A special challenge from a blog I follow ... Crivens, Jings, And Help Ma Boab ... to post up a favourite film clip. This is one of my favourites:
I studied Latin to O Grade (at my Scottish comprehensive school in East Lothian) and John Cleese as the Roman officer couldn't be less like my old (and fantastic) Latin teacher Mr Dunn, but this brings it all back - Ecce Romani! All those posh (and not so posh) Python boys, Terry Gilliam excepted, had either grammar shool or public/prep school educations, ending up at Oxford or Cambridge and surely appreciated the value of a good classics education in the 1950s and 1960s. But you can just sense, in this scene, the memories of a sadistic Latin teacher punitively drumming home the Latin grammar and the correct conjugation of verbs for endless hours... And I love the ironic end to the scene - ain't that just the way! I hope you enjoy it.
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