Although I found visits to London to be exciting and enervating when I was a boy and a young man, any time this past twenty years I have found them successively more daunting, and I have always done my best to avoid them. Londoners have always seemed so self-involved in their own bustle that there was never any room for courtesy or compassion, and - in particular - I have always felt that British Rail employees were carefully chosen for their churlishness and lack of basic humanity, so the idea of my first visit to the capital city since I was unable to walk more than a few yards unaided, particularly daunting as a prospect.
How wrong I was, readers.
Everybody with whom we came in contact seemed to fall over themselves to be helpful, and I was treated with more kindness and consideration by a plethora of total strangers than I can ever remember having been treated at any previous time in my long and peculiar life. And the railway chaps and chappesses? I truly cannot fault them. Just one example being a very villainous looking Middle Eastern bloke with strange symbols tattooed on his arms and an unsightly cast in his eye, was standing by the turnstile, glowering at the general public, with a nasty scowl and with arms folded. However, when I came in the scene, he bustled into action, and - unasked - held up a queue of members of the general public just so I could limp from my wheelchair to the disabled person’s lavatory. And you know what? None of the people in the queue complained.
Although I think it doubtful that any of you will read this, thank you to everyone who was so kind.
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Gonzo Weekly #271
THE MARK HIS WORDS ISSUE
Gonzo Grande Fromage Rob Ayling talks frankly about his friendship with Fall leader Mark E. Smith who died this week, Alan concludes his surrealistic exposition featuring Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Nico and Alice Cooper amongst others, Neil explains all about Sharon Tandy, and Graham brings us up to date with Hawkwind as well as going into the studio with The Space Pharaohs Arizona’s leading Hawkwind tribute band. And meanwhile, Jn talks about the end of the world!
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Friday Night Progressive, but Mack Maloney is absent this week due to problems beyond our control. The columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo are on hiatus this week, but we do have the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have gone for a snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have probably got hangovers and have decided to have a little rest, 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:
Paul McCartney, Jack White, Erykah Badu, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart,Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Hugh Ramopolo Masekela, Preston Shannon, Terry Evans, Mario Guccio, James Walter Rodford, Derrick Coleman, Naomi Parker, Lari White Cannon, Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, Jeremy Inkel, Mark Edward Smith, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Rob Ayling, Alan Dearling, Gala Dali, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Jeff Fenholt, Sharon Tandy, Kev Rowland, Eigensinn, Empire, Engst, Enslaved, Entheos, Gnaw, Hangman, The Fright, In Search of Sun, In-Defilade, Hawkwind, Space Pharaohs, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, The Who, ELO, Pink Floyd, Neil Nixon, Bill Fay
And the last few issues are:
Issue 270 (Eric Clapton)
Issue 269 (Narnia)
Issue 267-8 (Happy New Year)
Issue 265-6 (The Who)
Issue 264 (John McLaughlin)
Issue 263 (The magic Band)
Issue 262 (DikMik)
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
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