YER EDITOR SEZ:
Finally some good news on a personal level: for the first time in twenty plus years my blood pressure is normal. God alone knows why! However on a global scene I am getting disturbed at the way that the backlash against Extinction Rebellion has started, and there are even people claiming that they are a covert way for those in charge of us to get a database, including DNA samples) from people likely to join a revolution. Personally I think this is extremely unlikely, and that the backlash is merely a measure of how impressive ER results have been to date. People will always start to smear things that are more successful than they are, as I know from my own sad experiences. But - no doubt - we will find out in the end
But apart from that I want to repeat my unsolicited plug for the most interesting cheese I have eaten all year....
Check out the black cheddar in Morrisons. It tastes like corned beef! Check it out here:
THE DIGITAL PRAYER FLAG
Although we were overjoyed to be able to share the positive news about Corinna's health with you all, the secondary health problems which have plagued Corinna since her original surgical procedure are still there; she is still on medication and in varying degrees of intermittent discomfort, and - we feel that - it is likely that she will not be returning to her normal state of health and efficiency for several more months. But we are marching on the right road.
A prayer flag (Lung ta) is a colourful rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all. By hanging flags in high places the Lung ta will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings. As wind passes over the surface of the flags, which are sensitive to the slightest movement of the wind, the air is purified and sanctified by the mantras.
I believe something similar happens with positive vibes transmitted electronically. And so, please forgive me when I write about Corinna's health problems every day, but I am convinced that these electronic Lung ta and the resulting torrent of good vibes that has been the major contributory factor to the aetiology of her illness so far.
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Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eight whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
I do have good news to impart: Lars Thomas' book about the mystery land animals of Scandinavia and the Baltic States has been uploaded, and over at Gonzo the first volume of Kev Rowland's The Progressive Underground is also imminent. And at Fortean Fiction, my latest novel - 'Zen and Xenophobia' - vaguely a sequel to 2015's 'The Song of Panne' - is now available.
! would warn you that if you are of a nervous disposition, or easily offended, you will find parts of my novel both offensive and upsetting. There is sex, violence, drug abuse, occultism, pornography, firearms, politics, religion, and not a little sociology. But there is also love, kindness, faith, and redemption. And it's a cracking good yarn. Or I think so, at any rate. All I would say on the subject before bidding you farewell is Caveat Lector. And I'm not gonna explain what that means, because because if you don't know what that means then you probably shouldn't be reading the book in the first place.
AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
Gonzo Weekly #327/8
THE HURRY ON SUNDOWN ISSUE
In this immensely spacey issue, Graham presents the first half of a look at Hawkwind, year by year, in this their demi-centennial. Jon remembers Judge Trev and looks at the new reissue CD, praises the indomitable Greta Thunberg, and critiques Graham Nash's autobiography, Rob photographs Rick Wakeman and the Granary Choir, Alan revisits Edinburgh in the Sixties, John goes to see Carey Grace, Richard goes to see Cracked, by Emily Hinshelwood, and Tony has difficulties when buying a water pistol. And yes, there's lots more.
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit and Canterbury sans Frontieres are both back. AND there are columns from Kev Rowland, and C J Stone, and Neil Nixon, but Roy Weard Mr Biffo, and the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and rock wallabies who've blown a fuse (OK, nothing to do with the relatively small macropods who are having electrical problems, 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:
Greta Thunberg, Frank Zappa, Taj Jackson, Michael Jackson, Morrissey, Rick Wakeman, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Dakshayani, Šaban Šaulic, Ken Nordine, Kofi Burbridge, Sergey Georgievich Zakharov, Conrad R. "Connie", Jones III, Willy Lambert (aka Willy Willy), Deise Cipriano, Squadron Leader Richard Sydney Albion Churchill, Karl Otto Lagerfeld (né Lagerfeldt), George Mendonsa, Ethel Llewellyn Ennis, Gerard Koerts, Eric "Vicious" Johnson, Malcolm "Mac" B. Wiseman, Ira Gitler, Dorothy Masuka, Donald Edgar "Gus" Backus, Jackie Shane, Peter Halsten Thorkelson, Fred Luther Foster, Mark David Hollis, Andy Anderson (ne Clifford Leon Anderson), Tavito (Luis Otavio Carvalho de Melo), The Fall, Rick Wakeman, The RAZ Band, America, Judge Trev, Alan Dearling, Robert Blomfeld, Richard Foreman, Cracked, Emily Hinshelwood, John Brodie-Good, Cary Grace, Kev Rowland, Dying Awkward Angel, Alberto Rigoni, Fallen Legion, Nth Ascension, Fred Farell, Gandalf's Fist, Green Desert Water, Tony Klinger, C J Stone, Hawkwind, Graham Inglis, Martin Springett, Graham Nash, Neil Nixon,
And the last few issues are:
Issue 327-28 (Hawkwind)
Issue 325-26 (Gonzo)
Issue 323-24 (Irvine Welsh)
Issue 321-22 (Discordianism)
Issue 319-20 (Brix Smith)
Issue 317-18 (Christmas)
Issue 315-16 (Steve Miller)
Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
Issue 286 (Monty Python)
Issue 285 (ELP)
Issue 284 (Strangelove)
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
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