"A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so."
The fable is used to illustrate that fundamentally vicious natures cannot change. And there, my friends, lies a lesson for us all. Some people are human scorpions.
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Gonzo Magazine #172
4th Eden, Stargrace, American Football, Chaos Chaos, Smoosh, David Crosby, Matt Miller, aka Matisyahu, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
4th Eden and Stargrace are on the front cover, together with an interview with 4th Eden inside. Doug writes about American Football, Richard writes about Matt Miller, aka Matisyahu, while Jon gets all concerned about Chaos Chaos, and grumpy about Words with Friends. We review a book by David Crosby. There are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, and Mack Maloney, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, Mr Biffo and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
Smoosh, Chaos Chaos, Bob Dylan, David Lee Roth, Izzy Stradlin, Elton John, Ginger Baker, Rolling Stones, Rick Wakeman, David Bowie, Pedal Giant Animals, Frank Zappa, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Keith Leven, Lennie Baker, Frank Kelly, Gordon Ranney, James Atkins, Gregg Kofi Brown, Billy Cobham, Kevin Ayres featuring Ollie Halsall, Country Queens, Robert Calvert, Greg Harris, The Kentucky Colonels, Michael Jackson, Leonard Cohen, Michael Livesley and Brainwashing House feat Rick Wakeman, Neil Innes and Susie Honeyman, Martin Eve, 4th Eden, Marianne Holland, American Football, John Keeling, Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, My Dad's LPs, Richard Stellar, Matt Miller (Matisyahu), Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Tim Blake, xtul, David Crosby, John Lennon, Joy Division, The Beatles, Sandy Shaw, Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Michael Jackson, Neil Nixon, David Bowie, Radogost
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 171 (Keith Levene)
Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
Issue 165 (David Bowie)
Issue 164 (Free Festivals)
Issue 163 (Lemmy)
Issue 161-2 (The Christmas Double Feature)
Issue 160 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 159 (Jon Anderson and Matt Malley)
Issue 158 (Billy Sherwood)
Issue 157 (Drones for Daevid)
Issue 156 (Rick and Emmie)
Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
Issue 152 (4th Eden)
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* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 56 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two small kittens, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the infantile orange cat, and the adventurous kittens?