Jeeee-eeeeem!

Spike at One Hundred – comic genius Terrence Alan “Spike” Milligan was born this day in 1918 in Ahmednagar, British India. Formative years in the sub-continent and Rangoon as well as a memorable stint in the British Army during WW2 he went on to basically create the comedic structure of the late C20th. Along with Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine, the BBC Radio series The Goon Show was born. Writing the goofy scripts with Eric Sykes it’s groundbreaking zaniness gave much needed inane laughter to a post war blighty.

Left to right: Neddie Seagoon, Professor Osric Pureheart, Eccles, Bluebottle…

Later TV beckoned and a lifetime of writing; including nonsensical poetry or memoirs.

“It’s all in the mind, you know.”

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