Australia has finally gone bonkers

. . . well Turnbull has, at least

By Prime Ministerial edict, from today no Government Minister (of either gender) may engage in sexual relations (of any type) with any member of his/her departmental staff (of whatever persuasion – LBGTWXYZ etc) at pain of being removed from his/her Ministry.

Please note that we are not talking about minors here (that has been legally verboten for decades) or disadvantaged or disabled staff (which is equally a no-no).

We are, apparently, most concerned about hierarchical ‘duty of care’, which quite reasonably worries that the boss might use job sanctions to pressurise the junior.

But between fully consenting – nay, enthusiastic – adults of sound mind with no positive or negative sanctions involved, it’s anachronistic, invasive bullying of the worst kind.

Presumably Australia is now aspiring to become the fourth Islamic Reich – “ve have vays of making you celibate!”

Or something.¬† ūüėé


Why do we watch the same films time after time? You know the script, have the DVD, maybe the T-shirt if its a franchise, yet will still watch a multiple times watched movie¬†if it is showing on TV. And laugh at the same funny scenes again (“That’s a really good ski mask!”)¬†or shiver with excitement¬†at the upcoming murder (“This is the bit where Fredo sleeps with the fishes).

Music. We’ll listen to the same old songs and tunes and hymns and instrumentals¬†over and over. Honestly, I’m sick of that Robert Wagner Ring Cycle and would love to hurl those discs at Babe Ruth (if he were living, don’t know any other baseballers) for him to SWAT those clay pigeons all the way to Valhalla.

Then there’s books. Some of us will read a favourite book many times and salivate over certain quotes and passages –¬†“Old Marsalla, he damn near blew the roof off.”,¬†the map-quaking 30,000 word speech¬†about the meta-ethical failings of altruism. Familiarity does not breed contempt, it fathers/mothers/adopters safeness. We’ll play it safe with the known and steer clear off Rumsfeldian unknowns. Its a big,¬†bad universe out there.

No doubt, this blog will be read and re-read and read once more by Charioteers until Kingdom Come. Quite right. Play it safe.

Grid Girls no more…

…they’ve gone the way of Legs and Co (or Pan’s People for those old enough to remember)

Formula One has abolished the use of Grid Girls this season and, that sport of Kings, Darts have announced there will be no more walk on girls at their professional competitions. Cheerleaders could be next to go Joe Doodo.

In this, the centenary of women gaining their suffrage one feels sorry for the suffering of those redundant sporting actresses.


Obviously. HS2 is either a very good idea, or a very bad idea, depending on your opinion thereon. I am sure that we can, at least. all agree on that.

For those of you furth of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland who may not be totally up to date with said HS2, it’s a proposed high speed link between the Great Wen and parts midlandish and northwards thereof. One day, it might even make it as far as Caledonia (stern and wild). Provided, of course, that you are still talking to us by then.¬† Continue reading “HS2”

Mt Baker at it again

The local paper reports that Mt Baker had 100″ of snow this WEEK.

Most of which fell on us as rain!¬† (Do remember 12″ snow 1″ of rain though!)

We are hideously waterlogged and one mustn’t stand still or one gets mould, no wonder half the population appears to be in Arizona, Mexico or Hawaii.¬† After getting pneumonia in Wales last autumn I ain’t going anywhere soon, thank God for central heating and a good roof.

How is the weather elsewhere?¬† It is definitely a wetter winter than usual here, doesn’t bloody stop, worse than Wales and that’s going some!

Transformation Complete

. . . so what’s new?

The new look for the Chariot is finished.

Almost everything is the same as it was on the older Chariot, but there are a few extras –

  • Everything works properly.
  • It’s easier to read.
  • It’s now smart mobile friendly.
  • There are no adverts!
  • You can do more with pictures in posts. ¬† For example Featured Image and Subtitle, both used above, and clever handling of larger pictures (not illustrated).
  • You can also do some nifty formatting with text in posts. ¬† I’ll post some examples later.

Post as many critical comments as you like; you may well detect something that I have missed.   Other than that Рenjoy!

Good for a laugh – unless you are a feminist.

I came across this video in the Spectator. It is 30 minutes, so those of limited attention spans (e.g.  gadflies) may not have the perseverance to see it all the way through. I must admit I had never heard of either individual, but for today at least Jordan Peterson is my new personal hero.