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Himalaya

Day 85: Lijiang

Michael Palin - Himalaya'Not yet.'

He has a big garden to look after in his house outside Lijiang, and an autobiography to complete. Most of all, I suspect, he relishes his role as satirist, court jester, respected subversive. All the things he was sent to the tin mines for are now not only expected of him, but officially sanctioned.

He chuckles as he tells me that he had 22 American congressmen at the show the other night. After the orchestra had played a particularly quiet and soothing number, he asked the audience if they'd thought that was peaceful.

There was general agreement and appreciative applause, to which he responded, 'Then why not play it on the border with Israel and Palestine?'

'Very big applause,' he says, 'but not from the congressmen.'
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 85: Lijiang
  • Country/sea: China
  • Place: Lijiang
  • Book page no: 198

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