Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Remembering Spike Milligan

It's really interesting what you tend to come across while surfing, when looking for something entirely different.  Such was the case today when my search took me to a wonderful blog - Cuckoo Estate Hanwell W.7, where they shared one of Spike's humorous poems.  The Spike I am talking about is Spike Milligan.  Spike was someone I knew from all the times I had seen him on the TV when I grew up in England, a comedian and a very talented writer and poet.  A lot of his poems were written for children, as is the one below.


Look at all those monkeys
Jumping in their cage.
Why don't they all go out to work
And earn a decent wage?

How can you say such silly things,
And you a son of mine?
Imagine monkeys travelling on
The Morden-Edgeware line!

But what about the Pekinese!
They have an allocation.
'Don't travel during Peke hour',
It says on every station.

My Gosh, you're right, my clever boy,
I never thought of that!
And so they left the monkey house,
While an elephant raised his hat.

 "Look At All Those Monkeys!"
Spike Milligan


  1. I always liked:
    'There are holes in the sky where the rain gets in
    But they're ever so small, thats why rain is thin'

  2. I don't think you are old enough to remember 'The Goon Show' - really funny and yet stupid as well. Recorded with a live audience - even I laughed at it when it came on the radio.

  3. Warm Aloha Valentines Monkey wishes from Waikiki
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  4. I've been a Spike Milligan fan since I was a child and listened to The Goon Show on the radio in Australia. My father would tell me to turn off that rubbish which only made me want them them. I still love Spike Milligan quotes. A favourtie is "All I ask is the chance to prove that money can't make me happy."

    Thanks for the memories.

  5. I HAVE READ A FEW OF HIS BOOKS the last one I read was
    Adolf Hitler,My Part in his Downfall, is one I remember, I think I still have it stored away somewhere..

  6. Spike is an all time favourite, Denise. I too remember the Goon Show. Spike had a remarkable mind, he always made me laugh.

  7. He was a great comedian, actor and writer. (And an Australian too) I loved his poems for children.

  8. Well I have no idea about Spike Milligan but it is a wondrous thing that blogs can bring so many ideas and people together to share; I look forward to reading more from your 'eclectic' blog.

    I also visited the flower blog and I have lots of flowers to share from my gardens, but am unclear as how to proceed. do I wait till Saturday to post; is that how it works?

  9. Never heard of that comedian, Spike Milligan, until now. His poem is delightful, Denise.

  10. Hee hee! That made me laugh. He was such a talented man, a shame he was such a troubled soul but that is the case with so many great comedians of course and all part of what makes them so talented I suppose.

    Many congratulations to your daughter in law for what looked and sounded like a fine performance on your earlier post. That is one of my favourite paintings, so colourful! It looks like they captured and recreated that beautifully.

  11. I grew up on Spike Milligan as my dad was a big fan. Just looking at his cheeky face made me smile.
    Jane x

  12. Ive got fond memories of Spike, such a clever chap.The Goons and the phantom raspberry blower.

  13. Not familiar with him, I liked his verse.

  14. When I was a kid my mum and dad introduced me to this man through his books ! They also told me about the Goon Show ! I think a lot of the comedians now use his humor in their skits ! Do you remeber the show Some Mothers Do Have Them ? Frank what a hoot I have seen all these types of British tv shows thanks to my mum and dad ! I even have some of the old shows on DVD ! I was raised with Brit humor lol ! Have a great day !

  15. A great comedian indeed. Sadly all the good ones have gone now.

  16. Never heard of him, but what a playful poem!

  17. Hi There, Just stopping by to say HI.... Hope you had a great Valentine's Day. We had a great trip--but it's nice to get home. I'm trying to catch up on some blog posts...

    Who doesn't remember The Goon Show.... Spike is GREAT.


  18. Hi Denise, Spike was avery funny man.
    His grave stone had the words (which had to be translated to Irish as the church wouldn't agree to it being in English) "I told you I was ill."

  19. Thank you for all the enjoyable comments on this post. What a great comedian Spike was, a man of many talents and one that I enjoyed remembering.

  20. What fun! I've heard of the name, but didn't know who that was. Thank you for enlightening us.