The Goon Show - What Time Is It Eccles

03 May 2018 by Roy Preece

“Chopsticks are one of the reasons the Chinese never invented custard.” Spike Milligan’s joke has elements both of the exotic and the ridiculous; not surprising as he was born a hundred years ago in India, into a soldier’s family, and later lived in Burma (Myanamar). His best-loved creation, the Goon Show, often seemed to draw on experience of blimpish army officers, procrastinating Indian bureaucrats, naïve schoolboys and a patronising attitude to other races.