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Encyclopædia Goonicus 4th Edition

Students of the Gooniverse will be eager to hear the news that the Fourth Edition of The Encyclopædia Goonicus will be available in January 2012.
Since the release of the
Third Edition in January 2007, the small army of unpaid volunteers have been busy with their shovels.  Here's what's new…
Original paper feature has been extended to identify known items.  The paper titles are greyed out where the GSPS has no copy.  Original paper scripts for all the radio shows, including those from the infamous Sir Elton John Collection have been added (apologies in advance, but it will take a while for the script transcription sections to be updated with these valuable items).  A complete set of Goon Show related, 1951 to 1974, listings pages from the Radio Times has also been added as have many pages of original documentation from the BBC Transcription Service.

Highly-compressed MP3 recordings from the GSPS Digital Audio Archive and the GSPS Audio Tape Library have been included in the Listen Again feature.  All known recordings of The Goon Show are listed, with titles greyed out where the GSPS has no copy.  Keen students will delight at the number of episodes in the collection.  Whilst we do not yet have all of the Transcription Service Original recordings, the Encyclopædia Goonicus includes all of the Transcription Service Reissue recordings (both mono and stereo editions) and 99% of known commercial recordings (78s, 45s, LPs, cassettes and CDs).
As some of the audio content has been sourced from commercially-available products marketted by the BBC and EMI, the quality has been purposefully reduced so that the
Encyclopædia Goonicus does not infringe on that business.  Members are, of course, recommended to purchase the broadcast-quality recordings in the current series of CD issues as it will both enhance the listening pleasure and encourage the BBC to fund the production of more.

Many more audio gems have been preserved and are available to view.  These include recordings of Goon songs, sound effects produced by the backroom boys, Goon infomercials issued by Barclays Bank and interviews associated with the Royal Tiddlywinks Tournament at the University of Cambridge on 1 March 1958.

Apologies, but due to cross-platform technical problems, the originally-planned Video Supplement has not been included in this edition.  Encyclopædia Goonicus Productions Unlimited invites applications (please enclose a non-returnable application processing fee) from cross-platform HTML experts for the highly unpaid post of Chief Encyclopædia Goonicus Video Engineer.

For those of you without a computer…FX: [very loud raspberry] …the Encyclopædia Goonicus is only available to those Members who have access to a modern-type abacus.  This edition of the Encyclopædia Goonicus has been demonstrated to work on a Windows PC with Internet Explorer (with and without QuickTime), an Apple Macintosh with Safari, and Linux with Firefox (Totem plug-in) and Epiphany.  Although other combinations may work, they are not guaranteed.  Students who wish to install this edition of the Encyclopædia Goonicus on their computers will need 6Gb of spare disk space.

More technical information (e.g. details of recording locations, broadcast and rebroadcast dates) has been added, and many technical inaccuracies and inconsistencies have been rectified.  Composers, lyricists and publishing information has been added for all major musical items - just click on the title of the music to see the details.
Thanks to the super efforts of members worldwide, the
Commercial Recordings section has been extended to include details of Long Playing records that were once all the rage.  A new Books section has been added to provide information about publications that are directly relevant to The Goon Show.  At the last minute, the editorial board decided that the Goonsday Book was to be added to include Goon-related images predominantly from, though not exclusive to, magazines and newspapers.  These images are presented in chronological order where dates of issue are known.  Future editions of the Encyclopædia Goonicus will, no doubt, include many more images in this feature, as Members search their attics for valuable additions.
In all, there are more than 18,000 displayable pages, including over 14,000 images and in excess of 470 hours of audio delights for you to study and enjoy.

To order your copy, please send your Name, Address, GSPS Membership Number and Payment to our Acting Treasurer, John Repsch.
PayPal accepted via our GSPS account at using our login name:
Checks and or cheques (and for those countries that still have links with the British Post Office; postal orders), in the Sterling amount of £20.00 being your 'donation' for a promise of a loan of a shiny plastic-sided, beermat-shaped Dual-Layer Data DVD. This includes postage & packing.
Overseas members can simply use their own Bank and send the money to our bank here in the UK using: IBAN GB92MIDL40202911396285 with Branch Identifier Code: MIDLGB2130U. Please make certain you have allowed for exchange rates to arrive at the correct sterling amount.

Encyclopædia Goonicus Productions Unincorporated is a non-profit making disorganisation.  All surplus monies from this publication will go towards the cost of material for this Fourth Edition… in particular, towards the acquisition of more scripts from the BBC Script Library in Caversham.

Many Thanks,        Neil.