Monday, March 11

So Long and Thanks for all the Fish

"Let's think the unthinkable, let's do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all."

If you have seen today's 'Google Doodle', you'll now that it is Douglas Adam's 61st birthday.

'Google Doodle' celebrating Douglas Adam's 61st Birthday

It is completely unnecessary to drawl on for ages about how brilliant Douglas Adams is.  If you've read any of the books in his ingenious Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, you already know, and you will never forget it, what's more.  He is a master of doing your head in, shocking you with perfectly weird wording, and making you slide backwards through your own navel.  (A phrase of his that made me crawl with heebie-jeebies!)

He gave us timeless advice, such as "don't panic!" and "always carry a towel".  (Don't forget to celebrate Towel Day with me on the 25th of May!!!)  He even enlightened us as to the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything: "42" of course.  

This great man tragically passed away in May, 2001, at the age of 49.  A short life, maybe, but an unforgettable legacy.  To honour his memory, I would like to quote some of his wise quips.  

"The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move." 
"The Guide says there is an art to flying", said Ford, "or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss."  
"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."  
"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so." 
"Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws." 
"If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now." 
"The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't." 
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."  

So, to the great and glorious Douglas Adams... so long, and thanks for all the fish!

Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001)

And for your listening pleasure...

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