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100 Greatest Britons Ever

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the web, is #12 on a list of 100 greatest Britons ever, created by the BBC by polling over 30,000 people. Though, for some reason, Julie Andrews is #2 (behind only Alfred the Great) and David Beckham is at #9 (ahead of such luminaries as Chaucer, Dickens and Shakespeare). Ah, I get it.. it's in alphabetical order. Which makes the claim of Berners-Lee being in 12th place sound a bit daft.

Other odd entries include Aleister Crowley (didn't know he had that much of a following), Paul "Bono" Hewson (hang on, isn't he Irish?), and the "Unknown Soldier". And I'm not sure if people like Robbie Williams (wasn't he a former boy-band dancer or something?) belong on a list of "greatest Britons of all time". Ah well, at least they didn't accept Ayn Rand, L. Ron Hubbard or Jesus Christ as "Britons".

There are 4 comments on "100 Greatest Britons Ever":

Posted by: Graham Thu Aug 22 09:27:54 2002

Well, Ireland is part of Britain, if not Great Britain...

Posted by: acb Thu Aug 22 14:15:54 2002

If Britain includes Ireland, where's James Joyce? Or Sir Arthur Guinness for that matter.

Posted by: steven Sat Aug 24 19:40:15 2002

Well, the 26 counties of southern Ireland, form the Irish Republic (formerly the Irish Free State), which is an independent country (therefore not part of Britain); the 6 counties of Northern Ireland are part of the United Kingdom, though.

Good point about Joyce. He was born in Dublin prior to Irish independence, so was therefore 'British' for at least part of his life. Bono was born in Dublin and is therefore Irish, not British. The distinction gets blurred at times though, in much the same way as New Zealander Russell Crowe sometimes seems to end up Australian ...

Posted by: kstop http:// Thu Aug 29 15:20:02 2002

Feh, Bono. They can have him, the messianic twat.