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, March 06, 2014


The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
I was supposed to be going to London this weekend, but I have so much stuff to do here, I really didn't want to leave Woolsery until I had caught up with myself. I seem to have been chasing my tail for weeks now, and I need a breather. So I was very pleased when I was told by the person organising the event that we were filming that they only wanted one cameraperson. So, Graham (who enjoys travelling more than I do) is going in my stead, and I shall be at home with the animals and various people in my extended family. I have spent much of the last few days listening to Tim Blake's New Jerusalem and kicking myself that I hadn't remembered what a bloody super record it is.
Back in my student days I first saw the movie 'Animals House', and spent the rest of my student days trying to emulate these people. Then, after my divorce in 1996 I did much the same, and I was in the second half of my forties before I stopped behaving like one of the characters in the film, and with my health in tatters, finally settled down. I had vaguely realised that the movie was based upon the experiences that one of the writers had in college.
Last week Harold Ramis died, and I was convinced that he had been the writer in question. So in one of my maudlin moods I looked him up on Wikipedia, found that he wasn't, but that someone called Chris Miller (who - as far as I am aware is still alive - was. And furthermore he had written a book about it. I ordered it, and yesterday read it in one sitting. It is massively entertaining, but one of the most interesting things in it was that the social group that was lampooned (oooh) as Delta House, had become depraved party animals in the first half of the 1950s when it was mostly inhabited by ex-American soldiers who had come back from the Korean War suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and as a result ran amok, starting a tradition which carried on for nearly a decade. From a purely sociological point of view that is very interesting, or at least it interests me. And it makes me wonder what psychological guidelines (if any) are in place now to stop such things happening now.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: William of Wykeham (who died in 1404) is supposed to have been the first to have said that "Manners Maketh Man", but it was one of my fathers favourite quotes, and unlike some of his watchwords, this is one that I have always tried to take on board. If manners do indeed maketh man, I suspect that some of the people with whom I have been dealing over the last week or so are probably eunuchs.
Mike and Kate Westbrook Concerts Guildhall Jazz Festival

This weekend's issue of Gonzo Weekly is underway, with lots of Rick Wakeman stuff, a Tim Blake interview and a report on The Musical Box amongst other things.
The current issue features Hawkwind, Hawkwind, and some more Hawkwind, plus exclusive interviews with two musical legends - Keith Levene (ex-PiL and The Clash) and Judy Dyble (founder member of Fairport Convention and the band that was later to become King Crimson), plus stories on Mike Rutherford, Acid Mothers Temple, Devo, Paul Whitrow, and the world premiere of new videos by Auburn and Galahad, and more news, reviews, views, interviews and packets of long nosed potoroos (OK, no special rabbit-sized macropodiformes, especially in convenient packaging) 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!!!
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*  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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