Yesterday I had a telephone call from a woman with a most unattractive accent: "Hello, is that Mr Downes?"
I replied in the affirmative.
"Before we go any further, you must answer some security questions..."
But I wasn't having it. "Who are you?" I asked.
"I cannot answer that until you answer the security questions", she said.
I summoned up every ounce of my late Mother's haughty demeanour when dealing with recalcitrant and/or impudent tradespersons:
"My Dear. In my family one doesn't talk to people who refuse to identify themselves", and I put the telephone down.
Robert Browning said it best:
Setebos, Setebos, and Setebos!
'Thinketh, He dwelleth i' the cold o' the moon.
'Thinketh He made it, with the sun to match,
But not the stars; the stars came otherwise;
Only made clouds, winds, meteors, such as that:
Also this isle, what lives and grows thereon,
And snaky sea which rounds and ends the same.
Am I made today? You casn bet you arse.
And now for the news................
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Badfinger "Without You" 2002 doc
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Gonzo Magazine #203
This week, we discover the extraordinary art and music of Martin Springett of The Gardening Club, John investigates Cary Grace, we find that Scott Walker can still ...gasp... write tunes, Alan writes about Banksy and other street art, and we are not very impressed by the latest slice of Harry Potter marketing. And there is lots more besides.
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:
Scott Walker, Bad Touch, The Bestemming Project, Steve Hillage, Bart Lancia, Arnold Palmer, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Stephen John Byrd, Michael Casswell, Royal Torrence "Little Royal", Rodney Lynn "Rod" Temperton, Joan Marie Johnson Faust, Caroline Crawley, Donald H White, Rick Wakeman, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson, Binky Womack, Arthur Brown, Nils Lofgren, Jackie Lee, Martin Springett, Alan Dearling, Banksy, John Brodie-Good, Cary Grace, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Harry Potter, Justin Bieber, Grateful Dead, John Lennon, The Ramones, The Beatles, Neil Nixon, Chimes of St. Dormition, Focus
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
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)
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
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* The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 57 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?