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Simon Kirby
post May 8 2016, 06:10 PM
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I'm disappointed that the poe-faced officials have rejected the name "Boaty McBoatface" for Nerc's new research vessel. A sense of humour is a good thing for a scientist because as well as discipline and precision good science also needs wit and invention, and the name had that. Good science also needs public support, and I can't imagine Nerc's work has ever had such positive public exposure as it got in the naming of their research vessel. And for me I now have nothing but contempt for those suit-wearing petty-minded dullards.


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post May 8 2016, 07:35 PM
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It about sums up what sort of democracy we live in when a public vote is not listened to.

As much as I like Attenborough, McBoatface is a better name.


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post May 8 2016, 07:42 PM
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Floaty Woaty Boaty was my effort.
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post May 8 2016, 07:50 PM
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QUOTE (Simon Kirby @ May 8 2016, 07:10 PM) *
I'm disappointed that the poe-faced officials have rejected the name "Boaty McBoatface" for Nerc's new research vessel. A sense of humour is a good thing for a scientist because as well as discipline and precision good science also needs wit and invention, and the name had that. Good science also needs public support, and I can't imagine Nerc's work has ever had such positive public exposure as it got in the naming of their research vessel. And for me I now have nothing but contempt for those suit-wearing petty-minded dullards.

I agree, totally. Why ask the public then ignore their wishes. Probably run by a Tory committee. I liked Boaty, showed the world we're not all twerps.
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post May 8 2016, 07:51 PM
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QUOTE (Simon Kirby @ May 8 2016, 07:10 PM) *
I'm disappointed that the poe-faced officials have rejected the name "Boaty McBoatface" for Nerc's new research vessel. A sense of humour is a good thing for a scientist because as well as discipline and precision good science also needs wit and invention, and the name had that. Good science also needs public support, and I can't imagine Nerc's work has ever had such positive public exposure as it got in the naming of their research vessel. And for me I now have nothing but contempt for those suit-wearing petty-minded dullards.


Why bother having a vote? I could understand if it was something rude but if we want boaty we should get it.

More pertinently a lot of kids and possible future scientists may well now be put off.
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post May 8 2016, 09:03 PM
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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ May 8 2016, 08:51 PM) *
Why bother having a vote? I could understand if it was something rude but if we want boaty we should get it.

More pertinently a lot of kids and possible future scientists may well now be put off.
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Couldn't agree more.


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post May 8 2016, 09:09 PM
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Who was it who said if voting changed anything they'd abolish it.


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post May 8 2016, 09:17 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ May 8 2016, 10:09 PM) *
Who was it who said if voting changed anything they'd abolish it.

Mr Livingstone I presume.
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post May 8 2016, 09:22 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ May 8 2016, 10:17 PM) *
Mr Livingstone I presume.


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post May 8 2016, 10:10 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ May 8 2016, 10:22 PM) *
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No, shush, Tony Benn, but best not mention him round here!

I was thinking of this:

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post May 9 2016, 12:44 AM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ May 8 2016, 10:22 PM) *
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No, shush, Tony Benn, but best not mention him round here!

Commie! smile.gif


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post May 9 2016, 05:57 AM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ May 8 2016, 11:10 PM) *
I was thinking of this:



You are probably right! Its fairly old, I think it was Emma Goldman who came up with it, way back.


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post May 9 2016, 08:20 AM
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Similar to the crazy rubbish names they give to railway locomotives these days.
The grand old names of the steam and first generation diesel names have been substituted in may cases by commercial rubbish.
I think it may have all started with the naming of an HST power car "Top Of The Pops" in 1984 at Paddington by non other than Jimmy Saville! ohmy.gif
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post May 9 2016, 08:53 AM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ May 9 2016, 09:20 AM) *
Similar to the crazy rubbish names they give to railway locomotives these days.
The grand old names of the steam and first generation diesel names have been substituted in may cases by commercial rubbish.
I think it may have all started with the naming of an HST power car "Top Of The Pops" in 1984 at Paddington by non other than Jimmy Saville! ohmy.gif

Brilliant find, just think what a good job it was that they didn't actually name the engine after himself; otherwise even more would be able to say they'd been pulled by Jimmy Saville!!!
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post May 9 2016, 10:28 AM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ May 9 2016, 09:20 AM) *
Similar to the crazy rubbish names they give to railway locomotives these days.
The grand old names of the steam and first generation diesel names have been substituted in may cases by commercial rubbish.
I think it may have all started with the naming of an HST power car "Top Of The Pops" in 1984 at Paddington by non other than Jimmy Saville! ohmy.gif

I remember, and wasn't the next one called 'pervy the perv face' ?


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post May 9 2016, 11:49 AM
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I am sure that you will be pleased to know that Boaty McBoatface is not being discarded, but applied to one of the submersibles attached to the ship
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post May 9 2016, 12:50 PM
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QUOTE (Berkshirelad @ May 9 2016, 12:49 PM) *
I am sure that you will be pleased to know that Boaty McBoatface is not being discarded, but applied to one of the submersibles attached to the ship


Ahh yes, we've listened to the voters! That's a bit like say a Council reopening closed public toilets just until the public clamour to keep open dies down.

Nice one.


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Simon Kirby
post May 9 2016, 05:41 PM
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QUOTE (Berkshirelad @ May 9 2016, 12:49 PM) *
I am sure that you will be pleased to know that Boaty McBoatface is not being discarded, but applied to one of the submersibles attached to the ship

I'm not pleased at all, it's a minced concession, and a mealy-mouthed lukewarm one at that.


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post May 9 2016, 11:13 PM
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Just listen, sorry, read yourselves.
It's not a general election or a referendum.



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post May 10 2016, 01:10 AM
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The name Boaty McBoatface demonstrates perfectly why referenda are a bad idea.
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