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Strangers on a train...
Posted on 19 Apr 2004
A funny thing happened on the train to work this morning...
Chris White (English) - click for more pictures
Chris White
I bumped into Chris and Tony, who were teachers at my secondary school. They are still both at the school, and were catching the first train up to Catterick, Yorkshire to do a quick reccy for the school Combined Cadet Force. This is the home of the Queen's Royal Lancers, so it looks like the pupils are going to have a fun week.

It was very strange to enter the world of my old school again, if only for an hour. The school seems to have acquired and built new buildings, the pavilion has been burnt to the ground, and my old headmaster has only recently passed away.

So much, but so little has changed in the 13 years since I left...

Tony Holding (Chemistry) - click for more pictures
Tony Holding
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Hitchhiker's film production starts today.
Posted on 19 Apr 2004
The Hitchhiker's Guide movie begins principal photography at Elstree Film Studios today. There is an all new cast, including Warwick Davis (the little chap who played Wicket the Ewok) as Marvin.

The visual effects are being created by Asylum, who do the cute BBC2 logo's (amongst other things) and the whole thing is being directed and produced by Garth Jennings of Hammer and Tongs, who did the Blur - Coffee and TV video.

MJ Simpson has put together an interesting interview with the producer and director. It all looks like an interesting adapation of the book, so I'll be keeping an eye on the production with interest.

In the meantime, I'm eagerly awaiting the Third Radio series, with all the members of the original cast (who are still alive). It has all been recorded, we're just waiting for various legal matters to be sorted out before a Radio 4 broadcast slot can be allocated.

Thanks to MJ Simpson for all his research on this.

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