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Sorry I'm late with this. Our ongoing communication issues continue but never mind.

Jill has provided us with some provoking muses, and a very interesting food picture... which reminds me of the cover of the Foreign Flavours Anthology.

Lesley has dedicated this weeks blog to Spike Milligan, entertaining in so many ways, though driven by his demons.

Maggie has posted the notes of the meeting from Sunday in the Meeting Room, you can also check out the chat on Skype.

The slots for content for the next magazine are filling up which is great. I've provided a link for photo's for those of you with contributions. Not sure how many will be used in this edition but please feel free to add.

New trial member, Nigel, has submitted and provided feedback on some projects so please check out his contributions.

There are plenty of feedback opportunities in the Feb Writing Challenge and Works in Progress if you have a few minutes please stop by and have a read.

And finally, Sue appears in the Bath Anthology which is now out for publication and I believe Nicola has a new publication but no shout in the Bragging Stool! 

Have a good writing week, all.

Spike Milligan



Spike Milligan KBE (1918 - 2002)

Terence Alan Patrick Sean Milligan began to call himself "Spike" after hearing a band on Radio Luxembourg called Spike Jones and his City Slickers.

Born in India, the son of an English mother and an Irish father who was a Captain in the British Indian Army, Spike Milligan spent his early years in India, moving the UK in his teen years where he spent most of his working life.

A man of extraordinary talents, Spike Milligan was a jazz vocalist, musician, soldier, actor, comedian, painter, playwright, poet and writer. With an unorthodox, absurd and consistently funny sense of humour he was one of the most popular and successful comedians on the British comedy circuit.  His most famous accomplishment was The Goon Show, a comedy radio show aired for thirty minutes each week which ran for nine years, elevating him to international stardom.

A particularly famous example of his humour appears at a moment when aged 76, he made a notorious aside in front of a live audience and millions of TV viewers.  He was receiving a Lifetime Achievement Comedy Award when a fan letter from the Prince of Wales was read out. Spike Milligan remarked: "Little grovelling bastard ...” One assumes His Royal Highness took no offence as Spike later received an honorary knighthood.

Spike Milligan wrote over 80 books, including 3 novels, of which the most renowned is Puckoon, a slapstick novel about a boundary commission group, tasked with creating the new official division between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Due to utter incompetence, the new border follows a route through the centre of the small town of Puckoon. Barbed wire down the centre of streets literally cuts the village in two with hilarious results.  Puckoon was made into a film in 2002.

He wrote ten “according to Spike Milligan” books. One of his well-known quotes “And God said, 'Let there be light' and there was light, but the Electricity Board said he would have to wait until Thursday to be connected,” appears in “The Bible according to Spike Milligan.”

He also wrote over 20 books of poetry, his nonsensical style compares to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear.  His most noted poem is titled “On the Ning Nang Nong” and was voted the UK's favourite comic poem in 1998. 

Another of Spike’s more popular poems:

Said Hamlet to Ophelia,
I'll draw a sketch of thee,
What kind of pencil shall I use?
2B or not 2B?

His other writings include seven books on his memoirs and a large number of scripts.  For a full list of his written work follow this link.

Spike Milligan died 15 years ago today from kidney failure following a long illness, he was 83 years old. He once made a wisecrack that a suitable inscription for his headstone would be "I told you I was ill." His gravestone is located at St Thomas' churchyard in Chichester bearing the Gaelic inscription:

Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite.

Love, Light, Peace

I told you I was ill




This Week - 20th February 2017
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Last night, I stuck a bright pink sticker on my computer saying - THIS WEEK – to remind me to do this. Somehow it totally failed to impinge on my consciousness. But better late than never…

It’s a cold wintry day here in Spain. But the almond blossom is out and there are narcissus in the garden, so signs that (hopefully) spring is not too far away.

On a personal note – I have a book on sale this week and a Bookbub featured ad on Thursday (yay – I love Bookbub!) and I have a new release next Monday – Falling for the Bad Girl, book 1 in a new Brazen series, so you’ll probably see me around (trying) to drum up some trade in various places.

The Blog this week is from Beike and she’s talking about widening her horizons. She’s sharing her experiences taking courses in creative writing from the University of Iowa’s MOOC program and how it has opened up new opportunities for her.

The Monday Muses today come from Alyson with some great word and visual prompts. And there are already a few muses to go read (but then Alyson was early, as opposed to me, who’s late!)

The Bragging stool has been a little quiet but huge congratulations to Sue, who this week celebrates 52 weeks on Ad Hoc. Without a break. Yay! And congratulations to Laura also on Ad Hoc this week.

Challenges – there’s still time to post in the February challenge, just pop over to the forum and check out what’s there. Or go crit one of the challenges already posted (my next stop!)

And finally, the next Formal meeting is next Sunday, 26th February at 4PM and will be chaired by Maggie. See you there.

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