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January 17, 2008
A rock-'n'-roll, lounge-lizard look has slithered onto the bar and buffet during a sale that runs through Sunday at Sueno in Silver Lake. A stainless steel beverage tray lined in genuine python, usually $200, is reduced to $150. Other pieces that are 25% off: Gingko leaf salad spoons, lacquered in vivid gecko green, are marked down to $82.50, and a stainless steel fork with a handle wrapped in python or in shagreen, shown here, is part of a serving set reduced to $108.75. 2811 W. Sunset Blvd.
January 13, 2008 |
Fluffy, a 24-foot python billed as the largest snake in captivity, is staying put at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The zoo paid $35,000 to the snake's breeder in Oklahoma to keep the reticulated python on permanent display. While on loan last year, the python helped draw 1.53 million visitors, just under the zoo's attendance record of 1.56 million set in 2006, said Pete Fingerhut, the zoo's associate director. Fluffy is about as long as a moving van and thick as a telephone pole.
January 4, 2008 |
LISBON -- Terry Jones giggles as he describes his latest project: Vacuum cleaners, dryers and parking meters singing opera on stage. The Monty Python alumnus and an all-Portuguese cast are rehearsing for the Jan. 12 world premiere in Lisbon of "Evil Machines." Jones co-wrote the libretto and is directing. To make the author's vision real, the singers climb into elaborate costumes, including one that creates a 15-foot-tall vacuum cleaner.
January 3, 2008 |
A snake has been saved by surgery after mistaking four golf balls for chicken eggs, an Australian veterinarian said. A couple had placed the balls in their coop at Nobbys Creek to encourage their hen to nest, Australian Associated Press reported. They later noticed that the balls were missing and found a lumpy carpet python nearby. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary senior veterinarian Michael Pyne operated to remove the balls stuck in the intestine of the 32-inch nonvenomous snake.
July 8, 2007 |
It's not Monty Python's Flying Circus, but British actor John Cleese has put Stalloreggi (the King's Stables) on the market in Montecito at $28 million. Stalloreggi is a 16-acre equestrian ranch, but in some ways, it's more like a zoo. Besides the trail horses, thoroughbreds and ponies, Cleese has kept what he once termed "a good supply of friendly animals" there since 1999, when he and his psychotherapist wife, Alyce Faye Cleese, bought the property.
April 7, 2007 |
Monty Python fans, many thanks for being here today. I see we have the usual assortment of Brits, adolescent nerds (happily never short of recruits) and middle-aged couch potatoes with an undying silly streak. Would the Vegas regulars among you kindly identify yourselves? OK, we have some hands in the back and a few up front, but the answer doesn't seem overwhelmingly affirmative.
February 15, 2007 |
Monty Python's Eric Idle and John Du Prez, who created the hit musical comedy "Spamalot," based on the 1975 film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," have mined the comedy troupe's film canon for a new musical venture. "Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)," an oratorio inspired by "Monty Python's Life of Brian," will have its world premiere in Canada this summer as part of Luminato, Toronto's Festival of Arts and Creativity.
December 24, 2006 |
"SNAKE!" Skip Snow slammed on the brakes. When the off-roader plowed to a halt, he and his partner, Lori Oberhofer, leaped out and ran toward two snakes, actually -- a pair of 10-foot Burmese pythons lying on a levee, sunning themselves. After slipping, sliding and tumbling down a rocky embankment, Snow, a wildlife biologist, grabbed one of the creatures by the tail. The python, Oberhofer says, did not care much for that.
December 22, 2006 |
With giant snakes battling alligators in the Everglades, the state wildlife commission has proposed sharp restrictions on the owners of Burmese pythons and four other nonnative reptiles, including a requirement to implant their slithery pets with computer identification chips. Florida's hot and wet climate has made the state a congenial home for species from Africa, Asia and South America let loose by their owners after they become too big or too high-maintenance.