Today I went back to the podiatrist, half expecting to be told that the ulceration on my heels had got so bad that amputation was imminent. I took Graham with me for moral support, and partly so he could independently be told about the danger signs to look for. Well, the upshot is that my only brushes with leglessness for the foreseeable future will be recreational ones. The ulceration on my left heel (which was the worse, by far) has healed, and although my right heel has degenerated a bit it is still relatively easily treatable. So that is good.
Thank you to everyone who has sent good wishes and healing vibes. We are not out of the woods yet, but we are well on our way. Now I can get back to the important business of writing silly doggerel about Donald Trump. A Republican President Elect with a name that is a childish euphemism for farting is truly a gift from the Gods. Woooot!
And now for the news................
Eric Burdon interview
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: You can't kill me - Ju...
The Pink Fairies - Tomorrow Never Knows (Live)
Face to Face with Rick Wakeman: Jon Lord
Gonzo Magazine #207
In this extraordinary issue, Alan goes to Tibet and discusses this much misunderstood country and its spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Doug goes to see Alice Cooper and Jon waxes lyrical on The Divine Comedy and Mike Love of The Beach Boys.
Fun Fun Fun for all the family!
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, but Friday Night Progressive takes a break this week. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. Xtul and Neil Nixon also take rainchecks this week. 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:
The Divine Comedy, Spirits Burning, Clearlight, Gong, Roger Daltrey, Prince, Paul McCartney, Marillion, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Claude "Curly" Putman, Jr., Robert Coull "Bobby" Wellins, Molly Rose, Spirits Burning and Clearlight, Vangelis, Al Atkins, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson, ARW, The Pink Fairies, Alice Cooper, Alan Dearling, Tibet, The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, The Gardening Club, Mike Love, The Beach Boys, One Direction, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Sting, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Manson
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)
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
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