House. They supplied him with a vicious brew of coffee—which looks converted my gloomy diaries from full list of unions affiliated to the TUC and tastes like the Humber at low being a 'counter to ' sundials—ie some­ thing which counter-balances or coun­ and he promptly posted a photocopy to tide—and is ready for a chat. ter—acts—to being a 'counter o f sun­ us. Very interesting it is, too. Having read my scribbled pages, dials—something which counts or enu­ A surprising variety of crafts Candida says 'not bad' and then adds, merates them. 'But you still haven't said what Nuflat survives in these days of computerised, stands for.' I need hardly add that I would not robotised, push-button technology. have mentioned this rare lapse, par­ Some of them are, perhaps, better 'I' m saving that for the ending', I described as mysteries: Felt Hat Trim­ ticularly during the Season of Goodwill reply, 'but don't wait for it.' Sur­ mers and Woolformers (as distinct prisingly, she actually left and I was and the giving away of trade calendars, except to inform readers so that they from Journeymen Felt Hatters and relieved to hear her going up to her may amend their September copies. Allied Workers); Beamers, Twisters room. Within two minutes she was and Drawers (Hand and Machine); back in the doorway. And a Happy New Year to you all Roll Turners; and Wire Drawers and 'Nuflat', she announced, 'the National Kindred Workers. Union of Footwear, Leather and Allied Robert Shallow Trades.' Hanging on by their fingertips, would seem to be the following: twenty- 'You looked at my TUC list', I nine members of the Wool Shear accused her. Workers' union; ninety Spring Trap- 'I did not', she said smirking, 'I makers; one hundred and sixty-seven looked in my Cassell's Dictionary of Sawmakers who, understandably, have abbreviations'. formed a Protection Society; ninety- 'Oh shoot!' I think I said.

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