Journal opinion: We really could do a roaring trade in dinosaurs

The Journal's opinion column for Saturday, January 31, in which we say that Freddy Shepherd's audacious bid for Dippy deserves to be taken seriously

Dippy the dinosaur stands on display in the Natural History Museum in London
Dippy the dinosaur stands on display in the Natural History Museum in London

No doubt when Freddy Shepherd’s letter asking the Natural History Museum for their dinosaur is opened there will be a sharp intake of breath. Quantities of Earl Grey tea may well be slopped into saucers.

Once the museum’s leadership have recovered they might actually want to give this entertaining suggestion some real consideration.

Mr Shepherd is not some northern hick with a “shy bairns get nowt” cheek on him. He’s a high achiever who has made a habit of succeeding in whatever he sets his mind to do.

If he says the museum’s redundant dinosaur would fit in his Palace of Arts then it will fit. And we’d all go to see it, wouldn’t we?

It’s possible Mr Shepherd might get a polite but firm refusal. If that happens and Dippy ends up in bits in a drawer (a big drawer) in London then that would be sad and actually rather scandalous.

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