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Staggering Stories Commentary #198: Babylon 5 – Day of the Dead
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, visited, in front of the Neil Gaiman’s Season 5 Babylon 5 episode ‘Day of the Dead’, and spout our usual nonsense! Zooty has a terrible secret, Lennier has a shadowy visitor, Lochley is trying to establish an identity for herself and Kosh has another […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #269: Jago, Litefoot and AsBill
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Crumbly, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn have a retrospective on Doctor Who ‘Series 10’, discuss Big Finish’s ‘Jago and Litefoot, Series 4’ audio boxset, play a game, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #197: Doctor Who – Knock Knock
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 06 Aug 2017 09:58

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, bugged, in front of the 2017 Doctor Who S10 episode, ‘Knock Knock’, and spout our usual nonsense! Bill has herself some new digs, the Doctor is suddenly a man with a van and the landlord has a wood infestation. But enough of their problems, […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #268: Whittaker and Watling
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Crumbly, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller discuss the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, remember Deborah Watling, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:37 — Welcome! 02:07 – News: […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #196: Babylon 5 – Rising Star
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, allied, in front of the Season 4 Babylon 5 penultimate episode Rising Star, and spout our usual nonsense! Sheridan has a new job offer, Garibaldi has an impromptu rescue to mount, Ivanova jumps ship and everyone is generally very busy. But enough of their […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #267: The Doctor has a Fall
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:23

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller review the 2017 Doctor Who episodes ‘World Enough and Time’ and ‘The Doctor Falls’, take look back at Big Finish’s ‘Doctor Who: Spare Parts’ audio play, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 […]

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Keith

Ritual Roast of Keith Dunn (on his 40th birthday) by Adam J Purcell

Published: 13th October 2004


Keith Dunn... What can I say? Well, he's old. He's always been old, even some fifteen and a half years ago (roughly speaking, I think) when I first met him and his, then, wife to be, Karen. That's what he gets for being a decade older (give or take a few months). I'm sure to bring it up quite frequently knowing that the gap isn't going to close.

I've never been very good with names and back then, in the early days when I used to see him and the other members of the 'Schizoid Squad' (a name that faded away long ago) on a Sunday afternoon for roleplaying I knew him only as 'that Vulcan guy'. Yes, it was roleplaying based on the original Star Trek and back then Keith was famous for playing Vulcan characters. He even had a set of rubber Vulcan ears he used to wear. I do wonder what he does with them these days (second thoughts - no, I don't want to know..!)

Nowadays, well for a very long time really, Keith is the roleplaying Games Master. No longer can he indulge his pointy ear fetish. Instead we (the rest of the Staggering Stories team) are amused by his wandering accents - the Welsh Pakistani, who's part Afrikaans, who gradually migrates further around the globe as the game progresses. Then there's the verbal slips. For a while he denied them, claiming that it was us deliberately mishearing him. Well it's not (at least some of the time!). The two immortal ones are: 'hand held pixies' (I think that was meant to be pick axes but I'm not sure) and when describing a female character (who, to me at least, seemed somewhat based on Karen) said she was 'fisteen' (sounding worryingly like 'fisting' at the time!) instead of 'fifteen'. Comedy like that cannot be scriptwrited!

What else can I say about the venerable old gentleman? There were the war crimes. No, not as one of my henchman (though he'd fit right in as such a character, what with his manic grin and 'shock of black hair' (or what's left of it now.)) No, I'm talking about another type of world domination: the board game called Risk. The catalogue of Keith's Risk exploits are long and harrowing and I will only shock you with some of the milder incidents. There's the Daleks. Back in the day (after working down pit) Keith would suddenly spring a group of metal miniature Daleks onto the Risk board, ready to exterminate any of our pieces he would win. Naturally, being Daleks, that wasn't many - the pepper pots are, after all, renowned for being beaten week in, week out. Then there was the curious way that he'd always have two pieces left over after the others had set up their counters on the board, kept in hiding to be placed after he'd seen where everyone else was going. They may possibly, sometime later in the game, have been subtlety maneuvered (perfectly legally) into the Urals where they will multiply when you're not paying attention. The famous 'storming out of the Urals' will then inevitably occur as Keith is all but decimated everywhere else in the world but his now vast army will burst forth from the Urals and change the map green (he always chooses green for his pieces). When beaten, if you're unlucky, Keith might take hostage some of your pieces, rush off to the toilet and urinate on them. Yes, then he would hand them back, after their inhumane treatment. These, and many more, are the reasons Keith has been called before the Risk War Crimes Tribunals.

I'm sure there is much more I can say but I've got to leave some for his next big birthday - 50 (only ten years away and don't the years fly by as you get older!) Will he have calmed down by then, aged with dignity? I doubt it. Yes, he could well be a grandfather by then, so I should leave the best revelations for his young grandchildren! I doubt they will be surprised by any of it, though!

Yes, happy 40th birthday (which happens to be 50 in octal (base 8)) Keith - it's all down hill from here!!