Today I am well into Carlos Castaneda territory. I am off my tits on Gila Monster saliva. The Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum), is a species of venomous lizard native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexican state of Sonora. A heavy, slow-moving lizard, up to 60 cm (2.0 ft) long, the Gila monster is the only venomous lizard native to the United States and one of only two known species of venomous lizards in North America. The hormone exendin-4 occurs naturally in the saliva of the Gila monster, a large venomous lizard native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Exenatide, a drug that is a synthetic form of this, led to healthy sustained glucose levels and progressive weight loss among people with type 2 diabetes who took part in a three-year study. I have been on this medicine for a couple of days now and I feel very peculiar. Basically it will take a few days for me to get used to this, but at the moment, I am in a very odd, semi-psychedelic place, and it is nowhere near as much fun as you may have imagined.
Many apologies to Steve Ignorant. I was supposed to be telephoning him today but instead I was in a rocky cave picking scorpions off my skin, while a scarlet sun shone down on the desiccated earth. Well, very nearly.
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Gonzo Weekly #148
Wally Hope, Kansas, King Crimson, Mike Oldfield, Tony Palmer, Pink Military, Al Stewart, Beatles, harper Lee, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#148) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Wally Hope on the front cover together with an interview with Paolo, the Director of the new Wally Hope biopic inside, Doug looks at Kansas, Jon muses about Jeremy Corbyn. Mike Oldfield and Tony Palmer, Doug writing about Kansas, Lee about Pink Military and Max's account of going to see King Crimson. We review the controversial new book by Harper Lee which isn't a new book at all, Neil unearths a hidden gem by The Beatles. Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. And there is a radio show from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the third of four Strange Harvest radio specials from the folk wot bring you Strange Fruit. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons wanting a snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who stayed up too late last night, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
This issue features:
Jeremy Corbyn, Tony Palmer, Al Stewart, Morrissey, New Order, Glen Campbell, Sister Sledge, Keith Richards, Brian May, Elephant's Memory, Badfinger, Joey Molland, Sleaford Mods, Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life, Strange Harvest, Friday Night Progressive, Martin "Kiddie" Kearns, Gary Dean Richrath, Bryn Merrick, Hugh Hopper, The Pirates, Ducks Deluxe, The Pirates, Wilko Johnson, Dr. John, Johnny Winter & Uncle John Turner, Billy Cobham, Brand x, Pete Sears, Frank Zappa, Wally Hope, Paolo Sedazzari, Kansas, Max Blake, King Crimson, Lee Walker,Pink Military, Jayne Casey, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Lemmy, Steve Hillage, Elvis Presley, Flaming Lips, Cher, John Lennon, Elton John, Wham!, Neil Nixon, The Beatles, Bucovina
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 147 (Thom the World Poet cover)
Issue 146 (Bee and Flower cover)
Issue 145 (Dave Brock cover)
Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
Issue 139 (Raz cover)
Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
Issue 135 (FNP cover)
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