By Spike Milligan
'At Victoria station the R.T.O. gave me a commute warrant, a white feather and an image of Hitler marked 'This is your enemy'. I searched each compartment, yet he wasn't at the train'. Spike Milligan's at the march, blitzing good friend and foe alike together with his uproarious reminiscences of military lifestyles from enlistment to the touchdown at Algiers in 1943. Bathos, pathos and gales of drunken laughter, and insane army goonery explode in superlative Milliganese.
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I reached the brow of a second ridge and stopped for breath, getting the miscreant back in my sights as I did so. Almost simultaneously, about a quarter of a mile away to the south in a bowl of dead ground, I spotted the figures of two camel-riders, heading west. I jumped up and down, frantically, shouting, ‘Hai, the camel! ’ gesturing with my hands to where he stood, calmly chewing leaves. For a few moments the riders seemed not to have heard. Then the second of the two figures wheeled around lazily, like a battleship, setting off at a slow trot towards my animal.
As quick as a flash, I secured his front leg with a loop of rope, as I had been shown, to prevent him from rising again. I dared not remove the saddle, for fear I should not be able to replace it in the morning. I laid out my meagre possessions, a sleeping bag and some clothes, and found to my dismay that they were immediately covered in heskaniit thorns. The moon suddenly went down and I was alone in the pitch darkness of the bush. With the aid of a torch I tried to light a fire, but there was no dry wood, and every step I took in search of some took me further into the heskaniit.
They look like Kawahla,’ replied Osman. ’ I had no idea how he was able to tell this, for although I knew that most camels had a brand-mark, this group was too far away for the marks to be distinguished. Osman strained his eyes towards the rapidly moving figures. ’ ‘And carrying rifles like that in Hamar country! ’ ‘Now just a minute,’ broke in Osman. ’ The boys began to speak very quickly, and I could not catch all the words. They seemed to be having a heated argument which lasted several minutes, by which time the camel-drivers had disappeared into qoz.
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