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“Protection. Conservation. Restriction. Deep ecology. Give me deep technology any day. They don't scare me. "I'm damned if I'll crawl, my children's children crawl on the earth in some kind a fuckin' harmony with the environment. Yeah, till the next ice age or the next asteroid impact." (Moh Kohn, The Star Fraction)/ "This is the fight between God and the Devil. If His Grace is with God, he must join me, if he is for the Devil he must fight me. There is no third way" King Gustavus Adolphus

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University graduate, currently working as an Information Assistant for the NHS. Interested in politics, history, sci fi etc.

Monday, October 05, 2009

40th Anniversary of Monty Python

Even though I wasn't even born when Monty Python first aired, I think it transcends generations, the celebration of the absurd. Simply wonderful.

In praise of… Monty Python's Flying Circus
"I'll give you 13 shows, but that's all," said the BBC's head of light entertainment in 1969, and Monty Python's Flying Circus aired to a perplexed, but eventually grateful, British audience on Monday 5 October that same year. Over the subsequent 45 shows, the rules of television comedy were rewritten as John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam created lunatic characters and sketches, as funny today as they were 40 years ago. A new generation now memorises the Lumberjack Song, the Spanish Inquisition and the Dead Parrot sketch (famously employed by Margaret Thatcher shortly before she politically "ceased to be") – although the Fish Slapping Dance is harder to pull off, culminating as it does in a 3m plunge into Teddington Lock.

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