Monty Python’s Da Vinci Code (avec rabbits)?


Gentle reader, a word of warning: This post concerns rabbits. It covers John Cleese’s views on rabbits (a conspiracy that goes deep?) and the magic of Twitter, concluding with some uplifting news for rabbitkind.

Money, it has long been alleged, is the root of all evil. But could it be that the root of all that is absurd in this world is the humble rabbit?

What makes this world absurd?

I first became aware of these disturbing allegations against rabbitkind via a tweet this week from filmmaker Duncan Jones*. Mr Jones did the world a “solid” by informing us that John Cleese** had just expressed strong views on the rabbit


One @ComeauPeter asserted to Cleese that “the world is only absurd because of the absurdity of human beings”. Cleese made his own views clear:

“I’d always blamed it on rabbits”.


This rabbit thing runs deep


I’ve written before of the magic of Twitter, how it allows us to connect with people we’ve never met (and might well never meet) in real life, and enables near-instantaneous exchange and evolution of ideas. Case in point, I tweeted a reply to Mr Jones, pointing out that Cleese’s suspicion of rabbits might run deep.

“Were there perhaps coded clues in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, too?”***

The excellent Mr Jones picked up the metaphorical ball and ran with it, tweeting this fantastic still from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.


I speculated that – as conspiracy theorists might have it – this stuff runs deep:

“It’s been staring us in the face all these decades… The Da Vinci Code of Python (and Rabbits)?”


Mr Jones took it to the next level, responding instantly with the following note-perfect Dan Brown parody****:

“‘Look at ’em! With their beady little eyes… read Watership Down! You’ll see!’ said @JohnCleese, renowned oryctolagus cuniculusist”


“Renowned oryctolagus cuniculusist”… this is genius! It also proves once again that eternal truth that we will never exhaust the capacity of the English language to throw forth new and unprecedented combinations of words.

This could not have happened without the magic of Twitter. Messrs Cleese and Jones: I doff my hat with the utmost of respect to you both.

Please welcome Lola the rabbit

The cosmos balances all things. Yin always finds its yang. It is only fitting, then, that while this week began with such disturbing allegations levelled at rabbitkind, it has also brought some lovely news from the world of rabbits.

My good friend Julie Joyce from North Carolina has just this week given a new, loving home to “a five month old, rescued grey mini flop-eared bunny” named Lola (formerly Francesca). Julie has been so kind as to permit me to share with you a quite lovely picture of her daughter holding Lola.


Gentle reader: Please join me in wishing Lola a warm welcome, and a long and happy life with the Joyces of NC!


* Duncan Jones made the highly-recommended film Moon. Moon in turn inspired a fantastic soundtrack album by Clint Mansell – one I listen to frequently whilst blogging early of a Saturday morning. Indeed, I am listening to it as I write these words. Please give it a listen:

** Birth name John Cheese, as probably everyone in this world knows by now. If this tale is new to you, please give Mr Cleese’s superb autobiography a read.

*** I am able to share with you here a work of documentary evidence, extracted from
Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

**** It’s almost too perfect that Duncan Jones wrote such a fine, Dan Brown-inspired take on John Cleese’s contention that the rabbit is the source of all absurdity. Dan Brown’s own scribings are the subject of and inspiration for one of the funniest things I’ve ever read: Clive James’ immortal article on The Heroic Absurdity of Dan Brown.

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