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*

  • JD

    Just…wow…

    If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes…

    My mind is officially blown.

  • peteb

    Hummm. Glad to be of service 🙂

  • Emily

    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.

  • peteb

    You’re welcome. Hummm…

  • JD

    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.

  • Emily

    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…)

  • JD

    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*

  • peteb

    Coincidence? Er, probably…

    Oh no, not again.

  • JD

    peteunia?

  • Emily

    I know Mick doesn’t like bad language here, but darn it…Belgium!

  • JD

    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.

  • peteb

    I’m tempted to give you a straight red-card for that, JD 😉

  • JD

    Philistine! Where’s your vogonity?

  • Emily

    Do it, Baker.

  • JD

    Et tu, Emily?

  • Chris Gaskin

    what?????????????????????????

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

  • Emily

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

  • JD

    And the metaphysical imagery?

  • Davros

    If it’s like this now, what on earth is it going to be like on may 4th ? LOL

  • peteb

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

  • Emily

    The metaphysical imagery was particularly effective, JD.

  • peteb

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

  • JD

    Emily,

    You have a poet’s compassionate soul.

    Death’s too good for us all.

  • Emily

    Yeah! The plans have been on display for months!

  • JD

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

  • Davros

    Earth may not be here but Slugger will be relocating to a new server on Babylon 2.

  • peteb

    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.

  • Ciarán Irvine

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

    *gets coat*

  • peteb

    Don’t be so hasty with your coat, Ciarán.. you’re among friends here 🙂

  • Wowbagger

    Except for me. I despise everyone in the Universe.

  • peteb

    I’m not getting you down at all am I?

  • Wowbagger

    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.

  • Mr. Bingley

    hahahaha!

    they’ve actually improved the old boy a bit…

  • Emily

    “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.

  • peteb

    At the risk of repeating myself –

    I’m not getting you down at all am I?

  • Emily

    I don’t think I can stand that Baker much longer…

  • peteb

    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..

    😉

  • Gonzo

    What is it about political anoraks that makes them sci-fi nerds too?

  • peteb

    In this case, Gonzo, it appears that the sci-fi nerds looked to politics for inspiration[sic]

  • Wowbagger

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

  • peteb

    Addressing whom, Wowbagger? 🙂

  • Wowbagger

    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!

  • peteb

    Life, don’t talk to me about life.

  • Emily

    “Freeze…!”

    I’m sorry if that made you sick…

  • peteb

    I’m not a refrigerator..

    and I did gag when typing that BTW… sheesh..

  • Emily

    I said I was sorry! You’re going to have to endure it at least *once* more you know!

  • peteb

    At least *once” more…

  • Emily

    Maybe we’ll build an immunity to it, lilke some people do anit-biotics or something?

  • peteb

    yeah.. and then of course I’ve got this terrible pain in all the diodes down my left side.

  • Wowbagger

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

  • peteb

    I suppose you’ll want to see the aliens now? I refer you to the original post.

  • Emily

    Oh, go stick your head in a bucket of water already.

  • peteb

    *gurgle gurgle*

  • spirit-level

    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

  • davidbrew

    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

  • peteb

    *gurgle*

    Has that satisfied you?

    Hey.. where’s everyone gone?!?

  • Emily

    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?

  • Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings

    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.

  • peteb

    *shudder*

    No offence, Paula, but I’d rather listen to a recitation by Grunthos the Flatulent.

  • peteb

    Emily

    I’m not getting you down at all am I?

  • Paula Nanc…JD

    I happen to know my large intestine cannot reach my brain-stem.

  • Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings

    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.

  • peteb

    That’s, at least, a yellow card offence, Ms Jennings.

  • Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings

    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.

  • peteb

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

  • Davros

    Oh ? Which page Pete ?

  • peteb

    You could hardly miss it, Davros.. but, just in case, Page 3.

  • Davros

    Just being lazy Pete – Ta !

  • Davros

    They could at least have given a hat-tip!

  • peteb

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

    *wanders off again*

  • peteb

    Perhaps my favourite scene (well most of it) from the book, newly imagined, like so much else..

    available here

  • JD

    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?

  • peteb

    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.

  • JD

    Does he credit Emily or yourself?

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

  • peteb

    Not a credit in sight for anyone, JD.. just his byline with a snapshot of his ugly mug.

  • peteb

    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