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  The Chatter Box : Messages from Michael
Happy Christmas from Michael by Michael Palin on 23 December 2002 7:41pm
I hope my right wrist will stand up to a little more work so that I can thank everyone out there in cyberspace who’s visited the website, posted messages and generally been supportive of palinstravels in the three mad months since we opened for business. Also a big thank you to the OIL boys who designed the site and have worked so hard to keep it fresh and full of new information.

Sahara is now available to cybertavellers in all its glory and Hemingway Adventure, that lesser-known gem, will be ready in January. Believe me, that’s fast work.

Yours truly, apart from his wrist, is happily exhausted after a season of around forty book-signings (and over 15,000 books personally defaced by me!) Sahara has sold over 200,000 copies and for seven weeks was No.1 in the Sunday Times Non-fiction Hardback list. Thanks to all of you who came along and stood in line. The signings got busier and busier and I was writing faster and faster and more incomprehensibly, but it was exciting to meet so many people.

The record signing, I think was Aberdeen!

The last public laying on of signature was at WH Smith in the Rue de Rivoli in Paris on Sunday 15th – a very bleary Palin as I’d returned from the USA on Friday and collected a Comedy Award from one of my all-time heroes, Eric Sykes, on the Saturday night. Up to Glasgow on Wednesday after that for the funeral of Ian MacNaughton, the lovely, mad Scotsman who directed the Python TV series and the film “And Now For Something etc.” and to see a special cast and crew screening of “The Ladies Who Loved Matisse” – a documentary I made for BBC Glasgow Arts last June and which will be on BBC One sometime in February. (Shot in East Coast USA, Paris, Nice and Florence). Back to London in time to do my Christmas shopping - between ten and one on Christmas Eve.

So, Palin’s Travels have been extensive lately and look set to carry on in the New Year with an Australian promotional visit in late January and New Zealand in early February (watch this space for details) and an American and Canadian mini-tour in early April to coincide with the airing of Sahara on Bravo around that time.

No rest for the wicked. Thanks for all your interest. Please keep posting those messages – about travel, places you and I have been to, music you’ve heard round the world and so on. It’s great to know you’re interested.

Remember that the more we talk to each other –in every country - the safer the world will be.

Happy travels to you all. Be bold but be careful. Listen and learn and don’t throw you’re weight about. Especially some of you big ones.

Happy Holidays Talk again in 2003,


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