Spike Milligan

(16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002 / Ahmednagar)

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Early life

Milligan was born in Ahmednagar, India, on 16 April 1918, the son of an Irish-born father, Captain Leo Alphonso Milligan, MSM, RA, who was serving in the British Indian Army. His mother, Florence Mary Winifred Kettleband, was born in England. He spent his childhood in Poona (India) and later in Rangoon (Yangon), capital of Burma (Myanmar). He was educated at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Poona, and St Paul's Christian Brothers, de la Salle, Rangoon.

He lived most of his life in England and served in the British Army, in the Royal Artillery during World War II.


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  • ''Money couldn't buy friends, but you got a better class of enemy.''
    Spike Milligan (b. 1918), British comedian, humorous writer. Mrs. Doonan, in Puckoon, ch. 6 (1963).
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  • ''Ying tong iddle I po.''
    Spike Milligan (b. 1918), British comedian, humorous writer. Ned Seagoon (Harry Secombe), in The Goon Show (BBC radio comedy series), broadcast (1951-...
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  • ''I'm a hero wid coward's legs, I'm a hero from the waist up.''
    Spike Milligan (b. 1918), British comedian, humorous writer. Puckoon, ch. 2 (1963).
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  • ''Contraceptives should be used on every conceivable occasion.''
    Spike Milligan (b. 1918), British comedian, humorous writer. Camden Theatre, London, April 30, 1972. The Last Goon Show of Them All (stage show) (1972...
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  • Sam.The man. (8/6/2020 9:16:00 AM)

    The poem smiling is infectious was written by an unknown author years before the claims of some, Spike Milligan liked it so much he put it in one of his books.

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  • Ella Davies (7/15/2020 4:02:00 AM)

    I like poems but my favourite one is the ning nang nong it is a tongue twister

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    Spike Milligan can my pee pee!

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  • Gary Kelly (3/8/2020 8:16:00 AM)

    My partner says she composed this poem about 1982/83 and sent it with other poems to a publishing house in Preston after seeing an advert in Liverpool Echo. They sent them back saying send a postal order for a sum of money which my partner could not afford at the time. She the other poems except the one that is being attributed to other authors. Can anyone advise how she pursue this further

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  • Anne Crofts (3/6/2020 6:01:00 AM)

    Very mysterious about the author of Smile. I've had it as a document on my computer since 1994, so it was definitely written before then. Whoever was the author, it's a great poem.

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  • Caroline (1/17/2020 6:01:00 PM)

    I have seen the smiling poem, I shall hunt for the link for you, does any one remember a song about " you need to keep your socks on to stop your feet from fraying at the end" Cheers

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  • Poetica (5/13/2019 8:03:00 AM)

    The poem A Smile wasn't written by Spike Milligan. It was written by a children's poet call Jez Alborough and published in a collection in 1991

    http: //jezalborough.com/club/? q=4-a-smile-from-a-stranger

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Best Poem of Spike Milligan

On The Ning Nang Nong

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 'em when they do!
So its Ning Nang Nong
Cows go Bong!
Nong Nang Ning
Trees go ping
Nong Ning Nang
The mice go Clang
What a noisy place to belong
is the Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!!

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