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Public anger in research (and social media)
Hannah Jones, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Gargi Bhattacharyya, William Davies, Sukhwant Dhaliwal, Emma Jackson, and Roiyah Saltus

its own (real-life) van with the slogan ‘Stirring up tension and division in the UK illegally? Home Office, think again,’ targeted at gaining press and social media attention. More informally, photoshopped parodies multiplied on Twitter; examples included a slogan telling the Romans to go home (playing on the Monty Python ‘what did the Romans ever do for us?’ joke); another told the Australian lobbyist Lynton Crosby (rumoured to be behind the

in Go home?
Kieran Keohane and Carmen Kuhling

privileges of full citizenship to Plebeians. FOUNDATIONS OF EUROPE’S COLLECTIVE HOUSEHOLD 59 The fall of Rome and the sapping of the foundations of Europe’s collective household There is a memorable scene in Monty Python’s The Life of Brian (1979) in which a cell of the revolutionary People’s Front of Judea is justifying its subversive campaign against Rome. The Chair, Reg (John Cleese) is flanked by PFJ members Stan (Eric Idle) and Francis (Michael Palin). [Reg] They’ve taken everything we have, and not just from us, but from our fathers, and from our fathers

in The domestic, moral and political economies of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland
Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

(London: Atlantic Books, 2009). 21 In 1979 the Monty Python film Life of Brian was treated as blasphemous by various religious groups and local authorities in the UK and the US. It was condemned as such by Malcolm Muggeridge and Mervyn Stockwood, the Bishop of Southwark, in a BBC televised debate. 22 See Paul Berman's compelling reflections on this

in Antisemitism and the left
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Bridget Byrne and Carla De Tona

). Cheadle Heath, as well as other areas associated with ‘council houses and people on benefits’, was a common reference point as an area to avoid. Thus Cheadle Hulme for Melanie and Steve stood 54 Imagining places somewhere in the middle of a social order. This is the Monty Python version of the class system, where there is a clear order of looking down on others and being looked down upon. Whilst they describe Cheadle Hulme as somewhere that they are ‘comfortable’, they also remembered how, by having children at a younger age than was the norm for the area, they had

in All in the mix
Moving beyond agency
Saskia Huc-Hepher

recounts a pre-reflexive attraction to the culturally nuanced humour of English comedy acts, such as Benny Hill and Monty Python. ‘I’ve always been fascinated by England’, Séverine explains, ‘beginning when I was a teenager through “cheap comedy” programmes; I soon became interested in English humour which I found endearing, so … I was drawn to English very early on.’ In a space-culture-language conflation, and a progression from curiosity to attraction, Séverine bears witness to the multidimensionality of habituation. The German language of her schooling and her

in French London
Racial capitalism and workplace resistance
Ben Rogaly

English, so the induction, that tests, that was everything quite … Now I would say from this stance, I would say that was quite a good comedy, Monty Python, you know, because the people couldn’t speak. We couldn’t literally speak even a word in English and yeah, we had inductions, we had tests, so that says everything about the kind of company, how it works, the process is about just getting people in, cheap, I would say, cheap work resources, I don’t know. You know what I mean … [The tests] were real but as soon as we get into the room people, whoever was the

in Stories from a migrant city
Legends of virtual community
Caroline Bassett

:59 Page 150 The arc and the machine authenticating data – pet pictures, spouse pictures, off-screen interests; more importantly they give users a durable or semi-permanent identity online. Simple biographical homepages aside, other popular ‘genres’ of site on GeoCities included specialized resource sites, more-or-less permanent tribute sites, and fan sites (famous early sites included one about Monty Python and one about Hollywood), these last gaining by far the most hits. Many thousands of GeoCities pages remain entirely unedited after construction, and to this

in The arc and the machine
David Hesse

’s experience with music video clips. The New York Times called Highlander hollow and noted that ‘it should surprise nobody if excerpts [of Highlander] appear on the music video channel’. Furthermore, ‘Highlander keeps on exploding for almost two hours, with nothing at stake’.122 Films & Filming magazine called Highlander a piece of ‘unabashed hokum’ and noted that ‘the sequences set in sixteenth century Scotland alternately resemble a Monty Python sketch and an advertisement for Mentholated cigarettes’.123 Few people foresaw the film’s longevity in 1986. Some two years after

in Warrior dreams