The Vancouver Scrum

On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Thursday, December 11, 2003


For those who must know...

My statsbox has been showing that people have been coming to this blog in search of the picure of Houston, BC mayor Sharon Smith wearing nothing but her ceremonial chain of office. So, here you go, courtesy Britain's filthiest little rag, the Sun: The Lord Mayor's show!

In case you're wondering, Houston, BC is a small town of a little over 3500 people, located about halfway between Prince George and Prince Rupert on Highway 16. Industries are rumoured to include cutting wood and planting the trees that produce said product. Other than that, few people would give a rat's rear end about the place unless they were running low on gas and were unsure whether they could make it to Terrace without a pitstop,

Of course, we humble Canucks don't call our mayors something ostentatiously holy as "Lord Mayor." We simply prefer the supplicative "Your Worship." (As an aside, I once asked former Vancouver mayor Philip Owen if the proper way to address him was "Your Ex-Worship." He made an embarrassed laugh in that goofy way that Vancouverites are familiar with, then said something to the order of Philip being quite all right with him.)

Quick comment: More proof that that sort of stuff should not be stored on any computer that is connected to the Internet for any time whatsoever. Stick it on a CD-ROM and stash it in the safe deposit box and file it alongside with your political IOUs, safely away from any eyes but your own and perhaps those of nosy bank employees.

Further irrelevant thought. When current Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell wears both his chain and his clan's kilt, does he wear the kilt the way it should be worn?
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