Lo, it was decreed that there should be a woman on the £10 note, and the search for a suitable woman began. And so it was that, from the Venn diagram of people who are awesome and people who are women, there was plucked Jane Austen.
There’s nothing wrong with Jane Austen. She never ordered the the army to shoot at striking miners, for example, or turned machine guns on men armed only with sharpened pieces of fruit, like Churchill. But it makes me wonder: why her?
The obvious answer is TV. Apart from Stephen King, no other author has had their work committed to film more often*. This is a victory for Bridget Jones and Colin Firth’s smouldering good looks, and for our woeful state of national ignorance that requires all literature to be seen through the prism of the idiot box.
What if our schools taught us about important things? Who would be the face of the 2017 £10 note then? If Raspberry Pi continues to gain acceptance in schools, there can be only one. Someone who invented a whole new field of knowledge, but who, despite being hugely important in the development of modernity is largely unknown. Readers, I propose the first computer programmer: Ada Lovelace. Someone should make a film about her.
*The fact that this fact is made up in no way diminishes its veracity
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