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John Cleese takes taxi from Oslo to Brussels

OSLO (AFP) - Monty Python comedy legend John Cleese took a 5,100 dollar taxi ride from Oslo to Brussels after becoming stranded in Europe's volcanic ash travel crisis.

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"We checked every option, but there were no boats and no train tickets available. That's when my fabulous assistant determined the easiest thing would be to take a taxi," Cleese told the Norwegian TV2 broadcaster in a telephone interview posted on its website in Norwegian.

The bill? A whopping 30,000 kroner (3,800 euros/5,100 dollars), said Cleese, who was visiting the Norwegian capital to take part in the popular Scandinavian talk show Skavlan.

The taxi carried two extra drivers for the 1,500 kilometre (930 mile) drive, TV2 reported.

"It will be interesting. I'm not in a hurry," Cleese said, adding that from Brussels he planned to take the Eurostar train to London, where he hoped to arrive by 3:00 pm (1400 GMT) Saturday.

"I will think about a joke you've probably already heard: How do you get God to laugh? Tell him your plans," Cleese said.

The comedian is not the only one spending heavily on taxis as the volcanic ash from Iceland spreads over Europe.

According to Oslo Taxi, drivers have made numerous trips between Oslo and Stockholm since Thursday and a number of fares have gone even further.

"The longest trip so far was from Oslo to Paris," Oslo Taxi spokesman Lars Dolva told the NTB news agency.

Last Updated (Friday, 16 April 2010 14:54)


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