Ed Driscoll

As Always, Life Imitates Monty Python


From 1970’s “Mosquito Hunting” sketch:

Roy (Eric Idle): There’s nothing more dangerous than a wounded mosquito.

Voice Over (John Cleese): But the hunt is not over. With well practised skill Hank skins the mosquito. (Hank produces an enormous curved knife and begins to start skinning the tiny mosquito) The wings of a fully grown male mosquito can in fact fetch anything up to point eight of a penny on the open market. (shot of them walking, carrying weapons) The long day is over and it’s back to base camp for a night’s rest. (inside villa; Hank is cleaning bazooka) Here, surrounded by their trophies Roy and Hank prepare for a much tougher ordeal – a moth hunt.

Hank (Graham Chapman): Well, I follow the moth in the helicopter to lure it away from the flowers, and then Roy comes along in the Lockheed Starfighter and attacks it with air-to-air missiles.

Roy A lot of people have asked us why we don’t use fly spray. Well, where’s the sport in that?

Shot of them driving in Land Rover heavily loaded with weapons.

Voice Over (Cleese): For Roy, sport is everything. Ever since he lost his left arm battling with an ant, Roy has risked his life in the pursuit of tiny creatures. (a peaceful river bank; Roy and Hank are fishing) But it’s not all work and for relaxation they like nothing more than a day’s fishing. (Hank presses a button and there is a tremendous explosion in the water) Wherever there is a challenge, Hank and Roy Spim will be there ready to carry on this primordial struggle between man and inoffensive, tiny insects.

Pull out to reveal the brothers standing on a tank. Heroic music reaches a climax.


Australia’s News.com.au, this past Thursday: “Fire ants soon to be fried as heat seeking choppers join eradication attempt:”

CHOPPERS will be fitted with heat-seeking cameras to scan for deadly fire ants across Queensland.

The Government has spent $1.2 million to fit aerial camera technology to helicopters that will use thermal, near-infra-red and high-definition imaging to detect heat from the ant mounts.

The technology will work from 150 metres in the air in the state’s latest eradication attempt, Agriculture Minister Tim Mulherin said today.

“This is one of the most innovative and exciting milestones in our 10-year campaign against fire ants in Australia, and brings us that much closer to eradication in Queensland,” he said.

No word yet when they’ll bring in the Lockheed Starfighters.

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