Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Wordy Wednesday: Time

I gather that North America put its clocks forward last weekend for Summer Time. This seems a little optimistic given the weather they've been having, and I'm sure that it is impacting on my ability to be first on people's blogs. Our clocks change in a few weeks, but in the meantime please bear the time difference in mind when you're posting, so that you don't all post when I'm asleep. After all, that's hardly fair, is it?

Talking of time, I've been wondering about "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe", having recently rewatched "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (the TV series, not the film). I'm also wondering why I used to think it was good. Maybe my tastes have matured or something.


Anyway, in THHGTTG, they end up going to Milliways, the Restaurant and the End of the Universe. The idea is that you can sit and stuff your face with the finest grub and watch the Universe go bang or whatever it does, before returning back to your own time.

This restaurant ostensibly has two things going for it. Firstly, you pay for it by investing a ridiculously small amount of money in your own time and then withdrawing the money once you've travelled forwards in time. Leaving aside the fact that we can't go more than 80 years without a financial collapse of some kind, surely the bank people would have realised that the End was Nigh, and spent it before you could withdraw it?

The other advantage is that the chefs have got a hard deadline to produce your food in. Though I suspect this just increases your chances of going hungry.

This made me wonder what time period I'd put a restaurant in, if I had the technology. Major events such as wars would be rather tasteless, and the best thing I could come up with is the historic Moon Landing. I think this would be great for two reasons. Firstly, I'm too young to have been around then, and secondly, imagine the look on Neil Arstrong's face as he emerged from his space ship to come face to face with McDonald's on the Moon. There really would be no escape.

"That's one small portion of nuggets for Buzz,
One giant Big Mac Meal for Me."

I'd welcome other suggestions for great eating venues, timewise.

11 comments:

for a different kind of girl said...

What the what? You don't change your clocks for several more days? The world is a confusing place, Brian. A very confusing place.

Brian o vretanos said...

Our clocks go forwards on March 29th. We used to be the same as you, but now we're good Europeans...

Bee said...

The time and a place for a restaurant is right now and in my office. I'm starving!!

I hear that nexus of the universe is where time stands still.

Brian o vretanos said...

Bee:

The Restaurant At the Nexus of the Universe. Or maybe just Nexus Nachos?

They may have difficulty building there. Last I heard Andy's car was parked right on it...

Brian o vretanos said...

Bee:

And I'm afraid that I've heard too many horror stories about food in your asylum (left over butt cake anyone?) to want to eat there.

Jean Knee said...

but Brian, the bats might share their bag of crumbs with you.
how many people can say that?

Brian o vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

I'm sure there's no-one still living who can say that.

Chris Wood said...

The universe is a very odd place. Someone like Bill O'Reilly can be taken seriously there (shudder).

No Cool Story said...

Well see Brian, you not changing your clocks until March 29th sounds crazy! That's after the beginning of Spring...wait, don't tell me you guys have a different date for the beginning of Spring.

Sure, next you'll tell me you have your own money.
Ha! Funny Brian

Dan said...

the moon landing was fake!!!!!!
Why is the flag all waving in the air like that if there is not gravity?

Dan said...

you should have a resturant new Uranus, I would never eat there...