Category Archives: Musing

Novel Writing As a Sport

Novel Writing (Live From Wessex)

What if we treated novel writing as a sport? A spectator sport with commentators such as Michael Palin?

Track 15 on Monty Python’s ‘The Final Rip-off’ album is “Novel Writing (Live From Wessex)”. The free preview will play a representative snippet of the track. The whole 2:34 (2 min. 34 sec.) version is $1.29 at this store:

(added off-topic bonus: 2nd track 17 = “Bookshop”)

You may also be able to play the track at this site which includes a textual transcript of the track.

At least take a minute and listen to the free preview. Let me know what you think?

What if novel writing were a sport? But it is, isn’t it?

Cat Detector Van

I recently recalled a notion called the “Cat Detector Van”. Here is a Cat Detector Van reference from the “Fish License” sketch of Monty Python:

Video of television version that segues into the rugby match:

Text of the audio, I think from the album “Matching Tie and Handkerchief” but maybe another which segues into “Eric the Half a Bee”:

I also recall a TV sketch with the actual van, but couldn’t find it on short order. Hadn’t seen this in decades. Amazing what’s on the net nowadays.

Addendum: Sorry. Bad memory. It wasn’t Matching Tie and Handkerchief (double-grooved vinyl, I’d forgotten that too), but “Monty Python’s Previous Record“. Double amazing what the net has. After recording and transcribing all the TV episodes, I’d taken to transcribing the albums too. Ah, the joys of youth. Forgot to mention that bit in my recent poem.