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, March 03, 2014


The Gonzo Daily - Monday
I am not having a good day today. Archie got over excited and nipped the postman, and I had to use all my reserves of tact to avoid an unpleasant scene. At least I bloody well hope I have avoided one! (Touch Wood) I also got an irate e-mail from someone complaining that a photo of me from 1999 which happens to be in my Facebook pictures folder shows me with a cigarette in my mouth. What sort of an example am I giving to young people? he asks. By smoking in public (even fifteen years after the fact) I am apparently bringing the CFZ into disrepute. In one way the instant communication afforded by things like Facebook is a good thing; it brings the concept of the Global Village which idealistic young hippies like me espoused forty years ago one step nearer. But on another level it is a terrible thing, because its very immediacy lulls people into a false sense of feeling that people who are basically strangers, or vague acquaintances at best, are close friends.
Every week in my capacity of ringmaster of the CFZ circus I get at least one complaint from somebody within the CFZ family, concerned about the Facebook activities of another member or members. This is usually accompanied by the complainer suggesting that the activity in question is bringing the CFZ into disrepute. The complaints are usually about political or religious statements, or postings with sexual content. What people don't seem to understand is that the CFZ is a loose confederation of people interested in cryptozoology and its allied disciplines, animal welfare, animal rescue and the broad concept of encouraging young people to be interested in Natural History. It is a broad church, and members/affiliates come from a wide range of social, ethnic, political and religious backgrounds. If someone makes a post about their paganism, Christian fundamentalism or anything else, or if they post pictures of simpering dolly birds in miniscule bikinis it is their own business. It is nothing to do with the CFZ or me personally, and even if I wanted to I couldn't do anything about it.
Please stop complaining to me about these things. All it does is upset me, and give me yet more stress that I would so much rather do without. I am not going to kick someone out of the CFZ for boasting about their sexual conquests, having some soft porn actress on their friends list, making anti or pro republican/conservative party statements or being anti or pro some religion or other, so please stop asking. If you don't like what other people say on Facebook, just block them. That is what I do!
Enough bellyaching for today. On with the blogs.
INTERVIEW: Frank Zappa’s ‘Roxy & Elsewhere’ lives on
Ex-Wife and Killer of Mountain Bassist Felix Pappalardi dies
I Could Cry/Take a Back Step (Huw Lloyd-Langton tribute)
This week's issue of The Gonzo Weekly is here, and 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!!!
To make sure that you don't miss your copy of this and future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe
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

*  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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