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I’ve heard from two completely independent sources of Pastafarianism in the past week. Could it be that the age of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is upon us?


Anyway, here’s some quick reviews.

Michael Palin’s diaries 1969-1979 — Very interesting, especially for a Python fan like me, giving the background story behind the group coming together, making the TV shows then the movies, and how successful they became, despite problems with distributors censoring their work, and opposition over The Life Of Brian. Palin normally comes across as thoroughly nice, and it’s pleasing to see some hints of grumpiness in the diaries — so he is human after all! Some genuinely moving moments, too.Thumbs up!

Thank you for smoking — Very funny look at PR. Anybody who does media work (or sees spin from afar) should get a laugh from (as well as be in awe of) the antics of Nick Naylor and his Mod Squad comrades.Thumbs up!

Little Miss Sunshine — A very funny movie, with a slightly-disturbing (but amusing) ending. Like any good road movie, the best bits are the trip along the way, not the destination.Thumbs up!

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
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