Good Reading : August 2011
WWW.GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM GOOD READING AUGUST 2011 10 BOOK TRIVIA ASTERIX ON THE BRAIN The European neurosurgery journal Acta Neurochirurgica recently published an unusual paper on traumatic brain injury. Instead of looking at real-life human examples, the study focused on instances of head injuries found in the legendary ‘Asterix’ comic books. The writers identified 704 head injury victims in the 34 books. The Gauls inflicted most of the injuries, racking up 87.1% of knocks on the head. Asterix and his friend Obelix were responsible for over half of these at 57.6% . This study was primarily a tongue-in-cheek exercise, and only really advances the store of human knowledge by letting us know that scientists really do have a sense of humour. GOLDEN BOOK GOWN Boston-based artist Ryan Novelline has created this beautiful gown made entirely out of golden thread and discarded Golden Books. The skirt consists of 22 000 square inches of pages, and the bodice was made using the golden spines of the books.You can see the entire dressmaking process here: http://bit.ly/kHIGNr Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Hobbit ( prequel to J R R Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ tr ilogy and Jackson’s films of the same name) has begun making headlines before its December 2012 release. Martin Freeman, who currently plays Watson on Sherlock – the BBC’s recent adaptation of the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ stor ies – has been cast as Bilbo Baggins, the main hobbit. But Freeman let slip at the BAFTAs that Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the eponymous role in Sherlock, is to join him in the adaptation of The Hobbit. Cumberbatch will provide the voice of the dragon Smaug, and will soon join Freeman on location in New Zealand. Starring Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Hugo Weaving and Stephen Fry, the story will be divided into two films: The Hobbit: An unexpected journey and The Hobbit: There and back again. HOBBIT TO FEATURE CUMBERBATCH Benedict Cumberbatch THE MISSING 2012 SEASON OF DR WHO Misquotes and misunderstandings. But I’m not being bounced into announcing the cool stuff before we’re ready. Hush, and patience.’ This was the reaction of Dr Who’s current lead writer, Steven Moffat, to the uproar that followed the news that season seven of Dr Who would be split over the years 2012 and 2013. A BBC spokesperson announced that there would be no full 2012 season and that instead several special episodes would be aired while everyone waits for most of the episodes to be released in 2013. If this news is correct, then it’s been speculated that this could be the BBC’s attempt to ensure that episodes run through November 2013, when the 50th anniversary of the show will occur. Steven Moffat has been tweeting his frustration at the varied accounts and rumours that his commitments to Sherlock (another BBC venture) have something to do with a shortened 2012 season of Dr Who.