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No Escape from the Vogon

I suggested to my friends at Microsoft last week that the company's larger-than-life President, Steve Ballmer does rather resemble a living Vogon 'Constructor Fleet Commander", as seen in the BBC television series of Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Vogons, as I'm sure most of will recall, write the most awful poetry in the galaxy and like nothing better than reciting their verses in public. Of course, many of us have a hidden 'Vogon-like' quality to our personalities, a secret vice which the Internet and 'Blogging' only encourages.

Most recently, I entered one of my own efforts at writing Japanese-style verse, seventeen syllable Haiku, into the Guardian Newspaper's competition and to my surprise, they chose to publish it. With winter coming and three years into the 21st century, I was jarred by the pathetic sight of a homeless family camped in the subway under Charing Cross station.

Two children, two dogs
Cold subway tunnel for a home
Under Charing Cross


With Xmas only days away, I hope this says it all.


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