Bleedin ‘Ell, the Swedish are more British than the British now

A Swedish rail operator has vowed to name one of its trains Trainy McTrainface after a public vote, saying it would bring joy to people disappointed when Britain rejected the name Boaty McBoatface for a polar research ship following a similar poll.

Trainy McTrainface won 49% of the votes in the naming competition, conducted online by train operator MTR Express and Swedish newspaper Metro, beating choices such as Hakan, Miriam and Poseidon.

“[This is] news that will be received with joy by many, not just in Sweden,” MTR wrote in a statement.

The train will run between the Swedish capital Stockholm and Gothenburg, the country’s second-biggest city.

Last year, the British government said a new £200m polar research ship would be named after veteran BBC naturalist David Attenborough even though the name “Boaty McBoatface” had topped an online poll.

Although, to be fair, ignoring the wishes of the hoi polloi does have a certain Britishness to it…..

10 thoughts on “Bleedin ‘Ell, the Swedish are more British than the British now”

  1. I’m waiting expectantly for the day when the SS David Attenborough is trapped in the polar sea ice which is supposed to have vanished years ago. My joy will be complete if the BBC’s Catastrophist-In-Chief is on board at the time.

  2. The Other Bloke in Italy

    Dan, your Council sounds really cool.

    Having just glanced at the previous post, I wonder if we should hold a poll to have Newmania renamed as Brexitty McBrexitFace.

  3. The best results for a public naming completion I can remember were the Fred Durst municiple dump (In Texas, IIRC) and the Mountain Dew competition where the top 5 included ‘Gushing Granny’ and ‘Hitler did nothing wrong’

  4. Kevin, Andrew – it doesn’t matter anyway. Trapped in ice? Global warming. No ice? Global warming. Raining? Global Warming. Not raining? Global warming. Snowing? Global warming. Not snowing? Global warming. Windy? Global warming. Not windy? Global warming.

    I think we should rename William Connolly ‘Cunty McCuntFace’, though. Has the added benefit that he does actually look like a cunt. (Not the female anatomical device, but an actual cunt ie a bloke you have an almost overwhelming urge to punch.)

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