Sunday, 23 June 2019

Re-enacting the intro to Monty Python's Cheese Shop sketch


Found myself in Richmond, so I sallied forth to One Paved Court to re-enact the intro to Monty Python's Cheese Shop Sketch - you're forced to! Photos and video by Gemma Harris​




Saturday, 25 May 2019

The media seem to like our upcoming Monty Python-themed wedding a lot!

First, there was our live interview on the BBC News Channel on 18th April 2019, the 40th anniversary of Monty Python's Life of Brian, during which they not only asked about the wedding (that will be held at the beautiful 15th century wedding venue, Ravenswood, in Sharpthorne, near East Grinstead), but they even played my proposal video. And then this, in The Sun (page 12, 20th May 2019):

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9110310/monty-python-super-fans-love-the-sun-article/

And then this, in The Brighton Argus (the entire page 3, 22 May 2019):

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/17655677.are-this-sussex-couple-the-uks-biggest-monty-python-fans/
If this is the media coverage we are getting, four months before the wedding, what kind of coverage will we get on the big day itself, I wonder...!

Friday, 19 April 2019

The We-Welease of Monty Python's The Life of Brian

Holding our Limited Edition Packs
Went to see the 40th-anniversary re-release (we-welease) of Monty Python's The Life Of Brian with Gemma and Hy Money at Scott Cinemas East Grinstead last night.

We were all given a Limited Edition Pack filled with lots of silly things: a fake beard, a reprint of an article by Sanjeev Bhaskar about the film, an info sheet on the film which included origami instructions on how to turn the sheet into a boulder (could come in handy for a stoning), the movie's song lyrics, a sheet of silly stickers and the movie poster.

It was great seeing the film yet again. Hearing the audience laugh adds another dimension to the enjoyment of watching movies that you just don't get when with home viewing.

Gemma, pretending to be a man, thanks to the fake beard in the pack
Gemma, me and Hy Money after the film

Talking about Monty Python's "Life of Brian" on the BBC News Channel

Simon McCoy interviewing Gemma and me about Monty Python's "Life of Brain"
What an honour, being asked to talk about Monty Python's "Life of Brian" on the BBC News Channel on the film's 40th anniversary yesterday (18th April 2019)! Our first time on live TV. A bit nerve-wracking! Simon McCoy said, "Just relax and imagine it's just us three having a chat." He was hoping we would somehow forget about the millions watching all over the world! You can watch the interview here: https://www.facebook.com/MontyPythonUnofficial/posts/2268887526465283

We mention "Pythonesque Dating (for Monty Python Fans Looking for Love)", the Facebook Group I set up through which I found Gemma who is as passionate about Monty Python as I am. Here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/groups/pythonesque.dating

We would love the group to produce another happy Python couple!

It was great to see the behind-the-scenes of the studio
 






About to do the interview

On our way home

Monday, 18 February 2019

Screening of 'No Asylum - The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story' at Solihull School


I was honoured to be invited to this event, held on 21st January 2019 at Solihull School to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2019! 

It was all so moving and it really got across the message of the importance of Holocaust education, and that none of us can be bystanders in the face of racial, religious or gender hatred, prejudice or discrimination. 

It is vital that we learn from history and speak up straight away before it's too late.

Back row: Gemma Harris, John Wood, Joyce Weinrib, Mark Penney, Tim Robertson
Front row: Eva Schloss, Tomi Reichental, Mindu Hornick (Photo: Solihull School)
Back row: John Wood
Front row: Eva Schloss, Tomi Reichental, Mindu Hornick
 (Photo: Solihull School)
 Mindu Hornick, Tomi Reichental, Eva Schloss
The Q&A after the screening of 'No Asylum'  (Photo: Solihull School)
Mark Penney talking about Belsen survivor Nanette Blitz Konig
Anne Frank's stepsister Eva Schloss  (Photo: Solihull School)