From Thor to Transtellar Cruise Lines

From Thor to Transtellar Cruise Lines


Join Mark, Jon and Danny as they traverse the T section of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Join Mark, Jon and Danny as they traverse the T section of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Tea and Douglas

What JB said about kettles isn’t entirely inaccurate, according to an American friend of Mark’s, who also has a lovely story to tell about Douglas Adams.


Thor is a thunder god. Arthur picks a fight with him over Trillian at an airborne party.

Time Traveller’s Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations

One of the major problems encountered in time travel is not that of accidentally becoming your own father or mother, but is quite simply one of grammar, and the main work to consult in this matter is Dr Dan Streetmentioner’s Time Traveller’s Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations.

Total Perspective Vortex

When you are put into the Total Perspective Vortex you are given just one momentary glimpse of the entire unimaginable infinity of creation, and somewhere in it a tiny little marker, a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, which says “You are here.”

The man who invented it did so basically in order to annoy his wife who used to complain about him not having enough perspective.


You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal; you can wave it in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course you can dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

Towel day events

If you’re in the Cambridge on the 25th May, you can
  • go on a Douglas Adams walk
  • hear a talk by the two remaining members of Adams’ sketh cgroup
  • See some Towel Day standup
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Transtellar Cruise Lines

Transtellar Cruise Lines ran a liner that kept a ship in stasis for 900 years while awaiting a compliment of lemon-soaked paper napkins. Fact-fans – or pedants, as they’re more commonly known – wil know that an alternative version of the company name is Trans-Stellar Space Lines.


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Mark Steadman
Mark Steadman
Mark makes podcasts, music, books, and things to help creative people get out of their own way.