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BP chief yachts while the Gulf rots?!

June 20, 2010 | 10:25 pm

Anybody checked Tony Hayward’s hearing lately?

Because the BP CEO has to be completely tone-deaf: first, to go whining about wanting his life back, when 11 lives were lost in the oil rig explosion and millions more, human and animal, have been laid waste since then.

And now he’s been spotted out and about on the waters off the Isle of Wight, the place for boating in Britain, aboard his racing boat, Bob.

BP has stuck up for its chief’s first day off in two months, as tar blobs the size of softballs advanced on Florida’s beaches and as a Louisianan named Bobby Pitre told the Associated Press, "Man, that ain’t right. None of us can even go out fishing, and he’s at the yacht races."

But back to Bob, the yacht. Sounds like a children’s book name, doesn’t it? Bob the Yacht and the Great Oil Volcano. Bob the Yacht and the Mystery of the Dead Sea Turtles.

Why Bob? A family name? An inside joke about the slang term for the old English shilling coin, and later for a five-pence piece, both nicknamed "bob"?

I think it’s an acronym, and I think we should all have a crack at fleshing out what B.O.B. really stands for:

British Oil Boat … Befoul Our Beaches … Buzz Off, Buddy .…

Your turn!

-- Patt Morrison

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