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2008-08-12 12:01:05

Sir Bill Cotton (pictured) the BBC's former Managing Director of Television, died yesterday. Sir Bill, who retired in 1987, died in hospital in Bournemouth at the age of 80. He spent seven years as the BBC's Head of Light Entertainment between 1970 and 1977, overseeing classic shows like The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise and Monty Python's Flying Circus. He also spent four years as BBC controller. Sir Bill was awarded the Academy Fellowship by the British Academy of Film and...

2008-08-12 06:00:39

By Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY It's not easy being green, especially when you're swathed in makeup and saddled with prosthetics. Actor Brian d'Arcy James figures it took him about 2 hours and 15 minutes to make his first transformation into the title character of Shrek: The Musical. He has repeated that process "a handful of times" and is down to less than 2 hours. "We'll streamline it a bit more as we move forward," he says. The clock is ticking. Shrek begins a pre-Broadway...

2008-08-10 00:00:17

Licensing bosses thought about banning the controversial Monty Python film the Life of Brian - but decided against the move. Newly released information shows that the controversial comedy is the only film Lincoln councillors ever considered banning. Councillors viewed the movie in 1979 before deciding whether it should be shown in the city because of concerns it was blasphemous. But after watching it, they agreed the film - ranked by some people as the greatest comedy movie of all...

2008-07-31 21:00:26

By Rob Lowman Entertainment What do a philharmonic orchestra in white dinner jackets and black ties, a 40-piece choir, four opera singers, fireworks, a 32- piece bagpipe band, a narrator, some sheep and a leaf blower add up to? For Eric Idle - a lot of laughs. On the heels of their Tony-winning "Spamalot," the Monty Python alum and his musical collaborator, John Du Prez, have whipped up "Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)." Like "Spamalot" - which is still going strong on...

2008-07-21 18:00:32

One of the stars of the controversial film Life of Brian is to look into lifting a long-standing ban on it in the town she presides in as mayor. Sue Jones-Davies, the mayor of Aberystwyth, West Wales, rose to fame when she played the part of Judith, Brian's girlfriend, in the 1979 Monty Python hit comedy. In the film, Monty Python stalwart Graham Chapman is the reluctant messiah Brian, born on Christmas Day in the Roman- occupied Judea. The film caused outrage among Christians all over...

2008-07-14 09:00:43

By Mark Agee, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Jul. 14--GRAPEVINE -- Sheela Kadam knows how she developed her "warped sense of humor." As a child growing up in England, she would sneak downstairs after her bedtime and watch Monty Python's Flying Circus with her older brother. When she moved to the United States in 1989, Kadam was shocked to run into so many fans of the classic British comedy troupe in Grapevine. "Fans actually seem to take it more seriously over here. They have a real...

2008-06-25 21:02:26

By Mark Lowry, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Jun. 25--FORT WORTH -- One reason that the comedy geniuses of Monty Python were so successful is that no matter who they made fun of, they showed a modicum of respect for the lampooned subject. Oh, who are we kidding? Sometimes, they were out for blood, the kind that's best drawn by excessively silly satire. And it pretty much always worked. So it makes sense that their first major venture into the world of musical theater -- Monty...

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2008-05-17 10:15:00

Palaeontologists have discovered fossil remains in Scandinavia of parrots that have been pushing up daisies for more than 55 million years. Reported in the current issue of the journal Palaeontology, the fossils indicate that parrots once flew wild over what is now Norway and Denmark. Parrots today live only in the tropics and southern hemisphere, but this new research, which was supported by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) and University College...

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2008-02-22 06:00:00

The Everglades apparently isn't big enough for the giant invaders, who have grown fat, happy and increasingly numerous on a diet of unsuspecting natives. Over the last year, pythons have been found in the wild from Key Largo to Glades County -- and a new study suggests the exotic predators could spread beyond South Florida. Far beyond. The Burmese, or Indian, python -- at least theoretically -- would feel right at home from California to Delaware in an array of habitats from scrub deserts...

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2006-12-17 18:50:00

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. -- "SNAKE!" Hearing this shout, Skip Snow slammed on the brakes. When the off-roader plowed to a halt, he and his partner, Lori Oberhofer, leaped out and took off running toward two snakes, actually - a pair of 10-foot Burmese pythons lying on a levee, sunning themselves. After slipping, sliding and tumbling down a rocky embankment, Snow, a wildlife biologist, grabbed one of the creatures by the tail. The python, Oberhofer says, did not care much for that. "It...


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2008-11-21 16:21:55

The Children's Python (Antaresia childreni), is a non-venomous python found in Australia. It is found mainly in the extreme north of Western Australia, the northern third of Northern territory, and in northeastern Queensland. It is also found on the islands of the Torres Strait. It was named in honor of John George Children, who was a curator of the zoological collection at the British Museum around that time. No subspecies are currently recognized. Adults grow to about 30 inches in...

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'