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From Domientje Vergeylen:
Translation: “What do the Belgian instructions for the morning-after pill say? Have sex before use!”
The programme, billed as ‘the ultimate Monty Python documentary’, will focus on the iconic comedy group’s early ground-breaking stage performances in the 1970s up to the reunion specials at the O2 Arena in London earlier this year. The film will include rare backstage footage and new interviews.
Monty Python: The Meaning Of Live will be overseen by the BAFTA award-winning Roger Graef OBE. His relationship with the troupe dates back to the 1970s, and includes filming the rehearsals, backstage and performances of their 1976 Amnesty International benefit show to form the documentaryPleasure At Her Majesty’s.
As well as having access to archive footage, Graef was given unparalleled access to film behind-the-scenes in the run-up to this year’s reunion shows,Monty Python Live (Mostly) and to interview the five surviving members of Monty Python (John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin).
Gold explains: “Monty Python: The Meaning Of Live is an intimate and entertaining documentary that tells the story of their ground-breaking live performances, and includes rarely seen footage from their earliest stage shows in 1971 and Live At The Hollywood Bowl in 1980.
“Roger has also been given unparalleled access to film behind-the-scenes in the run-up to Monty Python 2014 reunion show. He follows these comic legends in the lead up to their first new stage show in over three decades. Roger’s unique relationship with the Pythons has allowed him a rare insight into the nature of their collaboration and friendships. The documentary captures many entertaining and surprising moments, right up until the final curtain of their very last show.”
Speaking about the documentary, Graef says: “I’m delighted to be working with the Pythons again. The treat of sharing their reunion and the audience’s enthusiasm is caught in our footage, and shines throughout our film. With an unprecedented level of access and backstage material, this documentary captures the most anticipated comeback show in comedy history. Viewers are given a unique insight into the enormous effort of the backstage ballet behind the seamless performances of the five diverse entertainers, who have come together following a 35 year hiatus.
“Making comedy is hard work, and the anxiety of doing it live is even harder. As they build up to their last ever performance, there will be laughter, reflection and tears. It’s the Pythons as never seen before, and will never be seen again.”
The commission was announced by UKTV’s CEO Darren Childs at the TV network’s industry showcase in London today. Monty Python: The Meaning Of Live is produced by Phil McIntyre Television in association with the group’s own production company, Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd.
Hilary Rosen, UKTV’s Commissioning Editor, says: “Monty Python is arguably the most influential comedy group this country has ever known and it’s a matter of great pride that they have given Gold unparalleled access to the build-up of their hugely anticipated final reunion. Roger Graef is a brilliant director, and the amazing chemistry and rapport he has with the Pythons is clear throughout. In this ultimate Monty Python documentary we will see them as never before.”
Via Ravina Anjalee ; from the BBC series:
Doctor who – Vincent van Gogh visits museum scene
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From I fucking love science:
This week in science!
Sliding stones: http://bit.ly/1tR0uYv
Quantum photograph: http://bit.ly/Y3ZrsH
Water vapour: http://bit.ly/Z3I77e
From Reynaldo G Rivera:
Translation: “Weekend loading – please wait… Have a nice one… hugs!”
Edging my way through the labyrinth,
I bumble-stumble, ever closer to my goal.
At times weary and distraught, I move on.
Onwards and upwards towards the light.
That light, so blinding, it masks the way,
but through elimination I shall prevail.
Never will I forgo of sweetest hope,
for the way there is as rewarding…
as the prize itself, to paint that light!
From Nick Vengsgaard:
* Don’t be caught in public with a naked upper lip! *
From Wake Up World:
* The Japanese even make ‘looking stupid’ sound romantic! *
From Brent Farris Fan Page:
Did you see that!!!??? They’re not wearing gloves! ;-)
From Spiritual Ecology:
The Babemba tribe of Africa believes that each human being comes into the world as good. Each one of us only desiring safety, love, peace and happiness.
But sometimes, in the pursuit of these things, people make mistakes.
When a person acts irresponsibly or unjustly, he/she is placed in the center of the village, alone, unfettered. All work ceases. All gather around the accused individual. Then each person of every age, begins to talk out loud to the accused. One at a time, each person tells all the good things the one in the center ever did in his/her lifetime.
Every incident, every experience that can be recalled with any detail and accuracy, is recounted. All positive attributes, good deeds, strengths, and kindnesses are recited carefully and at length.
The tribal ceremony often lasts several days, not ceasing until everyone is drained of every positive comment that can be mustered. At the end, the tribal circle is broken, a joyous celebration takes place, and the person is symbolically and literally welcomed back into the tribe. Necessity for such ceremonies is rare!
This story is originally from the book, Contact, The First Four Minutes by Leonard Sunin. The Babemba or Bemba people make their home in an area of Africa that includes Zambia and the Congo.
From Bandi Norbert Szabolcs on YouTube:
Bamboleo (Gipsy Kings) funny parody by Meni Ozeri from Israel
From Benni Herd:
Translation: “I’d rather shake a dirty honest paw than a clean lying hand!”
As in “When is the weekend gonna arrive, dangit!”