Monty Python

Who said it?

He was a very nice guy ... very, very smart, a little weird

Jessica Cade, 23, who knew Batman shooter James Holmes (pictured) at college

These important animals ... deserve our fullest respect and protection

Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am

The Truth

The Truth by Michael Palin (read by Alex Jennings) Orion (audiobook)

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Six degrees

Johnny Depp (below) is once again packing Hong Kong cinema-goers into their seats, as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, a film too far for any franchise. Depp, who will be 48 this week, has often eschewed blockbusters in favour of playing iconic misfits such as gonzo journalist Hunter S.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Altar of Eden

Altar of Eden by James Rollins Orion, HK$91

31 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

FILM (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

Few gibes are more cutting. If you want to imply that an organisation has sustained irreparable damage and is transparently playing it down, you need only four snappy words: 'A mere flesh wound'.

13 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Michael Palin

RIGHT, I'M OFF I began travelling (for television in 1988) because I wanted to see the world. Growing up in Sheffield, a grey industrial city in the north of England, I was taught by two charismatic geography teachers. I had always loved the idea of foreign countries, of being somewhere very different from home.

6 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

'Even the white bits were black'

After Monty Python but before Pole to Pole Michael Palin starred in Ripping Yarns, a series spoofing Boys' Own adventures. In the Testing of Eric Olthwaite, the hero is so drearily boring his family casts him out and he goes on a minor crime spree in the north of England, teaming up with an equally dull sidekick. The fugitive pair discover a topic of great mutual interest - black pudding.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Constricted thinking about snakes is irresponsible

Snakes are not, to many people, one of nature's more endearing creatures. Giant pythons appear to be particularly threatening. When they occasionally show up on our country park trails, they understandably cause alarm. This is what happened a fortnight ago when a hiker had to wrestle her pet dog from the grip of such a snake.

23 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Quotes of The Week

'At a time when the evidence is sufficient to satisfy the objective of the operation, the undercover agent should consider stopping the service without waiting for it to be completed.'

A police spokeswoman explaining how officers should conduct themselves when receiving 'hand relief' during undercover anti-vice operations to collect evidence

9 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Calcium Made Interesting - Sketches, Essays, Letters, Gondolas

Calcium Made Interesting - Sketches, Essays, Letters, Gondolas

by Graham Chapman, edited by Jim Yoakum

Pan, HK$128

27 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

on style, she rules

I am looking for a small silver accessory featuring a teddy bear covered with stones. It is attached to a silver string and the woman I saw wearing one had it clipped to her jeans, which looked extremely cool. Please tell me how much it costs and where to get it.

Too Much To Bear, Beacon Hill

9 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Cultural Centre lobby takes on daring i-Dentity

Film festival visitors will notice that the tradition of displaying posters of films shown during the festival in the Cultural Centre lobby has been replaced by an exhibit for the British magazine i-D, celebrating its 25 years of provocative photography and cutting-edge fashion.

7 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

ESC Sequences

GAME OF SAND

This game is great fun. I'm not sure whether I understand it but that is irrelevant. You set up walls and other things to divert a few streams of falling sand. Easier to understand if you see. http://chir.ag/stuff/sand

MOVING RED SQUARE

14 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Lucy lets rip

Bizarre answerphone messages, part two:

Lucy Wastnage, the long-time (yet clearly devoted) fiancee of Shanghai Tang tycoon David Tang Wing-cheung (above with Wastnage), has the following Monty Python ditty on her mobile phone:

'I like Chinese

I like Chinese

They only come up to your knees,

25 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

SERIES WATCH

The Blue Planet

Pearl, 9.30pm

28 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

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