Spike Milligan's legendary war memoirs are a hilarious and subversive first-hand account of the Second World War, as well as a fascinating portrait of the formative years of this towering comic genius, most famous as writer and star of The Goon Show. They have sold over 4.5 million copies since they first appeared. 'The most irreverent, hilarious book about the war that I have ever read' Sunday Express 'Brilliant verbal pyrotechnics, throwaway lines and marvelous anecdotes' Daily Mail 'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times 'I had not informed my parents of my return, I wanted it to be a lovely surprise; it was, for me, they were away ...' The seventh and last volume of Spike Milligan's memoirs sees our hero returning from war and Italy ... but to what? Aside from shooting large, inaccurate guns at Germans, all he has done for five long years is blow a trumpet, tell rude jokes and write and perform sketches for the entertainment of bored and murderous soldiers - who on earth is going to pay a civilian to do more of that? From the giddy heights of Hackney Empire to a Zurich Freak Show and beyond, Spike makes his way through the backwaters of showbiz, first as band musician then as one-man wild-act and eventually in the company of a group of like-minded comedians called Harry Secombe, Michael Bentine and Peter Sellers. They decide to call themselves The Goons... 'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry 'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese 'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard 'Manifestly a genius, a comic surrealist genius and had no equal' Terry Wogan 'A totally original comedy writer' Michael Palin 'Close in stature to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear in his command of the profound art of nonsense' Guardian Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.
A Transrational and Elicitive Method Towards Healing the Healers
Author: Jennie Helene Sandstad
Jennie Helene Sandstad brings together theoretical concepts and personal stories in an exploration of trauma, and studies how breathing meditation can be a tool for peace work. Through the lenses of Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology as well as Elicitive Conflict Transformation, this work provides useful insights into transrational methods and explores why practicing self-awareness is fundamental to Elicitive Conflict Transformation. As the author engages with her own traumas and emotional wounds, the reader will undoubtedly be part of, and co-explore a journey towards healing.
The Challenges of Social and Economic Reconstruction
Author: T. Addison,T. Brück
Category: Business & Economics
This book provides an insight into some of the main issues that arise in post-conflict economic and social reconstruction, and offers examples of what works, and what does not. It will be of interest to all working on economic and social reconstruction in post-conflict countries, as well as those working on peace and development.
Thich Nhat Hanh, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, bell hooks, Bill McKibben, Gary Snyder, Maha Ghosananda, Charles Johnson, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Matthieu Ricard, and many others are featured alongside each other in this foundational trove of Buddhist essays, poems, and teachings. Now a modern classic, True Peace Work is the premier collection of writings on the practice of Engaged Buddhism, a term that Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh coined in the 1960s as part of his peace work in Vietnam that has grown to become a worldwide movement. The topics covered here are especially relevant in today's world: from creating nonviolent social change, to raising climate awareness, to simply learning how to walk (and enjoy it). This is not purely an activist's manual, however. True Peace Work is a spiritual bedrock that is as timeless as it is timely, one that insists on the connection between peace in oneself and peace in the world. Originally published in 1996 as Engaged Buddhist Reader, this revised edition has been expanded for our current time with a new introduction and additional contributors.
Release on 2004 | by Radhika Coomaraswamy,Dilrukshi Fonseka
Women, Armed Conflict, and Negotiation
Author: Radhika Coomaraswamy,Dilrukshi Fonseka
Category: Economic development
This volume addresses the need to understand both the in-depth reality of each particular conflict site -- Sri Lanka, the Phillipines, Japan, Ireland, Yogoslavia, South Africa, the Indian subcontinent -- and also the experiences of women peace-workers across these different sites in a comparative perspective. While discussing the diverse strategies used by peace-workers and their relative success or failure, it also underlines the importance of women`s participation in forging partnerships for lasting peace.
Ingrid Andersen was born in Johannesburg, read for a degree in English literature at Wits and is presently completing her Masters. Her work has been published in literary journals for 16 years. Excision, her first volume of poetry, was published in 2004. Her influences include the French Romantic poets, Imagism and the writings of Basho. She is the founding editor of Incwadi, an SA journal that explores the interaction between poetry and image. An Anglican priest, she works in human rights, healing and reconciliation.
Set in Montreal in the early 1980s, Piece Work is a full-length play about six women who work together in a clothing factory and are paid by the piece. Unable to confront the factory owner who exploits them, the women turn on each other instead, venting their frustrations and hostility, giving way to inner-directed rage. When one of the workers has an accident and is taken into hospital, the women begin to channel their energies towards positive action and to address the real source of the problem -- the employer. Then learn the power that comes out of unity. Piece Work is a play about gaining voice and visibility, and about acceptance -- of self and of others.
The Role of the International Development Community
Author: Nicole Ball,Tammy Halevy
Category: Business & Economics
The decline of East-West military rivalry has contributed to a growing number of efforts to halt wars in several developing countries. Based on case studies from the experiences of Cambodia, El Salvador, Mozambique, and Nicaragua, this Policy Essay derives lessons for the international donor community from those recent peace processes. This study suggests the responses required of donors as countries move through the phases of the process from war to peace and reviews the international development community's efforts to strengthen the political institutional base of wartorn societies, consolidate post-conflict security, and promote economic and social revitalization once hostilities end. Six major lessons derived from these early efforts at peace-building are analyzed and their implications for the international development community are explored.