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And Finally

Rename the Thames to the Ning Nang Nong

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h a l f b a k e r y - a few slices short of a loaf


From the Halfbakery website - discussed 2002

To mark the passing of the world's premier surreal poet

This would would be a suitable honour for the late Spike Milligan. May he rest in peace or alternatively in Lewisham if Jerry Archer gets to heaven.
Aristotle, Feb 28 2002

And perhaps build cardboard and string bridge over it?
mcscotland, Feb 28 2002

That would be the Millenium Bridge, mcscotland.
DrBob, Feb 28 2002

I hope he wasn't there when it happened.
stupop, Feb 28 2002

lets put it to Ken Livingstone - its what we want!!!
po, Feb 28 2002

It'd be difficult to find cows that go bong though.
dare99, Feb 28 2002

I must admit that I did buy some plain postcards and send this request to Ken Livingstone, Prince Charles, the Prime Minister and my MP. A short, surreal campaign with the 4 stamps that I had to hand.

If a string and cardboard bridge was to be made for the Ning Nang Nong (formerly the Thames) there would have to be employed people to say "He's fallen in the water!" in case of structural failure.
Aristotle, Mar 02 2002

A few other minor changes:
Old Father Ning Nang Nong
Ning Nang Nong Rowing Club
Ning Nang Nong Trains
Ning Nang Nong Barrier
Henley-upon-Ning Nang Nong
Ning Nang Nong Police
po, Mar 02 2002

That'd be Ning Nang Nong _Valley_ Police.
CoolerKing, Mar 02 2002

Excuse the absence for an hour or so , all the Brits are watching a tribute to SPIKE MILLIGAN
po, Mar 02 2002

In addition my father would become a Freeman of the Ning Nang Nong in acknowledgement of the right he earned from his apprenticeship as lighterman.
Aristotle, Mar 03 2002

This is the reply I go back from my MP on House of Commons stationary to my postcard :

Thank you for your card.

An intriguing suggestion! I now have this mental image of Messrs Blair and Prescott in the roles of Bluebottle and Eccles, thought I do not think Mr Blair has yet developed the accent to say, "he's fallen in the water".

Yours sincerely,
Aristotle, Mar 08 2002

who is your MP? Aristotle, I am going to try mine (Tom Cox)
po, Mar 08 2002

He's a Conservative chappie who can often be found in Hansard discusing the issue of gypsies and calling on the government to come up with a final solution. That Boris Johnson bloke has a constituency adjacent to my MP.
Aristotle, Mar 08 2002

forgotten his name have you??? sounds like a really charming character altogether!
po, Mar 08 2002

My MP is OK once you grasp that he is a bland Tory who is probably just a just a shade to the left of the current bald Conservative leader whom our national fascist party loves to endorse. I know my MP's name because I spend 15 days of my holiday campaigning for tactical voting against him at the last general election.
Aristotle, Mar 09 2002

all is clear now. and apparently the right hon. gentleman spent some time under Ann Widdecombe - that must have been a pleasant experience....
po, Mar 09 2002


And after Benny, Ning Nang Nong presents ...
arghblah, Mar 10 2002


I don't get it.
lumpy, Mar 10 2002


Who was Spike Miligan and why is the Thames pronounced "Tim" and not as... well, Thames?
painperdu, Mar 11 2002

painperdu: Sacrebleu! Spike Milligan is a late writer, poet and comedian who was born in India with Irish parents. See the links "Spike Milligan: More than just a Goon" and his poem "On the Ning Nang Nong". As for the pronounciation of the Thames - it pronounced in English as Tem(s) with just a hint of the "s" at the end. Don't forget that English pronounciation is received and/or based on (roughly) the spelling which is influenced by the original language a word comes from. I could ask you why "Tin Tin" is pronounced "Tan Tan" in France, for example, but I won't ...

lumpy: There is/was a TV production company called Thames Television.
Aristotle, Mar 11 2002


I received a friendly reply from Ken Livinstone's office thanking me for my letter but informing me that are no current plans to rename the Thames.
Aristotle, May 31 2002


This gets my (belated) vote.

If the Thames can't be done, what about trying to rename Bexhill-on-Sea? (Setting of a famous Goon Show episode, The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea.) Or the sea itself?

How's that for a plan of attack? ("Looks like a nail!" "No, it's a tack!")
magrak, Jul 16 2002


If only William McGonagall were alive to pen his funeral ode!
pfperry, Jul 16 2002

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