compiled from various UK newspapers
Friday, 17 May 2002

I hadn't reported on Michael Palin in a while, so I trolled through some dustbins and dug up several juicy tidbits on Michael from the gossip columns of U.K.'s finest newspapers...


"I Think He's Got Beautiful Legs!"
"A novel lift for Jackie"
by Nigel Dempster
published in the Mail on Sunday, on 12 May 2002 (FB, p. 45)

TV globetrotter Michael Palin is now taking leisurely trots around Hampstead Heath. The former Monty Python star was spied out jogging this week. I didn't like the cut of his shorts, but he has good legs for a man of 58 - and his appearance drew a wolf- whistle from a crew of dustmen.


Who Are You Again?
"Wicked Whispers"
published in the Daily Mail on 7 May 2002 (1st, p. 22)

MICHAEL PALIN may be well known to Monty Python fans and aficionados of his televised travels, but his face is apparently not familiar to all. 'Two young men from N- Power have just been to our house,' he told children at a drugs education project near his home in London last week.

'One of them looked at me and said: "Aren't you Zoe Ball's father?""I wish I were," I said. "Or better still, Zoe Ball's husband."' Still witty after all these years.


Oy! Monty! Where's the Camera Then?
"Hickey - Hickey"
by Hickey
published in The Express on 7 May 2002 (p. 11)

INTREPID traveller Michael Palin is bemoaning the fact that he cannot go anywhere outside London without people thinking he's making a TV programme. "I've been somewhere very interesting recently - the Isle of Islay just off west Scotland, " the former Monty Python stalwart told Hickey at the Author of the Year Party at Hatchards bookshop in London's Piccadilly the other day. "It has the only malt whisky distillery which is not owned by one of the major companies. The whisky is called Bruichladdich but people call it The Laddie because no one can pronounce it. I didn't go there for TV though - people always think I've got a camera when I go away but I haven't." Probably best, muses Hickey, lest Palin decides to do an impromtu performance of the Dead Parrot Sketch after a wee tipple or two.


Desert Chic
"Features: Michael Palin"
by Jack Malvern
published in The Times of London on 2 May 2002 (Final 1, p. 22)

Another aficionado of desert chic is Michael Palin, who is putting the finishing touches to his latest travelogue across the Sahara. "I got quite badly burnt at one stage," he said at the ImagineAsia festival last week. "Originally I had a sort of canvas hat from a terribly nice store in St James's, but it made me look like a French colonial character. I didn't want to look colonial. I got around that by wearing a turban. It went right around the head, under the chin and covered nearly my entire face with just a slit for my eyes. I looked a bit like a mummy."


Erm... You Might Want to Wash That First
"Diary: Just Before..."
published in the Evening Standard - London on 22 April 2002 (Section C)

IT'S the celebrity item you probably don't want, the maroon jockstrap worn by Tom Wilkinson in The Full Monty. "I haven't got around to washing it but the film was five years ago, so I'm sure you won't catch anything," explained Wilkinson.

Another Monty, he of the Python, Michael Palin, bought it for pounds 200 at the gala reopening auction at the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley last night.


Dull... Dull... Dull...
"Hickey - Hickey"
by Hickey
published in The Express on 22 April 2002 (p. 5)

FORMER Monty Python trouper Michael Palin has joined the likes of Ewan McGregor in debating the evils of modern cinemas. "I absolutely detest the big multiplexes. They reek of popcorn and they're always very dull, " he moaned at the starstudded gala reopening of one of London's oldest cinemas, the Phoenix in East Finchley last night. "I remember queueing around the block in Sheffield when I was growing up. At that time, going to the cinema was really something special - there was something about the style of the real thing that is immeasurably nicer than multiplexes." So is this the end of the good old-fashioned picture house? "Personally I think they'll survive, " says Michael. "I hope there will always be a specialist audience that wants single-screen cinemas with character. People still collect cigarette cards. People are still crazy about Python after 25 years, which I find hard to believe."