Don’t Panic

26 Jun

I have a bit of time to kill in the mornings and afternoons travelling to and from work on the bus. Ordinarily that would be spent in contemplation, listening to music and/or reading a book. But this last week I was given the audio file of Stephen Fry reading Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. (Thanks B!) It brings together two loves of mine. Hitchhiker’s Guide is a book is wonderful. I have read the series before. It’s hilarious and zany and contains the most wonderful of quotes.


For instance:

“Her smile settled on him like a tonne of bricks.”

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels. Most importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a non-hitchhiker discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, flask, gnat spray, space suit, etc., etc. Furthermore, the non-hitchhiker will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that he may have “lost”. After all, any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.”

“The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy also mentions alcohol. It says that the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, the effect of which is like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.”

Couple the brilliance of the humour of Mr Adams with the voice of Stephen Fry. The book is so good on it’s own, but Stephen adds to it with his fine array of voicings of the characters! Divine!


One Response to “Don’t Panic”

  1. emily June 30, 2011 at 5:50 am #

    his nose is so bent 🙂 I’m sure that just makes you love him more!!!

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