Monday, April 30, 2012
Pinch Punch - the first day of the month. It is the First of May and Sumer Is Icumen In.
To celebrate the fact we have an especially nice bunch of postings for you all today.
First a real exclusive. Part one of an interview I did yesterday evening with Anthony Phillips, one of the original members of 'Genesis' discussing his extraordinary new album:
This afternoon I will be talking to the lovely Liz Lenten from 'Auburn'. Before I do, here is your chance to see what all the fuss is about:
Did you ever wonder why we are called 'Gonzo'? We have a review of a `graphic biography` of The Good Doctor Hunter S Thompson himself:
We have a whole slew of Tour Dates for Martin Stephenson, both with and without The Daintees:
Mimi Page makes it to the (back) cover of 'Rolling Stone':
And as I said before, last night was Beltane/Bealtain and today is May Day. It is one of the most magickal days of the year, and although we were too untogether to make a Beltane Fire, this will have to do:
From Nick Redfern's Fortean World:
- Reviewed: Green, Unpleasant Land — New fiction from Richard Freeman...
- Bigfoot From the Ground Up Part 6: Big Hairy Deal — Sasquatch hair analysis...
On this day in 1945 Adolph Hitler's death was announced by the German media. Hilariously they claimed he had died at his command post whilst fighting Bolshevism with his last breath, when in reality the evil minded hate-filled little turd poisoned his dog then killed himself and his girlfriend because he wasn't enough of a man to stand up and explain himself should he have been captured alive.
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Hitler reacts to the news of Harry Potter and the deathly Hallows part 2's Oscar nominations:
Sunday, April 29, 2012
16 Potter Hill
Tel - 01751 472715
e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
11th February 2012
INVITATION - ‘FUN DAY’
On Sunday 13th May the Ryedale Aquarist Society will be hosting a special ‘Fun Day’ to be held at the Pickering Memorial Hall, Potter Hill, Pickering, North Yorkshire.
We have hired the main Ground Hall from 10.00a.m. to 4.00p.m. The idea for ‘FD’ is that we relax and have an enjoyable ‘day of fun’. Events for the day will run as follows:
1. 10.00a.m. Welcoming tea and coffee. Benching of mini-show exhibits. Placement of sales table items.
2. Rather than hold an auction we have decided to put on a sales table instead. Please bring along your spare fish and aquatic items to sell. Please name all fish and place a contact phone number onto any electrical items. 10% commission will be taken on all sales. Items on the table will go on sale from 10.40a.m.
2. 11.00a.m Talk on ‘A fishkeepers visit to Singapore Part 1’ by our special guests
Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Christine Webb.
3. 12.15p.m. approx. Shared ‘pot luck lunch’. Ryedale A.S. will provide the tea and coffee and we ask that you, please, bring along a savoury and/or sweet item to add to the lunch pot.
4. 1.30p.m. approx. Talk on ‘A fishkeepers visit to Singapore Part 2’ by our special guests Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Christine Webb.
5. Prize awards for both Sue Marshall’s ‘fun quiz’ and the mini-show. Drawing of raffle Early tea.
This will comprise of 10 classes as follows:-
Class 01 - Guppy Class 02 - A.O.V. Livebearer
Class 03 - Corydoras Class 04 - A.O.V. Catfish
Class 05 - A.V. Characin Class 06 - A.V. Cichlid
Class 07 - Botia, Loach, Shark & Fox
Class 08 - A.V. Labyrinth fish (including Snakehead)
Class 09 - A.O.V. Tropical or coldwater fish
Class 10 Eggshibit - To enter this class you will need to boil an egg and then use all of your artistic flair and craftwork knowledge to build your egg into a fish. Judges discretion will decide the places.
The mini-show classes will be judged by YAAS.‘A’ Class Judge Mr. Edward Cheetham. Y.A.A.S rules and standards apply. Please name all ‘living’ exhibits. Entry fee of 20p per exhibit. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed winners of each class. The Society or Independent showing person with the greatest number of points (4 for 1st, 2 for 2nd and 1 for 3rd) will receive a small trophy.
We will also hold a raffle and prize quiz.
The Ryedale A.S. members hope that you will be able to join us and ask that you, please, let us know by 30th April if you are able to attend.
Secretary Ryedale A.S.
Another big cat enters Sadgaon
Times of India
Hays Free Press
New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
New on Tyler Stone's Blog:
Monday's blog posts are a particularly jolly set of ones.
Original 'Genesis' guitarist Anthony Phillips has a new album imminent. With a bit of luck and a fair wind I shall be talking to him this afternoon, but as a taster, here is one of my favourite of his tracks:
I shall also be talking to Jon Anderson, but in the meantime we have a link to a Jon Anderson biography and competition:
We have regular reader Dave McMann's review of a recent London show by 'Curved Air':
Rick Wakeman is a jolly nice chap. Here is a link to a story and picture of a charity appearance he made over the weekend:
After weeks of having my house full of visiting scientists, musicians and my nearest and dearest I had an evening to myself last night. What did I do? I listened to Judge Smith's album 'The Climber' and was moved to write a review almost immediately:
We have a link to a Mimi Page review:
The other day I posted a YouTube link to an old song by 'Detective'. However, Michael D-B has suggested that I should actually have posted a totally different song. Do I look like the sort of bloke who argues with Marquises? Nah:
And finally, as regular readers of this blog will know, although the vast majority of what we cover is at least vaguely relevant to the releases on the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies, there are some things – mostly book reviews – that are included because I think they are interesting. Here, as always, I would like to say that any opinions expressed are my own and have nothing to do with any of those nice people at Gonzo Multimedia. Today I post a review of a jolly good biography of Patti Smith:
See you tomorrow..
On this day in 1938 the cartoon Porky's Hare Hunt premières in American cinemas featuring a character called 'Happy Hare' who was an early version of Bugs Bunny.
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I can't say I've ever really liked Bugs Bunny and his stable-mates, always found Bugs to be a bit false, like he was hiding something, (most likely dismembered body-parts) and sly. But here's his début:
Saturday, April 28, 2012
As her husband Matthew so charmingly puts it, once again I have had my bottom kicked by the Sooty of the CFZ, she waves her hand at things that then work, she says we need more items in our online shop at www.zazzle.co.uk/cfzjon*
Since 2009 we have had 13 very nice products for sale there, but as Emma pointed out if someone bought an item they would not be inspired to return. Emma is now setting to work to make as many products as she can, as this is written at 15:03 the first wave are yet to appear as it takes 24 hours or more for them to be approved, but we have over 300 items awaiting for approval with Weird Weekend 2012, Big Cat Study Group ,CFZ Australia and CFZ USA being first to appear. She has been assisted in this mass onslaught by her husband, it may be closer to the case that she has done the work while he fetched the coffees.
Do view the new items at www.zazzle.co.uk.cfzjon* every item gives at least 10% to our funds which will go towards things like equipment, general running costs and much more and remember to keep checking back as there will be a lot of changes, also feel free to send the link to whomsoever you think may wish to view it
Since relocating to our new home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, my better half and I have taken up bird watching, if for no other reason than there is a plethora
of species new to us Northerners.
So far we have documented at least 19 species and counting.
Here is the North Carolina State Bird, the common Cardinal. Not nearly as exotic as our native Minnesota State bird the Loon with his eerie red eyes, but you gotta love the cardinal’s bright red habit.
“ROBIN SETS UP NEST – IN FAMILY`S PRAM” by Judith Sanders (1)
It`s an unusual place to raise a family – a children`s play pram hanging up inside a garage in Telford. But for this family of robins, it has proved the perfect nest for their five young – tucked away from the wintry weather.
It was only when Fiona Carroll-Stone decided to find the pram for her children to play with that they made the surprise discover. Mrs Carroll-Stone and her family were overjoyed when the eggs finally hatched on Easter Sunday. Mrs Carroll-Stone , of Donnington, said: “We were very worried when we realised the eggs were in there as the pram is hanging inside the garage and I had been shutting the door. “ I was concerned that I had shut the parent birds out but then we noticed a little square bit of wood which had rotted away on the bottom of the garage door and they were flying in and out through there. “Now we just leave the door open and we see the mum and dad hopping around in the garden gathering worms for the chicks. “We have a lot of birds around the garden but we have not had a nest like this before.”
Mrs Carroll-Stone said she and her husband Patrick, a self-employed builder,had gone to get the pram down for their children to play with when they spotted the nest. She said: “ We do not know how long the eggs have been there but there seem to be three chicks now. “ I have not had a good look because I`d not want to disturb them. “ I would have felt awful if they had not hatched.” Robins are renonwned for being tame around humans and the birds even fly in and out of the garage while Patrick works in there. Their three children Maizy,aged nine,Minny, aged three and Junior, aged one, are thrilled with their feathered visitors.
Mrs Carroll-Stone added: “ My son has been leaving the light on in the garage for them so that the chicks can see.” (2)
1. I contacted Judith Sanders for more information about the story but received no reply, but if you want to try her e-mail address is email@example.com
2. Shropshire Star April 13th 2012
New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
New at Cedar and Willow, some more projected book jacket designs for Thomasina Edison:
Sunday morning, and I don't think that I can manage poetry every day. But what I CAN do is to manage a daily selection of massively groovy things wot I hope will instruct, entertain, and inform. I am finding this new project a very entertaining one, and I have high hopes for some interesting exclusives (quite massive ones actually) in the next few weeks.
First up today is a look at Rick Wakeman's new biography by Dan Wooding. We got our copy in our sticky little fingers yesterday, and golly it looks rather good. The designer must be a massively talented and good looking chap. There is also an exclusive excerpt, and an even more exclusive slice of Rick's past:
The next thing is one of life's little synchronicities. I wrote about 'Curved Air' yesterday, to celebrate the release of their DVD in the Gonzo 'Lost Broadcasts' series. I actually didn't realise that the band had not only reformed, but are playing a gig in Devonshire on Friday. Guess which massively talented and good looking book designer who doubles as a hack journalist on a daily music blog has e-mailed their management to see if he can get an interview?:
We have a link to very effusive review of the new 'Genre Peak' album by a geezer in Belgium:
I had never heard of 'Galahad' until the other day. My bad (as I believe the current vernacular has it) because they are one of the most interesting, clever, and literate rock bands that I have discovered in many a year. Expect me to wax lyrical upon the subject over the next few months:
And finally, as regular readers of this blog will know, although the vast majority of what we cover is at least vaguely relevant to the releases on the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies, there are some things – mostly book reviews – that are included because I think they are interesting. Here, as always, I would like to say that any opinions expressed are my own and have nothing to do with any of those nice people at Gonzo Multimedia. Today we have a look at Derf Backderf's extraordinary graphic novel telling the true story about his schooldays with a boy who would eventually become one of America's most notorious serial killers:
I think I can promise you an entertaining and varied week ahead. Hold on tight, it’s gonna be a thrilling ride...
On this day in 1952 David Icke was born. Icke in a controversial chap who claims, among other things, that we are ruled by a species of reptilian aliens. It would seem these aliens, should they indeed exist, are really crap at their job and hate hot pasties.
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Icke talks about Shape shifting reptile things messing up an anti capitalism protest. During the talk he urges people to make up their own minds on this kind of thing and not accept reality as they know it without questioning it... Maybe I'm part of the conspiracy but personally I don't buy it:
Friday, April 27, 2012
Bobcat a frequent visitor to Carrollton water plant
OT: Big Cats in Georgia...
Police shot and killed an 80-pound mountain lion Friday after a resident spotted the big cat hiding in some bushes near her home. Marlene Hitt lives in the foothills near the Angeles National Forest. She was closing her garage door Friday ...
Hays Free Press
The large wild cats have been moving into Central Texas, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Okay, some of you may not believe me but my husband & I were riding around Buda on Wednesday, April 11. We had our 4 yr old grandson with us ...
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Times of India
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KEY News has learned the big cat's body was dismembered. The CHP received calls around 5:30 AM, about a mountain lion getting hit by a car. At the same time, a fawn was found there, dodging traffic on the northbound lanes.
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Mountain lion sightings reported in Arcata
Sgt. Todd Dockweiler said the resident who reported the sighting had seen the cat carrying an animal away. The resident reported that the animal may have been a small dog, Dockweiler said. Officers were unable to find a big cat when responding to ...
It takes a long time to do and is a fairly tedious task so I am not promising that they will be done each day, but I will do them as regularly as I can. JD
Mile Oak sighting might be Steyning big cat -
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But now to a new incident in the east of the country:
Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Ray Dobbs from Eye, on White Post Road where he spotted large, cat-like prints in a field. (METP-23-04-12PF001) Photo: PAUL FRANKS/Peterborough ET By STEPHEN BRIGGS A Peterborough City Councillor has called for experts to investigate suspicious paw ...
They are certainly paw prints, but what do you think? Now for another story involving paw prints (actually, several different stories all involving the same incident)
Cheltenham carpenter finds 'big cat' paw print
This is Gloucestershire
The footprint find comes after a sighting of the mystery creature in February. He said: "I have been working there since October and I just could not believe it when I saw it there in February. "It looked like a puma and I really had a good look at it ..
This is Gloucestershire
By Gloucestershire Echo
CARPENTER Alex Stewart believes big cats are roaming through the centre of Cheltenham and he claims he now has the proof.The 54-year-old is working on a Winchcombe Street building site and came into...
This is Somerset
Carpenter Alex Stewart believes big cats are roaming through the centre of Cheltenham and he claims he now has the proof. The 54-year-old is currently working on a Winchcombe Street building site and came into work yesterday to discover four-inch ...
But where is the picture? You will have to go to the source for it, as it has been embedded in a way which precludes me from pinching it. Now down to the Westcountry...
This is Cornwall
I just know that if big cats really were roaming our fields by now at least one of them would have been run over, garrotted in some stock fencing or found fried at an electricity sub-station. Or, perhaps, found floating about in some bloke's slurry pit ...
Actually this is a rather well-written skeptical piece which claims there are no such thing, although it dfoes tell the talle of an o-o-p beaver in the River Tamar.
Now back to Gloucestershire, where Frank Tunbridge never lets us down...
From Nick Redfern's Fortean World:
At the beginning of the week Nick started a new blog which replaces all his old blogs, and so covers a much wider range of topics than just cryptozoology. Needless to say it's worth a look for all the posts, but here are the ones to date that Nick has tagged with a "cryptozoology" label:
Newly posted on the Frontiers of Anthropology:
Newly posted on the Frontiers of Zoology, sort of a set of footnotes to Tyler's posting made last night (there will probably have to be at least one more part to follow this)http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v459/n7249/full/459910a.html
I really tried to write the entirety of today's notifications in rhyme, but I couldn't get any further than:
It is Saturday morning at the Gonzo blog,
outside it is cloudy and grey,
a middle aged hippy and his jowly fat dog,
have plenty of interest to say,
Outside my mate Graham is washing his car,
in here we have Judge Smith and Michael Des Barres,
and Sonja Kristina and Galahad too,
and vintage Eric Burdon clips waiting for you...
I then gave up and decided to write it normally instead:
We have the second part of our exclusive Judge Smith interview:http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/exckusive-judge-smith-interview-part.html
A clip from the Curved Air DVD from the 'Lost Broadcasts' series, accompanied by my musings about how times have changed, and memories of my massively Victorian parents:
A bit of vintage strangeness from the incomparable Eric Burdon:
A profile of a Gonzo band called 'Galahad' that I hadn't heard before:
And finally a clip from Michael Des Barres' past:
See you tomorrow...
On this day in 2001 Denis Tito became the first 'space tourist'.
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An animated simulation by Virgin Galactic on what it would look like if Daft Punk were to become space tourists:
I put the pellets in a suspension of bicarbonate of soda. The began to dissolve but at a far slower rate than the owl pellets from Ross' barn owls. The large pellets Craig and I found have still not dissolved.
Seville, 2005. During a game of airsoft, a group of friends shoots a
big shadow, black, with red eyes. The next day, they discover a huge mark on the place.
All information in :
This could be a new trend folks. Four new "Bigfoot" videos in less than 2 weeks.
Now that every child old enough to carry a cell phone around can record videos, it's more than likely that someone will inadvertently film a "Sasquatch". Thanks to TV shows like Finding Bigfoot where everything could be a Sasquatch, these kids were probably thinking the same thing when they saw a dark figure moving in the trees.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
How about this for Batesian mimicry!
Although, a fairly recent study has cast some doubt on this theory with researchers claiming that its not the recognition of eyes that deters depredation but the conspicuous contrast in the patterns on the wings startling the would be attacker. (Stevens et al. 2008).
What do you think?
New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
And Benny has two new blog entries up also:
Tyler Stone also has a link concerning "Yetis"
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Hans Mark tells the story behind Carl Sagan's Pioneer plaque:
Back on the chain gang, the Gonzo Blog thunders into life on a friday morning.
First up is part one of an exclusive interview with Judge Smith, who amongst other things was a founder member of Van Der Graaf Generator, and composer of a radical and massively entertaining series of 'song stories':http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/04/exclusive-judge-smith-interview-part.html
I also have an excuse to wax lyrical about one of my favourite musical heroes; Eric Burdon. This comes complete with an exclusive slice out of the 'Lost Broadcasts' DVD which features a 1970 session filmed with multiracial band 'War'. Bloody hell its good:
We have a peek at the new Anthony Phillips album:
A look at Martin Stephenson then and now:
And a link to a massively subjective list of 100 albums that every sci-fi and fantasy buff should own:
That's it for today, but I do suggest that you all check out Jack White's first solo album 'Blunderbuss'. It really is astounding, and fulfills the promise that he has hinted at with his work with 'The White Stripes', 'The Raconteurs', 'The Dead Weather' and all the other side projects that I have forgotten! The weekend starts, umm.... here, I suppose.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
He was born in 1764 and was fascinated by nature from an early age. Sadly, he was of a generation that lost many scientists to history due to the French Revolution, and a republic that stupidly, in the words of public prosecutor Antoine Quentin Fouquier-Tinville - “Did not need scientists”. He faired better than most. After serving in the army for a while, and after a stint as assistant to the geologist Barthelemy Faujas de Saint-Fond, he became attached to the Jardin des Plantes, the main botanical garden in Paris. For a time he was a much sort after scientist, being offered places on a number of expeditions. He trawled to Egypt and Germany to study geology. His gift for languages did not go un-noticed, and he became attached to the Museum of Natural History as a translator. He narrowly missed receiving the chair in mineralogy.
He wrote an addendum for Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon’s Histoire naturelle générale et particulière. Comte de Buffon had been the director of Jardin des Plantes and this was a feather in the young naturalist’s cap. Suites a Buffon was devoted to mollusks. During this time, he investigated the origins of ambergris (the indigestible beaks and claws of cephalopods vomited up by sperm whales like gigantic owl pellets) and became interested in the idea of huge cephalopods. He interviewed American whalers who had settled in France about the evidence for such creatures.
One such man, Ben Johnson, told of a monstrous tentacle found in the mouth of a sperm whale they had killed. The tentacle was 35 feet long and had been severed at both ends, De Montfort reckoned another 10-20 feet of it had been lost. It was as thick as a mast with suckers the size of hats.
Another man, Reynolds, told of seeing what he thought was a red sea serpent laying next to a whale they had killed. It was discovered to be a massive tentacle 45 feet long with suckers as large as plates.
Writing in his Histoire Naturelle Générale et Particulière des Mollusques, de Montfort classifies two giant cephalopods, the colossal octopus and the kraken octopus, the latter referring to gigantic squid.
He writes of a votive painting (now long lost) in the chapel of St Thomas in Brittany. The painting showed a titanic octopus attacking a ship. It was supposedly based on real events that occurred to a ship from that port whilst anchored off Angola. A giant octopus has supposedly attacked the ship, wrapping its arms about the rigging and causing the ship to list dangerously. The crew attacked with cutlasses and managed to get the monster to relinquish its hold by hacking off some of the arms. The painting was made to commemorate the events, the scared sailors having prayed to Saint Thomas.
Such huge creatures had been mentioned by Louis Marie Joseph O’Hier, Comte de Grandpre in his book Voyage a la cote occidentale d’ Afrique written between 1786 and 1787. The natives told him that a giant octopus known as Ambazombi would often attack their boats and canoes dragging them to the bottom. They believed the monster to be an evil spirit. The name Ambazombi may be linked to Nizambi, the supreme god of the Bakongo people of Angola.
Captain Jean-Magnus Dens, a Danish man and former employee of the Gothenburg Company now retired to Dunkirk, told a similar story to him. He had once been becalmed off the coast of West Africa, and took advantage of the situation to scrape barnacles off the side of the ship. Men were lowered by ropes whilst sitting on planks. As they worked, a huge cephalopod rose from the water and wrapped tentacles around two of the men dragging them under. Another arm coiled about a third man who clung to the rigging. His shipmates managed to save him by hacking off the monster’s writhing member. The unfortunate man later died of shock. The Captain informed de Montford that the portion severed was 25 feet long, and the whole arm had been 35 to 40 feet long. It tapered to a point and was covered with suckers. The Captain felt that if the monster had attached all its arms onto the ship it would have capsized it.
Another captain by the name of Anderson told de Montfort of finding two huge tentacles, still connected by part of the mantle, on some rocks near Bergen, Norway. They were so thick he could barely put his arms about them, and were around 25 feet long.
Delving into maritime disasters,de Montfort thought that many disappearances of ships could have been caused by attacks from giant cephalopods. One in particular was the disappearance of ten ships in 1782. Six French ships had been captured in the West Indies by British Admiral George Rodney during the Battle of the Saintes, and were being taken to port under the escort of four British ships. All ten vessels vanished and de Montfort postulated that an attack by a kraken was to blame. In fact, the ships had been lost in a hurricane. This rash and rather gullible statement was to be the beginning of the end for de Montfort, who became a scientific pariah. He had not helped matters when he jokingly suggested that the kraken’s arms were so vast they could bridge the Straits of Gibraltar (8.9 miles). Some humourless zoologists had taken him seriously. From then on, his name was mud in scientific circles.
Out of work in scientific agencies, he retreated to the country and wrote books on bee keeping and linguistics. Returning penniless to Paris, he scratched the most meager of livings identifying shells for naturalists and collectors. He became a wretched, ragged figure and finally a destitute alcoholic. He was found dead of starvation in 1820, a pitiful end for a man once associated with the most august scientific institutes in Paris. Pierre Denys de Montfort has been largely forgotten. Despite having created 25 genera still in use today, de Montfort’s career barely merits a footnote whilst his better off contemporaries such as Georges Cuvier are still celebrated today.
Gallingly, after his death, de Montfort was proved correct when parts of gigantic squid began to fall into the hands of scientists. Danish zoologist Professor Johannes Japetus Smith Steenstrup published the first scientific description of the giant squid.
To this day de Montfort has been given little, or no, credit despite having amassed the greatest amount of accounts, and carrying out the most research into giant cephalopods. It is time for that to change and for the scientific community to recognise him for the ground-breaking and dedicated researcher he was, and to realise that the same pigheaded arrogance and prejudice still rides high in the world of science this very day.
I'm actually writing today's Blog stuff about twelve hours early, but I am going out all day tomorrow, and it makes things easier to do the blogs tonight instead of in the morning.
We have all sorts of jolly things for you, starting off with an exclusive track from the new 'Genre Peak' album:
In the absence of footage from last weekend's triumphant Japanese visit by 'Silverhead' here is a track of them live, back in the day:
Auburn really are an outstanding band. Here is news of the first live outing for the new album, and in case you can't wait, an exclusive track officially bootlegged by yours truly:
And whilst on the subject of Auburn, here is some other stuff that may be of interest:
Levon Helm of 'The Band' died recently, and by way of our tribute to him, here are 'Spooky Tooth' doing a cover version of 'The Weight' from the Lost Broadcasts DVD:
I am getting old. I have some information about new music from Mimi Page, and I don't understand a word of it:
And last (but by no means least) here is a newsletter with all the latest news from 'Wally' and 'Jackson Webber':
We will be back to normal on friday morning...
New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:
New at Cedar and Willow, posting more Screencaps from One Million Years BC (starring Raquel Welch) - Just as the previous two had done:
And Felix the Cat features on Benny's second blog, the Ominous Octopus Omnibus:
Best Wishes, Dale D.
And now the news:Arctic marine mammals and fish populations on the ...
Study: Australia can save birds
Animal cruelty and neglect convictions rise, says ...
Singapore man fined for setting cat on fire
Leeches Are DNA Bloodhounds in the Jungle
Bright Purple Crab Discovered in Philippines
Ancient Horse Bones Tell Story of Tibetan Plateau
Critically Endangered Waved Albatross gets lifelin...
Bartonella Infection Associated With Rheumatoid Il...
Rare crested ibis hatches in Japan
Water voles unexpected reappearance in Kent wildli...
Diversity Aided Mammals’ Survival Over Deep Time
The sea as a rubbish tip – Microplastic being abso...
Accidental Gardeners: Birds Cultivate Pretty Plant...
A tour of Chernobyl and the nearby ghost city if Pripyat:
There was a news story recently about a man named Rupert Matthews (who sounds much too intelligent to be a Tory politician) who was removed from a candidate list by the Party Chairman when she found out he had written books about UFOs. I wrote about the subject on my blog - http://forteana-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/alien-politics.html (Rupert Matthews is the second of two news stories I mentioned).
I also started following Rupert's blog, called The Ghost Hunter, and he has just done a post about Sasquatch that I thought you might be interested in simply because it comes from such an unlikely source! http://ghosthunteratlarge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/events-of-1958-propelled-sasquatch-or.html
The larger pellets seem to consist mostly of compressed hair. It is possible that Ross' captive owls, fed on day-old chicks, produce softer pellets as they are only having to deal with down and not coarse fur.
If anyone has any wild owl pellets we can compare the dissolving rates with, we would be very greatful. Please get in touch...
Tago Mago by Can
Columbia by Big Star
Glorious noise perfectly suited to remastering old copies of A&M
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