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One of my favourite Boxing Day traditions is to watch the Doctor Who Christmas special. I usually spend Christmas with my extended family, and it was my uncle and cousin who originally inspired this tradition.

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True to its name, the Christmas special is shown on Christmas Day in the UK (where it is made), but for Australia that equates to the wee hours of the morning on Boxing Day. The ABC shows it at that time, but I’m not that keen. I like to watch it in the evening, often during dinner while shushing all the other relatives in the room who aren’t interested.

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You’d think I’d be eagerly anticipating it, but no. Almost very year I forget it’s on and then I see it in the TV guide or my family mentions it and then I really look forward to it.

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All through my childhood my parents shared a lot of English comedy with my brother and me. I have very fond memories of us all laughing ourselves silly at Fawlty Towers (Mum’s favourite anagram was Farty Towels!).

When my brother was old enough he became a devoted fan of Monty Python and the Life of Brian video (yes video) was well used.

So as a tribute to our family favourite, here’s another installment from my childhood memories SMASH book.

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The journalling reads:

‘The Ministry of Silly Walks’ is a comedy sketch performed by John Cleese (as part of Monty Python).

My Dad was a huge fan of Monty Python and Mum appreciated John Cleese’s humour so somehow The Ministry of Funny Walks (as [we] call it) became one of our family jokes. Whenever someone would say ‘walk this way’, meaning ‘follow me’, we deliberately misinterpret it and take it as ‘walk in this manner’ and do our version of a silly walk.

It’s funny when I accidentally forget myself and do it with people outside my family: most people just look at me as if I’m weird, but occasionally there’s someone who appreciates what I’m doing and we have a little giggle about it.

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The image above is a screenshot of the Monty Python sketch (thanks to Wikipedia) – search ‘Ministry of Silly Walks’ to see a YouTube clip.


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