And so, my dears, another week has come and gone. I am not a particularly superstitious but I will admit to being paraskevidekatriaphobic, and today is Friday the Thirteenth and I will be the first to admit that I am on edge because things are—as they always do—going wrong.
According to Wikipedia Triskaidekaphobia (from Greek tris meaning "three", kai meaning "and", deka meaning "10" and phobos meaning "fear" or "morbid fear") is fear of the number 13 and avoidance to use it; it is a superstition and related to the specific fear of the 13th person at the Last Supper being Judas, who betrayed Jesus Christ and ultimately hanged himself. It is also a reason for the fear of Friday the 13th, called paraskevidekatriaphobia (from Παρασκευή Paraskevi, Greek for Friday) or friggatriskaidekaphobia (after Frigg, the Norse goddess after whom Friday is named in English).
My personal reasons for disliking the date reach back to my first days at Primary School back in Hong Kong when a teacher told us (one Friday 13th) that the belief in bad luck on this day was just a silly superstition. I had never actually heard of this before, but as an avid believer that all I was told by those in authority was wrong, I went on to have a particularly bad day (think hurting myself in an accident followed by a bout of physical chastisement from my paterfamilias) and I have disliked the day ever since.
There. I have shared one of my deepest, darkest and silliest secrets with you.
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Pink Fairies, Dungen, Frank Zappa, Beach Boys, Digitiser, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Mack Moloney, A J Smitrovich, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, Mack Moloney, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#155) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has the legendary Pink Fairies on the cover and in depth coverage of their recent London and Wolverhampton gigs inside. Doug goes to see Dungen,Jon critiques a fascinating new Biography of the Beach Boys, Dave McMann looks at the new Frank Zappa Roxy movie, and Corinna sneers at some more tacky pop memorabilia. Xtul are back in the deep woods. Neil unearths a hidden gem, Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column, C J Stone does his, A J Smitrovich continues thumbing through his Dad's LPs, and Mr Biffo has more of his regular slices of insanity from the world of Digitiser 2000, and there is a radio show from Strange Fruit, one from Friday Night Progressive and another from Mack Moloney. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antechinuses wanting poos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who are slightly constipated, 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!!!
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Issue 152 (4th Eden)
Issue 151 (Corky Laing)
Issue 150 (Roger Dean)
Issue 149 (Tony Palmer in Space)
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Issue 147 (Thom the World Poet cover)
Issue 146 (Bee and Flower cover)
Issue 145 (Dave Brock cover)
Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
Issue 139 (Raz cover)
Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
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