widg‧et /ˈwɪdʒɪt/ [wij-it] -noun: Pointless ramblings from the New Forest. Obviously complete & utter Rubbish. Why must I contibute to all this endless talk about me? My self-indulgent knees, spilling themselves all over the internet. Obviously i am Jon and his hair, I AM HIM!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Saga's End

Hold your Súrsaðir hrútspungar (deliciously cured ram's scrotum) aloft in grief; there has been another celebrity death this week. Magnús Magnússon has gone to meet his Quizmaker, to be interrogated forever, strapped into the big black armchair in the sky. Yes, I'm talking about the Mastermind one, though not the scary looking bloke standing next to the oriental bird on the front of the board game. Apparently the Mastermind theme tune was encalled 'Approaching Menace', a fitting name for the scary man, but not for cuddly old Magnús (possibly less cuddly now). Neither am I talking about 'The World's Strongest Man' Magnús Ver Magnússon, who is very much still alive (I think). No, it is definitely the magn(ús)ificently eyebrowed (eggbrowed) ma(g)n(ús).

Looking at his obituary it seems his father's name was Sigursteinn Magnússon, but Maggie (as I liked to call him) was born in Reykjavík. Under Icelandic naming conventions children take on their father’s first name as a last name, so he should've been called Magnús Sigursteinsson, which doesn't quite have the same ring to it. And if you think that's a mouthful, his mother's name was Ingibjorg Sigurdardottir, a name that requires at least two tongues to pronounce I should think (in a slightly xenophobic stylee). Meanwhile, at the Icelandic Naming Committee, who get to vet all new first names, experts have approved the use of Eberg, Tristana, Asía and Rikharður on small children, but have rejected the name Magnus (as opposed to Magnús) presumably on safety grounds.

I do like to wonder if his last words were, "I've started so I'll finish", spoken just as his heart monitor started to beep in that familiar way. Maybe that raises the prospect of the ghost of Magnús returning every so often to enunciate the tail end of a random question, and then disappear in a puff of mystery, without giving us the answer. Unless by 'finish' he meant 'die', in which case, job well done.

Currently listening: In Shock by Kristin Hersh


Blogger AlphIANo said...

Ahh I remember watching Maggie when I was a child, for some reason I was hooked on Mastermind despite being bored silly by it.

A charming and lovely tribute to a great man... until the words 'job well done' which slightly undercuts all that went before.

Which scary bloke on which board game? What strange-arse games have you been playing? xxx

4:13 pm

Blogger Jon said...

This one!

11:50 pm


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