Golly! What a strange life we lead. Well, I suppose it is Samhain, so what does one expect? Today's strangeness begins with a not very convincing photograph from Alaska reporting to be that of a river monster. http://tinyurl.com/jos55rf So, of course, those jolly nice fellows of Her Majesty's Press have been contacting me in droves for comments. Basically this is what I wrote in return:
“That video from Alaska looks very much like this video from Iceland a couple of years ago: http://tinyurl.com/zevqqlj
That turned out to me an inanimate construct of ice in flowing water and I strongly suggest that this is something similar. Although there are reports of mysterious aquatic creatures from various parts or North America, including Alaska, I am not aware of any from that particular river.
Sorry about that.”
On top of that, I may or may not be on ITV tonight talking about all sorts of thugs that go bump in the night, and we are also having a quiet Samhain soirée this evening, at which a splendid time will be guaranteed for all. Chloe and I have been busy little beavers this afternoon putting together tomorrow's issue of the CFZ newsletter, and pootling about with the Pink Fairies Website. If you are interested it only costs £12 a year and there is plenty of time for you to subscribe using the link at the top of the page on the CFZ website. http://forteanzoology.blogspot.co.uk/
Hopefully life will return to normality once the festivities are over, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
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Gonzo Magazine #206
This week we see the mighty Raz Band live with Joey Molland, Doug goes to see Brian Wilson, John travels across the Atlantic to see Steely Dan. Alan muses on Justin Johnson, and The Flame Trees, Jon reads about Tony Visconti and eulogises on Ed Harcourt. And there is a chance to win a pair of tickets to next year’s UK shows by Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman. Gee willikins!
Good ‘ere innit?
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a thrilling and slightly disturbing episode of Xtul. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside 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:
Ed Harcourt, John Cale, Prince, Sinead O'Connor, John Lydon, Phil Collins, Emily Eavis, Yoko Ono, Moby, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Robert Thomas Velline (Bobby Vee), Peter Jozzeppi "Pete" Burns, James "Jimmy" Perry, Rick Wakeman, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson, Binky Womack, Arthur Brown, Nils Lofgren, Jackie Lee, ARW, The Raz Band, Brian Wilson, Alan Dearling, Flame Tree, John Brodie-Good, Rickie Lee Jones, Steely Dan, Justin Johnson, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Hawklords, Xtul, Tony Visconti, Justin Bieber, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Martin Springett, The Gardening Club, Neil Nixon, Gene Clark
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
Issue 199 (Yes)
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
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