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Pythons by Godfather on 21 April 2004 9:28pm

Saw the thread about Terry Jones. At the end it said something like "Terry jones is amongst other things,a Python". I had a flashback memory of an incident in Pakistan last year and though you may be interested to hear this one.

I was staying in a town called Chitral in the north west of the country. A young Afghan guy who worked during the day at a restaraunt,invited me to a Chaikhana (tea house,rather like a pub. Meeting place and hotel basically). I went with him, and another Pakistani friend who had spent several years in Saudi Arabia working near the Kaaba stone area. As the evening went on, we were just talking and drinking green tea etc. When i'd entered the hotel,i'd seen a family briefly in another room because the door was a bit open.

When we were sitting there,the father of that family (in his mid 30's) walked past the room and saw me and my friend through the window. He knocked on the door, came in and seemed very keen to show me something. There was a bit of confusion as to what it was all about first of all. My Pathan friend translated it because the other guy had few words of English. But it was not easy to understand. It sounded like they were asking if i wanted a "Snack". I agreed. Few minutes later, this Pakistani who looked like a cross between Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings director) and Diego Maradonna came eagerly back into the room with a big box. Much to my suprise,he reached into it and pulled out a live "snake". A huge thick snake. Perhaps a python or something. It was revealed that the guy was a freelance travelling entertainer/magician all over Pakistan.

Aswell as the live snake, he also had a box full of memorabilia from his father and grandfather who had done the same thing in their time too. Black and white photos of him and his father, and his father's father (starting to sound like Life of Brian this) doing the magic shows in and around Pakistan. Some really old photos there. In a smaller box he also had the dried skin of the previous snake used for many years by his earlier relatives. He unravelled it, and it was huge.

He proceeded to give me a free magic show then and there in the room. Fantastic, and delightfull. Card tricks,illusions,and other things. Moments like that make travel special for me. The guy was just scraping by and making a living with the tools and know how passed down from 3 generations (or more) of his relatives. :)
Re: Pythons by ellenpc on 22 April 2004 12:15am
What an amazing story Godfather! :-)

Thanks for sharing it. :-)

Re: Pythons by Helen on 22 April 2004 1:56pm
I know, i just LOVE GF's stories..
Thanks, G......
Re: Pythons by Godfather on 22 April 2004 7:31pm

My pleasure. It's the sort of event that i could easily forget for years until something provokes the memory of it again. I've never really kept diarys when i've travelled, so there must be so many little things like that which have hibernated themselves away. So i thought i'd put this one up as it flashed into my mind again.

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