This is a peculiarly disorientating time, and - for me at least - is completely different to the lock down earlier last year. On a personal level this is, of course, because my dear wife was still alive in March, April, May and June, and despite the fact that she was in and out of hospital like a yo-yo, we were still interacting either in person or via Facebook messenger. Indeed we had some very nice times, and as I learnt while accompanying my father on his final journey, despite the fact that you know somebody is dying, you are not grieving all the time and you can still enjoy the time you spend with them.
This time around, it is unremittingly cold, grey, and nasty with very few bright spots on the horizon. And, something which I personally find very disturbing, the government guidelines are so ambiguous that one doesn’t know what one can do or not, and that the first time you know that you have transgressed will be when one of Britain’s finest snaps a arbitrary fine on you.
I am also on the wagon for a time, which is probably overdue. But I mustn’t bellyache. There are people far worse off than me…
And the latest OTT:
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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 #423/4
THE SOLID STATE LOGIK 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 KLF, looking forward, Frisco Boogie, Whisky Priests, Shuggie Bain, Gardening Club 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 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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