At the beginning of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (H2G2) Arthur Dent – a quintessential Englishman – appears in his PJs and dressing gown to lie down in front of the JCB and prevent the destruction of his home in the name of creating a hyperspace bypass. He meets up with Ford Prefect and together they hitchhike around the galaxy, Arthur remaining in his dressing gown for most of the story.
“This must be Thursday,” said Arthur musing to himself, sinking low over his beer, “I never could get the hang of Thursdays.”
I feel that I should be doing an Arthur Dent …
“Have you any idea how much damage that bulldozer would suffer if I just let it roll straight over you?” said Mr. Prosser. “How much?” asked Arthur. “None at all,” Mr. Prosser replied.
… not that Kirriemuir is getting a Hyperspace Bypass anytime soon (well I don’t think that is what the plans say) … but there is whole scale destruction of Dog’s stubble field and that is almost as distressing as a Hyperspace Bypass would be!
Even the sky didn’t seem happy about things this morning …
… and we soon saw why … roadworks! Read More…
Today I walked an Inch in Perth … well I actually walked nearer 6 miles in Perth but the North Inch is one of two parks in the city (not surprisingly the other being the South Inch) that include that tiny measurement in their name. I had visited the North Inch previously – remember the “Spiky Balls” pictures and Smeatons Bridge? Today I set out to walk the perimeter of the North Inch.
I was told yesterday my adventures are reminiscent of a small man in a bowler hat and a smart black suit. Mr Benn used to walk a long the road to the costume shop, choose an outfit and get changed. He always left the fitting room by a magic door and thereby enjoyed an adventure suited to his costume.
Now I need to be absolutely clear – my adventures involve NO DRESSING UP okay? the nearest I come to this is donning colour coded gloves for kite flying (red for the red handle and blue for the blue handle – just chance the gloves came as a two pair pack – one pair in red and one in blue). I also don’t wear a bowler hat – never!
However I suppose the comparison is not a bad one – Mr Benn’s portal was a magic door – mine is Stagecoach buses. I also suppose I should be grateful it was Mr Benn I am compared to … it could have been Mrs Wooden Top or Florence from the Magic Roundabout … happy days when children’s programmes were, well children’s programmes!
Thank you for this happy analogy … it made me smile and that makes me more serene.
So which Children’s Programme Character might you be likened to?