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August 23, 2005

Your Mother Was A Hamster And Your Father Smelled Of Elderberry!

Are you going to be in Scotland on September 4? If you are, make sure you attend the Monty Python festival at Doune Castle. Doune Castle was the site for some scenes in "Monty Python And The Holy Grail". Python fans have long toured the castle, so the castle finally gave in and had a festival last year.

Here's a quote about last year's festival:

"Last year was mad," said Nick Finnegan, Historic Scotland events manager. "It was the 30th anniversary of the film being shot there and we had 1,400 people turning up, and it was fantastic and nuts at the same time. We didn't get any negative feedback on the day, but if you are staging this as a regular event there is an expectation that you are going to raise the bar."

So this year's participants will be treated to a group of professional actors recreating famous scenes, plus a giant-screen presentation of the film, and a singalong in the castle courtyard.

This year's festival is bound to be loads of fun, and there will be much rejoicing. *Yaaaaay*

Posted on August 23, 2005 at 11:43 AM | Permalink


I happened to find "Holy Grail" at the library a few weeks ago, so I showed it to my 13-year-old. At first, I think she was a little baffled by the British humor, but she got into it after a while. The "hamster" is one of my favorite insults, always guaranteed to leave "Python" virgins very confused.

Posted by: silverside at Aug 23, 2005 1:31:22 PM

I remember and interview with John Cleese where he said that 13 year old boys suddenly discover Monty Python, and end up hooked on it. I'm sure 13 year old girls would get into it, too. I bought my son a "killer bunny" t-shirt a couple of years ago. He loves it. He knows "Holy Grail" by heart.

Did you know that if you go to "Ask Jeeves", and type in "What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?", that the site answers with the proper Pythonesque response? I love that easter egg.

Posted by: The Countess at Aug 23, 2005 1:45:12 PM