"Men of few words are the best men." - William Shakespeare, King Henry V, Act III, Scene II

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

World Book Day 2011

March 3rd is World Book Day and, as always, the QMBC can be counted on for fruitful ways to mark the occasion:
  1. Go to a public library, find someone who is only there to use the free internet facilities, and challenge said interloper to a duel. At the stage of choosing weapons, declare that your preference is a hefty encyclopedia.
  2. Equip yourself with a selection of popular thrillers and travel about on public transport. Sit or stand next to someone reading the same book, and try to coax the hapless commuter into a race. Note that exaggerated licking of thumb and forefinger, and elaborate page turning, are to reading what revving one's engine at traffic lights is to amateur drag racing.
  3. Storm a cinema with a group of like-minded readers. Barge into a screen showing a film adaptation of a book, and read the last page to the audience. Apply sufficient gusto to be heard over the surround sound and jeers of the cinema-goers.
  4. Storm a different screen showing a film which is not adapted from a book, but which has a tie-in book (ideally by Alan Dean Foster). Read the first page from the book and poll the audience to see if the opening scene of the film was better, performing thorough statistical analysis of the data. Present the results to Alan Dean Foster.
  5. Read the most recent QMBC meeting minutes, available here.