Today, Monty Python's Michael Palin celebrates his 66th birthday.
Now hailed as a national treasure for travelogues like "Around the World in 80 Days", however far he may journey Michael Palin will never escape his reputation as a brilliant writer/performer and the Python you could take home to meet the family.
Perhaps, my fondest recollection of Palin is his role of Dennis (The Constitutional Peasant) in Monty Python and the Holy Grail .
"Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
... You can't expect to wield supreme power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!
... I mean, if I went 'round saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away!"
Here's the clip from that film described as "Another film completely different from some of the other films which aren't quite the same as this one is."
Below is a Brickfilm remake of the Camelot scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Spite Your Face Productions (in LEGO).