Meet the new UK £200m polar research ship - Boaty McBoatface.

Reply Mon 18 Apr, 2016 01:32 pm
Speaking of good articles, this was a treat.
I've a long ago friend with the article writer's name. I worked with his wife, both of them very funny and creative, but not from the UK, so it wasn't him this time.

Me, I'm partial to Usain Boat.
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Tue 19 Apr, 2016 05:59 am
Boaty McBoatface: tyrants have crushed the people’s will
Admittedly, calling a boat Boaty McBoatface was a bad idea, voted for by idiots. But it was our bad idea. It was the British character writ large, and this cruel government killed it

Boaty McBoatface was too beautiful to live. He was a rare and precious flower, simply not cut out for these ugly times. We created Boaty McBoatface. We created him after our own image, in a rush of optimism, deluding ourselves that he was ever worth a damn. Boaty McBoatface was a perfect idea in an imperfect world. He was all that we were not. He was strong. He was resolute. Truly, he was Boaty McBoatface.

Boaty McBoatface is dead. The government killed him.
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Did the government learn nothing from the Arab spring? Deprive the people of a voice and they will surely rise up against you. No doubt Johnson thinks he’s behaving in the public interest, but there will be riots about this, and property will be destroyed, and Johnson will have to make peace with the fact that it will be his face on the Boaty McBoatface Riots Wikipedia page, which will be the second most embarrassing page on Wikipedia after the one about the man who died having sex with a horse.

Boaty McBoatface is a godawful name for a boat, and anyone who voted for it deserves to be stripped naked and fed poison in a dungeon for the rest of time, but the people should get what the people want. Can you hear us, Jo Johnson? Je suis Boaty McBoatface. Nous sommes tous Boaty McBoatface.
Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2016 08:48 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Love it!

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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2016 08:50 am
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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2016 09:04 am

"One names this ship the RRS Boaty McBoatface.....
Bloody silly name but Gawd bless her all the same, and all who sail in her....."
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2016 02:09 pm
Moment top £160,000-a-year civil servant squirms at the thought of naming £200m research ship 'Boaty McBoatface' when cheeky MP presses him to say it ..

"The name Boaty McBoatface has captured the hearts and minds of people from around the world – but not this top £160,000-a-year civil servant.
Business chief Martin Donnelly squirmed in his seat during a parliamentary committee when he tried desperately not to say the people's title for the UK's latest polar research ship.
He was lead on by South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, who had to rephrase his question multiple times to get the civil servant to say the name on record.


Mr Bacon, a member of the Public Accounts Committee, asked: 'Can you tell us which one (name) won the contest?'

The simple sounding question was met with a baffling response by the Permanent Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills, who did not want to say the silly name.

The Tory MP pressed him again: 'Can you state for the record which name won the contest?'

But again he had to rephrase the question to 'which name won the won the poll', before he got the answer he was looking for.
Martin Donnelly finally caved in after being asked four times and said: 'I believe Boaty McBoatface won the poll.'
Mr Bacon responded: 'I just wanted you to say that on record. And you did,' to laughter in the room.


More, including video.....

Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2016 03:40 pm
You zany Brits.
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Fri 6 May, 2016 06:20 am
Science Minister Jo Johnson announced that the vessel's name will be the RRS Sir David Attenborough, but subsea ROV will be named Boaty McBoatface.

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Reply Sun 8 May, 2016 12:03 pm
The RRS David Attenborough is the correct choice, imo.



90 TODAY, and still going strong.
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