Wednesday 25th May 2016

International Towel Day

A towel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. 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, inhaling the heady sea vapors; 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 (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have “lost.” What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

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Johnny Remember Me

Geoff Goddard

When the mist’s a-rising
And the rain is falling
And the wind is blowing cold across the moor
I hear the voice of my darlin’
The girl I loved and lost a year ago
Johnny remember me
Well it’s hard to believe I know
But I hear her singing in the sighing of the wind
Blowin’ in the tree tops way above me
Johnny remember me
Yes I’ll always remember
Till the day I die
I’ll hear her cry
Johnny remember me
Well some day I guess
I’ll find myself another little girl
To take the place of my true love
But as long as I live I know
I’ll hear her singing in the sighing of the wind
Blowin’ in the tree tops way above me
Johnny remember me
Yes I’ll always remember
Till the day I die
I’ll hear her cry
Johnny remember me
Johnny remember me

This song in 1961 was I thought amazing!
I loved the original sound produced by Joe Meek.
The song was written and composed by Geoff Goddard who awoke inspired and sang it straight into the tape recorder which he kept by his bedside.
At the time of the recording, John Leyton played a rock star called “Johnny Saint-Cyr” in the TV series Harpers West One. In an episode of the show Saint-Cyr performs the song, surrounded by adoring female fans. The television exposure caused the song to become instantly well known. After it was released, it rapidly rose to the number one spot.

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