Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Royal Enfield's mad Maj. Bunty approves; sort of

Is it really Maj. Golightly? Of course. He can not be imitated.
Royal Enfield Motorcycles (this blog!) has received to my mind the highest possible compliment. (This may say something about the state of my mind.)

Others have congratulated me on the new banner across the top of the blog. But the comment that means the most to me comes from Maj. Bertram "Bunty" Golightly.

Maj. Golightly is almost certainly fictitious, despite "his" denials. If he's real, he must be mad — or, at least, madcap. He's a bigot, a sexist and a confirmed colonialist in the tradition of Col. Blimp.

However, the major's loyalty to Royal Enfield is unchallenged. For years, he led the Royal Enfield Yahoo  message group on a mad cavalry charge (mounted on Royal Enfield sidecar rig) against windmills far and wide. He still haunts Internet forums devoted to the brand.

The fact is, I can find no proof of his existence outside those forums except that on one rare occasion he wrote me directly. To my knowledge, only Royal Enfield guru Pete Snidal claims to have met the major in person.

And, now, the major (it could not be an imposter — could it?) has posted a comment on this blog, congratulating me and the young woman who designed the new banner:

Not bad Blasco, not bad at all.
I think the filly has done a fine job, even managed to get the flag the right way up — don't yer know.


You should give some credit to our Indian chums though — eh what? The poor blighters must be feeling quite left out, having made the ruddy bikes, haar haaaaar haaaaaaaaaar!


Oh by the way, "Happy New Year."
Tally Ho!
Bunty 

Thanking the major, you can't trust a pair of Yanks to get the Union Jack right side up — in fact, until I Googled it just now, I didn't know it could be upside down. That was just dumb luck.

As for forgetting India's contribution to preserving the brand: no excuse sir!

UPDATE: Check the Comments below for more from the major.

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