Sunday, 11 March 2012
My tribute to Douglas Adams on (what would have been) his 60th birthday
Stuff and Nonsense by Amy Cockram is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
I have been on Twitter and Facebook today, and it is great to see so many people quoting and paying tribute to Douglas Adams. I love his writing, and was saddened by his early death; it is sad when anyone dies so comparatively young and leaves behind a wife and child, but I was also selfishly sad in regretting the loss all the wonderful writing that we could have had if he had lived on.
So I just joined in the tributes on Twitter by quoting the first couple of lines of Vogon poetry. When I was a teenager I decided to memorise Vogon poetry - I really can't remember why - and I was curious to see how much I could recall. I put on the first couple of lines, and checked my accuracy only to find that I was just a bit out on the punctuation. So, as my own slightly unusual tribute to the great Douglas Adams, I thought I would see how much more I can remember. When I checked on the first couple of lines I did not look on further, so this is continued entirely from memory...
Oh freddled gruntbuggly thy micturations are to me
As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee
Oh Groop, I implore thee
My foonting turlingdromes
And hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewurdles,
Or I will rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurdlecruncheon, see if I don't!
So how did I do? I think I am probably still off with the punctuation, but hopefully I was pretty accurate. I'm about to dig out my copy and check.
Thank you, DNA, for all the brilliant writing, the ideas and the laughs that you gave us.