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!

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.


  1. Major Bunty Golightly might approve of a recent article in the Ottawa Citizen in which a defense expert imagines with tongue in cheek that Canada revive military traditions of old: "The army is to revert to Britishstyle battle dress and puttees, and the Lee-Enfield rifle that won the two world wars will be brought back into service. The RCAF will be equipped with hand-built Spitfires, bound to cost less than F-35s. And the RCN will build a brand new, perfect in every detail, HMCS Niobe, that will not go to sea but will be docked next to the navy's unusable (British-built!) submarines."

  2. Anonymous1/06/2012

    Greetings Blasco ,
    thank you for pointing out the article in the Ottowa Citizen .The author is ,of course, a blithering idiot .But 'pon reflection methinks that the Canadian military could do far worse ,the battledress is a fine uniform ; unlike the ruddy " camo pyjamas" that the military seem to favour these days - Ye Gods - scruffy buggers ! Gaiters and not puttees would be worn with battledress though I would not expect a Canadian journo gossip monger to know that sort of thing -eh what?
    I feel that I should mention that the Lee Enfield No4 Mk1 is still in service in Canada and is currently being used by the Canadian Rangers - don't yer know .Just who the Canadian Rangers are and what sort of antics they get up to in the frozen North is a bloody good question ,now that the threat of invasion by our Oriental chums the "Yellow Peril " has diminished somewhat in the last 60 years ,perhaps they are having too much fun over there and don't want to stop looking for paper ballon bombs - haar haaaar haaaaaaaaar !
    Furthermore the SMLE is still being used by Taliban snipers [ may they fry in hell] and remains an effective weapon for medium to long range - just so I declare .The 303 round is very similar to the 308 that is once again finding favour with the modern military .
    The SMLE is the finest bolt action battle rifle ever built and I will defend it's honour with my dying breath , somewhat like the Royal Enfield Bullet it refuses to die and is none the less effective after all these years, both are dear to me heart and I won't hear a word said agin 'em by God !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have dug up a cache of SMLEs that were embalmed in cosmoline and buried beneath the rhubarb patch after the last conflict ,Bunty is expecting another visit from hostile forces [to wit -the Inland Revenue] [ the swines ] and I wish to have all the servants armed this time .

    Toodle pip
    Your servant
    Maj B Golightly MBH

  3. Am I the only one that suspects than Snidal and Bunty inhabit the same
    physical frame?

    Also feel that the flag of india ought to share the masthead with the Union

    Be advised that the Major might put a load of birdshot into the posterior of
    anybody who refers to him as "mad"

  4. David, thank you for your comment but no, I don't think it's Pete. The rapid-fire "tarty Triumphs" exchange between Pete and Bunty on the Royal Enfield Yahoo forum way back in the day could not have been managed by any one person not afflicted with dual personalities. I think Bunty is an original, and I enjoy bringing attention to his writing. Birdshot for me? I hope not.

  5. Could easily be a ruse to throw everyone off his trail..

    You will remember that the only person who claims to actually have met the Major... is Pete Snidal.

    As to dual personalities..that idea raises all sorts of interesting possibilities. I cannot really comment, never having met either the Major
    OR Mr. Snidal :-)


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