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Life of Python
Life of Python

On Monday 5 October it was 40 years since Monty Python debuted on the BBC. Their name was a combination of the BBC’s desire to have Circus in the title and their idea of a name a dodgy theatrical agent might have.

My favourite Python sketch – “NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition – our chief weapon is surprise, surprise and fear…our TWO weapons are surprise, fear and a ruthless efficiency…our three weapons are surprise, fear, ruthless efficiency and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope…AMONGST our weaponry are such diverse elements as fear, surprise…I’ll come in again.”

I was so happy when I realised the Library has heaps of stuff by Monty Python (including audio, books and DVD’s) and about Month Python and its members and if you are a YouTuber, you’ll be pleased to know that you can watch high quality versions of their stuff on their own approved YouTube Channel! There is a great clip of them explaining why they’ve decided to fight back against the pirated, grainy, unfunny recordings of them that have been posted on YouTube by others.

Odds on favourite wins The Man Booker Prize

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall has taken out the big one!

Her book revolves around Thomas Cromwell ‘the blacksmith boy who became Henry VIII’s right-hand man’:

Wolf Hall stands on its own, as a complete story – it is the end of one vital chapter in Thomas Cromwell’s life, and perhaps when we meet him again he will be slightly different. Five years are before him, his rise and rise – the destruction of Anne Boleyn, the battle for the soul of Henry’s daughter Mary, a revolt which is almost a civil war, the shaking and remaking of England…

I love her quote on the enduring fascination of the Tudors: ‘Almost all the stories you might want to tell are lurking behind the arras’.

So congratulations to Hilary, and if you’ve read Wolf Hall do chime in and tell us what you thought. I’m still patiently waiting to get my hands on a copy …