Saturday, 10 November 2018

A Conversation With Spike

DC Editor Adam writes…


Following on from Wednesday's post – read it here – let's take a closer look at the Spike Milligan statue in Finchley, North London…

It's called Conversation With Spike by John Somerville and was unveiled in 2014 in the presence of comedy royalty – Dennis Norden, Maureen Lipman and Terry Gilliam among them.






Comedian, writer and activist Spike Milligan was born 100 years ago - 16th April 1918 – in India.  He was a longtime Finchley resident and a president of The Finchley Society. Find his statue here…


 




Spike sits in welcoming pose (see pic above), inviting us to have a seat beside him. The masks of comedy & tragedy appear – Milligan famously struggled with mental health issues throughout his life.


The fairies are also in attendance…


… one of the fairies is reading a Goon Show script…


As are his Goon Show colleagues Peter Sellers and Harry Seacombe…




The soldiers remind us of Spike's service during WWII, an experience that shaped his world view…





… and forms the basis of his vivid memoir Adolf Hitler My Part in His Downfall (1971)…





Thanks, Spike. (And thanks John Somerville, too.)

What are we going to do now? What are we going to do now? What are we going to do now?

Well let's take a look at the man in action…







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