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MacrossMartin Inactive Member25 Sep 2016 2:41 a.m. PST

This came as a complete surprise:

YouTube link

Spike Milligan – once artilleryman in the North Africa campaign, victim of shell shock, and lifetime pacifist – was also a collector of toy soldiers.

Milligan seems to have appreciated that toy soldiers are not the glorification of conflict, but (for he at least) a connection to childhood, that doesn't deserve to be broken by the demands of cynical, rational adulthood.

I grew up listening to my Dad's tapes of the Goon Show. It seems Milligan's influence on me continues to this day!

Timbo W25 Sep 2016 6:30 a.m. PST

Well I never, good old Spike!

ashill2 Inactive Member25 Sep 2016 9:31 a.m. PST

Very interesting – thanks for the link.

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