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Book “Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy” Celebrates 35 Years

It was actually a few days ago, but the real inspiration for the story began, as it usually does, with a drunk teenager.

Backpacking around Europe in 1971, and finding himself pissed in a field gazing up at the night sky, a tall 6 foot ape descendant had an idea. If only someone would create a “Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy” he would be ‘off like a shot’ among those stars.

More on how Douglas went on to create the radio series (my favourite incarnation) then book etc can be read here. The book however, served more than just entertainment for me as a teenager. It had a huge impact on my faith.

My mother one day was looking at a list from school of books to read and came across Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. We had a lodger who was a big Adams fan – my mother decided such books were unacceptable as they did not teach the world was created by God. However, the more the lodger told me memorable quotes from the book the more I wanted to read it.

Secretly, like someone reading the Tyndale bible, I read the book while pretending to be asleep. I laughed silently. Not only was the book funny, but there was an illicit thrill that this was naughty but nice. Maybe I was dishonoring my mother reading this book – but it was a fun story!

And then something hit me between the eyes. If I wanted to prove that it was not the Magrathians but God that built the earth what evidence would I need? So at 13 I reread the Creation Evolution book. It did not give me anything except – well how else? Well I could say the same thing about an alien race making the earth. [From Jehovah to Dawkins]

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The Elders of our local Jehovah’s Witness congregation went on to confirm the ban, and double checked other books on the list. I pick up the story in another post:

Not even one per cent of the population identifies as Jehovah’s Witnesses, and of all faith groups it has the biggest exodus of children once they are adults. My time came early having read subversively Douglas Adam’s Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. It had been banned by the elders because it suggested an alien race built the earth, not Jehovah, and for mice not us. The humorous quotes a lodger mentioned made me want to read.

Hitchhikers made me think how would I prove God not aliens made the earth? Researching Society [Jehovah’s Witnesses’] publications for this ultimate answer unearthed instead prophecies made that did not happen during the 1920s. My head swooned. The bible warns against false prophets and to reject them. Plus new editions of books I had read changed dogma while quoting different scriptures. Once, those destroyed at Sodom and Gomorrah would be given a second chance after Judgement day in an old edition. Now, the new edition said they had already been judged for eternal destruction. There was no acknowledgement of the change – it just happened. [Apostasy Post]

Never underestimate fiction. It has the power to change the way you think. No wonder people want to suppress it.

A thinking child is a well read child. Do not take that away from them.

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For The Book Lovers

There is something about reading a book in the company of another bookworm. Being transported to another time, another world. Imaginations are fired, creativity sparkled as the printed word allows us to transcend from being snuggled on the sofa in the warmth of each other’s company.

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Like the narrator (also the writer Mark Grist) in the video above during the poem “Girls Who Read”, I am not into judging a book by their cover. Social intercourse with someone well read, a wit and verbal versatility suggests there will not be a dull moment outside the bedroom, let alone between the covers. I am after a page turner beyond the overleaf blurb. Something to make me feel more than I am, rather than to add to the shelf of collected works above the head board.

Stillness, like watching a moment as time passes, speaks volumes the way only bibliophiles can with each other as their book shelves overflow. Though now with technology we kindle this love a little differently.

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Ultimately a lover is like a book you have to read and do not want to put down when you do.

If you liked the video above, you may want to check out Hollie McNish’s poem that went viral called Embarrassed

Hat tip to Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou for sharing video.

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Vote Russell Brand Off The Stage

There is a constant refrain that people do not take responsibility anymore for their actions, nor want to put the hard work in. Ambition has been replaced by the supposed ease of celebrity – that there is a spotlight with your name on it, you just need to find that stage where it shines for you to be a star. Forget that whether you want to be a number one selling artist or a rocket scientist you need talent, dedication, and hard work. Desire to make dreams come true is not enough, and no matter how much effort you put in you may never earn the pay off.

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For Russell Brand, this eventual pay off eventually came from being prepared to do anything – such as in a pub toilet to jerk a man off and then being jerked off in turn for a documentary in 2002 – showing that such a hands on approach to climbing up the greasy poll to achieve Celebrity A status can be useful. An earned status which ten years later means on set Russell can allegedly get away with harassing a wardrobe assistant into flashing her breasts at him. Because what matters is the film, dignity can go hang – this is showbiz – so reach for the stars and get your tits out for a grinning toss pot.

The cheeky chappy trickster continues to get away with not being pulled up on his behaviour – see Paxman video above. Recently editing The New Statesman Brand begins:

When I was asked to edit an issue of the New Statesman I said yes because it was a beautiful woman asking me. I chose the subject of revolution because the New Statesman is a political magazine and imagining the overthrow of the current political system is the only way I can be enthused about politics.

The irony is because the capitalist system recognises the Brand image that sells movies, DvDs and magazines a business minded woman who understands the word profit (unlike Brand) will therefore employ a sexually harassing degenerate irresponsible jack ass. People cheer his rant against the system, and he gets away with it as a loveable rogue.

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His mind numbing crass outlook on life is so lapped up Brand can tell us we have no responsibility because we are all going on instinct.

These problems that threaten to bring on global destruction are the result of legitimate human instincts gone awry, exploited by a dead ideology derived from dead desert myths. Fear and desire are the twin engines of human survival but with most of our basic needs met these instincts are being engaged to imprison us in an obsolete fragment of our consciousness. Our materialistic consumer culture relentlessly stimulates our desire. Our media ceaselessly engages our fear, our government triangulates and administrates, ensuring there are no obstacles to the agendas of these slow-thighed beasts, slouching towards Bethlehem.

Forget responsibility, like voting or trying to make democracy work better. Take drugs because it is a social disease, a genetic spiritual hole – so do not feel you have a responsibility for the lives you turned upside down due to your addiction. Instead let us all awaken the spiritual revolution from within:

The only systems we can afford to employ are those that rationally serve the planet first, then all humanity. Not out of some woolly, bullshit tree-hugging piffle but because we live on it, currently without alternatives. This is why I believe we need a unifying and in – clusive spiritual ideology: atheism and materialism atomise us and anchor us to one frequency of consciousness and inhibit necessary co-operation.

So don’t vote is Brand’s answer. Which must be a shame for The Natural Law Party who had been speaking this nonsense for a decade about consciousness and social cohesion.

They never managed to get beyond a tenth of a percent at elections and wound themselves up as an electoral party in 2003. The alternative spiritual response to the political system has no resonance at the polls – so no wonder Brand does not advocate voting.

Instead he argues for an emotionally engaged holistic antipathy to non involvement in democracy. It makes no sense unless you believe that conscious cosmic frequency creates an energy to change society if you are open minded enough. It should be obvious he is trying to mentally jerk us all off.

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I am reminded when Terry Wogan interviewed David Icke. The audience were laughing and Wogan pointed out they were laughing at him not with him. I could hear that laughter again when Brand said:

I spoke of my belief that change could only come from within. “I’d like to be a spiritual orator . . .” I said grandly.

My twitter feed suggests some are still laughing with Russell. Myself, I think it is time for serious action inside the political system itself. Eddie Izzard has it right to be involved from within, engaged to make things change.

For only when those in power are those that hold our values can democracy truly reflect us – and if you want that it needs your talent, dedication and hard work.

It also needs your vote. You cannot just desire it.

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Mehdi Hasan Responds to Critics (A Parody)

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Written by the wonderful @kingofdawah

Thanks to Tom Holland for sharing.

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Video: Chris Rock – Need to Find God

In two minutes, a young Chris Rock talks about looking for God via Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christianity and Islam.

[Edit: It is Chris Rock so there is profanity]

Satirically spot on with Salman Rushdie fatwa which happened in the year of the clip, 1989.

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Hat tip: Vix – @lillai23

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