My Monty Python Proposal
|AN ENGLISHMAN, AN AMERICAN & AN INDIAN WALK INTO A BAR|
I was asked not to propose during the performance, but it was OK to do it during the VIP after party (for which I paid £500 each for tickets!) But when the after party arrived, I was getting no help from anybody! What I wanted was for someone to take control of the situation for me; to tell Michael and Terry to stand next to each other, and the rest of the VIP guests to gather round in preparation for me going down on one knee.
|With Michael Palin (the flash didn't go off!)|
So I thought maybe Sanjeev could help me, but while asking his help (while somehow managing to get Gemma out of earshot), a fan would interrupt wanting a selfie.
|The wedding party|
|Me, popping the question|
|Sealed with a kiss|
Then I tried Terry, sort of whispering to him about my problem with my back to Gemma. He almost said: "OK, we can do your proposal to Gemma now," in a loud voice. I had to shut him up! But at least he'd been primed. Then, on cue, a fan interrupted wanting a selfie.
But finally, as people were starting to leave, and started to get the idea that it was never going to happen, across the other side of the stage, I noticed that Palin and Gilliam were standing next to each other. So I went up to Gilliam and said: "Can I do it now?" And he said, "OK", then turned to Palin to explain what was just about to happen.
|This group photo came with the VIP ticket|
Then I put my phone on Video and gave it to the first person I saw and said: "You're doing the video." he also had no idea what I was talking about, but everyone could see something out-of-the-ordinary was about to happen. Because I couldn't say what I was about to do as it would have ruined the surprise, he started videoing me in landscape, not knowing I was going to kneel down half way through. So, in the same take, he rotates the phone 90˚ when I kneel down!
With everything finally in place, with it so nearly not happening at all, I get down on one knee and pop the question, in front of two of my idols. I don't think any Python fan has ever proposed in front of them before. A first! On saying goodbye, Michael Palin wished us a long and happy life together.
The proposal received a lot of media coverage!
As if the proposal wasn't enough, that night we also met Roger Taylor, Malcolm Dixon who appeared in "Time Bandits", Terry Gilliam's wife, Maggie Weston, son, Harry Gilliam and daughter, Holly Gilliam who appeared in Brazil as a little girl. I finally got her to sign my "Battle of Brazil" book. It was one hell of a night!
|With Roger Taylor, the drummer of Queen|
|With Malcolm Dixon, of Time Bandits fame|
|With Harry Gilliam|
|With Holly Gilliam who signed my "Battle of Brazil" book!|