Ever thought of Google as an animal?
I asked a group of friends this question recently and the answers were predictable and surprising in equal measure. The top 3 were:
- A poisonous spider
- A many headed hydra, which in Greek mythology had poisonous breath and blood so virulent that even its tracks were deadly
- J.A.R.V.I.S, Iron Man’s cybernetic butler.
The first two are dangerous, unfriendly, evil monsters, while the latter is the perfect companion, a well spoken English butler (if you like English butlers that is) who wants to take care of everything for you.
And that is Google in a nutshell; on the one hand evil, manipulative; on the other, friendly, helpful, good to have around.
When dreamy recluse Kate Bush announced she was returning to the stage to play and perform at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, she requested that fans refrain from using their phones: “I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras,” she sighed.
Her request echoed a number of other entertainers who have spoken out against using mobile devices at concerts, including The Who’s Roger Daltrey who moaned that people staring at acts through screens rather than at the live show “were weird”.
Houndtor has been famous for the setting of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s bloodthirsty tale the Hounds of the Baskervilles for more than a century. The story depicts huge, murderous black hounds gorging their victims amid the mists, swamps and weird bleakness of Dartmoor.
Doyle was first told the story by a friend of his, Bertram Fletcher Robinson, who lived nearby and often took Sir Arthur for moorland walks when he was in that part of the world.
The original legend dates back to the 1670s when a local squire of evil repute died a horrible, violent death and on his deathbed was transformed into a fire breathing hound hell bent on despatching the ungrateful locals and, in time, unwary moorland travellers by ripping out their throats.
But that was then.