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The Man Who Influenced the Monty Python&an opportunity to meet them!!! by Chris14 on 16 September 2008 6:12pm
 
Hi dear Everybody,

I also put this post to John Cleese's Forum. And perhaps to other Python-related ones. I'm launching this action by the encouragement of MrsThing. 2009 is the year of the 40th anniversary of the Monty Python, and of course the 70th birthday of John. The Pythons often say that they had never been created perhaps, if there wasn't Spike Milligan (who would have been 90-y-o this year).

Spike was the writer and one of the performers (alongside Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe) of The Goon Show, which was extremely popular in the 50's and 60's in the UK (but also in the US). The members were in good relationship and friendship even with the Royal Family and the people adored their programmes (well, at least those, who weren't scandalised by this new kind of humour). They were mainly popular among young men, and school-children. In those years when the Pythons were school-kids, themselves. And, no wonder, the Pythons were the Show's big fans. Terry Gilliam once said he had moved to the UK because of the British humour and especially because of the Goons and Spike.

There is an idea to erect a statue for Spike and 3 of the Pythons (John, Michael and Terry Gilliam) support it, also with donating money. There is an event on Sunday, on the 21st of September, at 11am, at the Elstree Film Studios. A lunch is held and 3 members of the Monty Python (Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam) are going to be there - and I wouldn't be surprised if John visits the event too. The event is for celebrating the 25th anniversary of their latest common film, The Meaning Of Life. The tickets cost 68 pounds, and all income goes to the Statue Fund. Here's a link for getting more infos:

http://www.finchleysociety.org.uk/Newsletters/2000s/2008/9-08.pdf (page 4).

But if any of you can't take part on this lunch, or can't afford this amount of money, but would like to make a donation to the Statue Fund, you can do it, the address is the same, but I give you more links:

http://www.finchleysociety.org.uk/actstatuefund.htm

and

http://www.spikestatue.org.uk/

So, if any of you wish to donate even just a couple of pounds, you'll be welcome! Everybody who sends money to the Fund is going to be invited when the Statue is ready, for the celebration! Another chance to meet the Pythons!!! And, it was MrsThing's idea, any of you send money to the Fund, you shall mention that it is given by someone in the name of the John Cleese's/Michael Palin's Forum.

But any ideas to raise money for the Fund, are welcome! Eg, organising quiz-events or games in your local towns, publishing books, anything. Even the craziest, funniest, foolest, the most mad ideas are welcome. If you are interested, or have a good idea, don't hesitate, please sign up yourself below this post to make a list (hopefully!!!).

Thanks for your attention,

Best wishes,

Chris ;-)))
 
Re: The Man Who Influenced the Monty Python&an opportunity to meet them!!! by kisch on 16 September 2008 6:43pm
 
"There is an event on Sunday, on the 21st of September, at 11am, at the Elstree Film Studios. A lunch is held and 3 members of the Monty Python (Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam) are going to be there - and I wouldn't be surprised if John visits the event too."

I'm sorry but I've got different info on that event. The event, as I was told, had to be cancelled, because, and I quote an email I got from people who sell those 68-pound tix, "both Terry Gilliam and Jones have now got professional engagements and cannot come, and Michael Palin cannot stay for the lunch".
I wonder who is shamelessly lying after all. I had enough trouble with that, mind you.
 
Re: The Man Who Influenced the Monty Python&an opportunity to meet them!!! by suzulu on 16 September 2008 8:59pm
 
Thank you, Chris14 and MrsThing. Next year will be a double celebration (for John and the Pythons).

I live 10 minutes' walk away from where the statue is to be erected (at Avenue House) and have already contributed towards the fund.

Shame that the event at Elstree has been cancelled. I will try and find out more.
 
Re: The Man Who Influenced the Monty Python&an opportunity to meet them!!! by Chris14 on 17 September 2008 11:42pm
 
Oh, yes, sadly it's true. I asked my friend about it, after you two had written that. It was because the low number of tickets sold, unfortunately... ;-((

But anyway, the rest of the activities can be done, to organise events, anything, thanks for your updates, by the way.

Chris
 
Re: The Man Who Influenced the Monty Python&an opportunity to meet them!!! by Chris14 on 18 September 2008 12:20am
 
And one more thing, Guys, all ideas on how we could raise money for the Statue Fund are welcome, don't forget!!! ;-))

Chris
 
Re: The Man Who Influenced the Monty Python&an opportunity to meet them!!! by suzulu on 18 September 2008 2:55pm
 
OK, Chris. It will be great to have the statue there. Avenue House is a lovely old house with beautiful grounds (now a park).

By the way, where do you live?
 
Re: The Man Who Influenced the Monty Python&an opportunity to meet them!!! by Chris14 on 20 September 2008 12:48am
 
Hi Suzulu, you live in Finchley then, don't you? Drop me a line, please and we can discuss it:

christhebutcher14@yahoo.co.uk

Chris
 



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