July 18th, 2003


HHG-related pleasing coincidence

A number of my readers are involved in some small way with ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha, the official Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy appreciation society, an organisation for whom the number 42 is peculiarly significant. Four times a year, we collect several hundred copies of the society magazine from the printer, and spend a few hours putting them into envelopes, and sticking on address labels and stamps. This activity is delicately referred to as "stuffing".

A number of my readers have been following the story of scarlatti and me. Some of you have worked out what these numbers (46, 45, 44) are for. scarlatti, who is a ZZ9 member, asked me if I'd planned anything special for when I reached 42.

It was at this point that I spotted a pleasing coincidence.

"Those who study the complex interplay of cause and effect in the history of the universe say that this sort of thing is going on all the time, but that we are powerless to prevent it. 'It's just life,' they say."
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A commission?

Someone has commissioned a poem from me.

According to the National Criminal Intelligence Service website, "HM Treasury, NCIS and the FSA have launched a nationwide campaign to educate the public in how they can help with money laundering". A little unfortunate, the way they've worded that headline. Read the press release here.

One of my clients, an accountancy partnership, suddenly has a lot of extra paperwork because of this. They've asked me to write a short humourous poem about it.

There's no money in it, though -- laundered or otherwise. Never mind.
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An addict, after many days
without her source of fun,
will show a sort of manic haze,
As she counts down to one.
And then when zero day arrives,
He won't escape her lust,
I hope that fragile bloke survives,
I hope he won't get bust.
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