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Sunday, July 17, 2005

A Different Spin on the Da Vinci Code

As promised music and, er, Christian origins. Quite unexpectedly (well for me and most people I expect) the lovingly named Rat Scabies - the drummer of the punk band The Damned - has become involved in the search for the holy grail, recorded in a new book. Here's the overview:
Christopher Dawes lives in a quiet street in Brentford, Middlesex, opposite Rat Scabies, former drummer with The Damned and someone who once set his drums on fire while still playing them in concert. Life with Rat as a neighbour isn't run-of-the-mill, but things turn even stranger when Rat announces that the two of them are going on a search to find the Holy Grail. The sacred relic has eluded everyone from King Arthur to Adolf Hitler, but Rat reckons he knows where it's stashed. Once they've written a list of things to do ('Buy metal detectors!') they get to work unravelling the mystery, which involves the Knights Templar, the ancient sorcerer Kings of France, a shadowy secret society called the Priory of Sion, and the remote and spooky village of Rennes-le-Chateau in France, where it looks as though someone - or something - wants to stop them from finding out anything at all ... RAT SCABIES AND THE HOLY GRAIL is a psychedelic road trip, a rich historical yarn and a testimony to the sometimes odd nature of certain friendships.

The book seems to be semi-serious (I haven't read it). Mark Radcliffe interviewed Rat Scabies and Christopher Dawes on BBC Radio 2 here in the UK which also gave the impression that while serious with lots of geographical and historical details it seems that the adventure was the main thing. The interview was funny and Mark Radcliffe was at times not quite believing what he was doing.

On the subject of the search for the holy grail, a remember a couple of years ago there was a massive headline in the local paper of my home town Barrow-in-Furness proclaiming that the holy grail was located locally and was going to be found imminently.

As far as I'm aware there was no follow up story.

But if Joseph of Arimathea (it was him according to the legend wasn't it?) wanted to keep it hidden for centuries I can't think of a better choice than Barrow-in-Furness.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very sensitive and witty book. Good read.

November 21, 2007


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