Constable Colgan has done some digging - and the result is a fine collection of copper-bottomed facts.
Hidden gems and bizarre oddities abound in a book which joins the dots in search of the bigger picture. As Leonardo Da Vinci once said: “Everything connects to everything else”, and the Connectoscope shows how one thing leads to another.
Much as Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon seeks out connections between this actor and any other, Colgan, an experienced QI elf, gathers the evidence and pieces it together a series of “Investigations”:
How do you connect the Milky Way to the Three Musketeers? How do you connect dolphins to Dutch courage and the White Cliffs of Dover? How do you connect Blackbeard, Belgium and bipolar disorder? There’s only one way to find out... consult the Connectoscope.
From what I gather about his police work, Stevyn Colgan was a tour de force, pioneering projects such as handing out slippers to women leaving night clubs, so they didn’t trip in their high heels and injure themselves. Whichever hat he’s wearing, from policeman’s helmet to thinking cap, one thing I’ve learnt from this book is that he’s rather good at detective work.