towel day

Rachel Irving

Today is Towel Day an unofficial holiday to celebrate the late Douglas Admas.

Back in my college days there was the mainly nice Physics student who would sort Smarties into their separate colours before giving you a tube, just to see the expression on your face; and then there were the other Physics students who ate Frey Bentos pies and thought that having a sense of humour meant memorising the complete works of Douglas Adams.

It is a tribute to just how cool Douglas Adams must have been, that people like me, who knew Frey Bentos eaters, still really enjoy his work. In fact for the last 20 years the BBC radio versions of his Hitchhikers stories have been helping me deal with my insomnia.

... and remember "a towel... is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have."

This one was bought in Peter Jones, Sloane Square, London, SW1, sometime in the 1990's, undoubtedly the most expensive towel I've ever bought, it has served me well.
It's particularly cool because a totally different Peter Jones, a comic actor, not a department store, was the voice of the book.

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