Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Shropshire schoolmaster who said "Ni!"

Is it any wonder that the Shropshire Star is my favourite newspaper?

You would't get this in the Guardian, the Financial Times or City AM:
An 87-year-old former schoolmaster from Shropshire has a unique claim to fame – he is the inspiration for the famous Monty Python "The Knights Who Say Ni" sketch. 
Laurence Le Quesne had a habit when at Shrewsbury School of exclaiming “ni” as he scoured the library for books. 
The quirky trait amused his pupils, who happened to include a certain Michael Palin. 
He used it as a basis for the famous scene in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
I also realise that I once owned a book by him on Thomas Carlyle.

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