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To all you knockers out there – boobies, fun-bags!

By weeziepops 3 February 2011 27

On reading of the sacking of a federal public servant as a result of inappropriate use of departmental IT to view porn, I was intrigued that the search word of choice for one such incident was “knockers”.  

I am not (no, really – I’m not)  an on-line porn afficionado, but I reckon if I wanted to access some of the stuff I would go with something less Benny Hill-ish. 

Also, I wonder if the initial reaction of the public servant in question was to lie and deny, “No, no – it wasn’t a search for THOSE sort of knockers.  I’m getting a new front door, you see.”

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Thumper 1:14 pm 04 Feb 11

A Knocker or Bucca is the Welsh and Cornish equivalent of Irish leprechauns and English and Scottish brownies. About two feet tall and grizzled they live beneath the ground. Here they wear tiny versions of standard miner’s garb and commit random mischief, such as stealing miner’s unattended tools and food.

Their name comes from the knocking on the mine walls that happens just before cave-ins – actually the creaking of earth and timbers before giving way. To some of the miners, the knockers were malevolent spirits and the knocking was the sound of them hammering at walls and supports to cause the cave-in. To others, who saw them as essentially well-meaning practical jokers, the knocking was their way of warning the miners that a life-threatening collapse was imminent.

According to some Cornish folklore, the Knockers were the helpful spirits of people who had died in previous accidents in the many tin mines in the county, warning the miners of impending danger. To give thanks for the warnings, and to avoid future peril the miners cast the last bite of their tasty pasties into the mines for the Knockers.

p1 11:00 am 04 Feb 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Have you read the Federal Court decision? Please do so it may make your response appear a bit more well informed.

To be fair, there is no link to the court decision, so we are all making our off hand statements based solely on the other posts in this thread.

Rollersk8r said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Rollersk8r said :

Yes – read the story. Think it’s extremely sad that someone has lost their job and had their life ruined for looking at a few free and legal pictures. Yes – he was very foolish for using work equipment but in the guy’s defence he was using his own ISP and tried hard to remove all the evidence…

Read the decision. The main reason he lost his job was lying about the images rather than simply accessing them.

Well my understanding is he lost his job for breaching the APS Code of Conduct, specifically that he’d agreed at some point to not use work equipment for that purpose.

Have you read the Federal Court decision? Please do so it may make your response appear a bit more well informed.

ImagineThat 11:08 pm 03 Feb 11

DeadlySchnauzer said :

To put it another way, if I use my work car out of work hours in my own private time to drive to the newsagent and purchase a perfectly legal copy of some good wholesome pornography, would I really deserve to be fired?

Whether you deserve to be fired or not is for someone else to argue, however if you read the fine print, your personal trip in the Z car is a big no no, and you would no doubt find yourself facing a breach of the code of conduct for using it for personal reasons regardless of what you went to buy.

matt31221 8:53 pm 03 Feb 11

Wow! That’s certainly very harsh. Who cares if a sexually repressed public servant wants to use a tiny bit of government bandwith IN HIS OWN time to look at something healthy, normal and comforting like a set of nice boobs?

Bring back male domination in the workplace and these sort of sacking wouldn’t happen.

p1 8:48 pm 03 Feb 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

If that screenshot of ********* gets out you’re stuffed.

How did you know my password was eight asterisks?

johnboy 8:21 pm 03 Feb 11

The thing is you can buy a netbook these days for $400, why use a work computer for anything but work?

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