Friday 27 September 2019

Sir David Attenborough for Prime Minister, President and King!

In a week of constitutional outrage in the UK, when the ugliest elements of our country's public life has been on display, Gail and I are devoting this Nature Friday post to celebrating one man who long ago surpassed 'National Treasure' status, and continues in his 10th decade to provide an outstanding example of the very best of humanity.

Gosh, even a dog might aspire to be more like Sir David Attenborough!

Gail and I heard Sir David on the radio yesterday, talking about the magnificent new Polar Research vessel which is named after him. The RRS Sir David Attenborough was launched this week by the Prince William and Kate, with the great man himself also present. The ship is a world class scientific research facility, designed for work to further understanding of Arctic and Antarctic environments, thus helping protect those precious and vulnerable regions of our planet that Sir David has done so much to bring to our attention.

You can listen to Sir David, beginning at 6 mins 44 seconds on this podcast: RSS Sir David Attenborough. He talks more sense in a few minutes than we've heard from our so-called 'leading' politicians the whole year. (Gail and I apologise to any readers in parts of the world where this BBC podcast is not accessible - you are missing a treat.)

As climate change threatens our polar regions and beyond, oh how I, Bouncing Bertie Boffin, would love to join the crew of this research ship and contribute to knowledge of our natural world. But Gail tells me she suspects that dogs, especially ones known to be water averse, are unlikely to be welcome on board. Surely that is wrong!  Maybe I should drop a private word to Mr Attenborough - I mean, how could so smart a man fail to recognise my impeccable scientific credentials...

Meanwhile, Happy Nature Friday to all my friends, and thank you so much for everything Sir David!


  1. we wish the RSS Sir David Attenborough always a safe travel time and lots of success on it's missions...

  2. Hari OM
    May the RSS Sir DA sail many a sea for long long years!!! What a furbulush post, Bertie lad and one a heartily applaud!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. We definitely think you should be a member of the crew Bertie.

  4. You simply must be aboard that stunning ship, Bertie!

  5. Dearest Boffin Bertie my WFT science friend....what a wonderful post and I bet you know I love that red ship!!
    Hugs Cecilia

  6. Momma saw the launching on a royal blog she follows. That's a very pawesome boat!

  7. We think you should drop Mr. Attenborough a line Bertie.We are sure, once he saw your credentials, he would jump at the chance to have you aboard!
    PeeEss...Mama adores David Attenborough and would love to see him as Prime Minister!

  8. You would definitely be an asset to the expeditions! However, we've heard from peeps who have visited the Antarctic by boat, that the waves are HUGE and seasickness is a high probability. You may have to work on your sea legs a bit!

  9. Here Here! We think Trump is worse than Johnson, but it is like saying a fart in church is better than a fart at a burial.

  10. It is scary times in the world. Your political situation is interesting. Lady and Man are in the UK for about 36 hours in October. We hope the Brits don't protest like the French 😜

  11. What a wonderful honor for Sir David! And all the crazy politics aside, there is such good in the world, one has to embrace it! Hoorah!

    Kiki and Rosie