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Michael Palin's ''New Europe''

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CZECH REPUBLIC
At the spa city of Karlovy Vary, the comedian takes a mud bath next to the comely form of 2006 Miss World winner Tatana Kucharova. ”It’s like sitting in a warm, wet bath with a lot of gravel up your backside!” declares Palin. Smooth.

BULGARIA
While visiting Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, the Monty Pythoner meets Azis, the conservative country’s hugely popular — and, we’d wager, only — gay gypsy transvestite pop star.

SLOVAKIA
In a mountain village, self-proclaimed ”city boy” Palin reluctantly helps to shave a dead pig.

TURKEY
In Ephesus, Palin attends the 25th Camel Wrestling festival, where 20,000 people watch humped beasts — who’ve been kept ”hungry and randy” to make ’em angry — pin one another’s heads to the ground. Beat that, Vince McMahon!

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