|What else is going on?
In addition to his music and the RTE Radio programmmes, Thom labours over several other stoves. The most interesting, should you be weird enough and have the time, is an outgrowth of his interest in Robert Graves and things antiquarian. It is Hendecady, Thom's theory that certain changes must be effected in the time-sense of modern civilisation--specifically the organisation of time into a system of 11-day weeks instead of 7-day weeks (don't worry, there'll be the same number of days off)--because of certain cultural values that adhere to the ancient Saturnine-patriarchal heptad. What is called for is an Earth-centred hendecad, with Earth-day as the holy day of obligation, of course. Monday and Pluto-day will be the other weekly days off.
Another of his projects is Quantum Prosody, an investigation of the fact that English, being a stress-timed language, is performed rather than pronounced by its competent speakers, producing dilations and compressions of syllables that make English incomprehensible to the speakers of syllable-timed languages like French or Russian, and their versions of English incomprehensible to us. This theory also incorporates the solution to punctuation arguments once and for all. Think about it: "Bob walks, but Eskimo-anthropologists peregrinate."
Still another is his musical-drama project, EEFEEN, nearly completed and looking for a home in its stage version, known, logically, as EEFEEN ASTAGE. In this version, six actors take on the multitude of roles necessary to detail the adventures of the halfling as she breaks hearts and encourages escapism wherever in the world Irish television penetrates in this slightly futurish day and age.
But Thom and Lyuba can be found most days working on Russian-English translations of literary projects like Prof. Yuri Druzhnikov's PRISONER OF RUSSIA, about Pushkin's years on the brink of making a getaway, and RUSSIAN MYTHS, an investigation of some of the more pervasive misconceptions about Russian history and personages.
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