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My Michael moment for the day... by purple on 5 September 2005 5:33am
 
One of the courses I'm taking at uni is introduction to cultural studies and before the start of the semester, I bought the textbook and flipped through the articles I had to read. One particular chapter caught my eye - it was from Michael Palin's Full Circle where he visits Australia. Suddenly the course sounded very interesting, as the section related to one of the topics discussed in the lecture on tourism.
A few weeks later, I went to see my lecturer to discuss an assignment and by then end, she asked if I had anything to say about the rest of the course and the readings. Going red with modesty, I told her that I was a huge fan of Michael, seen all of his travel shows and was intriuged that Full Circle was in the required readings. A huge smile lit up her face and said me she loves Monty Python and thinks that Michael is a funny man.
Today was that lecture, which she talked about how Michael brings such Englishness in the way he travels, application of subjective feeling and ideological function in travel programmes and how he is apart of consuming tourism. She then showed scenes from Michael's adventures in Katherine and then in Christchurch. Most of the theater laughed when he was on the gondala, feeling very at home by the English atmosphere of the bagpipes and getting his head stuck in the trees. For me, seeing Michael up on the big screen made my heart race.
She also had a bit of a giggle from Michael's handling of the camels, as well as a photo of him holding a map with three Aboriginal children, saying he had brought a sense of colonial nostalgia about Australia.
She later apologised to me, thinking I might be offended, but all I could do was laugh. In way, I could see what she meant about how such ideas created about tourism can say a lot about different countries. At the same time, I was so happy that she talked about Michael in my lecture!
 
Re: My Michael moment for the day... by pollyanna199 on 5 September 2005 4:55pm
 
I sure wish Michael had been included in some of my college classes!! I would have accepted seeing him on the screen or, even better, having him sitting next to me!
 
Re: My Michael moment for the day... by Clare on 5 September 2005 5:10pm
 
My boyfriends Dad always use Around the World in Eighty Days to start off his course. He teaches about transporting goods (I think) and always gets the student to look to see how possible it is!! I have even used it as an induction thing with students to start off a world treasure hunt!(Using maps obviously not sending them to hunt down MP!)

Clare
 
Re: My Michael moment for the day... by purple on 6 September 2005 7:50am
 
I agree with you there Pollyanna and Clare, things would be so much more interesting if they taught Pyhton in college or univeristy.
It must be my week, because another of my lectures, this time for my screen studies course, watched the "Trojan rabbit" scene from Holy Grail today!
 
Re: My Michael moment for the day... by missfrog on 6 September 2005 12:01pm
 
I have studied Holy Grail in class myself! First because we were studying Percival in litterature class, and then because two friends and I decided to take "The Nonsense in the Monty Python's Holy Grail" as a written report for our exams!!
 
Re: My Michael moment for the day... by Clare on 6 September 2005 4:40pm
 
How cool is that!!! Being able to write about nonsense and in particular Python related nonsense for an exam. Most peole around me think I talk nonsense all of the time (unfortunately that also includes my students!!!!).
Clare ;o)
 
Re: My Michael moment for the day... by tucsonmike on 7 September 2005 7:16am
 
I use Python examples in my writing. That is going to be my next essay. How Python Has Ruined My Life. (It's written, just needs to be entered in the computer).
Mike
 
Re: My Michael moment for the day... by Clare on 7 September 2005 3:29pm
 
I think, Rob my partner could write one on that!! Mind you he did let me watch my 'live at Hollywood Bowl' video last night as there was nothing on the box!

Clare
 
Re: My Michael moment for the day... by missfrog on 7 September 2005 4:28pm
 
How cool is it? VERY!
 
Re: My Michael moment for the day... by edith on 8 September 2005 7:03pm
 
I remember in my german GCSE exam there was a question about The Holy Grail film. And in my german oral exam i was really tempted to sing the Lumberjack song to my teacher in German as i knew the words off by heart from the German episodes!
 
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