Wednesday 16 February 2011 by Gary Stanton

Sinking of The Belgrano to be commemorated by new five pound note


The sinking of The General Belgrano during The Falklands War in which 323 Argentinian sailors were needlessly slaughtered as their ship retreated,  is to be commemorated with the launch a new five pound note to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the tragedy.

The design has been created by the internationally renowned maritime war artist John Bergdahl who claims he got the idea from a scene in The Godfather in which Don Corleone is shot five times in the back at a fruit stall while examining a pomegranate which later turns out to be no threat whatsoever to British naval forces.

Bergdahl, who achieved fame through his sketches depicting the oil tanker The Exxon Valdez colliding with a Guillemot, said, “Corleone was operating in an area of Western Italy some eight thousand miles outside the British exclusion zone of 200 nautical miles and was innocuously fingering items of fruit when he was shot without warning.”

“Different versions of the film including The Director’s Cut also reveal that he had his eyes set on a pair of kumquats and a water melon and may have been planning a gigantic fruit salad which could nevertheless have proved catastrophic to British seamen if ingested the wrong way.”

New currency to feature maritime sinking

The new design features the sinking vessel and an inset of the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher tormented by graphic visions of young Hispanic men in wet outfits as she claws open a packet of the sleeping drug Temazepam.

The note will also bear the slogan “It was a danger to our ships” with special limited edition versions carrying the word GOTCHA! in Latin.

Dr Kevin Clancy, head of Historical Services at the Royal Mint said: “We were especially impressed by way in which the artist captured the moment of impact and the fact that a vote-hungry British government sent an army half way around the world to defend what to all intents and purposes is a rundown penguin colony.”

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