On Friday evening, I was one of many folk who enjoyed an hour or so of Michael Palin being himself, at the Melbourne Town Hall. It was a treat to see and hear him being interviewed about his Monty Python days, the various films he has made, books he has written, and travels he has undertaken around the world since the Monty Python series finished in 1974. He is in Australia to publicize his new BBC travel program Brazil, which begins on ABC1 tonight. He was warm, amusing, entertaining and I think patient, as I am sure he had been asked many of the questions before over the years. He seemed very unpretentious given his fame and considerable talents, and I found it most touching as he spoke about his grandson Archie, and a hope that one day, he might take him travelling too. It was well worth the trip to Melbourne, and I shall certainly be watching tonight.
I stayed with my daughter, who was delighted to show me the many baby Praying Mantids that are inhabiting her productive vegetable patch. These were tiny, only about 10-12 mm in length.
P.S – For those who wondered about the correct term Mantid/Mantis…….checked with the family entomologist who said either name is OK and it doesn’t really matter which one uses. Mantid is the family name, and Mantis is more specific.