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Michael Flanders
Michael Henry Flanders (1 March 1922 14 April 1975) was an English actor, broadcaster, and writer and performer of comic songs. He is best known to the general public for his partnership with Donald Swann performing as the double act Flanders and Swann. He recieved an OBE in 1964. Michael Flanders was born in London on March 1, 1922. The son of an actor and a professional violinist, Flanders' ambition from an early age was to work in the theatre. He attended Westminster School (where he first met Donald Swann) and went on to read history at Christ Church, Oxford in 1940. While at Oxford, Flanders started work as a professional actor, but then left Oxford to join the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. HMS Marne, the ship on which he was serving was torpedoed off the coast of Africa, west of Gibralta in November 1942. Flanders survived the attack. Later he was promoted to Sub-Lieutenant but contracted poliomyelitis at sea, and spent the rest of his life from 1943 onwards in a wheelchair.

twenty tons of tnt
 
 
I have seen it estimated:
Somewhere between death and birth
There are now three thousand m... [read poem]
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