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The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists received its Royal Charter yesterday - its mark of approval from the Queen. The Livery Companies were originally proto-trade unions or professional standards bodies, depending which you look at it, based in the City of London. The first, the Worshipful Company of Mercers, got …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Great news

    Now the BCS seems to have gone tits up where do I sign?

  2. Ralph B
    IT Angle

    Sounds like something out of a Terry Pratchett book ...

    I hope and expect the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists to tell Black Rod exactly where to stick it - employing appropriate open standard - and have a nice sounding electronic doorbell fitted to the Houses of Parliament.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      No, really?

      It's almost as if pterry satirises real events and institutions.

      Also, I think "Fearsome fellows" was a bit bitchy. I'm assuming their decorations mean they've done scary stuff. And by scary I don't mean wearing a uniform for 60 years.

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    Don't criticise BCS! They donate hundreds of secondhand anoraks a year to the third world.

    I thought XANSA was now Steria.

    I got an unusual response to an application from them the other day. (Well, a response, and that's unusual.) and he told me he'd not been Xansa for years.

  4. steward

    "Worshipful Company of Information Technologists"?

    Sounds like something American steampunk enthusiasts would come up with for roleplay. The Society for Creative Anachronism figures out how to make iPads "in-period".

  5. John Whitehead
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    Vile toadies should be ashamed

    Dressing up daft, going to church and grovelling to royalty -- these people have clearly taken leave of their senses. Have they no pride in current achievements? Must they look back to a fictionalised mediaeval past to validate today's success? It makes me feel sick and I despair of ever seeing grown up people acting rationally and intelligently in combination to improve the lot of others. Disgusting.

    1. gimbal

      Hear, hear

      @John Whitehead: You know, I think you've hit it straight on the mark, friend.

    2. Graham Marsden


      ... this is El Reg, not the Socialist Worker...

  6. M7S

    @AC 14:08

    You're quite right about members of the Company of Pikemen and Musketeers (part of the Honourable Artillery Company). Many of them have an impressive CV in, um, particular fields.

  7. Anonymous Coward
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    Did I spot the BOFH there?

    The one where, if you look carefully, you can just make out that the ceremonial spear is actually a disguised cattle prod.

  8. John Whitehead
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    Socialist Worker? More romantic nonsense

    Don't confuse republicanism with socialism. There's no need to fantasise about a utopian future of smiling proles selflessly aiding the oppressed in order to oppose the nonsense of monarchy and state-sponsored religion. Let's just be grown up about politics and put away childish things like crowns and mitres.

  9. Cortland Richmond

    Oh goody!

    And do the Worshipful Company enjoy the right to carry swords in the City of London? Brings new... intensity to Net Neutrality! Nine dead after committee meeting, etc. Equal THAT,BOFH!

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