Okay, it’s absolutely none of my business, but when has that ever stopped anyone from blathering out their opinion on the Web?
So here goes: Why the hell is the British Parliament changing Big Ben’s name?
Yes, I know they are renaming it Elizabeth Tower in honor of the current queen’s 60-year reign.
Got it. The old girl’s been around for a long time. But not as long as Big Ben has.
I always thought two of the things the Brits did really well was keeping tradition and naming stuff. Now they go and do this. Damn.
Big Ben, the clock tower on Parliament’s building, was named for the famous bell that chimes out the hours across central London. The tower was completed in 1859. Everybody has always called it Big Ben. Until now.
Yanks are still going to call it Big Ben. Or, if they do begin calling it “Elizabeth Tower,” they’ll probably figure it was named for Elizabeth I, the so-called “Virgin Queen,” rather than her more recent namesake.
This is a sad come down from the British talent for great names. They really know how to name warships, for instance.
The HMS Warspite, the Exeter, Indomitable, Glorious, Courageous, Furious – now those are cool.
The U.S., unfortunately, has a habit of naming some of its ships for politicians, even some that are still alive. I like Jimmy Carter and he was a sub captain during his Navy days, but the USS Jimmy Carter? At least wait until the dude dies before you go naming a ship after him.
And the USS John C. Stennis? Come on, Stennis was a powerful U.S. Senator from Mississippi, but did we really need to name an aircraft carrier after him? He already has a space center in his home state that carries his moniker.
It appears we may have infected the Brits with our Name-Stuff-For-Somebody-Even-When-They’re-Still-Living virus, and its not a good thing.
If they wanted to rename Big Ben in favor of the Queen, the least they could have done was wait until she kicks the royal bucket.
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