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#29030 05/15/01 01:30 PM
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>some sort of cosmic significance.

...or not.
-marvin


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wasn't Douglas Adams the only author to have no kids and not live in surrey?

i seem to remember laughing myself hoarse over that one back in my teen years.



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>some sort of cosmic significance.

...or not.
-marvin


"But the author's died out and the Pooh-Bahlet is
obviously set to replace him."

"Exactly. So do you see what this means?"

"What?"

"Cock up," said Ford Prefect.

['nuffsaid e]


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Sparteye>>>>>
Also, my husband is very interested in astronomy. Will he appreciate a copy of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" for his birthday which is coming soon?

Hitchhiker is best appreciated by someone who has read some other SF first, since a lot of what Adams did parodies SF writing conventions. Still, I know people who have read Hitchhiker as an early foray into the SF genre, and they have enjoyed it quite well. And, since your husband is an astronomer, I'm thinking that many of the concepts in the books would have him rolling on the floor. Get it for him, and then you can read it!


Sparteye
After reading through this thread and the new one that MaxQ just started somewhere on this board, and pondering your thoughtful reply to my query, I am convinced Douglas Adams books will be a most welcome gift for my husband who is a scientist, who has read many SF books, and loves astronomy--why , oh, why hasn't he read any of his books?
Well, anyway, I am looking forward to stepping into a whole new world when I start reading this much-praised bobby dazzler.

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I envy your husband - reader and scientist that he is - his first experience with Hitchhiker's. I suppose most people on this board can remember the first joy of their discoveries of treasured books. I suspect you and hubby are in for one of those experiences. Enjoy.


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In reply to:

this much-praised bobby dazzler.


This much-praised what? One who dazzles policemen? One who dazzles wearers of bobby socks or bobby pins?


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#29036 05/23/01 01:55 AM
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In a post about Douglas Adams I mentioned that he is a much-praised bobby dazzler.
Bingley, a bobby dazzler himself, asks--

This much-praised what? One who dazzles policemen? One who dazzles wearers of bobby socks or bobby pins?

Sorry, Bingley, it was one of those words I saw while looking for another, It is supposed to be an Australian or New Zealand term for somebody who is outstanding or excellent. That is why it could apply to you , too! Aren't you glad you asked?



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I'm flattered, but would like to know which bobby (or as I first typed it, booby) I'm dazzling. Any supplemental information from our North, South, or West Islanders?

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Bobby-dazzler is something which is really good, bonzer. I tried to track down provenance, but no luck, I'm afraid.



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May 25th has been designated Towel Day, in nature of a wake for Douglas Adams. See http://www.binaryfreedom.com/towelday/

I just pass the information on with no comment.

Rod


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