I was not feeling at all well yesterday, for no particular reason. Indeed, that’s a bit of an understatement. I was feeling very miserable and sorry for myself; something that you probably guessed when I quoted large chunks of John Keats instead of writing anything of my own in yesterday’s blog. We are still having the devil’s own job trying to tie down a Plumber to actually make a time to come and replace my bloody boiler. We have agreed a price. We have the money, and we have been without hot water for about five months. Luckily the shower has a separate heating source, and we have an electric kettle for washing up. But it is a pain in the arse.
Many years ago our old friend Charles Paxton gave a lecture to the Weird Weekend suggesting that some classic sea serpent sightings are actually of a whale lying on his back with his penis in the air. Somehow, the mass media have gotten a hold of the story and they claim that the mystery of the Loch Ness monster has finally been solved and that it is a Whale’s stiffy. Whilst we agree with Charles that this is an eminently likely scenario for some sea serpent sightings, there is one real problem with using this explanation for the Loch Ness monster: there are no whales in Loch Ness, and as the River Ness is relatively shallow, there are unlikely to be any whales in Loch Ness any time soon.
So, the British media are suggesting that there are a number of disembodied pink and ginger pricks haunting the country’s waterways? I am saying nothing.
The next episode of On the Track is scheduleD for tomorrow afternoon and features an exclusive interview with legendary Apple Records star Brute Force In which explains why he produces allegiance to the planet, we revisit the conundrum of whether the Asiatic cheetah has survived outside its last known bastion in the middle of Iran, and we examine claims that it is still to be found in Bangladesh, and we look at the recent discovery of the Corsican wildcat - a creature that Bernard Heuvelmans predicted back in the day. And Hennis goes to the Polling Station. So, if you want to attend a visual entertainment consisting of hard science and a smattering of weird shit, interspersed with us dicking about in an increasingly surreal manner, check the latest episode out:
My book ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ is the story of my early life in Hong Kong, and how I first became interested in Natural History, and more specifically cryptozoology, and there are several very little known cryptozoological mysteries discussed therein. It is very much like a darker analog of Gerald Durrell’s memoirs of his childhood in Greece, and I would’ve called it “My Family and other Sociopaths” if it wasn’t for the fact that I didn’t want to be sued either by Durrell’s estate, or my family. You can find out more and buy it signed from the link below:
C’mon, make a curmudgeonly old bugger happy.
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Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eleven 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?
AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
Gonzo Weekly #441/2
THE RICK-Y-UKEY ISSUE
This magazine continues to go off on strange tangents that I never expect, but I am very happy to see it do so. What is in this week? Ooooh lots of things. Such as Paul McCartney, the sound of the Westway, the ‘Summer of Our Discontent’, Motman and Micall Parknsun, Rick Wakeman, Alan’s New Music, Fake News and more....
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive, AND Merrell Fankhauser, and the Real Music Club, AND Strange Fruit, and Mr Biffo, there is a column from Kev Rowland, and C.J Stone, but Mr Biffo, Tony Klinger and Neil Nixon, are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and dibblers who have got the blues (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are listening to the new Bob Dylan album, 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!!!
..And the last few issues are:
Issue 441-2 (Rick Wakeman)
Issue 439-40 (Prince Phillip)
Issue 437-8 (Yes)
Issue 435-36 (Hawkwind)
Issue 433-34 (Freda Payne)
Issue 431-32 (Kosheen)
Issue 429-30 (Ocean Aid)
Issue 427-8 (2021 ia Bosch)
Issue 425-6 (Paul McCartney)
Issue 423-4 (KLF)
Issue 421-22 (Christmas)
Issue 419-20 (John Lennon)
Issue 417-8 (gIG)
Issue 415-16 (Phideaux)
Issue 413-14 (Rick Wakeman)
Issue 411-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
Issue 409-10 (Covid)
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