It’s been a rollercoaster year for Bletchley Park. Studiously ignored by the Government for so long, the British home of cryptography and computing is finally getting the recognition it deserves. However, it is still badly short of funds. Looks like they need….
A Benefit Gig!
OK, it's official. #boffoonery seats all gone. standing room only. (He says as he lights his big fat producer's cigar!)
— Boffoonery (@boffoonery) September 8, 2009
So, Was It Any Good?
Because interest in ancient computers tends to attract the geeky demographic, it didn’t surprise me that so much of the humour revolved around science, technology and general geekery.
We saw sketches by Punt and Dennis, Laurence and Gus, and John Finnemore and Margaret Cabourn-Smith. There was also stand-up from Robin Ince, Dave Gorman and Richard Herring. And no doubt a few more people who have dropped out of my pretty little head.
The second half featured a bizarre gameshow hosted by Robert Llewellyn. For some reason Johnny Ball used a set of anal beads to demonstrate how to find the square root of any number.
The audience seemed to be comprised entirely of twitter users. It made for a very sympathetic audience who lapped up all the scientific humour.
Go visit. I went to Bletchley earlier this year – it’s a great day out. An amazing story in beautiful surroundings. I’m guessing you’re reading this on a computer. You owe much of the technical advances which make that possible – not to mention your freedom – on the clandestine activities of Bletchley Park. Tickets are a tenner, so what are you waiting for?