By John Smith • 23 September 2016 • 15:46
The Pythons including Terry Jones centre in 2014
JUST two years after their very successful reunion tour, Terry Jones, 74, one of the creative greats behind Monty Python’s Flying Circus has let it be known that he is suffering from primary progressive aphasia, a form of dementia which means that his ability to communicate verbally has been badly impaired.
Not only is he a writer, comedian and director of the Life Of Brian, The Meaning Of Life and Monty Python And The Holy Grail as well as a number of other movies, he was also a historian who presented a number of TV programmes on Medieval Britain.
He has the honour of delivering probably the most famous lines in Python history (and there are plenty of good ones) when playing the mother of Brian, he said “He’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy”. According to him, only four films have ever been banned in Ireland and he directed three of them!
The announcement of the Python’s illness was made because he is about to be honoured by the Welsh Baftas who are presenting the Welsh born star with an outstanding contributions award on October 2.
It transpires that he would be unable to communicate his thanks directly although he would do so through a spokesman who said “Terry is proud and honoured to be recognised in this way and is looking forward to the celebrations.”
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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