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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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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

THE GONZO BLOG DOO DAH MAN HAS LEFT THE BUILDING (TEMPORARILY)

Yesterday was overshadowed by the death of Mary Shuker - the mother of our old friend Dr Karl Shuker. She was 92. I only met her on one occasion (despite having been friends with Karl for the past 20 years), but she was a delightful old lady, and I am sad that I will not be able to renew the acquaintanceship. Our thoughts and prayers are with Karl at this devastating time for him.

Corinna and I are going away in an hour or so, and will not be back until Wednesday or Thursday. We are going to visit the orange cat (who lives with Shosh and Gavin in Staffordshire) and then going to collect Mama for another protracted visit. Along the way we are intending to visit the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire. 

In the meantime Graham is in charge. I will probably not have access to a computer this time, so don't expect answers to emails...

Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from Helen McCookerybook and Martin Stephenson
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/04/gonzo-track-of-day-helen-mccookerybook.html
Once again we repair to Austin for our daily audience with Thom the World Poet
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/04/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_2.html
I agree with the author of this article who described Kevin Ayers' 'Lady Rachel' as "Prog Rock's greatest uneasy love song"
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/04/link-progrocks-greatest-uneasy-lovesong.html
The latest episode of my monthly webTV show (and this month it features me singing an awful version of Led Zep's 'Immigrant Song'
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/04/for-those-of-you-interested-latest.html
An article based on Helen McCookerybook's academic research
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/04/helen-mccookerybook-womens-story.html


*  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:
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html

* 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 53 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and a not very small orange kitten (who isn't) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. 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 orange cats?

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