I just heard on the news that Spike Milligan died today. Very sad news.
Spike and the Goon Show in particular have certainly been a major influence on me and whatever writing / drawing / nonsense
I have done. The man was a genius.
Date: Wed Feb 27 21:13:49 2002 GMT
I am sad.
My Dad has named my daughter Jeni "Eccles" after some song about "Jennifer Eccles". But whenever he
says "Eccles" I think about Mr Eccles Milligan.
Hope that he is at peace now.
Date: Thu Feb 28 12:29:37 2002 GMT
Yes. I heard the news break when I was on a very rare skive having a coffee and danish in the Café du Soleil.
I was brought up on the Goons songs record before I was old enough to listen to whole 30 minute shows. The Ying Tong Song,
Bluebottle's Blues, I'm Walking Backwards To Christmas.
When I matured enough to appreciate the shows I listened to them so much I can still recite chunks of them:
What time is it, Eccles?
Erm, just a minute I got it written down on a piece of paper. A nice man wrote it down for me this morning.
It's writted 8 o'clock. But wait a minute. What if someone asks you the time, and it's not 8 o'clock?
Well, then, I won't show it to them.
Well, how will you know when it's 8 o'clock?
I got it written down on a piece of paper.
In fact Eccles and Bluebottle are still the only impressions I can do.
The first thing I did when I got my first tape recorder was stand it next to the record player and tape a Goon Show. Captain
Clever strikes again.
I even wrote a Goon Show once, a 30-minute script in a Smiths exercise book, with pictures, which I then lost, mercifully,
as it was cobbled together from jokes from a Hagar The Horrible comic book I got from Bourne Hall library.
And let us not forget the Book of Milliganimals. For me, one of the main purposes of parenthood is to have someone to
read the Bald Twit Lion to.
Rave on Spike.
Date: Thu Feb 28 14:51:53 2002 GMT
In fact Eccles and Bluebottle are still the only impressions I can do
hmm are you sure about that?
you do a fairly good impression of rationality but as we all know you are not rational
Date: Sat Mar 2 15:02:23 2002 GMT
I'm afraid to say I don't really know much about Spike Milligan, except that I once bought a poetry book of his through
school, and my mum was really cross, and thought it was a really silly book to have.
That made me read it even more.