Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Python Fan's Chance to Be in Show Almost Scuppered ... by Spam

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Python Fan's Chance to Be in Show Almost Scuppered ... by Spam

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Byline: Alistair Foster Showbusiness Correspondent

IT COULD have come straight out of a Monty Python skit. Evening Standard reader Fiona Turnbull almost missed out on her chance to appear in a sketch with the comedy troupe because the email telling her she had won our competition ended up in her spam folder.

It is claimed the term "spam", to mean unwanted emails, derives from a 1970 Monty Python sketch featuring a greasy spoon cafe with a menu on which every dish contains the canned meat.

Thankfully Mrs Turnbull was eventually notified and took her place in the Bruces sketch at the O2 on Friday. Last night the Pythons finished their run at the arena, with their last-ever live performance.

Mrs Turnbull, a 60-year-old librarian from West Ruislip, said: "It was the experience of a lifetime. Everybody was so nice. They took me backstage, got me into my costume and before I knew it I was on stage with a microphone singing the Philosopher's Song with the Pythons. …

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