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Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS VERY TIRED

The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
 
I would like to remind you all about this year's Weird Weekend. www.weirdweekend.org It will be held over the third weekend in August at The Small School in Hartland, North Devon. Advance tickets are only twenty quid for the whole weekend, with accompanied kids under sixteen free, and we have one of the best lineups ever:
 
Steve Ignorant: The hidden history of Punch and Judy
Jackie Tonks: My encounter with Bigfoot
Lars Thomas: The Vikings and their Monsters
Steve Rider: tba
Matt Cook: High Strangeness and hill forts
Mick Walters: Werewolves in Staffordshire
Julian Vayne: Chaos Magick
Music from Stargrace
Richard Freeman: Tasmania 2016 Expedition Report
Joe Thomas: Cryptozoology on film
Richard Muirhead: Devo and the Monkeyman
Matthew Watkins: Retrocausality and other reverse-time phenomena
Shoshannah McCarthy: tba
Ronan Coghlan: Robin Hood: Origin of the legend
Jon Downes: Keynote Speech
 
PLUS:
Bugfest
The Tunnel of Goats
A Haunted Teddy Bear's Nest
The Spider Baby
A three legged sack
 
More attractions will be announced soon...
 
Ticket sales are quite slow this year, and so - if you want to make me a happy fellow - please come along. It is getting increasingly difficult to organise events such as this in the current economic and political climate, especially when one is ageing rapidly and as mad as a bagful of cheese. So be nice to the old fella and buy tickets now.
 
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Shostakovich: Symphon...
David Peel On The Lower East Side
Captain Beefheart - Paul Moyer KABC-TV Eyewitness ...
Frank Zappa - Interview - 12/8/1984 - unknown (Off...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
 
And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore: if you want to make me a happy fellow, you can:
 
buy my novel:
buy my single:
buy tickets to the Weird Weekend:
buy the CFZ 2016 Yearbook:
 
Gonzo Magazine #183
 
Gong, Daevid Allen, Harry Williamson, Joe Walsh, Bad Company, Beatles, Paul McCartney, Beatles, Tellytubbies, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
 
Oh wot a luvverly issue we have for you this week: Thom the World Poet introduces a selection of archive pictures of Daevid Allen and Harry Williamson and other Gongfolk in Melbourne, Allan looks at the history of alternative culture in Bognor, John celebrates the life of Paul Kantner with the pilgrimage of a lifetime, Doug talks about Joe Walsh and Bad Company, Jon reviews a book about Paul McCartney, and says goodbye to the irreplaceable Dave McMann, and Biffo looks at the nastier side of Tellytubbies fan art. Bloody hell we’re great! And there
are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside 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:
Dave McMann, Paul McCartney, Boris Savoldelli, Elektro Hafiz, Tony Henderson, Pink Fairies, Yes, Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Guy Charles Clark, Paul Alva Smoker, John Berry, Emilio Navaira III, The Beatles, Osibisa, Billy Cobham, Wayne Kramer at the Pink Fairies, Al Stewart, The RAZ Band, The Flying Burrito Bros, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Rick Wakeman, Gong, Bad Company, Joe Walsh, Alan Dearling, Shoreline Club, Roy Weird, John Brodie-Good, Paul Kantner, Jefferson Airplane, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Lemmy, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Neil Nixon, Kate Bush
                                                                                   
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 182 (Wally)
Issue 181 (Beatles)
Issue 180 (Beltane)
Issue 179 (Gregg Kofi Brown)
Issue 178 (Viv Stanshall)
Issue 177 (David Gilmour)
Issue 176 (Joey Molland and The Raz Band)
Issue 175 (Larry Sanders)
Issue 174 (Keith Emerson)
Issue 173 (Pink Fairies action figures)
Issue 172 (4th Eden)
Issue 171 (Keith Levene)
Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
 
 
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!
 
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
 
SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
 
* The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...
 
* The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
 
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
 
* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 56 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two small kittens, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the infantile orange cat, and the adventurous kittens?

TODAY'S BIG CAT NEWS

The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. 

There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why sometimes you will read stories here that appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking.


  • VIDEO: Drunk man jumps into lion enclosure
  • NEWSLINK: PETA vs Justin Bieber
  • FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

    What has Corinna's column of Fortean bird news got to do with cryptozoology?

    Well, everything, actually!

    In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out-of-place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in.

    Anne Murray: First-ever online B.C. Breeding Bird ...

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




    Bigfoot sightings in Littleton prompt museum of the unusual
    Bigfoot sightings in Littleton prompt museum of the unusual - The Truth .... Tags: bigfoot conspiracy, bigfoot sightings, bigfoot sightings video, bigfoot ...

    Henry May Talks About the Ohio Bigfoot Conference
    If you know anything about Henry May, then you know he loves Bigfoot. So much so, that he makes it a goal to attend the Ohio Bigfoot ...

    Henry May Talks About the Ohio Bigfoot Conference
    If you know anything about Henry May, then you know he loves Bigfoot. So much so, that he makes it a goal to attend the Ohio Bigfoot ...


    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1521 - Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Ugliest to Most Rock 'n' Roll: Top Newfound Specie...
  • New Research Confirms Continued, Unabated and Larg...
  • Aggressive spiders cause panic on Canada-bound pla...
  • Squids and octopuses thrive as 'weeds of the sea' ...
  • 'Canaries' of the ocean highlight threat to world'...

  • Human-eating monster crocodile may be Florida’s ne...


  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS MORE THAN A LITTLE FEEBLE

    The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
    Thank you to everyone who has written to me in support after my ATOS assessment on Monday. It was degrading, frightening, dehumanising and the whole thing has upset me more than I like to admit, and I truly fear for the people who have to deal with such things without the benefit of the support network that I have. I have a beautiful wife, and a kind and loyal carer, and a network of friends. The disputed benefits are not my entire income so if they do take them away it will be difficult but I will not starve, and neither will my family or animals. But I fear that people who are not as lucky as me will be chewed up, spat out and forgotten by a heartless beaurocratic machine. From where I am sitting it feels like a systematic ethnic cleansing of an unfortunate underclass.
    And this is BEFORE I get the result of my assessment, even though I am pretty damn sure that I know what the answer will be. And, by the way, nobody has yet noticed my little piece of Photoshop graffiti on the FB picture of me with the wheelchair.
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Mick Abrahams Benefit – The Borderline, Soho, Lond...
    MJ12 Featuring Bass Legend Percy Jones to Release ...
    Festivalized on Louder than War
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Keith Levene - Call i...
    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore: if you want to make me a happy fellow, you can:
    buy my novel:
    buy my single:
    buy tickets to the Weird Weekend:
    buy the CFZ 2016 Yearbook:
    Gonzo Magazine #183
    Gong, Daevid Allen, Harry Williamson, Joe Walsh, Bad Company, Beatles, Paul McCartney, Beatles, Tellytubbies, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
    Oh wot a luvverly issue we have for you this week: Thom the World Poet introduces a selection of archive pictures of Daevid Allen and Harry Williamson and other Gongfolk in Melbourne, Allan looks at the history of alternative culture in Bognor, John celebrates the life of Paul Kantner with the pilgrimage of a lifetime, Doug talks about Joe Walsh and Bad Company, Jon reviews a book about Paul McCartney, and says goodbye to the irreplaceable Dave McMann, and Biffo
    looks at the nastier
    side of Tellytubbies
    fan art. Bloody hell
    we’re great!
    And there
    are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside 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:
    Dave McMann, Paul McCartney, Boris Savoldelli, Elektro Hafiz, Tony Henderson, Pink Fairies, Yes, Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Guy Charles Clark, Paul Alva Smoker, John Berry, Emilio Navaira III, The Beatles, Osibisa, Billy Cobham, Wayne Kramer at the Pink Fairies, Al Stewart, The RAZ Band, The Flying Burrito Bros, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Rick Wakeman, Gong, Bad Company, Joe Walsh, Alan Dearling, Shoreline Club, Roy Weird, John Brodie-Good, Paul Kantner, Jefferson Airplane, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Lemmy, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Neil Nixon, Kate Bush
                                                                                       
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 182 (Wally)
    Issue 181 (Beatles)
    Issue 180 (Beltane)
    Issue 179 (Gregg Kofi Brown)
    Issue 178 (Viv Stanshall)
    Issue 177 (David Gilmour)
    Issue 176 (Joey Molland and The Raz Band)
    Issue 175 (Larry Sanders)
    Issue 174 (Keith Emerson)
    Issue 173 (Pink Fairies action figures)
    Issue 172 (4th Eden)
    Issue 171 (Keith Levene)
    Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
    Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
    Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
    Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
    Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
    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!
    You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
    SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
    * The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...
    * The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
    * We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

    * Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 56 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two small kittens, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the infantile orange cat, and the adventurous kittens?

    FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES


    What has Corinna's column of Fortean bird news got to do with cryptozoology?

    Well, everything, actually!

    In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out-of-place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in.