Still in ship shape

At 75, former Monty Python man Michael Palin’s creative energies remain undimmed – and his latest project, a book about a 19th-century British Navy vessel, has a peculiarly Irish element to it

14th October, 2018
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Michael Palin at the Natural History Museum in Dublin: ‘I feel like I’ve never become a proper adult, really’ Bryan Meade

To misquote one of Michael Palin’s most iconic lines, he clearly didn’t expect the Irish Inquisition. The Monty Python comic, Bafta-winning actor and television globetrotter is staring into the distance, trying to recall details of his honeymoon in Co Kerry 52 years ago.

“It was a bit depressing, to be honest,” he says eventually. “The towns were very grey and it never seemed to stop raining. I remember seeing people lining up...

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