Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Pens and pencils for Douglas Adams



Walking amongst the departed is often peaceful, especially if they are lying in Highgate cemetery, the repose of the famous dead in north London. And here under the trees and greenery and in between the winding paths lies Douglas Adams. His fans have taken care to replenish the receptacle in front of his tombstone with pens and pencils. 
"He picked up from the table a piece of paper and the stub of a pencil. He held one in one hand and the other in the other, and experimented with the different ways of bringing them together. He tried holding the pencil under the paper, then over the paper, then next to the paper. He tried wrapping the paper round the pencil, he tried rubbing the stubby end of the pencil against the paper and then he tried rubbing the sharp end of the pencil against the paper. It made a mark, and he was delighted with the discovery, as he was every day."
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 1995.


Douglas Adams tombstone at Highgate Cemetery, north London.

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