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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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Monday, February 10, 2014

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN SINGS DISCORDANTLY AND THEN WANDERS ABOUT THE ROOM WITH A SAUCEPAN ON HIS HEAD

I have always been a supporter of zoos. As a devotee of the late great Gerald Durrell I believe that they are an invaluable tool in conservation, with captive breeding being one of the best ways of restoring species numbers. Zoos should be, or so I have always maintained, temples where one goes to worship earnestly and devoutly at the altar of Mother Nature. I have watched in horror as - due to the current financial conditions - some have reverted back to what Zoos were like in the old days and just become cut price amusement parks for the great unwashed, and some have even degenerated into being just a tawdry add on to a bona fide amusement park. But the news stories which have emerged in the last couple of days are truly disturbing. The industry needs to get its act together if it isn't to lose public confidence altogether.
Over on the CFZ blog I posted what seemed to be some interesting results about the DNA Analysis Of the Paracas Elongated Skulls from Peru. "The Results Prove They Were Not Human" claim the headlines, but Sharon at 'Doubtful News' has revealed that the person who did the DNA testing is none other than Dr Melba Ketchum, which will - in some people's eyes at least - cast some considerable doubt on the findings. I am now going to throw down a gauntlet to everyone involved. If you would like to send ME some samples I will forward them on to my friend and colleague Lars Thomas in Copenhagen, and they will be analysed by scientists at a reputable academic establishment. If these findings match those of Dr Melba Ketchum, then I will be the first to admit it and apologise publicly.
BTW the CFZ website and other websites on the same server seems to be down at the moment. This may mean that the front page will not be updated today...
RICK WAKEMAN: Volunteers create new local sound and vision
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/02/rick-wakeman-volunteers-create-new.html
Jon Anderson of Yes, Rock Academy students to play Woodstock.
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/02/jon-anderson-of-yes-rock-academy.html
Apart from other things, you will be pleased to hear that Issue 64 of the Gonzo Weekly is OUT. This issue features Liz Lenten's scrapbook of the tour they did with Jefferson Starship, an exclusive interview with Bridget Wishart about Spirits Burning, Hawkwind and all sorts of other things, new music from Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life, new music from Mike Davis and Lizzy Rowe, the new Small Faces compilation album, the Small School in Hartland, the legendary Roy Weard on why we make music, Clepsydra tour dates and more news, reviews, views, interviews and brindled gnus (OK, no specialised African antelopes 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 COMPLETELY FREE!!!
To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe
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PS: If you are already a subscriber but think that you haven't been receiving your copies please check your spam filters. For some reason known only to the Gods of the internet, some e-mail programmes automatically count the magazine as 'spam' probably because it comes from a mass mailer. Either that or they are just jealous of our peerless content
PPS: I am already working on Issue 65, which will feature an EXCLUSIVE Pink Fairies interview, an exclusive interview with prog album artist Sandor Kwiatkowski,the return of the mighty Six Foot Three, and lotsa other good stuff which I've not done yet..
*  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.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 54 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) 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 cat?

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