by Hans ten Cate
Monday, 10 June 1996

Well, its June and what better time than to plug some calendars which, no doubt, you can get pretty cheap these days (we figure at least 50% off since half the year's already been spent). Ask for the expurgated version...

Last year, Terry Jones and Brian Froud published the marvelous "Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book." It is the journal of Lady Angelica Cottington, a lonely recluse who, since her early childhood, had found fairies to be every part of her reality as her home in Bovey. Worried that no one would believe her, young Angie Cottington began using her flower pressing book to collect evidence of these annoying little creatures.

In the book, the reader will find these cute (and sometimes eerie-looking) little fairies "pressed" amongst Lady Cottington's diary entries, beginning with the very first fairy impression on July 6th, 1895. Other entries include amusing poems and stories about the fairy creatures. Rest assured, neither the book nor the calendar really contain pressed fairies (that would violate the ethical standards set by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Fairies, RSPCF). Instead the book and calendar contain psychic impressions of these winged little bastards.

The calendar is very much like the book, featuring a different illustration and associated diary entry every month. The calendar also includes references to the many fairy holidays (there are nearly as many fairy holidays as there are days in a year - they're such a happy spirited bunch!). However, what is even more amusing about the calendar, besides the beautiful illustrations, is that Brian Froud included illustrations of himself and Terry Jones in the back! As you can see above, Terry Jones makes a striking fairy - rather butch, don't you think? (click on the image to see an enlargement)

The calendar retails for $10.95 (U.S.). An entry for this calendar has also been added to the Monty Python Bibliography on the World Wide Web.