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.