Episode 57

From Slim’s Throat Emporium to Sqornshellous


January 31st, 2019

37 mins 56 secs

Season 1

Your Hosts

About this Episode

Join Mark, Jon and Danny as they continue with the S section of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Slim’s Throat Emporium

Slim’s Throat Emporium is a bar Ford and Hotblack Desiato used to crash, pretending to be health inspectors.


The planet of Krikkit was to be enclosed for perpetuity in an envelope of Slo-Time, inside which life would continue almost infinitely slowly. All light would be deflected round the envelope so that it would remain invisible and impenetrable. Escape from the envelope would be utterly impossible unless it were locked from the outside.

When the rest of the Universe came to its final end and life and matter ceased to exist, then the planet of Krikkit and its sun would emerge from the envelope and continue a solitary existence, such as it craved, in the twilight of the Universal void.

Somebody Else’s Problem field

The Somebody Else’s Problem field is simple and effective, and can be run for over a hundred years on a single torch battery. This is because it relies on people’s natural disposition not to see anything they don’t want to, weren’t expecting, or can’t explain. If Effrafax the magician had painted the mountain pink and erected a cheap and simple SEP field on it instead of trying to make it disappear, then people would have walked past it, round it, even over it, and simply never have noticed that the thing was there.

Some More of God’s Greatest Mistakes

Oolon Colluphid’s book Some More of God’s Greatest Mistakes is the second in his trilogy of heretical works.


“When I was young I used to have this nightmare about dying”, says Arthur aboard the starship Heart of Gold. “I used to lie awake at night screaming. All my friends went to either Heaven or Hell and I was sent to Southend!”


Sqornshellous Beta is where cushions come from.

Sqornshellous Zeta where matresses cine from. Marvin ends up stranded here after the Disaster Area stunt ship our heroes hijacked smashes into the heart of a sun.

There are other planets in the Sqornshellous, but they aren’t cannon.