Chain Reaction Recording – Olivia Colman and Sharon Horgan

Back in October 2014 (I have oft said that my writing habits are somewhat irregular) I visited the Beeb once again to see a recording of Chain Reaction, featuring comedian Sharon Horgan and the face of British television; Olivia Colman.

Sharon Horgan
The producers of Chain Reaction call it a ‘tag team interview show’ with each interviewee becoming the interviewer in the next episode. The series has had some big names attached to it in the past with this series featuring Derren Brown, Reece Shearsmith and comedy duo Vic and Bob.

Olivia Colman
In this episode comedian Sharon Horgan (currently starring in Channel Four’s Catastrophe) was being interviewed by the one and only Olivia Colman (star of Rev, Broadchurch, Green Wing, Doctor Who, Twenty Twelve and pretty much everything else on TV). The questions, written by Colman herself (what a woman!) were diverse, covering everything from her writing environment to her relationship with the cast of Pulling. It was an entertaining interview I must admit, but then it would have to be, surely.

Me and Olivia ColmanAfter the show Horgan slipped through my fingers, damn, but I did meet and talk to the lovely Olivia Colman, who posed for photo and signed autographs for me and my friends. What a lovely woman! I mean, who doesn’t love Olivia Colman?

Indiscernible Graffiti

We’ve all seen graffiti, be it on the inside of a train tunnel or on the walls of a school toilet. In fact now days I don’t pay much heed to graffiti, however this particular piece was noticeable to me for many reasons.

Graffiti 1

First and foremost, it was written in pencil. Pencil! I’m no graffiti expert or anything but surly anyone can realise that if you’re gonna do graffiti in pencil, it won’t be hard to get rid of, and I’m hereby making the assumption that artist wants their work to be a permanent as possible. In fact if you look at the left hand side of the piece, somebody’s made a good start at removing it. So who is this madman, going around graffiting in pencil? Well firstly they’re an amateur for, and again I’m daring to presume, seasoned graffitists would prefer more professional utensils (*cough cough* sharpie).

So what else caught my attention? Well obviously the meaning, or lack of. What on earth does it mean? A question, in fact, that others had asked before me.

Graffiti 2

Let’s analyse closer, the first character seems to be a ‘H’, although its half-cleaned appearance makes it hard to tell. We’ll keep the letter ‘U’ as a possibility. The next letter is more discernible; a lamda (ᴧ). Now a seasoned student of classics like myself knows this to be a reference to the Spartans, who carried the mark of a lamda on their shields (anyone else would take this to mean wavelength). This interpreting is easy; ‘H’ or ‘U’, then a lamda.

The next letter is easy; a capital ‘T’, however character number four confuses me. Hours of scrolling through word’s list of punctuation and I have finally found it: ‘ʇ’. An interesting but obscure choice I think. On the one hand it does look quite nice, but on the other it does mean a ‘dental click’, a feature of articulation which I do not for the life of me understand. The final figure is a ‘˩’. If anybody knows what this character is don’t hesitate to tell me.

So what have we got? Either ‘HᴧTʇ˩’ or ‘UᴧTʇ˩’. Ok, my analysis has told me nothing.

So we’ve gathered that this piece caught my eye due to its lack of meaning, and the fact that it was written in pencil. But thirdly, and lastly, it came to my attention because of the words written underneath it. firstly the question ‘What does this mean?’ and then the words:

Graffiti 3

Hmmmmmm, what originally seemed to be harmless scribblings go a lot deeper. Satanic even. Who is the Eypt Devil? What place does he have in my school? Is this just some kid who can’t spell Egypt? Maybe we will never know, or maybe this is proof that the illuminati exists!