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Thanks for your most recent update by gypsyteacher on 13 May 2008 10:53pm
 
Thank you so much for that update.

Apparently, near the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month, as we say in the States, my grandmother died. An aunt told me: 'I remember the bells ringing for the armistice and my mother was dying.'

My own Dad had been born just the May before, so she left behind a six month old baby, who would have been 90 this month. The worldwide flu epidemic took both my grandmothers, not on a battlefield, but in a war, just the same.

I am really looking forward to seeing that documentary, and also, particularly, the anniversary show of Around the World in 80 Days.

Now, an American ex-pat living here in Birmingham, I had the opportunity to visit one of those London clubs last week: St. Stephens Club near Westminster. Probably similar to the Reform Club; definitely a time gone by.

Perhaps my fascination with your original series inspired me, but I have spent the past 16 years traveling, teaching and writing, chronicled as Gypsy Teacher at www.lulu.com/gypsyteacher.

And, now that I live here, I watch every day the evidence of what I have been telling my fellow Americans for years: 'Monty Python was a documentary. They are a weird people.'

Keep traveling! And happy birthday.

Kathleen Dixon Donnelly

 



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