Sacred Text

Typewritten paper, foolscap size.

Before Christmas we wrote a post about The Ring, a London-based drinking society, based on an email from Sue Hart, one of its long-time members.

Dur­ing our cor­re­spon­dence she agreed to send us copies of some of the orig­i­nal Ring pub crawl sheets. What you see above is the old­est of the set from May 1967. In that orig­i­nal post Sue is quot­ed as say­ing of these crawls:

The ones put togeth­er by The Deputy took some under­stand­ing. He was a real whizz with num­bers and often his Ring sheets would con­tain lots of math­e­mat­i­cal rid­dles, or some­times ref­er­ences to foot­ball teams. He would also try and get a singing spot in the right sort of pub.

Actu­al­ly see­ing the text brings home exact­ly what she means. It’s a com­bi­na­tion of cryp­tic cross­word, puns, in-jokes and nick­names that makes bare­ly any sense in places.

We’re going to let the doc­u­ment speak for itself except for one quick obser­va­tion: Wot a Lot of Wat­ney’s!

And a foot­note: Spurs did beat Chelsea, 2–1.