From Paisley to the Vogons

Spotted by the ever-vigilant Emily. If you’re not a fan of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (and here) then I don’t want to know you ;p But the movie is (finally) due for release at the end of this month – Yippee!! In the meantime, Time-out has been rummaging through the production notebook.. and has found an intriguing link to our own local scene.. it seems that the inspiration for the design of the, newly-imagined, Vogons in the movie included a somewhat unlikely source – step forward Ian Paisley! – he’s the one just below top-centre BTW. *ducks*

79 thoughts on “From Paisley to the Vogons”

  1. I know you may feel the satisfaction of a job well done, but you don’t have to be so smug about it, Pete. Hateful, really.

  2. Ah Emily, I owe Pete. He did me a service.

    Mind you it’s not the first time my tiny mind has been blown…it’s just that I…, I mean, I…,

    Oh no.
    Not again.

  3. I wonder if it will be friends with me?!?!?

    (Incidentally, the code that I had to enter to post this started with “42.” Coincidence? Er, probably…)

  4. Re: 42

    Improbable, Emily. But once the improbability drive is activated…

    (NB: What’s sadder than my joke is how much it made me laugh…)

    PS: I can’t wait to see the plushie version of the crew.

    *geekgasm*

  5. This is for all the lovelorn Vogons out there.

    Remember, you are not alone, just miserable:

    Oh freddled gruntbuggly thy micturations are to me!
    As purdled gabbleblotchits on a lugid bee.
    Groop I implore thee my foonting turlingdromes.
    And hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewurdles,
    Or I will rend thee in gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon, see if I don’t.

  6. what?????????????????????????

    You people spend way, way too much time with computers!! 😉

  7. Though, in JD’s defense, he did a marvelous job of counterpointing the surrealism of the underlying metaphor.

  8. It’s just as well JD didn’t simply counterpoint the underlying metaphor, Emily. Or I would’ve had to set MJ on him.

  9. Earth’s not going to be here on May 4th, Davros.. didn’t you see the planning charts and demolition orders?

  10. Davros, you need to get out more. Those plans have been on display in your local planning department on Alpha Centauri for 50 years.

  11. Babylon 2??

    We have normality. I repeat: we have normality. Anything you still can’t cope with is therefore your own problem. Please relax, you will be sent for soon.

  12. Nah Davros, Babylon 4, cos then we can really spend our time 1,000 years in the past…

    *gets coat*

  13. No. I’ve been palling like this since the Long Dark Teatime of the Soul. The merry smiles I used to wear at other people’s funerals began to fade years ago.

  14. “It’s just as well JD didn’t simply counterpoint the underlying metaphor, Emily. Or I would’ve had to set MJ on him.”

    I just got that Pete. Hahahahahahahaha.

  15. Sorry did I say something wrong? Pardon me for breathing, which I never do anyway so I don’t know why I bother to say it. Oh god, I’m so depressed. Here’s another of those self-satisfied doors.

    Hummmm-yummm..

    😉

  16. Who are you calling a science fiction nerd, you curmudgeonly soiled footie fondling hamster squisher!

  17. Well, since I insult the universe in alphabetical order, I’ll leave it to you to figure out, you cerebrally challenged frog stuffing sandal muncher!

  18. Marvin, I know it is you posting under this name “peteb,” you distressingly round-headed bog jumping pig stealer!

  19. I’ll tell me ma when I go home
    The boys won’t leave the girls alone
    They pulled my hair, they stole my comb
    But that’s all right till I go home.

    She is handsome, she is pretty
    She is the bell of Belfast city
    She is counting one, two, three
    Please won’t you tell me who is she

  20. it’s all so irrelvant anyway, given that my wife has single handedly precipitated the Shoe Event Horizon

    So long, and thanks for all the fish

  21. Hey, 56 comments on Vogons at Slugger O’Toole is a pretty amazing feat if you thing about it, Pete. How much more do you want?

  22. My new book of poetry (self published) is due out May 9th. I will be doing a Belfast reading on the 11th. It’s my first public reading. I do hope everyone can come.

  23. Here’s a little taste of the delights that await you:

    The dead swans lay in the stagnant pool.
    They lay. They rotted. They turned
    Around occassionally.
    Bits of flesh dropped off them from
    Time to time.
    And sank into the pool’s mire.
    They also smelt a great deal.

  24. Oh, sad, unhappy pubic hair on the urinal’s cold, impersonal hardness.
    I see in thee a parable for me clinging to my life and sanity.
    Life’s wangs passing us over, yea, repeatedly.

    Sooner, or mayhap, later, we’ll get pissed off.

  25. I see from today’s Irish News that, at least, one journalist is still checking Slugger for stories.

  26. Yeah.. well. Wouldn’t want people to think he’s spending all his time on the ‘net, now would he?

    *wanders off again*

  27. I see from today’s Irish News that, at least, one journalist is still checking Slugger for stories.

    What the substance of the story? Is it HH related?

  28. JD

    The article in the Irish News covers, specifically, the Paisley/Vogon connection(it’s a valid story)…. using, as far as I can tell, the sources linked in the original post.

  29. Does he credit Emily or yourself?

    If not, he’s a lurgid bee who should rent into gobberwarts blurglecruncheons.

  30. JD

    The article in the Irish News covers, specifically, the Paisley/Vogon connection(it’s a valid story)…. using, as far as I can tell, the sources linked in the original post.

  31. For anyone without access to the print edition [or a subscription], and by way of some trans-atlantic co-ordination, a scan of the relevant article can be seen here.

    Whatever happens the movie will definitely be better than thon Lucas’ “Titanic in Space” :p

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