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Beware of the Leopard: the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy podcast

81 EpisodesProduced by Mark Steadman, Jon Bounds, Jon Hickman, Danny SmithWebsite

New additions to the book with the famous words "Don't Panic" on the cover. Smart and funny, fusing real-world observation with a writing style Douglas Adams fans have sorely missed.With each topic, the panel of authors and performers present an essay in the style of a Hitchhiker's Guide entry, whic… read more


48: From President Vranx to radiation swamps

Join Mark and the Jons as they finish up the P section of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and get into some Rs.

President Yooden Vranx

President Yooden Vranx was Zaphod’s predecessor. It was his idea to steal the Heart of Gold. but… was it?


The guide says that if you hold a lungful of air you can survive in the total vacuum of space for about thirty seconds, but the chances of getting picked up by another ship within that timeframe are two to the power of two-hundred-and-sixty-seven-thousand seven-hundred=and-nine to one against.

Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz

Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz is the commander of the Vogon Constructor Fleet, who uses the new Guide - equipped with reverse temporal engineering - to find a way of destroying all the Earths in existence along the probability axis. He is a fairly typical Vogon, in that he is thoroughly vile.

Qualactin Hypermint

Float a measure of Qualactin hypermint extract when mixing a pangalactic gargleblaster, over the back of a silver spoon. It’s redolent of all the heady odours of the dark Qualactin Zones: subtle, sweet and mystic.


R is a velocity measure, defined as a reasonable speed of travel that is consistent with health, mental wellbeing and not being more than, say, five minutes late. It is therefore clearly an almost infinitely variable figure according to circumstances, since the first two factors vary not only with speed taken as an absolute, but also with awareness of the third factor.

Radiation Swamps of Cwulzenda

The Radiation Swamps of Cwulzenda were a site of battles between the Silastic Armorfiends of Striterax and the Strenuous Garfighters of Stug, both of which I think we’ll be covering later.


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