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CASTLE STALKER,where many scenes from Monty Python's "Monty Python and the Holy Grail " were filmed

King Arthur: I am your king.

Peasant Woman: Well, I didn't vote for you.

King Arthur: You don't vote for kings.

Peasant Woman: Well, how'd you become king, then?

[Angelic music plays... ]

King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. That is why I am your king.

Dennis the Peasant: Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

Arthur: Be quiet!

Dennis the Peasant: You can't expect to wield supreme power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!

Arthur: Shut up

Dennis the Peasant: I mean, if I went around saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away!

Arthur: [grabs Dennis] Shut up! Will you shut up?!

Dennis: Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system!

Arthur: [shakes Dennis] Shut up!

Dennis: Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help, help, I'm being repressed!

Arthur: Bloody Peasant!

Dennis: Ooh, what a giveaway!

Castle Stalker picturesquely set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe. It is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north-east of Port Appin, Argyll, Scotland, and is visible from the A828 road about mid-way between Oban and Glen Coe.

In recent times, the castle was brought to fame by the Monty Python team, appearing in their film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

 

Ministry of Silly Walks - the main entrance

youtu.be/iV2ViNJFZC8 - Monty Python

Monty Python fans will get the allusion

As Monty Python used to say, "And now for something completely different." Different at least from my last seven posts.

 

They don't call dusk the "photographer's golden hour" for nothing. A golden veneer of light is cast across shallow floodwaters that both envelop and reflect all that dared stand in the way.

 

Highly recommended (by 4 out of 5 photo editors) large on black

 

Explore #29 and FP

 

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As Monty Python would say "And now for something completely different" Another day out in London with great friend Tracey Whitefoot, we decided to concentrate on something a little different from the normal area's that are photographed all too often. I found it very enjoyable literally just doing something that differs from my normal offerings

Music of the day :

Monty Python - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

 

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(Explore - 20.11.08 -- #406)

 

It snowed yesterday and I was fooling around with the camera ... these are my new blue suede running shoes. Whenever I wear them, the Shoe Follower from Monty Python's 'Life of Brian' comes to mind.

This shot reminded me of one of my favorite movies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

 

"Follow! But! follow only if ye be men of valor, for the entrance to this cave is guarded by a creature so foul, so cruel that no man yet has fought with it and lived! Bones of full fifty men lie strewn about its lair. So, brave knights, if you do doubt your courage or your strength, come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty big pointy teeth."

 

Wishing everyone a Happy Sliders Sunday! ...minus any bunny bites : )

 

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Carpet Python climbing a tree

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Doune Castle in Scotland or the Castle of the Monty Python movie! The tour guide said that there is a day where the visitors can take their coconuts to clap then around. I don't know if it's true but definitely a funny idea ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Python_and_the_Holy_Grail

 

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Just realized is was also used as the set for Winterfell in Game of Thrones!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doune_Castle

those Monty Python lovers amongst you will remember the Castle of Aaargh :D

Python-inspired street art on Holywell Lane.

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This is dear.eRic of Mokum, Amsterdam.

dear.eRic: would you stand up please.

(nothing happens)

dear.eRic has learnt the first lesson of not being seen: not to be seen.

However he has chosen a very obvious piece of cover.

 

adaptation of © Monty Python's Flying Circus, episode 24: Not Being Seen

Can't decide which to use!!

 

For FGR..of course..Ministry of Silly Walks..a bit of a take on Monty Python

 

View On Black

Little Monty Python jingle form long ago.. Thats what this Osprey brought to mind when I saw this..

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZa26_esLBE

 

Thanks for looking,

Kurt

 

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Arthur and Patsy from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Ink, Copics and gel pen on an ATC.

A personal tribute to the incredible and wonderful members of Monty Python

 

They're on stage again. Yay!

www.montypythonlive.com/

 

Best viewed with Eric Idle's fantastic song from the "Life of Brian" :-)

youtu.be/SJUhlRoBL8M

 

In Explore June 4, 2014

The Doune (Monty Python) castle in Scotland. I'm glad that I live now

and not then.

 

The title of this is a quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I need to watch it again.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzcLQRXW6B0

 

Dim the Lights

Monty Python - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHPOzQzk9Qo

One way or another,,we're all stuck here ;p

 

Minuscule - Sneezy Spider

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-w_cM9nmrQ

 

This was the castle used in the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" in 1974. Also the setting for the 1952 movie "Ivanhoe" with Elizabeth Taylor.

bloody fog .... fuck mist ...

 

Monty Python

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm8UWmXCMAg

 

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life ...

 

Einige Dinge im Leben sind schlecht

Sie können dich wirklich verrückt machen

Andere Dinge lassen dich schimpfen und fluchen

Wenn du an dem Knorpel des Leben zu kauen hast

Meckere nicht, fang an zu pfeifen

Und das hilft dir das beste draus zu machen

 

Und schaue auf die helle Seite des Lebens

schaue auf die helle Seite des Lebens

 

Wenn das Leben fröhlich zu faulen scheint

Es gibt etwas dass du vergessen hast

Und das ist zu lachen und zu lächeln und tanzen und singen

Wenn du dich wie auf dem Müll fühlst

Sei nicht dumm Trottel

Spitze deine Lippen und pfeife, das ist die Sache

 

Und schaue immer auf die helle Seite des Lebens

Komm schon!

Schaue immer auf die richtige Seite des Lebens

 

Denn das Leben ist ziemlich absurd

Und der Tod ist das letzte Wort

Du müsst immer vor den Vorhang mit einer Verbeugung

Vergesse deine Sünde

Gebe dem Zuschauer ein Grinsen

Genieße es, es ist deine letzte Chance, irgendwie

 

Also, immer auf die Sonnenseite des Todes schauen

Kurz bevor du den letzten Atemzug machst

 

Das Leben ist ein Stück Scheiße

Wenn man es betrachtet

Das Leben ist ein Lachen und Tod ist ein Witz, es ist wahr

Du wirst sehen, es ist alles eine Show

Lass sie lachen wenn du gehst

Denke daran, dass der letzte Lacher auf deiner Seite ist

 

Und immer auf der hellen Seite des Lebens

Immer auf dem richtigen Seite des Lebens

 

Komm Brian, werde heiterer!

 

Schaue immer auf die helle Seite des Lebens

Schaue immer auf die helle Seite des Lebens

 

Schlimmeres passiert auf See, weist du,

Schaue immer auf die helle Seite des Lebens

 

Ich meine, was hast du zu verlieren

Weißt du, du kommst aus dem Nichts, du gehst wieder zurück zum Nichts

 

Was hast du verloren? Nichts!

Immer auf dem richtigen Seite des Lebens ....

 

Nichts wird aus dem Nichts kommen, du weist was sie sagen?

Erheitere du alter Mistkerl, komm gib uns ein Grinsen!

Da bist du, sehe, es ist das Ende des Films

Übrigens, diese Platte ist im Vorraum erhältlich

Einige von uns haben müssen als gut leben, wissen Sie,

(???)

Wer glaubst du, zahlt für all diesen Abfall

Sie werden nicht ihr Geld zurück zu bekommen, weist du,

Ich sagte ihnen, ich sagte zu ihnen: Bernie, Sie werden nicht ihr Geld zurück zu bekommen

 

Sorry, ist 'halt Britischer Humor ;-) ... Happy Weekend !

Castle Stalker in Loch Laich which is a tidal inlet off Loch Linnhe.

Not really a castle, Stalker is a Keep or Tower House built, in its present form, around the 1440's by the Clan Stewart who held the Lordship of Lorn.

Th eoriginal castle on this site was built around the 1320s.

Of course, Castle Stalker is famous to Monty Python fans as The Castle of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh from Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

Monty Python came to mind when the soliders marched by for the changing of the guards. Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

Monty Python - Meaning of Life - Part VII "Death" youtu.be/yR5Z4n1TdSI

This crow seemed to think he was in Monty Python's Flying Circus ;-))

Goosestepping Through Toronto..

 

While shooting downtown a year ago i shot this photo of a man enthusiastically goosestepping across the street. It was one of those moments that last only a second and are gone.

 

it brought a smile to my face and i reminisced about the Monty Python "ministry of silly walks" skit starring John Cleese.

 

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The Roman amphitheater at El DJem, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), was used for filming some of the scenes from the 1979 Monty Python film Life of Brian and was also used for filming some of the scenes from the Academy Award (Oscar) winning film Gladiator.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + XC 16-50 OIS lens at 16mm. Exif: ISO 200 at f/6.4, 1/1100 second.

In honor of the Monty Python reunion, the LEGO Group has announced the Holy Grail themed Collectible Minifigures Series 14.

 

List of minifigures:

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1. Arthur, King of the Britons and also an expert of swallows (both African and Europian).

 

Memorable quotes: "Run away, run away!"

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2. Patsy: King Arthur's trusty serf.

 

Memorable quotes: "It's only a model!"

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3. The Black Knight: a fearless warrior (he never gives up a fight) and the guard of the bridge (well, a short plank of wood actually). Detachable limbs!

 

Memorable quotes: "None shall pass!", "I've had worse.", "Just a flesh wound."

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4. Head Smashing Monk: including the ceremonial plank of wood that makes a smashing scene (literally).

 

Memorable quotes: "Pie Jesu Domine, Dona eis requiem"

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5. Sir Bedevere: a knight who is also wise in the ways of science: a master of logical deduction ("If she weighs the same as a duck, she's made of wood...") and an excellent strategist.

 

Memorable quotes: "...and that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana shaped."

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6. The Witch: a beautiful woman dressed as a witch, having a nose like a witch and proven to be a witch (warning: science content!). The bag includes a peasant who has been turned into a newt.

 

Memorable quotes: "I'm not a witch."

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7. Sir Lancelot the Brave: one of King Arthur's bravest knights. He also loves to attend weddings.

 

Memorable quotes: "Oh dear... is he all right?"

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8. Sir Galahad the Pure: it's his duty as a knight to sample as much peril as he can (but he is not allowed to do so; it is too perilous).

 

Memorable quotes: "I can tackle this lot single-handed!", "Blue. No, yel..."

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9. Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot, who had nearly fought the Dragon of Angnor, who had nearly stood up to the vicious Chicken of Bristol and who had personally wet himself at the Battle of Badon Hill. Including an extra set of armor for Sir Robin (just in case...).

 

Memorable quotes: "You tit! I soiled my armor I was so scared!", "I've done it again!"

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10. The French Taunter: a French soldier armed with colorful language and livestock (chickens included). Do not let him taunt you a second time.

 

Memorable quotes: "I fart in your general direction!", "Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!", "Fetchez la vache!"

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11. Zoot lives in the castle Anthrax (famous for its hospitality), where she and her "eight score blondes and brunettes" have nothing to do all day but bathe, dress, undress and make exciting underwear. She occasionally turns on the grail-shaped beacon (for which she should be punished!).

 

Memorable quotes: "Prepare a bed for our guest!", "Doctor Piglet, doctor Winston, practice your art!"

 

Buy a second one! Dingo: Zoot's identical twin sister, an advocate for a specific form of punishment.

 

Memorable quotes: "Oh, wicked, bad, naughty, evil Zoot! Oh, she is a bad person, and she must pay the penalty!"

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12. Tim the Enchanter: a powerful and pyromaniac wizard, capable of creating fire without flint or tinder. He also works as a tourist guide organizing sightseeing tours to such sites like the cave of Caerbannog. Group discounts!

 

Memorable quotes: "There are some who call me...Tim", "It IS the rabbit!"

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13. Sir Bors and the Rabbit of Caerbannog: even though Sir Bors is a noble knight he is not flawless: he tends to lose his head easily. His nemesis, the mighty beast of Caerbannog is also included in the same bag (no, not behind the rabbit, it IS the rabbit!)

 

Memorable quotes: "One rabbit stew comin' right up!"

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14. Brother Maynard: a scholar (expert of the aramaic language) and the carrier of sacred relics, including the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. He is an enthusiastic researcher of mythical creatures, he once observed the legendary black beast of aaaarrgh!

 

Memorable quotes: "Skip a bit, Brother!", "It is the legendary black beast of aaaarrgh..."

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15. The Keeper of the Bridge of Death: he watches over the Bridge of Death, which spans the Gorge of Eternal Peril. Knights suffering from color blindness should keep away! The bag also includes five ("three, sir!"), er, three questions!

 

Memorable quotes: "What... is your favourite colour?"

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16. Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Series: appearance/weapons/accessoires as portrayed in the film.

  

Special thanks go to Gary^The^Procrastinator for his suggestions.

 

The actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand.

 

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Castle Stalker (Scottish Gaelic: Caisteal an Stalcaire) is a four-story tower house or keep picturesquely set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe. It is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north-east of Port Appin, Argyll, Scotland, and is visible from the A828 road about midway between Oban and Glen Coe. The islet is accessible (with difficulty) from the shore at low tide. The name "Stalker" comes from the Gaelic Stalcaire, meaning "hunter" or "falconer".

 

In recent times, the castle was brought to fame by the Monty Python team, appearing in their film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Just when you least expect them...

 

In the early years of the 16th century, to combat the rising tide of religious unorthodoxy, the Pope gave Cardinal Ximinez of Spain leave to move without let or hindrance throughout the land, in a reign of violence, terror and torture that makes a smashing film. This was the Spanish Inquisition...

 

Watch the original scenes HERE, HERE and THERE.

 

"Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise... Surprise and fear... Fear and surprise... Our two weapons are fear and surprise... And ruthless efficiency.... Our three weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency... And an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope... And nice red uniforms."

  

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This castle was used in the Monty Python movie, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

Every castle in the world is unique in some way. No two are the same.

 

But this one - even though it's rather small and humble compared to some - is unique in more than one way. Probably the only one in the world, really integrated in a cave system - actually the second largest cave system in Slovenia.

 

It's located 9km from Postojna (where another cave is located - world-famous Postojnska jama - one of the largest in the world).

 

Its name Predjamski grad literally means Castle in Front of the Cave. And the village in front of it is also named Predjama.

 

This castle wasn't built in one go. First written records exist from 13th century, though the first part (left wing) was probably built in the first half of 12th century. Middle part was added in renaissance, and the right wing was build around 1570. Some things were added and changed later, but since 1990 renovation work is in progress, restoring it to the original 16th century look.

 

A medieval knight's tournament is held each summer in front of the castle and it's really worth a visit (though it's quite crowded then - as far as I heard).

 

Castle changed quite a few owners, but probably the best known was notorious rogue knight Erasmus Lueger, aka Erazem Predjamski. In 15th century, when he lived, only the first part of the castle existed. And it more resembled a robber's den than a castle. Wasn't very large or comfortable - but virtually impregnable.

 

Erazem was once a guest of Austrian emperor Friederich III. When one of emperor's friends (or relatives, as some sources state) insulted one of Erazem's good friends, Erazem drew the sword and killed him. For this, he was sentenced to death, but managed to escape and made it back to his stronghold.

 

Then he started attacking caravans, robbing whomever and whenever he seemed fit and generally acting as a major pain in emperor's behind. Therefore Triest's governor Ravbar was ordered to find and kill him.

 

Legend says that none of Ravbar's men knew where Erazem's stronghold was. So Erazem himself, cheeky as he was, put on a diguise and offered to lead them to it. Be as it may, as they found out the location, they laid the siege to the castle for months. When they froze their bums off in the middle of winter, Erazem mocked them and allegedly even catapulted a roasted ox from the castle and wished them good appetite. (Could be that the Monty Python crew borrowed this legend for their French Taunting sketch - or perhaps it's just a funny coincidence.)

 

When the next spring arrived, Erazem started to send them freshly picked cherries. Ravbar was thoroughly puzzled by this. There were rumours among his men, that there was a sort of paradise land in the caves behind the castle, that yields all sorts of crop throughout the year...

 

Little did they know, that there's a passage through the cave, which exits on the other side of the hill. Probably this passage and the elaborate cave system were the main reason why the castle was built there in the first place.

 

Though Ravbar received these fruity gifts from Erazem, the siege itself proved fruitless - until the summer of 1484, when Ravbar managed to bribe one of Erazem's servants. This servant told him, that though castle's walls can easily withstand cannon fire, the walls of the outhouse (see notes on the photo) are quite another matter. A well aimed cannonball could penetrate its wall and kill whomever is using it at the moment.

 

So, when Erazem was relieving himself, the servant gave Ravbar's men a signal and they fired at the outhouse. The cannonball passed right through and missed Erazem. But when it hit the back wall, an avalanche of rocks buried Erazem beneath it, ending his rebellion.

 

(That's the official version anyway. Another source (see here), states that he was killed by "sniper fire" through a window, after the treacherous servant placed the lamp so that it outlined Erasmus' silhouette in the window.)

 

Legend also says that Erazem is buried under a huge (and really weird looking) lime tree, beside the village church.

 

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Best viewed large.

Here is the night view.

And here all my pix of this place.

 

Oh, and BTW: On May 7th, 2009 Oddee placed this castle third among

"10 Most Fascinating Castles and Palaces" in the world.

They even borrowed the first part of my text above in their description.

LOL I'm flattered! :-)

(And since they didn't ask for permission, nor quoted the source, I'm quite grateful they didn't "borrow" my photo as well.)

Stalker Castle is a four story tower house or keep picturesquely set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe. It is located about 2.5 km north east of Port Appin, Argyll, and visible from the A828 main road about mid-way between Oban and Glen Coe. The islet is accessible (with difficulty) from the shore at low tide. The name 'Stalker' comes from the Gaelic Stalcaire, meaning 'hunter' or 'falconer', and should therefore be pronounced 'stal-ker', with the 'l' sounded, not as in the pronunciation of the English word 'stalker'. In recent times the castle was brought to fame by the Monty Python team, appearing in their film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It also appeared in the film Highlander: Endgame. The Castle's implausibly picturesque appearance, with its bewitching island setting against a dramatic backdrop of mountains, has made it a favourite subject for postcards and calendars, and something of a cliché image of Scottish Highland scenery. It should be noted, however, that Stalker is entirely authentic. It is one of the best-preserved medieval tower-houses surviving in western Scotland.

  

Best to be viewed in large size format

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I think not. Taking a break from wood cutting---the manliest of manly activities (despite what Monty Python's "Lumberjack" song would lead you to believe).

In recent times the castle was brought to fame by the Monty Python team, appearing in their film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It also appeared in the film Highlander: Endgame. The Castle's implausably picturesque appearance, with its bewitching island setting against a dramatic backdrop of mountains, has made it a favourite subject for postcards and calendars, and something of a cliché image of Scottish Highland scenery. It should be noted, however, that Stalker is entirely authentic; it is one of the best-preserved medieval tower-houses surviving in western Scotland.

 

Castle Stalker is in Appin, Argyll, situated on the A828 between Ballachulish and Conel.

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