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The UK's NERC has, as you will know, recently welched on a deal to
give its latest research ship a name chosen by the public. The
winning name - Boaty McBoatface - was deemed unappropriate.
Instead, they are naming the ship after England's most esteemed
(and Earth's finest) naturalist.
I think that naming the ship after Sir David is an excellent
idea, it does make a tombollockry of the democratic process.
However, a solution lies within the gift of Sir David himself. A
simple act of Deed Poll would enable the ship to be named after the
great man himself whilst preserving the name chosen by the public.
If His Davidness is reading this, I urge him to do the honourable
the public are on top of this
[bs0u0155, May 18 2016]
How "Dho!" is used
[doctorremulac3, May 18 2016]
||Re. link - Damn, damn, damn. Every time I have a
brilliant idea, somebody jumps on the bandwagon
||And your category choice is inappropriate also :-)
||But nice paragraph breaks...
||I like the idea of the nicknames that really take.... the A-
10 close support aircraft for example is officially titled
the "Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II" No one calls it
that though. It's the "Warthog". The pilots are "Hog
drivers". The official upgrade program was "HOGUP". You
can call Boaty Mc-B whatever you want officially, but if
popular support builds around an alternative... you're
going to have a tedious official saying "So we can send the
Sir David Attenborough....(blank faces) the new research
vessel.... (still blank) *sigh* Boaty Mc..." "Oh! got you,
Boaty, yup, where's Boaty going?"
||An alternative strategy would be to ensure the captain
was a little mischievous... renaming boats is notoriously
unlucky. Captains can facilitate endless bad luck...
||//your category choice is inappropriate// I know.
But, inaccountably, there doesn't seem to be a
"Boat/Naming by public/Accommodating frivolous
choices/Facesaving/Renaming of celebrities/Sir
David Attenborough" category. This is clearly one of
[Jutta]'s extremely rare oversights.
||Actually, why isn't there a "Sir David Attenborough"
||Not exactly regal, more of a "man of the people" kind of
||// why isn't there a "Sir David Attenborough" category? //
||Well, there's "Other:Religion:Deity or Prophet", or "Other:Religion: Media" ...
||Ya know, it isn't entirely necessary to have Sir DA's cooperation in the matter : BmcB activists are in all walks of life - a couple of anonymous keystrokes in the right terminals...
||//Sir Boaty McBoatface.//.
So, the Brits are now classifying their ships as Sir Face
vessels and submersibles? (I'm sorry)
||(see link for explanation if you don't say Dho! in your
||It's like "Boris Bikes" in London (London's bike hire
scheme). These were actually introduced by someone
called Ken but that didn't alliterate so "Ken Bikes"
was a non-starter. They were sponsored by Barclays who
were very miffed that people didn't call them
"Barclays Bikes", despite having paid £25m for the
sponsorship rights. Boris (ex-mayor of London*)
generously offered to change his name to "Barclays"
for another £25m.
[*] You can tell he's an
ex-mayor of London because he's started comparing
things to Hitler, just like every other ex-mayor of
||Godwin' .. ! .... oh, sorry.