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Eccles (character)

"Mad" Dan Eccles is the name of a comedy character, created and performed by Spike Milligan, from the 1950s United Kingdom radio comedy series The Goon Show. In the episode "The Macreekie Rising of '74", Peter Sellers had to fill in for the role in Milligan's absence. Very occasionally, he was referred to as 'Mad Dan' Eccles.

Eccles was one of the show's secondary characters, but like his counterpart Bluebottle (portrayed by Sellers), Eccles became extremely popular and he is regarded as epitomising the show's humour.

Milligan visualised Eccles as a tall, lanky, amiable, well-meaning, but incredibly stupid teenager who often found himself involved—usually alongside Bluebottle—in one of the nefarious schemes created by arch- villain Hercules Grytpype-Thynne.


Eccles may refer to:

Eccles (UK Parliament constituency)

Eccles was a parliamentary constituency of the United Kingdom, centred on the town of Eccles in Greater Manchester, England. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.

Eccles (disambiguation)
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Eccles (surname)

Eccles is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Ambrose Eccles (died 1809), Irish Shakespearean scholar
  • Clancy Eccles (1940–2005), Jamaican musician
  • David Eccles (businessman) (1849–1912), American businessman who became Utah's first multimillionaire
  • David Eccles, 1st Viscount Eccles (1904–1999), British Conservative politician
  • George S. Eccles (1900–1982), businessman and philanthropist
  • Graham Eccles, rugby league footballer of the 1960s, '70s and '80s for Leeds, and Wakefield Trinity
  • Henry Eccles (composer) (1670–1742),
  • Henry E. Eccles (1898–1986), Rear Admiral in the United States Navy
  • James Eccles (1838–1915), English mountaineer and geologist
  • John Carew Eccles (1903–1997), Australian physiologist
  • John Eccles (1668–1735), British composer
  • Marriner Stoddard Eccles (1890–1977), U.S. banker, economist, and Chairman of the Federal Reserve
  • Mary Eccles, Viscountess Eccles (1912–2003), book collector and scholar
  • Solomon Eccles (1618–1683), English musician
  • Spencer Eccles (born 1934), a prominent financier and philanthropist in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tony Eccles (1970), English darts player
  • William Henry Eccles (1875–1966), British physicist
  • William J. Eccles (1917–1998), historian of Canada

Usage examples of "eccles".

The thought flits through his brain that Eccles is known as a fag and he has become the new pet.

As he and Eccles walk together toward the first tee he feels dragged down, lame.

It seems to Eccles that he himselfwas this way as a boy, always giving and giving and always being suddenly swamped.

And for Eccles there is an additional hope, a secret detennination to trounce Harry.

His continuing to stand puts Eccles in a petitionary position, sitting on the bench like a choirboy.

Reverend Eccles has told you, but my situation has kind of changed and I have to take another job.

And Eccles has told him that her company was a great comfort to Janice during the trying period now past.

All the while he is trying to understand Eccles he is rereading this word, trying to see where it breaks, wondering if it can be pronounced.

With a trace ofboyish bad temper Eccles pulls over and stops in front of a fire hydrant.

When Eccles turns to Harry to guffaw conspiratorially after this dig, bitterness cripples his laugh, turns his lips in tightly, so his small jawed head shows its teeth like a skull.

In avoiding looking at Eccles he looks at the ball, which sits high on the tee and already seems free of the ground.

She gently lowers herself onto the cushions of the porch glider and startles Eccles by kicking up her legs as, with a squeak and sharp sway, the glider takes her weight.

In worming against her warmth he has pulled her dress up from her knees, and their repulsive breadth and pallor, laid bare defenselessly, superimposed upon the tiny, gamely gritted teeth the boy exposed for him, this old whiteness strained through this fine mesh, make a milk that feels to Eccles like his own blood.

Their rapport at moments attains for Eccles a pitch of pleasure, a harmless ecstasy, that makes the world with its vicious circumstantiality seem remote and spherical and green.

Rabbit stands up on ankles of air and Eccles comes over with that familiar frown in his eyebrows.