I just finished reading "Finbar's Hotel" edited by Dermot Bolger and included the writing of Roddy Doyle and others. There was one fantastic description in it that went something like, "as he walked away, he looked like he was carrying all his loose change up his hole."
I love Spike Milligan too and remember once in a phone interview someone said that he was a cult, to which Milligan replied I've always been a bit of a cult.
Armitage Shanks, so thats what stunted his growth. Den (who should really be working, damn this mudcat)