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The Eternal Quest: Manly P. Hall and the Holy Grail

holy-grail“This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause” 

– (lyrics from The Impossible DreamMan of La Mancha)

Bridgekeeper: Stop. What… is your name?
Galahad: Sir Galahad of Camelot.
Bridgekeeper: What… is your quest?
Galahad: I seek the Grail.
Bridgekeeper: What… is your favourite colour?
Galahad: Blue. No, yel…
[he instantly gets flung off the bridge]

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

In her book The Myths We Live By, philosopher Mary Midgley describes myths as not mere lies or fairy tales, but as networks “of powerful symbols that suggest particular ways of interpreting the world.”  In other words, a myth is more accurately an image/understanding of the world, and doesn’t have to begin “once upon a time…

But when in that myth-form, like those of our more ancient “myths,” we in modern times become lost in literalist interpretations and squabbles – and lost are the deeper truths they have to offer.  … Read the rest

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Stephen Hawking sings Monty Python’s “Galaxy Song”

Via CNN:
Famed cosmologist Stephen Hawking has partnered with the silly lads of Monty Python to recreate the signature "Galaxy Song" from their 1983 film "The Meaning of Life."
... In it, fellow scientist Brian Cox rails against the inaccuracies in "Galaxy Song" when a fed-up Hawking, who has ALS, zooms up in his wheelchair and knocks over Cox. Hawking continues singing the song in his signature computerized voice. The scene is derived from a filmed bit that Monty Python uses during its live shows. "Galaxy Song" song was written by Python member Eric Idle, along with John Du Prez, and is "an intricate and informative lecture on the enormity of the Universe fashioned into a bewitching and, above all, highly amusing pop song," according to the comedy troupe's site.
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Theme Song For The Apocalypse

Perhaps reflecting the zeitgeist, the BBC has been searching for a song to broadcast should the end of the world, or apocalypse, be upon us:

Earlier this month we covered the revelation that Ted Turner, founder of the news channel CNN, ordered a sign-off video ready to air in case the apocalypse were nigh.

His pick? Rather pedestrian footage of a US Army band playing Nearer My God to Thee.

Convinced there were better choices out there, we asked readers what they would select as a farewell song for the BBC, which (as far as we know) doesn’t have anything cued up in case of imminent doomsday.


Our suggestion, God Save the Queen, was one of the more popular choices, for obvious reasons, although the particular version sparked a bit of divergence. Dylan M Clayton from Kentucky prefers Brian May’s electric guitar rendition, while several other readers chose the more subversive Sex Pistols classic by the same name.

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Chapel Perilous


teafaerie writes about her experience of Chapel Perilous.

via erowid.org

I’m writing a book. It’s almost done. Or so I tell people. Nobody but me can verify its existence, because I don’t seem to be able to share it with anyone. Yet. I’ve shown a few snippets of it to my husband, and to my best friend Seuss Dean with whom I can share almost anything, but in a way they are the most awkward audience for it because they both figure prominently in the narrative. So when people ask me what I’ve been working on, I just tell them that it’s a book about my experiences with psychedelics, flow arts, and polyamory. That’s usually enough to satisfy mere idle curiosity. If someone really presses me for information, I can sometimes be persuaded to divulge the working title: Playing With Fire – How I turned Chapel Perilous into the Flow Temple and Learned to Love God, the Devil, Myself, and Everyone Else.

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Never Compromise On Fart Jokes

Now that Mike Arrington has sold TechCrunch to AOL for some tens of millions of dollars (the amount seems to vary depending on who you ask), is he going to try to get fired? Maybe this is his first attempt:

The 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail has an honored place on my dusty DVD shelf, along with every other Monty Python Movie, Caddie Shack, Fletch and a variety of other movies that shaped my childhood and helped me get through many evenings in high school and college. The best line? “I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.” If you haven’t seen it, shame on you.

It turns out the fart in your general direction line made British censors squeamish, as well as overuse of “shit,” “Jesus Christ,” and at least one reference to oral sex.

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