Palin goes from CP to BBC

By Ross Findon

Friday, December 20, 2013


Palin goes from CP to BBC

Monty Python star Michael Palin takes a break from working at the Isle of Wight County Press on Sandown esplanade. Isle of Wight County Press file picture.

WHEN Monty Python star and globe-trekking travel presenter Michael Palin takes the helm of flagship BBC Radio 4 news show, the Today Programme, he will be able to draw on journalistic experience at the coalface of Isle of Wight news.

Michael is one of five guest editors drafted for shows over the Christmas period, along with the likes of World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners Lee and musician PJ Harvey.

Twenty years ago he cut his journalistic teeth as a guest columnist for the Isle of Wight County Press, for the ITV Meridian programme Palin’s Column.

During his time on the Isle of Wight he edited a series of Palin’s Columns for the Isle of Wight County Press, covering everything from witchcraft and misshapen vegetables, to Parkhurst Prison and cliff falls at Blackgang Chine.

When his column came to an end Michael bade a special farewell, using Isle of Wight dialect.

"I hate goodbyes, so I’ll just sign off in the way I began — in the true language of Wight.

"I’ve grown fond of this thirtover Island and I’ve a month’s mind to return. That is provided I’ve not become a boor stag. Cheerio."

The Isle of Wight County Press provided a translation for anyone unclear on the meanings:

Thirtover — obstinate, perverse, contradictory

Month’s mind — a good mind or great inclination

Boor stag — an old boar

The guest edited programmes are due to be broadcast from Boxing Day to New Year's Eve.

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by Russell Palin

21st December 2013, at 19:59:15

That should have said, Not in a church door way covered in leaves.
My father left so father.2 adopted.
Father 2, was a pregnant gold fish though....Sadly. Totally not like Mr Palin of Monty Python he would have been a cool dad.
That was a long time ago. My mother found the right person a quarter of a century ago on the Island. thank goodness.
Any way I digress.

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by Russell Palin

21st December 2013, at 19:47:22

No on a church doorway. Covered in leaves.

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by Russell Palin

21st December 2013, at 00:32:01

No I was adopted by a Mr Palin in 1970, who is as far as I know not related.
I have seen Michael Palin on the Island, I waved at him and he looked back and smiled his hands were full at the time, whilst he was filming on a Aluminium fishing catamaran some time in the early to mid 1990's on Ventnor beach.
We share an interest in railways and I rather like his programs and films.
Must try and meet him properly one day.

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by Don Prescott

20th December 2013, at 16:42:03

Is he any relation to Russell?

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