Today I did something spectacularly idiotic. I am working on a new edition of the autobiography of a spectacularly talented lady, and—as I always do—I was cross checking spelling of all the proper names which I came across. I could have sworn that when I looked up one particular politician mentioned in the book on Wikiwhatsit, that it said that he had died back in 2011. So I wrote to the author asking whether she wanted me to acknowledge the fact of this guy’s demise, and she wrote back to me—shocked—thanking me for having informed me of his death.
I am sure that you can all guess what is coming next.
I sent her the relevant page on Wikiwhatsotand she wrote back saying that it didn’t mention anything about this chap having died. And yes, the was right. It hadn’t.
I immediately assumed, that as this dude was a politician, someone had done a piece of malicious editing on the online encyclopaedia, which—of course—is not unknown. Even I have done it, but only to play practical jokes on my friends, and I have had it done to me with a far more malicious motive.
But when I looked in the historical list of edits I could find nothing of the sort.
So it appears that I had simply misread the whole bloody thing and caused grief and upset to my client for nothing. I wrote back apologising and she (being as gracious and kind as she is talented) immediately forgave me for my idiocy (although, of course, she didn’t use such a vulgar term).
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Gonzo Magazine #204
In this week's exciting edition, Doug goes behind the scenes of Rick Wakeman and Tony Ashton's legendary TV show Gastank. We have a sneak preview of the long awaited new Pink Fairies album, and also reveal news about the new Al Atkins record. Jon and Corinna go to see Focus, Davey goes to see Robin Trower, we have amazing graphicy bits from Martin Springett of The Gardening Club, Jon muses upon Budgie, and Alan goes to the Berwick Film Festival...
Good ‘ere innit?
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a thrilling and slightly disturbing episode of Xtul. 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:
Bob Dylan, Prince, Rod Stewart, Radiohead, Motorhead, Led Zeppelin, Strange Harvest, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Fergus David Edward Miller, Don Ciccone, Michiyo Yasuda, Rick Wakeman, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson, Binky Womack, Arthur Brown, Nils Lofgren, Jackie Lee, The Pink Fairies, GasTank, Alan Dearling, Berwick Film Festival, Davey Curtis, Robin Trower, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, The Gardening Club, Budgie, Mr Fibby, Louis Armstrong, Cliff Richard, N.Sync, Cavern Club, The Beatles, Hieronymus Bosch, Henri Chopin
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
Issue 199 (Yes)
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
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