Heloo from Terry

Well hello,

Terry here - dipping a tentative toe into what I believe they call social media. John C seems to have been doing this for simply ages but I'm new to it all so be gentle with me. I do now have a Twitter account (@PythonJones) whatever that is and the nice people at Twitter have been kind enough to 'verify' me - which means that I am now in absolutely no doubt as to who I am. Which is nice.

I'll try to remember to post some things here about what I'm up to - the new animated movie, the LIfe of Brian drama and so on, and the new book I'm writing at http://www.unbound.co.uk. Once again it's one of these new-fangled ways of doing things called 'crowd-funding' which means that you get to buy the book before I've written it. But when I do write it, it will have your name in it, which is a lovely thought. Anyway, have a look.

Off to Bath now.


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terryjones: The next chapter of my new book 'Evil Machines' - The Lift That Took People to Places They Didn't Want to Go - is now ready for your perusal at http://www.unbound.co.uk/books/1/updates/19

Thanks for all your support.


French Taunter at 1:57 pm August 03

Lovely, thanks! ^^

mrsCutout at 3:21 pm August 03

OMG! That's amazing! ...I mean that says it all I'm not very good with words anyway!

mrs galahad 19 at 12:54 pm August 04

That was very enjoyable, Terry :) Thanks!

Elanor: Hi Terry! Everyone at The Churches Conservation Trust is really looking forward to your lecture on 6 October at the Geological Society! We hope you are too. We're doing everything we can to promote it, and tickets are starting to disappear now, so if anyone you know would like to come, its worth booking asap! Thanks and best wishes, Elanor Young (CCT)

Elanor at 6:54 am July 28

PS: if they do want to book, best to visit our website: www.visitchurches.org.uk/terryjones

Eden: YES!! Sorry i love books... heheh can't wait for it come out! i know it's going to be a great book. Best on your way old chap!


terryjones: Very glad you all like the idea - I believe they're working on opening the site out to some first time writers soon.

Lvndr HppE at 7:54 pm July 19

That sounds awesome! I'm a writer looking to get published!

French Taunter at 3:21 pm July 21

there is place for french too or will it be only english? ;)

Here Comes Another One at 9:37 pm July 18

Yes! hope so.

Julyful at 3:04 am July 14

Glad to hear this. I've supported the book, too!

Here Comes Another One: I've supported the book! Can't wait till it comes out.

Unbound looks fabulous, I love the idea of the interactivity between writers and readers. Hopefully I'll join the site as an author sometime soon!

mrsCutout at 1:35 pm July 12

Yes!You do that!

genji: OK I've pledged. Sounds like a great idea for funding. It could really bring artists and entertainers closer to their audience and make us feel like we're making a real statement of support. I think it could work very well in the music industry, too.

Thank you to Mr. Jones for coming and telling us all about it, too.

d_janice92@yahoo.com: I think Unbound is a wonderful idea!
Yours among them, I'm shelling out some of my naught-earned American Student Loan money for novels on there. It's great accumulating debt, I might as well enjoy it! I still haven't convinced myself $30000 of debt is worth it to be a schoolteacher...

TheRealGilliamFan at 8:55 pm July 11

@d_janice92@yahoo.com If I gave you the figure of my student loan debt (a BFA and two Master's degrees), you'd have a heart attack right on the spot ;) Feel lucky you're only in for $30K. Not kidding. I'll be dodging the student loan reps for the rest of my life........

d_janice92@yahoo.com at 6:53 am July 12

Whew, I can only imagine...I'm sure I would just *boom*, dead, right there.
What are your degrees in, and do you think all the debt is worth it? I only ask because I'm considering pursuing a graduate degree, but I just don't know. The debt I'm earning is already going to be about a year's salary for me! Hahaha. The state of Texas (and the US gov't, at that) looooooves cutting teacher's salaries, let me tell you! :)

TheRealGilliamFan at 11:49 am July 12

@d_janice92 One in Media Studies, the other in Theatre Arts. I did it to give myself the possibility of teaching instead of "slinging hash while I wait for 'pure art' to come along," to quote Lorraine Hansberry. Was it worth it? I don't know. I think it depends on the field you intend to get into and the reality of job prospects. I was lucky to land an adjunct position right out of grad school… and that's not saying much. For every full time university job (at least in my field), there are 400 applicants, and often times the search is not legit because they have an inside candidate they intend to hire full time but are required to post a national search anyway. For my terminal degree, which is an MFA not PhD, I was also under contract for all three years to perform with the graduate company, so that meant no outside job… which meant EVERYTHING was paid for with loans, including housing… in a very expensive city at the time. As far as expanding and shaping my aesthetic, it was useful, regardless, but that's not to say that cannot be done outside the walls of academia. I've learned to live with the fact that the student loan debt is just going to be something I have to deal with (or not) for the rest of time………… ;)

d_janice92@yahoo.com at 7:32 pm July 12

Lordy. Well, hats off to you! More dedicated than I am.

Paute at 6:58 am July 12

Booo! Pay for study?. That's weird. Thanks here you don't need pay. And we have to many studients for all the world.

d_janice92@yahoo.com at 7:03 am July 12

Where do you live, and how soon can I immigrate? Hahaha.

Paute at 6:55 am July 13

Hahaha come to Buenos Aires!

terryjones at 1:56 am July 11

Goodness - is it that much now? But it is always worth being a schoolteacher - nothing is more important than that.


d_janice92@yahoo.com at 6:13 am July 11

Unfortunately, it is. Or rather, that's the high mark I should hit by graduation.
That's what I keep telling myself, thank you for backing it up. Now to convince everyone who still thinks I should get a "worthwhile" degree...like business or law or something equally sketchy.

French Taunter at 6:02 am July 11

What??? Get debt because you are learning??? It might be a good private university/school then ... I want to be a school teacher in Norway after my studies and IF I wouldn't get pay for that I could not do anything! As a french I think it is normal that a country pays for its children education! even more when it is a wealthy country! I just find that you and your friends and other people who do that are so courageous! But still it is shoking...

d_janice92@yahoo.com at 6:15 am July 11

It really is ridiculous, isn't it? But, I still think I have gotten lucky enough to even qualify for loans or have the other means to go to university. Some people don't get that chance, which is a subject I could go on about for ages, but I'll refrain, haha.

mrsCutout at 2:48 pm July 11

Damn!! And I thought WE had problems!

Here Comes Another One at 5:22 am July 12

I know what you mean about student debt. I'm a university teacher and I have a debt from my undergraduate days. Personally I think governments should subsidise training for essential professions like teaching (primary & secondary that is). There'd have to be regulations, like education students having to maintain a certain standard of work to get the grant, that way a country's future is being invested in but also ensuring the highest standards of teaching ... anyway, I'm just thinking, er, not out loud, er, not on paper ... on screen. Thinking on screen. Yes. :D

d_janice92@yahoo.com at 7:01 am July 12

Yes! Yesyesyes! I agree with everything you've just said...typed...
My biggest grievance (I warn you, you've opened a flood gate, hahaha) about the US education system (I don't know much about other parts of the world) is that they do what is called "tracking" in public schools, i.e. deciding which kids go on the remedial, regular, and honors tracks. Then, they essential decide which kids are "worth it" and place the best teachers in the high track classes, and the teachers who've had the least success in the remedial tracks. What kind of chance does that give a child, right? I was a student of remedial classes, and I know exactly the lack of benefits from those kinds of teachers.
And I guess that comes round about to, like you said, if they had those kinds of regulations, the quality of teachers on all "tracks" (which I think is demeaning in the first place, telling a child what they can and cannot do) would be greatly increased. It's just getting the government to view teaching as an essential profession. It's very hard to create an influx of new teachers promising them a low salary that they could almost earn without a degree and years of debt.
Hahaha, sorry for the rant and being about 180 degrees off topic. I just have a very strong opinion about how the school system should work. In a perfect world, right? ;)

Here Comes Another One at 11:05 pm July 12

Yeah, perfect world. If the type of people who ran the world weren't the type of people who become politicians ... :D

I totally agree with what you say. There has to be a way of supporting high achieving students without degrading others. When I was at school in England in the '90s, I went through the comprehensive system and there was streaming for subjects like Maths and French, which worked quite well. But if I recall, not for English. I remember either being bored because the teachers were going at the pace of the slowest kids, or feeling sorry for the slower ones because the teacher was going too fast. It was a lot like that at primary school, too. It's no more fun for the teachers than it is for the kids, trying to strike that kind of balance - yet I also disagree with the system you describe, where children are forced onto tracks without a chance to move (I assume not, from what you say).

d_janice92@yahoo.com at 7:19 am July 13

See, a child can move up a track, sure. But what happens with these lower tracks is that they say, "Here is the absolute, bare minimum. That is all we expect from you, and we won't challenge you to anything further." It just irks me! What kind of chance does that give, right? I remember being in a high-track English class, and I earned a C average for the first semester, but then the administration decided that I wasn't going to improve, or rather, didn't give me the chance, and knocked me down not one, but two tracks. What kind of message does it send when you tell a child, "Well, you messed up your first chance, you're never getting any better, bye bye." And being on the low tracks, some of the counselors (at least in my school) are instructed to either prepare you for the workforce or if you're really persistent, to give you the paperwork for a community or technical college (which is all well and good if that's what you want to do). I had a counselor who was supposed to be helping me tell me as a guise that I was too poor for university (which yeah, if it was coming out of pocket, my family hadn't a penny to spare). He failed to mention all the grant and loan options available to me because of my low-track status.

And I do agree with you about supporting high achieving students without degrading others. Over here (I'm not sure how this works in other countries), elementary schools frequently perform IQ tests, and a child can be given the designation of "Gifted and Talented" (or GT) for the rest of their school career based on this score. I was given this label at age 6 but, wouldn't you know, our public schools, who had beforehand said there would be nurturing and challenging programs for GT students, didn't do a damn thing. We had 36 public elementary schools, and only one that offered any GT programs. I didn't want to transfer schools, however, because I had been involved (and would be for the next 7 years) in an afterschool program in which the special education teacher would ask three students who she felt were sensitive and mature enough to do activities with a student with mental disability. This also helped that students socialization levels and showed them that there were children who weren't going to be cruel to them. As far as I remember, it was beneficial to the boy we worked with, and for me as well. I ended up peer tutoring a lot of the disabled students, and I came to find out different things about them that even some teachers hadn't bothered to find out, like how one boy didn't like red x's on his papers, they made him cry. It had to be circles, no x's. This is so off topic, but I guess that program was one of the good things I'll attribute to the schools.

We had a wonderful superintendent over here called Michelle Rhee, who was all for having quality teachers for all students. Because once a teacher reaches their kind of tenure and joins the union, they can only be fired for illegal or abusive acts. Is that not ridiculous? They can completely slack off and give half a damn about what they're doing, but the union will protect them because they say students' performances aren't or shouldn't be a judge of that teacher's effectiveness. This woman, though, she offered all the teachers in her (public) school district DOUBLE salary and incentives to work non-union. There was a huuuuge uproar, but I thought it was very noble and made a great point.

Dear Lord, I am rambling. No one likes to talk about these things other than my boyfriend, who, studying to be an art teacher, has a whooooole extra set of things to complain about, haha.

terryjones: You're all very nice people.

French Taunter at 5:57 am July 10

Do you think you deserve bad people?;) Have we ever fight? En Garde!!!!

It is so good also to have news about you sir. That make us even nicier I think. We don't need to be in England or wherever to meet you and that is very apprecialble.

mrsCutout at 2:54 pm July 10

How true!!!!

Tanya_Birklid19 at 7:04 am July 10

Aaw, thanks :) It's really nice to hear from you, Terry.

Mrs Attila the Hun 93 at 9:25 am July 10

Grazie signore Jonesy, but we probably aren't as nice as Mike :D

nope_ive_been_shopping at 3:35 pm July 10

True that, I've seen a lot of John Cleese interviews and I've never seen one without Palin's nice-ness mentioned :) And thank you from me too, Terry :D

jamdyl at 5:50 pm July 10

Michael has mentioned in a few interviews how nice Terry is though
btw i think this is my first post here, i've been reading here for months so hello everyone and Terry

nope_ive_been_shopping at 2:02 pm July 11

I'm new as well, still getting used to everything; the site still won't let me post my own commments, I have to reply to everyone else's. :S

TheRealGilliamFan: Blogged, Tweeted, Facebooked..... xo

arkennedy: Hello Terry. I happy to hear you're working on another book. I've enjoyed the other books that you've written and that I've read so far and this one sounds like it will be interesting :)

Pachorruo: Hello Terry, here in the Canary Islands on no vacation LOL great to see you in the social whatever thing.

Paute at 12:03 pm July 08

Entonces podemos escribir en español.

Mrs Attila the Hun 93 at 12:40 pm July 08

The Canaries, eh? I holiday there like every year!
Which island do you reside on?

mrsCutout: Hmmm...how about a greek translation?We Python fans here don't get much of your stuff...I had to go trhough a lot to get the full series of Flying Circus and all the books and dvds.Oh it's so difficult!
Anyway I wanted to ask a question if anyone could answer me: If I order the book do i have to pay through credit card?Is it possible that I pay in the post office as soon as it arrives?

French Taunter at 4:21 pm July 06

Greek translation? Can they afford it? ;) seriously I hope that pythons can be translated as much as possible and in the best way it can be! :)

mrsCutout at 3:02 pm July 09

Well so far Python is being translated in many languages.I do have quite a few books so if none of them is translated by then I'll do it myself!

terryjones at 11:52 am July 07

Actually the Dead Parrot sketch was originally Greek and dates from the 4th century AD. There's a manuscript collection of 265 jokes called Philogelos: The Laugh Addict,
translated by an American classics professor called William Berg which has a surprisingly similar sketch. That version is about a chap who complains to his friend that he was sold a slave who died in his service. His mate replies: "When he was with me, he never did any such thing!" Not that we copied it you understand.

mrsCutout at 3:16 pm July 09

Oh that's why the Dead Parrot sketch always seemed so inexplicably familiar to me!Yes I have the Philogelos book!Well I haven't read it at least not all.I'm in the middle..Haha yes it's a pretty book.Some of these jokes are still very popular today only that the characters come from different parts of Greece (people from Crete,Macedonia etc).Wow I am very surprised! I knew you can't be top for nothing.You know all these things!
I for once never thought it's bad to "borrow".It's impossible not to borrow from the previous generations.The point is how to use what we borrowed.On that borrow ,that base we add new elements and make something copletely different and genuine.And one thing I always admired about Monty Python is that ability to use old material and combine it excelently with new material.It's amazing this combination!And very rare and difficult!So ofcourse I would never consider of using the word "copy".It's wrong!