Houston we have a problem, it seems that despite the best efforts of the founders of Shiten (a contradiction in terms we know) the new comers continue to disregard our principles of bonsai not being taken seriously.
Despite my misgivings as Chair of Shiten we did open membership to two others, Stonemonkey and Spanglish Speaking Sam. They have been in membership for only a couple of months and already they are damaging out reputation.
First of all Sam gets selected to represent the UK at the EBA new comers competition in Vilnius next September, I ask you how can someone who hardly speaks proper English like wot I do represent the UK, maybe he should be flying the Gibraltar flag as a compromise!!
Now we are informed that our Shiten pot maker has been accepted to compete at the prestigious Gafu-Ten* in Japan, he has been accepted to enter some of his Shiten pots in the glazed and unglazed sections of the exhibition.
As a consequence of these actions the senior members of Shiten must consider if they are excluded from membership this wonderful Club. It seems that these 2 “lost souls” do not realise what privileged company they are in as we are getting daily requests to be “converted to Shiten”. Maybe we should return to our roots as the two original members.
We will see how things progress but keep a watching brief on their future behaviour as we have Shiten Standards to maintain.
(*When I first heard about this I thought it was “Gaff-Ten” – the Bonsai equivalent of the Razzies)