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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Letters by Spursfan2 on 9 December 2013 10:28am
On 30th November I sent two letters (in the same envelope) to Michael.

On Friday I received a reply form Mayday Management.

The first letter was sort of a letter of complaint about the Python Reunion shows...well this is the letter:

"I am writing to you as a fan and long-standing member of Palinstravels [Spursfan2] concerning the reunion of Monty Python.
My husband and I wonder if the Pythons realise that there is a world outside London? We are sure you must, as you were all born and brought up outside the capital. So why, then, are all your reunion shows based at the O2 in London?
There are many Python fans in London, true – but there are many more in the rest of the country. And what about your fans in the US, Australia, and the rest of the world? Do they not deserve to be able to see the show too?
We hope that you are not going to use age as an excuse for not wanting to go on a tour of the country (if not the world). At 86 Ken Dodd gives most of you 16 years and is still touring – we saw his show a couple of years ago and were very well entertained.
We live in the midlands and to go to a show in London would necessitate a stay in a hotel, so with the exorbitant price of the tickets, travel costs and the price of even a cheap hotel, would price it well out of our budget even if we were able to get a ticket.
We have been fans of Monty Python since it began, and are saddened that, because we choose to live outside London we seem to have been forgotten."

The second letter referred to our recent visit to Gallipoli....

"Early this month, during a holiday in our beloved Turkey, my husband and I visited Gallipoli. As our trip included 11th November, we paid our respects at one of the British Memorials which is located at the ‘Land’s End’ of the peninsular. We held our own 2 minute silence at 11 a.m., and left poppies which we had specially purchased in England and taken to Turkey to leave at a Memorial.
We also visited the Anzac, Turkish, French and New Zealand Memorials and were very moved by the loss of life. There are some excellent displays, including a very realistic mock-up of trench life situated at Ecebat.
It got me thinking that, with the centennial anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign coming up in 2015, it would make an interesting culmination to a series or mini-series of travels.
What I envisage is that in late 2014 or early 2015 you embark on a journey visiting the major battlefield of World War I - The Somme, Ypres, and Passchendaele for example. Each episode of the series would concentrate on one battle (unless it would make more sense to include other battles to ensure the tale was told in full).
I see the final episode concentrating on the Gallipoli campaign, culminating on Anzac Day (April 25th) – the 100th anniversary - at the Anzac Memorial or Anzac Cove. However, obviously you would choose the order you visit/show the battlefields if you decide to go ahead.
We have photographs which I could forward to you by email if this would help."

This was the answer:

"Dear Anne (Spursfan)

Thank you for your letters to Michael of 30th November.

The first thing to say is that I have forwarded the letter regarding a Python tour to the Python office as we deal only with Michael as an individual.

Thank you too for your interesting suggestion for a travel series visiting the major battlefields of the First World War. Michael is now busy working on several projects for next year - including the Python shows - so I'm afraid he won't have time to take on any new ideas. But it was very kind of oyu to think of him and also to offer to send your photographs.

Thank you again for writing to us and we wish you and your husband all the best for 2014.

Best wishes Mimi Robinson"

A nice letter I think you'll agree.

Re: Letters by suzulu on 9 December 2013 3:44pm
Yes, Anne, a nice letter.

A very good idea of yours about the battlefields of World War I.
Re: Letters by Ken Dunn on 9 December 2013 9:21pm
I'll be waiting for the DVD - I might even wait long enough for it to be available in the charity shops!? - as hopefully it will be much easier and cheaper to purchase than tickets for the show.

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