MR. VINCE WARDEN: It was purely by accident. We -- it was a -- a remote tower that was randomly observed by -- by an employee that was in the area by chance. And you know we don't always look at those towers. Now we -- we -- certainly -- now that it has come to our attention, every tower is being inspect -- inspected for that -- for that possible occurrence.
(Transcript from the PUB hearing March 9)
I think it is about time that I created a blog. Considering naming a blog after a colour of a rod is the latest "craze" in Winnipeg, I am going to call my blog the Purple Rod! Special thanks to the Black, Orange, Blue, White, and Stiff Rods for inspiration!
Posted by Purple Rod at 7:14 PM
You forgot the Red Rod. Yes, there is one of those too.
Indeed, if you pick a fight with this Serjeant at Arms - whether you're a copper, the Prime Minister or a drunken peer - you tend to come off worse.
Better known as Black Rod, (Sir Michael Willcocks) was in action three days ago performing the annual Westminster door-knocking ritual which is designed to illustrate the strength of our parliamentary democracy.
He has the power of arrest himself, simply using the authority of his rod. His far-reaching powers date back to Black Rod's origins as the man responsible for keeping order among the Knights of the Garter.
Black Rod became a permanent Westminster fixture in 1522, when Henry VIII ordered him to manage security in 'the High Court called the Parliament'.
The Garter connection still survives and Black Rod appears with the Queen every year at Windsor Castle for the annual gathering of the Order of the Garter. And he is not the only rod in the business. All orders of chivalry have an honorary usher with a rod to match their regalia.
The Order of the Thistle (for eminent Scots) has a chap called the Gentleman Usher of the Green Rod; the Order of the Bath (for the Forces) has Scarlet Rod; the Order of St Michael and St George (diplomats has Blue Rod; and the Order of the British Empire (the rest of us) has Purple Rod.
'I am, officially, Chief of all the Ushers of this Kingdom, which makes me top rod,' says Sir Michael.
And we all know who the top rod in Manitoba is, don't we.