Today was like something out of Kafka. And no, I don’t mean that I woke up this morning and found that I had mysteriously metamorphosed into a giant beetle. Graham and I arrived at the ever-so-dilapidated building which houses Barnstaple’s Job Centre and the Committee of Affairs, or whatever they call themselves now, but as we have mislaid the letter they sent me I can’t be sure. We were 10 minutes earlier, but the front door was locked. Leaving me leaning on a lamppost like a bipolar George Formby, Graham went in search of another point of ingress, a process which took two or three minutes. He took me in through this side door, and the waiting room was deserted apart from a visibly upset Black Country lass of uncertain years who was waiting for her sister to be interviewed. There was no staff of any kind visible.
For what seemed like ages, but was probably only about 20 minutes, Graham and Josef K, I’m sorry, me, waited. The automatic door from the outside into this peculiar ur-space from the outside world was obviously faulty, and kept on opening and shutting irregularly but over and over again. We tried to make cheery conversation for the sake of the Black Country lass who was by now really quite upset because her sister and husband had been in an interview which should have lasted 10 minutes for over an hour.
Eventually her sister and husband reappeared through one of the doors. Something was obviously wrong, and they bustled outside pushing her sister in the wheelchair.
Then it was time for me.
Would I be able to wait for two or three hours? They asked. Two of the doctors were off sick. “will they be claiming incapacity benefits” I sniggered, and Graham glared at me. Apparently, my leaverty went unnoticed, and I was told that they would make me a new appointment in a few months time.
Seriously for a second. The receptionist from the Job Centre couldn’t have been kinder or more caring. The same can truly be said about the nurse that I saw back in June. But I had worked myself into quite a heavy state about it all. Not that I think that I am in any way fraudulently claiming benefits, or because I have anything that I should be ashamed about. But these days there are so many horror stories going around that I cannot help but be influenced by them. Thank you to everybody who had sent their good wishes. Just be aware that we are going to have to do the whole thing again after Christmas.
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Gonzo Weekly #153
Martin Barre, Jethro Tull. Marbin, Gail Zappa, George Harrison, Joe Deninzon, Stratospheerius,Transmetropolitan, Digitiser, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, Mack Moloney, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#153) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Martin Barre on the cover and an interview with him inside. As well as Doug’s interview with the famous Jethro Tull guitarist, he also interviews Joe Deninzon from Stratospheerius,Jon interviews Dani from Marbin, John B-G celebrates the life of Gail Zappa, and Corinna sneers at some more tacky pop memorabilia, Mack meets Nick Redfern, plus we
welcome A J Smitrovitch as a regular contributor.... We review volume two of Transmetropolitan, and Xtul are back in the deep woods. Neil unearths a hidden gem, Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column, C J Stone does his, and Mr Biffo has more of his regular slices of insanity from the world of Digitiser 2000, and there is a radio show from Strange Fruit, one from Friday Night Progressive and another from Mack Moloney. 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!!!
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Issue 151 (Corky Laing)
Issue 150 (Roger Dean)
Issue 149 (Tony Palmer in Space)
Issue 148 (Wally Hope)
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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