In his series, The Good Badlands, photographer Guy Tal seeks to show us that though it is often hidden, and may only appear briefly, there is delicate and subtle beauty in abundance for any viewer with patience and desire.
Eventually we got a focus group and we said to the focus group “We think this scene is hilarious. What is the reason you’re not laughing?” And they said “Oooh, we’re worried that Michael Palin can’t breathe.” I said “What? ‘It’s a movie! At the end of the take we take the apple out and the chips and then Michael can breathe and when he’s got his breath back and wants to do it again we put the apple back in and give him a nice clean pair of ships and off we go again! What do you mean he can’t breathe?!” They said “Well, he’s a very nice guy and we don’t like that he’s so uncomfortable.” I said “Wait, wait, wait, wait. He’s a really nice guy?” “Oh yes!” I said “He’s just spent the previous hour and a half trying to kill an old woman!” They said “Oh yeah, but she wasn’t a very nice old woman.” You see, that’s partly the problem using Palin, you know. Because he’s so nice, isn’t he? Isn’t he nice? If he played Hitler in a movie we’d all finish up supporting the nazis.
I’ve just cried laughing at the comments on a Jamie Oliver recipe, there was a typo on the website and everyone put 13 lemons into a pasta sauce and didn’t even question it. Imagine eating 13 lemons, the recipe was for 4 people, imagine having that much trust in Jamie Oliver.
All of these titles are examples of trochaic tetrameter, which is one of the most common English meters (a trochee is a foot consisting of STRONG-weak and tetrameter is four feet per line). Another example is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, although that has a deficient last foot, but you can sing any of these titles to that tune as well if you just double the last note.
Trochaic tetrameter creates a strong feeling of sing-song “poem-ness” in English. Most Shakespearean characters, for example, speak in iambic pentameter (weak-STRONG, five feet per line), which sounds more natural, but a few speak in trochaic tetrameter for dramatic effect. For example, MacBeth and Lady MacBeth speak in iambic pentameter, which gives the effect of talking normally:
Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep,” the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care,
Out, damned spot! out, I say!—One: two: why,
then, ‘tis time to do’t.—Hell is murky!—Fie, my
lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we
fear who knows it, when none can call our power
to account?—Yet who would have thought the old
man to have had so much blood in him?
But the witches speak in trochaic tetrameter, which makes them seem like they’re delivering an incantation:
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
Fair is foul, and foul is fair
My favorite thing about this is picturing all of the people sitting alone in their homes singing “SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL!” to the tune of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
'What kind of overalls does Mario wear?'
Yep, I laughed out loud
I love the “oh no” like he fucking knows he’s going to hear a shitty ass joke
this is the stupidest fucking joke in the world but i laugh every fucking time without fail
Slightly Adequate Relatively Unknown Pythony Factoids #18 - Palin on Chapman’s drinking:
Michael Palin took Chapman’s drinking in stride, commenting that “we were comedians for God’s sake! We weren’t there to make moral judgements on each other’s lives.” To Palin, Chapman was just someone he knew as being “quite aggressively gay and drank a lot,” but he didn’t see any huge problems. “Graham could be wonderful company until he’d had a few - and even when he had had a few, he could still be very funny. I think he bit Eric Morecambe’s wife on the leg once at a BBC party.”
If you could change one thing about football what would it be?
"I don’t think that players should be allowed to dance after they’ve scored without having been auditioned first. They shouldn’t be allowed to lie flat on their back and kick their legs either. They need a proper choreographer. And there should be more kissing. "
Michael Palin on Football - WSC 156 (February 2000)