The Cambridge Archives – a fresh visit
Tuesday, 1 March 2022
- a message from Kevin Jon Davies -
Last year was a trying time for us all. The library at St. John’s College, Cambridge, where Douglas Adams’ personal archives are held, was closed to outsiders for most of the year due to Covid. This was a sensible precaution, allowing only their live-in students access, but a disappointment for me of course, eager to continue my research for the book. When…
42 Book Update – Ivan Reitman
Tuesday, 15 February 2022
News broke recently about the death of Ivan Reitman, famous for directing Ghostbusters (1984),Twins (1988), Dave (1993) and Six Days Seven Nights(1998). Born in Czechoslovakia and raised he Canada, he had his first major hit as producer with Animal House (1978), followed by Kindergarten Cop(1990), Beethoven(1992), and Junior(1994), among many others. He died in his sleep at home in Montecito, California…
Saturday, 18 December 2021
- an update from Kevin Jon Davies -
The legend of the Starship Titanic barely merited a passing paragraph in Douglas Adams’ 1982 novel “Life, The Universe and Everything”, the third in the Hitchhiker saga. The ship came into its own some 16 years later as the title of an elaborate 3-disc CD Rom game from his short-lived multi-media company, The Digital Village. The job of adapting that game into…
Ah...! What happened? it thought.
Friday, 19 November 2021
- An update from Kevin Jon Davies -
Sorry for the seeming radio silence, but now the autumnal/fall season has arrived in the UK, I thought I’d better give a progress report on the book.
A lot of time I would have otherwise spent by now in Douglas Adams’ archives has been lost due to Covid restrictions. The special collections library where they are kept at St. John’s Cambridge has been closed…
Some great news!
Monday, 13 September 2021
The team at Unbound just wanted to give you an update on how things are progressing. Douglas's archive is housed in the library of his old Cambridge college, St John's. Covid-19 restrictions meant that it has been temporarily shut to visitors.
The good news is that this has now changed and people are being allowed back in. This means that Kevin can get cracking with the book.…
A missed call...
Monday, 26 July 2021
An update from Kevin Jon Davies:
This past week the troubled music and entertainment retailer HMV announced they are to return to the British high streets with 10 new stores.
This reminds me of when, in late 1980, HMV gave the second vinyl LP of Hitchhiker’s, “The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe” (Original Records, ORA 54) a big boost upon its release.
HMV’s store in London’s busiest…
A note from a certain President...
Friday, 16 July 2021
Something from the archives for the supporters of 42: the wildly improbable ideas of Douglas Adams, from Kevin Jon Davies....
This line (so redolent of a certain recent ex-POTUS) was written for Galactic President Zaphod Beeblebrox.
I discovered it in 2016 among some loose pages from a yellow legal pad in Douglas Adams’ archives held at Cambridge. They have it catalogued as written circa…
A towel has an immense psychological value.
Friday, 21 May 2021
A little announcement!
Save the Rhino have teamed up with Stand Up for Towel Day and on Tuesday, May 25th they're hosting a spectacular and raucous line up of fun and merriment to celebrate Towel Day and all things Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
- Performance on The Meaning of Liff from John Lloyd (QI, Blackadder)
- Panel with Dirk Maggs (The Hitchhiker…
Letters to Douglas...
Monday, 19 April 2021
You may have seen that some amazing people have agreed to write letters to Douglas that we will include in the book. We didn’t have space on the campaign page to properly explain how everyone fits into Douglas’s story so we thought it might be interesting to share with you a few more details …
Sanjeev Bhaskar is a comedian and actor who starred in the series The Kumars at No. 42 and championed…
Notes from a Dark Ride . . .
Thursday, 15 April 2021
From Kevin Jon Davies..
This is a typical example of Douglas' dot matrix-printed work from the mid-80s, but for an obscure project. He'd met with Ian Hanson, former sculptor, then Head of Studios at the Tussaud's Group. Famous for their waxworks, they were developing a new space-themed 'dark ride' at their Chessington World of Adventures theme park, just outside London in the Surry countryside…
Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
Thursday, 8 April 2021
Something from the archive (again).
Here is an extract from a twelve volume epic poem Zen and the Art of Going to the Lavatory, written by Grunthos the Flatulent, the postmaster of the Azgoths of Kria (the second worst poets in the universe). It appeared in the TV series of Hitchhiker's.
During a reading of another of Grunthos's poems, 'Ode to a Small Lump of Green Putty I Found in My Armpit…
Space is big.
Wednesday, 7 April 2021
Something from the archive...
Here is the script for the first episode of the "Hitch-Hiker's" radio series.
Geoffrey Perkins was the producer of the first two radio series. He later become the BBC's Head of Comedy helping to produce an extraordinary array of great TV shows including Drop the Dead Donkey, Spitting Image, the Harry Enfield programmes, The Fast Show, The Catherine Tate Show…
What really is the point of trying to teach anything to anybody?
Wednesday, 24 March 2021
We thought you would like to be made aware of an argument related to the book that is currently raging* in the UK press. A page from the archive that we sent out when announcing the launch of the book included Douglas complaining about being fed up with writing and referring to Arthur Dent as a burk. His peevishness doesn’t last long as you can read on the image below, but it is the spelling…
The Story So Far
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Just to say a big thank you for everyone who has pledged for the book and helped it reach its target so quickly. We will be posting regular updates to let you all know how the book is progressing and also share with you what we discover along the way.
One of the most curious artefacts in the archive is this little model of Babel Fish. It was spotted by Kevin Jon Davies. I will leave…