Monday, December 18

Monty Pythons' Coconuts in Britain

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The movie starts with Arthur, King of the Britons, looking for knights to join him in Camelot.  Sir Galahad the pure along with Sir Lancelot the brave, Sir Bedevere, and Sir Robin the Not-Quite-so-Brave-as-Sir Lancelot joins him.   While they travel they pretend to have horses and while their servants bang coconuts make sounds as if it were horse’s hooves. 

They’re quest for the Holy Grail included satires of different events in history like the witch trials, and the black plaque.     Throughout their quest they meet knights and interesting people along the way.

King Arthur along with his servant bangin coconuts approaches a castle with two guards standing on the gate. One soldier with a keen interest on birds questions King Arthur about the coconuts.

Soldier: Who goes there?

King Arthur: It is I, Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon, from the castle of Camelot. King of the Britons, defeater of the Saxons, Sovereign of all England!

Soldier: Pull the other one!

King Arthur: I am, and this is my trusty servant Patsy, We have ridden the length and breadth of the land in search of knights who will join me in my court at Camelot. I must speak with your lord and master.

Soldier: What? Ridden on a horse?

King Arthur: Yes!

Soldier: You’re using coconuts!

King Arthur: What?

Soldier: You’ve got two empty halves of coconut and you’re bangin’ em together.

King Arthur: So? We have ridden since the snows of winter covered this land, through the kingdom of Mercia, through….

Soldier: Where’d you get the coconuts?

King Arthur: We found them.

Soldier: Found them? In Mercia? The coconut’s tropical!

King Arthur: What do you mean?

Soldier : Well this is a temperate zone

King Arthur: The swallow may fly south with the sun or the house martin or the plover may seek warmer climes in winter, yet these are not strangers to our land?

Soldier: Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?

King Arthur: Not at all. They could be carried.

Soldier: What? A swallow carrying a coconut?

King Arthur: It could grip it by the hust!

Soldier: It’s not a question of where he grips it! It’s a simple question of weight ratios! A five ounce bird could not carry a one pound coconut.

King Arthur: Well it doesn’t matter. Will you go and tell your master that Arthur form the Court of Camelot is here?

Soldier: Listen in order to maintain air-speed velocity, a swallow needs to beat its wings forty-three times every second, right?

King Arthur: Please!

Soldier: Am I right?

Monty Python is a famous British comedy group in TV and in Film.

Here is a youtube link for this scene  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqtS9xyl0f4  

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