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Spike Milligan
Parsons Toasts A 'Comic Icon'
More Pictures of Spike
Drawings of Spike Milligan
Drawings by Spike
The Life and Times of Spike Milligan
Duirt me leat go raibh me breoite
Spike Tudor-Pole
Everything Goes Back To Spike
OK Again, After Spike Of Success
For One Week Only
The Ugliest House In The World
Comedian, Campaigner and Philosopher
Pythons' Tribute To Goon Legend Spike
Did You Hear The One About...
Comic Genius
Spike: An Intimate Memoir
Me and My Dad, Spike
Fry's Milligan memories
Parsons Toasts A 'Comic Icon'
The Prince And The Comic
Stars Pay Tribute...
Gospel According To St Matthew
Sonnet XXX
Here's That Rainy Day
Guide Me
A Truly Remarkable Interview
Simply Spike
Slan Leat, Lance Corporal Milligan
Goon But Not Forgotten
Goon But Not Forgotten...Take 2
In Memoriam
Ever The Old Flatterer!
Crystal Palace Bulletin Board Messages
Danny Bakers Message Board
Spike Milligan Messages
Rename The Thames...
Medics Win Spike Milligan Trophy
His Part In Our Lives
Compassionate Comic Genius
Australian Reviews - Three Books On Spike Milligan
The Spoof
London Statue
Woy Woy Peninsula
Draining The Mirror
Spike Milligans Great Grandfather?
The Ex Nanny
The War
On The Stage
It's Behind You! Mother Goose
Mukkinese Battle Horn
Down Among The Z Men
Watch Your Stern
Invasion Quartet 1961
What A Whopper 1961
Postman's Knock
The Bed Sitting Room
The Magic Christian
The Three Musketeers
Ghost In The Noonday Sun
Great McGonagall
Beau Geste
Digby - The Biggest Dog In The World
Scene 17
Misc Spike Stuff
On Music
78 Not Out
Bill Hall Trio
The Goon Show
Goon Images
The Telegoons
Under The Influence...
The World Of Beachcomber
Curry And Chips
An Apple A Day
The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine
Cure For The Common Cold
On The Muppet Show
An Evening With Spike Milligan
Multimedia And Downloads
My Brief Encounter With A Genius
Spike and Milligan
Poke A Penguin
Contact Us & Related Links
Spikefest UK 2004
Buy Limited Edition Prints
And Finally

Broadcaster Nicholas Parsons met Spike Milligan on many occassions.


"Spike Milligan was a genius and a comic icon.

To use a corny phrase, he was a legend in his own lifetime.

But he's gone and there will never be another Spike. He was unique.

Spike broke the mould in comedy.

When he created The Goons - which the BBC didn't understand, they thought it was called the 'Go On Show' - it broke new ground.

He took comedy into the world of fantasy.

It was surreal, different and amazing and he created a whole new attitude towards humour.

I would compare him with the great nonsense man Edward Lear who, in the 18th century, broke the mould with his wonderful nonsense verse.

In a way they've got a lot in common. I did a programme about Edward Lear and discovered that he was a very depressive character, like Spike.

They also had a great empathy with children and loved children.

They both had a wonderful, surreal humour which was able to make nonsense sound like sense.

Spike was a very quiet, shy withdrawn person and very unconfident.

But he was also intellectually very secure and he knew he could stand his own ground with anybody.

Like a lot of people in showbusiness, he had a natural shyness which he could overcome and express by being incredibly extrovert and outrageous in performance.

As a writer, he was terribly inventive and wonderful.

People like Spike who could perform their own material are probably the most successful performers.

I worked with Spike when I guested on shows - I didn't meet him socially very much except at theatrical gatherings.

He was very outspoken about what he felt about and believed in and would be prepared to crusade for those particular thoughts.

He was a complete individualist and there are not enough of them about.

You could say he was a bit eccentric, but to me the eccentrics are the creators of this world - they are the icons.

They are the people that we must treasure and cast to our bosom because without them we will not move things forward.

And Spike moved the world of comedy forward in huge leaps and bounds. "

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