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Pole to Pole

Day 22: Rovaniemi to Helsinki

Michael Palin - Pole to PoleAt a quarter to midnight the telephone rings. It's a particularly insistent Finn who wants to talk to me for his university newspaper. In vain I point out the time, the fact that I was asleep, and the work I have to do tomorrow.

'I am down here in the lobby,' he persists.

'Well, it's not really a good time.'

'I am doing an article, please, on John Cleese and I think you know him . . . '

That does it.

'I am in bed. I have four months' travelling ahead of me, and I have no time to talk about John Cleese!'

Somewhat surprisingly, this seems to amuse my caller greatly, and only then do I recognize in the cackle of non-Finnish laughter the unmistakable tones of a tall fellow Python.

'I just rang to see how you were getting on,' wheezes John cheerfully . . . and I remember how much he enjoyed doing Scandinavian accents.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Pole to Pole
  • Day: 22
  • Country/sea: Finland
  • Place: Helsinki
  • Book page no: 47

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