A Geek’s Guide to Islington

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29arlington 29 Arlington Ave.

I moved to Islington in 2007 primarily because I’m a geek. I had this idea that if I lived where Douglas Adams had lived, I’d find the same source of inspiration. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is dedicated to “the Arlingtonians for tea, sympathy, and a sofa.” This refers to Jonny Brock and Clare Gorst, who Adams lived with at 29 Arlington Avenue in Islington. You’ll remember the line from the book (changed for the TV show):

“What with space being the mind boggling size it is the chances of getting picked up by another ship within those thirty seconds are 2 to the power of 267709 to 1 against. By a totally staggering coincidence that is also the telephone number of an Islington flat where Arthur once went to a very good party and met a very nice girl whom he totally failed to get off with.”


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