Monday, January 25, 2010

Welcome to our world, I will put the kettle on as soon as either Tendulkar or Dravid is out

In a vain attempt to provide interesting news stories to fill round-the-clock broadcasting, BBC Radio 5 this morning spent some time interviewing a cove by the name of Lord Rees (Rhys? Reece? – [it’s Rees. Ed. Now get on with it]) who is President of the Royal Society (some conflict of political philosophy there?) who gave lie to the fact that he has a very large brain by discussing with Nicky Campbell the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe.

Readers (a Mrs Trellis of North of North Mayall’s Object) will be surprised to hear that yes, it is likely that there is life out there, but no, we do not know for sure.

Well thanks, chaps, for filling in that little gap in my knowledge. There’s one less conundrum about which to fret, then.

For those of you who are unfortunate enough to be of foreign or alien extraction, I should tell you that the Royal Society is a club for scientists, founded by Christopher Wren, the ornithologist, and Robert Boyle, the discoverer of carbuncles, and other ghastly swots as “'a Colledge for the Promoting of Physico-Mathematicall Experimentall Learning”. It would be cruel to comment on their inability to spell or correctly use upper case in judging whether they were qualified to form a college.

Anyway, old Rees tells us that if there is life out there capable of communicating with us, it is so far away that exchange of messages will take many years.

I have checked comments on a few of my earlier posts here, and find no sign of visits from beyond the bounds of this planet, although with some of you it is difficult to be absolutely sure. (Hello Adam).

I am not entirely sure whether there is any benefit to be gained from having such a readership, even if they have broadband and have not defaulted on their direct debits to BT. They are probably not yet aware of the result of the Battle of Trafalgar, for example, and may be expecting me to be writing in French. It is bad enough waiting for dear old Dave to keep up, without having to explain to some creature from the next galaxy who Keith Chegwin is. I am not implying, I hasten to add, that all of the inhabitants of Norfolk are as chronologically challenged as Dave; some of Rog’s puns, for example, are under thirty years old.

When these people do communicate with us however, and have established an internet connection, downloaded IE, created a facebook account, done a lol on twitter, searched for “pictures of big tits” and checked their numbers on Euromillions, they will dash over here to check out the epitome of human wisdom.

So, what should I tell them first? What are the bedrocks of human existence, without which nothing will make sense? Here is my first draft:

1) No matter how beautiful and glorious your planet is, with its psychedelic sunsets, North East Hampshire-like topography, and curvaceous features of all thirteen sexes, nothing on it will approach the majesty of a Tom Graveney cover drive.
2) Discard the theory that God rested on the seventh day. It is silly. The poor old bugger laboured for many millennia, and only after he had created Goldie Hawn’s arse was he able to tick the “job well done” column on his to-do list and put his feet up for a few hours.
3) You are not allowed to dance on Thatcher’s grave. We have a system here, called queuing, and, as late arrivals, your place is at the back. Even if you combine the skills of Dame Ninette de Valois and Michael Jackson.
4) When you arrive, you will be pestered by scientists. Do not pay them much mind. By doing so it would be as if you had given as much credence to those who make canvas as those who paint on it – a necessary and skilled craft, but only a means to an end. Be kind to them – pat them on the head, say “well done” and give them a toffee, but do not be distracted by their ramblings.
5) For amusement, try the ancient sport of skittles. Our most famous bowling alley is called “Stonehenge”. Just off the A303.
6) If you want to piss yourselves laughing (that is, if you share those characteristics with us. Perhaps you truly do lmfao when you find something quite amusing), go and have a look at the LHC. Guess how much it cost? No, really.

14 comments:

Dave said...

I believe it is slightly easier to reach Andromeda than East Angular. There is at least a decent motorway system there.

Mr VeryVeryBored said...

Imagine, having travelled all those millenia, the communication from our extra terrestrial betheren is extinguished by the foolhardy download of IE causing a rampant virus to destroy all their hosts within 2 minutes flat. Before the know it they are stuck back in their own stone age, sat around a green fire and shaking their fists at the stars wishing that they hadn't bloody bothered.

(zips up anorak).

Peter Andre said...

Thank you for that, sage. You have answered all our most pertinent questions except for the most important one.

We are trapped here orbiting your solar system. Rooney, our engineer (we have adopted the names of your most robust intellects as our own), informs me that in order to re-configure the computer powering the stellar-drive a password is required. It has been many of your Earth years since this was last performed and we have forgotten it. The password reminder is asking "What the fuck is Keith Chegwin for?" Please advise.

Cosmic Starfleet Supreme Commander Peter Andre.

Rol said...

Klatu barada nikto, as we say where I come from.

Huddersfield, that is.

Robynn's Ravings said...

"When you arrive, you will be pestered by scientists. Do not pay them much mind. By doing so it would be as if you had given as much credence to those who make canvas as those who paint on it...." My lord, Scurra. You're a positive poet. Don't shock me like that this early in the morning. That is actually quotable.

I'm going back to bed now that I know aliens may or may not exist. What is there to stay up for now that all the deep mysteries are solved?

I, Like The View said...

for some reason I want you to tell them that one can but underwear named SPANK (sexy panties and naughty knickers) - but I think I'm thinking of something else

I, Like The View said...

(ooops - one of those buts should have been a buy)

Vicus Scurra said...

Dave. No doubt you will tell us about your journey there at some stage.
VVB - Yes, but at least they get to see Bobby Davro.
Mr Andre. The password is "erogenous".
Rol. Please be circumspect about mentioning Huddersfield. There is only so much that an alien culture can assimilate.
Robynn. I am flattered, although I suspect that your narcotics may have clouded your judgement.
I,LTV. Thank you for the butt reference. I will draw it to the attention of our visitors.

Z said...

I believe there is some concern about advertising our presence too openly, in case we attract the wrong kind of alien.

Donnw/2nz said...

10% of Canadians believe they may have heard someone say U F-O in a movie.

80% of Americans believe that the Government is hiding information about UFOs, the "G" spot, and why all them Dineesaurs "drown'd" during Noah's Flood.

100% of Bowie fans believe there is life on Mars...but that it's a god awful small affair.

0% of Albanians have ever been polled about UFOs, DDT, ELO, SOS, TNT or anything else for that matter.

Christopher said...

I'm sure it has occurred to you that several of the 'people' who leave comments here may in fact be aliens trying to make contact, indeed to ingratiate themselves like killer hornets in this beehive of human thought and expression. I expect you have your suspicions.

Vicus Scurra said...

You have an over fertile imagination, Christopher. You'll be telling me next that the internet is available in France.

Elizabeth said...

Er... Christopher is right.

I, for one, am an alien -- or at least feel like one reading your posts with their many inscrutable references to odd places, habits and creatures (Lords? Or, even stranger, Goldie Hawn’s arse?! ).

That does not stop me from LMAO (see, aliens can learn!) at your hilarity.

Goes to show ya that humor transcends differences between intergalactic species. At least those carbon-based.

zIggI said...

I thought this was about rabbits in Australia where they are aliens, apparently. And grey squirrels in Wiltshire. I can't think of anything you would want to tell them though, "take me to your leader" perhaps?