Today is 10/10/10. Because it seems only right, I am posting this item at 10 seconds past 10:10am.

101010 is the number 42 in binary.

42, according to the late, great Douglas Adams, is the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.

Irish Mick once met Douglas Adams half way up Kilimanjaro. He was wearing a rhino costume. Douglas Adams, I mean. As far as I know, Irish Mick does not own a rhino costume.

Kilimajaro was an album by The Teardrop Explodes, which featured the song Reward:

Reward was the first single Jen ever bought.

Jen and I once danced cheek-to-cheek with the lead singer of The Teardrop Explodes, Julian Cope. (In the case of Jen and me, the cheeks in question were on our faces.)

In this month's Address Druidon, Julian Cope writes:

…In those ancient days before the stinking concept of nationalism obtained a hold, certain insular ancient English places such as The Wirral, the Cotswolds, The Weald (in Kent) all took their 'world' names from enthusiastic ancient locals who'd been convinced that their patch of land was the only world worth considering.

I was born on the Wirral.

I am 45 years old.

Not 42.

Something is not quite right with the Universe. It doesn't quite add up.

Your thoughts, please.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. With tenuous links like that, you should gave a go at THE CHAIN on Mark Radcliff's Radio 2 show!

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