Yesterday was a peculiar one. I had a blood test, filmed a large chunk of OTT, interviewed Nick Redfern and bought some gin. It was too bloody hot for me yesterday, and today I have deployed the office fan for the first time in a couple of years. Regular readers will be aware that back in January, Graham, Charlotte and I took a party of games journalists and other folk involved with Capcom's release of the videogame Monster Hunter World down to Common Moor - a bleak area on the road to Shebbear in order to search for evidence of the existence of the big black cats which have been reported so often in the region. In a wonderful piece of happenstance that I wouldn't have believed if it happened to anyone else, the head of the PR company found the skeleton of a young deer with no external injuries on it, apart from the teeth marks of a medium to large sized predator.
The teeth marks proved to be those of a large fox, and subsequent deployment of a trail camera got pictures of such an animal walking along the road. We thought, from various hoof marks found in soft mud, that the location where we found the skeleton was a regularly used road crossing for various animals, so we re-deployed the trail camera to see if we could confirm this. We retrieved the trail camera a few days after Graham returned from America and it does indeed include several images of roe deer, which have crossed the road in order to get there. However, there were not as many pictures of deer as we would have expected, and we will be carrying out our investigations to see if we can find out why.
We do now, however, have a tentative hypothesis to explain the deer kill. Even the largest of foxes could not have dragged the deer very far, but Carl Marshall has suggested that a car struck the unfortunate animal a glancing blow, and that soft tissue injuries killed it. The skeleton was found only a couple of feet from the road itself, and so he hypothesised that either the dying animal crawled towards the crossing place with which it was familiar, or that the fox pulled the carcass there post-mortem but pre-predation.
There have been a lot of 'big cat' sightings along this road over the years, and we intend to continue our explorations of Common Moor. Partly because of this, and partly because - being common land - we do not have to get a landowners permission to deploy trail cams and carry on investigations.
Watch this space.
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Gonzo Weekly #287
THE TARNATION ISSUE
I first heard the music of our cover songstrel fifteen years ago, whilst driving through Nevada's Valley of Fire National Park more than slightly chemically and herbally altered. I have been in love with her music ever since so it's about time for our regular championing of the sublime Paula Frazer and Tarnation whose new album is utterly awesome. John goes to see Nigel Kennedy, Alan raves about the Mathis Haug Band, Jon rambles on about Ken and Daisy Campbell and the Pagan Love Cult, while Roy goes on tour with Sniff n' the Tears
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, there are columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, and Roy Weard, and C J Stone, and Mr Biffo and Kev Rowlands AND the irrepressible Corinna . There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and tiger quolls who are havinga little snooze (OK, nothing to do with small dasyurids who are a little sleepy, 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:
Pagan Love Cult, Merrell Fankhauser, Cavern Club, Beatles, Morrissey, Dave Grohl, Michael Eavis, Rolling Stones, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, William Gold, Robert Indiana, Reginald Grant Lucas, Philip Milton Roth, Norman Eugene "Clint" Walker, Mike & the Mechanics, Ashton, Gardner, Dyke & Co., Michael Bruce, Man, Karnataka, Doug Harr, Paula Frazer, Alan Dearling, Mathis Haug Band, One Root Music, Griot Blues, John Brodie-Good, Nigel Kennedy, Kev Rowland, Kaze, Infinitwav, Labyrinth, Lione-Conti, Lord of Pagathorn, Magenta, Megalophobe, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Chris Stone, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Joanna Hodgin, Nancy and Lawrence Durrell, Grateful Dead, Selena Quintanilla, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, The Ramones, John Lennon, The Fugs, Hortus gin
And the last few issues are:
Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
Issue 286 (Monty Python)
Issue 285 (ELP)
Issue 284 (Straqngelove)
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
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