Dad popped over yesterday, just on one of his fairly routine visits to see how we were. As usual, we spoke about this and that - it's always nice to hear what the family's up to. Dad also made a very interesting point with regard to my entry on Thursday, though: he thought the idea was cool, but could it be expanded upon? What would a parrot sketch involving, say, vulcans look like? After all, such a sketch with the Klingons would probably be fairly short as they would just tear each other's heads off. The vulcans, on the other hand, might enter into a philosophical debate over whether the parrot was truly dead or not, and what death is. And what about other cultures and 'races', fictional or real? What would such a sketch look like in china or Japan? Might Japanese people be too courteous to argue? After all, dad pointed out, the original sketch could be read as a comment on British culture: like a lot of python, it revolves around ideas of class hierarchy, with a rather bourgeois man confronting the slightly dodgy proletarian pet shop owner about selling him duff merchandise. Could this famous old bit of comedy thus be used to reflect the differences between cultures? It has, at it's heart, a bitter dispute - a tension and argument which, by taking it to the point of absurdity, are used to tease out cultural traits. Could such a conflict be used to illuminate other traits in other cultures? I must say, I find that idea both highly amusing and absolutely intriguing.
[Edited 15/04/2017 at 13:24:03 - added a bit]