And so a weird and unsettling week lurches, eventually (I hope) to its climax. Late this afternoon my darling elder stepdaughter Shoshannah took a break from her studies to go to the shop for a chocolate sortie. A few minutes later she returned, and she found Poppy McGregor, aka The Brown Cat, a few months short of her seventeenth birthday in obvious pain. It appears that she had been hit by a car.
Shosh, who, as I know that many of you are aware, is a vet (which for our chums across the pond means that she works as an animal doctor, not that she saw military service in Vietnam) and saw immediately that there was nothing that could be done, so she and Corinna took her to the vet in Stratton to be put to sleep.
The is a line in my favourite book A Stranger in a Strange Land by catlover Robert Heinlein in which the main protagonist (Michael Valentine Smith) asked the secondary protagonist (Jubal Harshaw) about the biological reason for grief. I had been planning to write about this following Prince’s death yesterday. I had been planning to muse on why the death of a bloke half a world away, who I had never met, with whom I had never communicated, and whom - I am sure - didn’t know that I exist, mattered to me. Then today came the death of a small brown furry “person”who tolerated my presence on occasion, but sometimes hissed at me and once or twice even bit me. And my heart is very heavy, my world will never be the same again, and I am no further answering the Man from Mars’ question.
Who shall tell the lady's grief
When her Cat was past relief?
Who shall number the hot tears
Shed o'er her, beloved for years?
Who shall say the dark dismay
Which her dying caused that day?
Come, ye Muses, one and all,
Come obedient to my call.
Come and mourn, with tuneful breath,
Each one for a separate death;
And while you in numbers sigh,
I will sing her elegy.
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Sunshine Day - OSIBIS...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Wild Man Fischer An Evening With Wild Man Fischer
THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Prince
COMING THIS WEEKEND
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Gonzo Magazine #178
Viv Stanshall, Mike Livesley, Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, Fred Frith, Armando Gallo, French-Frith-Kaiser-Thompson, Ra ra riot, Arthur Brown, C S Lewis, Alfredo Zitarrosa, Astor Piazzolla, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
Sir Henry at Rawlinson End is on the front cover, there is an interview with Mike Livesley who is the mastermind of the latest revival inside, together with Alan's notstalgic look at the original mastermind, Viv Stanshall. Doug raves about Ra Ra Riot, whilst John goes to see Arthur Brown. Jon goes all South American whilst Alan muses on French-Frith-Kaiser-Thompson, and interviews the legendary Fred Frith. We send legendary rock and roll photojournalist Armando Gallo to a desert island, review a book about C S Lewis, and there are radio shows from Strange Fruit and Mack Maloney, as well as the return of Friday Night Progressive, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna who this week has Elvis in her sights (uh huh huh). There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside 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:
Alfredo Zitarrosa, Astor Piazzolla, The Who, Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen, Alan Dearling, Tony Hawk, Led Zeppelin, John Ellis, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Robbie Brennan, Anthony Schmaltz "Tony" Conrad, Earl Solomon Burroughs (Jack Hammer), Captain Beefheart, Brand X, Osibisa, Pink Fairies, Gram Parson's The International Submarine Band, Gib Guilbeau, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Sons of Fred, Percy Jones, Norman Wisdom featuring Rick Wakeman, Viv Stanshall, Michael Livesley, Ra Ra Riot, French Frith Kaiser Thompson, Roy Weard, John Brodie-Good, Arthur Brown, Mr Biffo, Armando Gallo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Walter Hooper, C S Lewis, George Michael, Sex Pistols, Beethoven, Johnny Rotten, Neil Nixon, Paul Buchanan, Folkstone
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 177 (David Gilmour)
Issue 176 (Joey Molland and The Raz Band)
Issue 175 (Larry Sanders)
Issue 174 (Keith Emerson)
Issue 173 (Pink Fairies action figures)
Issue 172 (4th Eden)
Issue 171 (Keith Levene)
Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
Issue 165 (David Bowie)
Issue 164 (Free Festivals)
Issue 163 (Lemmy)
Issue 161-2 (The Christmas Double Feature)
Issue 160 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 159 (Jon Anderson and Matt Malley)
Issue 158 (Billy Sherwood)
Issue 157 (Drones for Daevid)
Issue 156 (Rick and Emmie)
Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
Issue 152 (4th Eden)
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