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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

When The Going Gets Weird, The Weird Turn To Wikipedia

I’m currently in a bit of a Hunter S. Thompson mood, sadly not extending to my writing abilities. My vastly increased travel time, due to a move into the concrete tower of the Bracknell office, has greatly upped my reading time. I’m now reading the (so far) excellent The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time - collected writings of the late Hunter S. Thompson from the mid 60s to the late 70s. It’s also huge, which is a bonus. As part of my reading I thought I’d have a look at the Hunter S. Thompson information on Wikipedia (a resource I’m only recently getting into using, but so far so good).

Wikipedia led me to quite a good site for a good site for all things Hunter (currently being rebuilt, so start here if you're interested). It turns out that the Gonzo Cannon has been constructed in Thompson’s longterm hometown of Aspen, funded by Johnny Depp and ready to fire (reg. required but includes pictures of it covered - as an alternative, this article is text only) his ashes over the valley this Saturday, August 20th. I’d wondered what had happened to this, as I read about Johnny Depp & Ralph Steadman working out how to do it back around the time of his death. “Buy the ticket, take the ride”. Indeed.

Posted by Alex Hopkinson @ 4:16 PM


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