Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The gunpowder plot...

[clip from cix]

Apropos of this, back in the early Design-Design days there used to be a long-running project to fire a felt-tip pen across the road, over a stream and into a nearby park. This project, you understand, would get invoked after our all-night drink and drugs sessions.

We never had all that much success with the felt-tip pen projectile project, though on one memorable occasion we stuffed rather too much shotgun-80 gunpowder into a steel tube cannon, aimed it out of Graham's bedroom window and managed to make the felt-tip pen disappear altogether, which was counted by some of us as a successful launch. It certainly crossed the road, bits of it might have landed in the park. I suspect the bulk of it is still in orbit.

Made a fantastic noise, anyway. A sort of cross between a bang and a long-drawn out "woosh-fooooommmmm!", probably because a lot of the gunpowder was thrown out of the cannon and ignited in the air. Just as bloody well, I expect; that project proved on more than one occasion that the gods protect the stoned.

I miss those days. Life is too serious now :(


  1. Blame the Government. Think we could buy gunpowder these days without ending up on some watchlist?

  2. I'd rather blame Herve. If we tried to do anything like this now he'd go nuclear on us...