“What means Buller? The meaning of Buller is unknown.”

They say you should Google your name every so often, especially if you are looking for work. What you find can sometimes surprise you.

For starters, “Alan Buller” turned up a number of actual links to my social media presences and my personal and professional pages as well. It also turned up several services that gave anyone quick access to address, estimated house value and other items of public record  — that you never knew were of public record.

The one I found the funniest, though was this one, containing fascinating facts about Bullers, such as the quote atop this posting. My other favorite line? “Buller is the perfect place to unwind and get away from it all.” I assume this quote refers to the “large resort with a wide range of skiing and boarding available to keep just about everybody happy.” But I like to think of it as a more portable paradise I carry with me.

Then there were the links to stories about the Buller Boys, members of the highly exclusive Oxford society group, the Bullingdon Club (founded 1780). Buller Boys have a bit of a reputation for rowdiness, perhaps bordering on hooliganism, but mostly “trashing restaurants.”

“Once members have been accepted they must then purchase the uniform, at a cost of £3,500. The outfit is the same today as it was when the society began, including navy tailcoats, brass monogrammed buttons, a mustard-coloured waistcoat and a sky-blue silk bow tie, all tailor-made, of course, at Ede & Ravenscroft, the royal outfitters with wood-panelled branches in Oxford and Cambridge.

However, the modern Buller rarely wears the suit, and especially avoids the attire on nights on the town.”

Personally, I’d like to have one of those suits. I certainly would wear it on nights on the town. You just gotta know how to wear it.


About bullersbackporch

I am a native Austinite, a high-tech Luddite, lover of music, movies and stories and a born trainer-explainer.
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