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The genius that was Douglas Adams

Discussion in 'off topic' started by deebster, Mar 5, 2020.

  1. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Probably the most enjoyable books I've ever read. read the "trilogy" at least twice and could be 3 times.. but not looked at it in last 15 years or so... seen TV series and film natch..
     
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  2. deebster

    deebster Half Man Half Biscuit

    And to think in his mid to late 20s he wrote the radio series episodically, in the week before it was aired.

    Played guitar with The Floyd too.

    Wonder if he used foo cables?
     
  3. westsea

    westsea Retirement present

    Listened to the original radio 4 series in 78, thought it was quite incredible, even my wife (who is anti Science fiction) was drawn in, particularly by the humour and satire. My daughter recently moved house and gave it a new name...Milliways.. The Restaurant at the end of the Universe, we liked the 'infinite probability drive' - shades of 'Reality is Not What it Seems' by Carlo Rovelli
    A revival is currently running on radio 4 (6.30 on Tuesdays), doesn't have the same impact as the original - who remembers the shoe shops?
    +1 for the Last Chance to See, great perception, years ahead of current environmental concerns.
    Nice thread - thanks
     
  4. Dowser

    Dowser Learning to bodge again..

    Thanks, listening now :)
     
  5. cctaylor

    cctaylor pfm Member

    There's a couple of hours worth of DA related material on BBC Sounds.
     
  6. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    Another vote for Last Chance To See - a heartbreaking book that had a huge impact on me. Does anyone know if it's possible to hear the original radio series the book was based on?

    Co-author Mark Carwardine made a follow-up TV series with Stephen Fry revisiting the same animals 20 years later - apart from the Yangtze River Dolphin which has subsequently become extinct.
     
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  7. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    Did anyone see the ICA version of the live show?

    In May 1979, again at the ICA, the company presented the first stage version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. One eye-popping aspect of the production was that for each set change the entire audience was wafted 1/2000th-of-an-inch above the floor aboard an industrial hovercraft. The cast cavorted on various ledges and platforms. The craft's carrying capacity meant that audiences were limited to a maximum of eighty each night. Langham was Arthur Dent, Richard Hope as Ford Prefect and narration of The Book was split between two usherettes. The problem of how to portray Zaphod Beeblebrox, the Betelgeusian blessed with three arms and two heads - not an issue in the original radio series - was assailed in typical Campbell fashion by simply (or not so simply) putting two actors inside one large costume.

    I love Ken Campbell. Saw The Warp and The strange case of Charles Dexter Ward at the Everyman, Liverpool.

    Stephen
     
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  8. Jonathan

    Jonathan pfm Member

    so glad my father brought the tapes back from england for me to canada when it first came out ... he won big 'points' from me for that ...
     
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  9. Markyb

    Markyb pfm Member

    I don't know to be fair. I'd imagine a used copy should be available somewhere
     
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  10. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    There are 56 new and used listed on abebooks.co.uk from 77p.
     
  11. Stereonow

    Stereonow Registered User

    I sold him his system in his new home in Islington:

    Magnepan Tympany speakers 6' x 6' per side
    Micro Seiki CD player
    Linn with all the bits
    Audio Research's most advanced and, therefore most expensive amplification
    All the appropriate cables.
    £56k all in.

    One of the most decent celebrities I ever encountered. A melancholic gentlemen.
     
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