‘And now for something completely different …’


The strain of British zaniness that conceived the London Tweed Run, a bicycle ride on vintage velocipedes in tweedy togs, also brought to the world Monty Python’s Flying Circus. (See previous post, “From lurid Lycra to earth-toned tweed.”)
I first became acquainted with the BBC comedy troupe while living in London in the 1970s.
After 3 1/2 years in Moscow, where the state-controlled TV fare was stupifyingly dull, Monty Python was a blast of liberating air.
Its irreverent skits poking fun at British eccentricity, the monarchy, religion, government stodginess and a clueless aristocracy are as entertaining to me now as they were more than three decades ago. Most of them are as fresh today as they were in the 1970s.
So please indulge me if I post from time to time classic Monty Python skits. Some might even relate to cycling, like these two segments from a Dec. 7, 1972, show called “The Cycling Tour.” The second spoofs the late, unlamented Soviet empire.

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