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Why ThursdayAgain?

Ford Prefect: How would you react if I told you that I’m not from Guildford after all, but from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse?
Arthur Dent: I don’t know. Why? Do you think it’s the sort of thing you’re likely to say?
Ford Prefect: Drink up. The world’s about to end.
Arthur Dent: This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

Why Rhino House?

“The boys were all feeling rough
Dear God we’d all had enough……
And the dressing room was filthy & cold
With orange wallpaper, 40 years old.
It stank like a Rhino House.”

Who is the jester figure?

His name is Hugo, & no, I don’t know why he looks miserable.

What is a charivari & why is ThursdayAgain almost one?

charivari n.
1. a discordant mock serenade (often to newlyweds), made with instruments & mock-instruments such as pans, kettles, etc. Usually delivered in the form of a parade.
2. a confused noise; din
[from French, from Late Latin caribaria headache, from Greek karēbaria, from karē head + barus heavy].

As a blog, ThursdayAgain has the advantage of only being a very small din, is only mildly confused (or concussed, if you prefer) & can be enjoyed indoors – hence “almost”.

Should I take advice from the Agony Aunts or plan based on the ThursdayAgain horoscopes?


Do try & keep up......

Do try & keep up……

View from a Rhino House: the price of “free”

It was reported yesterday that a handful of Londoners in some of the capital’s classiest & most expensive neighbourhoods apparently agreed to give up their eldest child in return for free wi-fi access, during an experiment exploring attitudes & risks in public wi-fi use.
The experiment, which was backed by the law enforcement agency Europol, involved a group of researchers setting up a public wi-fi hotspot in June.

As people connected to the hotspot, the terms & conditions they were asked to sign up to included a “Herod clause” promising free wi-fi if “the recipient agreed to assign their first born child to us for the duration of eternity.” Six less-than-doting sets of parents signed up.

F-Secure, the security firm that sponsored the experiment, has confirmed that it (probably) won’t be enforcing the clause.

“We have yet to enforce our rights under the T&Cs but, as this is an experiment, we will, in any case, be returning the children to their parents,” wrote the company in its report.

“Our legal advisor,” it continues, “points out that, although the contractual terms & conditions are legally binding, the legality of exchanging children in return for “free services,” is questionable – so the clause might not be enforceable in a court of law.”

Somewhere there are some very unhappy parents cancelling their plans for next weekend.

"Hey Julie. I've found a great, free wi-fi hotspot & solved the baby skitter problem for the weekend......"

“Hey Julie. I’ve found a great, new, free wi-fi hotspot & solved the baby sitter problem for the weekend……”