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Old Feb 27, 2002, 05:54 AM
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Eccles is dead. Aaaaaazaughh!!!

Aaaaauuuughh!! one of the greatest comic minds of the 20th century has left us. and I am alone and bereft.
T. A. "Spike" Milligan has passed away at the age of 83. Amongst his comic creations are two of the most intelligently written and heartfelt characters of the second half of the twentieth century. "Bluebottle", who was performed by the late Peter Sellers. and "Eccles" played by Spike himself. A childlike character and the common man, lost in the maelstrom of the "new world" of the fifties in England.

The Cold war and all the fears of the fifties were dealt with intelligently and with charm and wit.

So thats it now. Michael Bentine, Harry Seacombe, Spike, and Peter Sellers. along with Wal (their first announcer) and all those now past.

thanks. thanks. tghanks.thfdssfttanks. thtyswetjnnfbghhks.
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Old Feb 27, 2002, 06:03 AM
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And the book "Hitler and my part in his downfall"
Tks to all of them for hours of humour. The failed opera singer, the ex British Intelligence officer, Spike himself, who so elegantly straddled the border of sanity and madness, and the greatest character actor of the XX century.
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Old Feb 27, 2002, 06:25 AM
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Oh b****r . That is really bad news- I missed any announcement of the radio and read it here first.

I always felt that Spike was "one of us", but he also had a completely unique talent. There never has been and there never will be another one like him. "A true Comic genius" is an overused tribute, but this time it fits.

"Dearie dearie, Oh Oh Oh "

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Old Feb 27, 2002, 06:42 AM
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Nothing to add.

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Old Feb 27, 2002, 06:59 AM
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man....I feel bad, and I don't even know the guy!
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Old Feb 27, 2002, 07:02 AM
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Martin, have you read the rest....

Apart from his suprisingly personal poetry and his plays, there remains his series of unique biographies about the second world war and immediately afterwards as he struggled to both refine his talent and repair himself.
Beautiful in their bitter-sweet description of their time, graphically honest and continually and remarkably full of life, they are a joy to read as Spike grows and comes to his new life whilst continually battling with his wartime badly treated "battle fatigue" and later serial depression and hospitialisation.

If you can read these: "Hitler, My part in his downfall."
"Rommel?" "Gunner Who?"
"Monty: His part in my Victory"
"Mussolini: His part in my Downfall".
"Where have all the bullets gone ?"
"Goodbye Soldier"
and
"Peacework .

You'll want to know more about this remarkable man and his views on life.

Vale Spike....

"He's fallen in the water"....." Litttle Jim"
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Old Feb 27, 2002, 07:44 AM
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Tim

You might have known him without knowing him, if you know what I mean.

For kids of all ages everywhere Spike penned many funny poems, including one of our all time favourites :-

On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the cows go bong!
And the monkeys all say boo!
There's a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go ping!
And the tea pots jibber jabber joo
On the Nong Ning Nang
All the mice go clang!
And you just can't catch them when they do
So it's Ning Nang Nong
Cows go bong!
Nong nang ning
Trees go ping!
Nong Ning Nang
Mice go clang!
What a noisy place to belong
Is the Ning Nang Ninb Nan Nong!!

or

Dearie Dearie Oh Oh Oh!
Buried alive in the snow-oh-oh
Shiver shiver shiver sneeze!
Look at the icicles on ma knees
Not only ma knees but also ma nose
Oh where does it come from
And where does it goes

Leccy
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Old Feb 27, 2002, 08:15 AM
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Leccy, what about these Insights

God made night,
but
Man made darkness.

Whilst seen as a comic, Spike was foremost a writer and while many of his poems were written for children many were written in depression as a result of his active service in the war. Always sharp often contrary and usually to the point Spike said immediately what he felt.

THE NEW ROSE

The new rose
trembles with early beauty
The babe sees the beckoning carmine
the tiny hand
clutches the cruel stem.
The babe screams
The rose is silent-
Life is already telling lies.

T.A.Milligan, Feb 1967
From "Small dreams of a Scorpion"
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Old Feb 27, 2002, 08:30 AM
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But then again, How Patriotic is this!!

ENGLISH TEETH!

English Teeth, English Teeth !
Shining in the Sun.
A part of Brithish heritage
Aye, each and every one.

English Teeth, Happy teeth!
Always having fun.
Clamping down on bits of fish
and sausages half done.

English Teeth, HEROES' Teeth!
here them click! and clack!
let's sin g a song of praise to them-
Three cheers to the Brown, Grey and Black.

from
"Silly verse for Kids"
1968
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Old Feb 27, 2002, 08:48 AM
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Oneson

I read "Hitler" "Mussolini" "Puckoon" etc some years ago and was a big fan of the "Q" TV series and William McGonnagal. As a child I'd enjoyed Spike Learesque nonsense verse - love English Teeth as well BTW, thanks for putting that up -LOL - and now that my son is getting into poetry Spike is amongst his favourites as well. The Ning Nang Nong was selected as one of the top children's poems in a nationwide competition just before Christmas, behind Jabberwocky IIRC, and that was the last time I saw Spike on the box reading it.

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Old Feb 27, 2002, 08:56 AM
Go get them Meg!
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Please understand, I love all of you of UK ilk, and I profess my embarrassed ignorence of Mr. Milligan's verse, but reading this exchange was very much like being dead sober and closely watching a friend who is a few cups into his Friday night.
I did sort of get a "contact high" from you all though.
Now I must find this "Silly Verse for kids" to read to my boys.
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Old Feb 27, 2002, 09:14 AM
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Try this at Amazon

Spike Milligan, Silly verse for Kids, 1968 Published by Penguin books in England and Australia. ISBN 0 14 03.0331 6
If you get stuck send me your address I have a spare copy or I can scan one.
hugh
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Old Feb 27, 2002, 09:51 AM
Go get them Meg!
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Thank you for the info and offer. Amazon has a used copy @ 28.00$, but I did a saved search on Ebay as well. I'll get an alert if a copy shows up for auction. Lots of stuff on Ebay from Mr Milligan.
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Old Feb 27, 2002, 06:24 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by lrsudog

Now I must find this "Silly Verse for kids" to read to my boys.
Once introduced by a fellow Goon as, "Mr. Spike Milligna - the well-known typing error"

A lorry ran over my Auntie,
And didn't even say "Pardon",
So we got a bucket and shovelled her up,
And spread her all over the garden.

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Old Feb 27, 2002, 06:47 PM
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Also Chuck Jones is gone, Roadrunner,Coyote,Bugs, Daffy

An american institution. I have one of his production cells.
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