Spike Milligan

(16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002 / Ahmednagar)

Spike Milligan
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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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  • 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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  • Susan Hebert Ajaz(5/3/2019 7:06:00 PM)

    This poem was not written by this poet. I know because I wrote it in 2004. I don't see it in his poetry list. I call it " Infectious Smiles" . (Posted by " Good Thinking" on May 3rd,2019, under Spike Milligan's name.)

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  • im sad(3/11/2019 11:34:00 AM)

    my nan is dead pls help

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  • Paul Causton(2/10/2019 11:13:00 AM)

    Where is the poem India India

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  • John Kitchen(1/20/2019 2:52:00 PM)

    My favourite Spike poem was:
    There was a young man from Darjeeling
    Who got on a bus bound for Ealing
    A sign on the door
    Said 'Don't spit on the floor'
    So he layid back and spat on the ceiling.

    It appears in one of his books (not certain if he wrote it)

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  • Alison Wooder(12/31/2018 2:57:00 AM)

    I suspect that the so-called Spike Milligan poem called ‘Smiling’ that gets widely circulated on social media is nothing of the kind. It doesn’t feel Milliganesque at all.

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  • RitaCatherine Mangion Bianco(12/27/2018 7:38:00 AM)

    someone kind sent me Spike Milligan`s poem on Smiling

    Smiling is infectious
    ou catch it like the flu

    when someone smiled at me today
    I started smiling too

    I walked around the corner
    and someone saw me grin

    When he smiled I realized
    I has passed it on to him

    I tought about the smile
    and then realised its worth

    A single smile like mine
    Could travel round the earth

    So if you feel a smile begin
    Don`t leave it undetected

    Start an epidemic
    And get the world infected.

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  • Liz Donnelly(11/30/2018 4:52:00 AM)

    This poem was commented on in Facebook but I had never heard of it.

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  • Liz Donnelly(11/30/2018 4:51:00 AM)

    I am looking for a poem about abortion by Spike Milligan. Do you have it?

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  • Chris(11/29/2018 9:39:00 AM)

    I am looking for the poem about Smiling, but cannot find it.

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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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