Stuff – Chained to a jo… er recreational activity they absolutely love
By Andrew Gunn – Stuff – 14/05/2022
OPINION/SATIRE: 215 BC, the Mediterranean Sea. A ROMAN GALLEY SHIP glides across the water. Inside, the GALLEY MASTER presides over a hundred sweaty, half-naked rowers, all toiling to pull their heavy oars to the beat of his drum.
GM: Heave! Heave! Heave!
There is a KNOCK KNOCK at the door.
GM: Who’s that? Heave!A LABOUR INSPECTOR enters.
LI: Hello I’m from the Labour Inspectorate of Employment New Zealand.
GM: The what of where? Hold on… alright you lot, keep rowing, or I’ll cut your hands off! Sorry, you’re from the what?
LI: The Labour Inspectorate of Employment New Zealand.
GM: Listen mate, we’re right in the middle of the Second Punic War. Do you have any authority here in the Mediterranean in 215 BC?
LI: I do for the purposes of this satirical column. Now we’ve had a tip-off about the unsatisfactory pay and conditions of your workers.
GM: Workers? Sorry, there are no workers here.