Tuesday, 12 July 2011


I just posted a comment on a blog, and the computer that deals with these matters immediately replied with a friendly message which began with the word 'Howdy'.

I don't know about you, but for me this triggered a silver wave of nostalgia.  The Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy ... They all said 'howdy' to heroes and villains, before shooting (never fatally) or embracing (never erotically) them.  I suspect and fear that remakes or reworkings of these fifties classics are in some perverted Hollywood production pipeline, probably funded by an offshoot of News Corp.  You heard it here first.  They're already doing 'Dallas'.

I digress.  What really interests me is: how many variations of 'Howdy' can you come up with, within the context?  I can think of several, but wouldn't wish to spoil your fun.                      


  1. I was always desperate for Audi to launch a car called the "Partner"
    I would have bought one

  2. News Corp doing Dallas? I thought Debbie did.

    (And since family and friends call me Di, I've had a lifetime of How, Di greetings.)

  3. Good morning. Latinists the world over are even now surmising how Jeff Arnold and his Riders of the Range would have addressed Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future.

    I have a Peugeot Pardner, which Rog has seen, tho' he failed to make me an offer for it at the time.

  4. Rog - you made that up. You really must learn to distinguish fantasy from fantasy. And you're obviously easily driven to desperation (aren't we all?)
    MIT/Di - she did, memorably! And with luck Newscorp ain't doing too much greeting anytime soon. (Does that sound like a Rowdy Yates line? Thought not.)
    Christopher - 7.15, Radio Lux, five nights a week as I recall. In and out on a wave of phase, as Bowie put it. There's a Breakback Mountain novel in there somewhere - Jeff and Dan - but I'll have to finish writing the current one first.

  5. I was thinking more of Eagle, but you're right, a Jeff/Dan space/Western novel is long overdue, with a Luke/Digby subplot. And maybe an intervention from Harris Tweed?

  6. Harris Tweed meets Tonto and the Mekon, with PC49 keeping the peace? Bring it on!