He was erected in the aftermath of the Winter of Discontent and has stood tall through the governments of six prime ministers.
But now Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s beloved dinosaur cast, is to be moved from his spot in the entrance hall where he has welcomed wide-eyed visitors since 1979.
In his place will hang the huge skeleton of a blue whale, the biggest creature on Earth, and the largest example of its kind in the world.Oh no! Why is he going? I'll miss him, he's always the first thing I see when I go to my favourite place in London.
“If I am honest there has been concern about Dippy going,” said Sir Michael, “But a lot of people do not realise that it is not actually a real dinosaur whereas the whale will be the real thing. Which I think is important. ”Oh. So…it’s all a question of accuracy? Well, that's a shame, but who could really argue ab...
Sir Michael added: “As the largest known animal to have ever lived on Earth, the story of the blue whale reminds us of the scale of our responsibility to the planet.
“This makes it the perfect choice of specimen to welcome and capture the imagination of our visitors, as well as marking a major transformation of the Museum.
“This is an important and necessary change. As guardians of one of the world’s greatest scientific resources, our purpose is to challenge the way people think about the natural world, and that goal has never been more urgent.”Ah! Right. Got it, now.
Sorry, kiddiewinks, but Dippy has to go so we can show you what awful bastards you’ll all grow up to be if you don’t do something about global warming & the rape of Gaia.