It’s one thing for England to lose its empire; but it’s quite another to lose its mind. Look what we found in The Daily Mirror, a popular British tabloid: The £10 vote: Public put forward 150 names for back of new tenner. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The Bank Of England has released a list of more than 150 great Britons that have been suggested by members of the public for the honour when the new notes are printed. Princess Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997, has been nominated – as have the late Queen Mother and the Duke of Edinburgh.
But wait — there’s more:
The Beatles, Sir Mick Jagger and ex-Take That singer Robbie are favourites from showbiz to appear on the new Series F note when it replaces the current Series E featuring scientist Charles Darwin.
Have the Brits lost it completely? The image of Darwin in this blog’s header pic is from the ten-pound note. And they’ve issued other currency with his likeness (see The Charles Darwin £2 Coin). Let’s read on:
Political figures such as Sir Winston Churchill and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst are listed alongside TV stars including John Cleese, Michael Parkinson and Terry Wogan. Literary giants William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer and George Orwell are included as are scientists including Stephen Hawking and Sir Alexander Fleming.
It’s like a national IQ test question: Who doesn’t belong on this list? One last excerpt:
But overall favourite is Second World War Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing, the computer pioneer who died aged 41 in 1954 following a criminal prosecution for his homosexuality.
Hey — wanna see the whole list? Here it is at the Bank of England website. They’ve even got Thomas Paine on the list. And H.G. Wells, and Richard Dawkins too.
Well, what can we say? Nothing, really. Let’s just sit back and see who replaces Darwin.
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