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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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Saturday, July 26, 2014

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN WONDER WHY

The Gonzo Daily - Saturday
We were up till 6 working on the latest issue of the magazine. If everything had gone according to plan, I would have finished this some time on Thursday afternoon.  Andrea and I made good headway earlier in the week, and I would have finished dictating to her on Thursday, had she not been laid low with what she had been told was arthritis in her hip.  I am feeling particularly smug, because although I was kicked out of the nursing profession nearly a quarter of a century ago for filling my time sheets out wrong, I still managed to correctly her complaint as sciatica.  But enough of me being smug, the long and the short of it is that she only showed her face here long enough to grab some painkillers from me yesterday, and so I spent the rest of Thursday doing other things.
Although the dear girl turned up again yesterday, I had lost the impetus, and – as I had a recording session booked with Mike Davis for 5 o’clock – I was not able to finish this magazine in time.  What made things even more problematical is that just about the time that Mike Davis was sat opposite me tuning up his guitar, the press release announcing the long-awaited collaboration between Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty came hurtling across the internet towards me, and any hope of getting to be at a civilised hour went straight out the window.
Like the Pony Express, the Gonzo Weekly always gets through, but over the next few weeks we have the annual Weird Weekend, and a few weeks alter that we are scheduled to become grandparents.  There will be magazines each week, but we give you fair and due warning that a couple of issues may be a little sketchier than normal.

The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#88) will be available soon to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Joey Molland, the last man standing of the mighty Badfinger on the front cover and an interview with him inside. It also includes an exclusive interview with the author of a new biography of The Waterboys, with an exclusive extract from the book. Yes fans will find a critique of the new album and a rundown of the extraordinary events that took place yesterday as Jon Anderson launched his new band. Elsewhere in the issue Doug Harr interviews the founding members of Brand X and Galahad release the cover art for their forthcoming EP.  There are also new shows from the wonderfully eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny (hopefully fully recovered from his recent illness) a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and mysterious clues (OK, no peculiar objects left by malefactors, 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!!!
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
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!
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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As well as the Gonzo Weekly, there is a daily service called - wait for it - The Gonzo Daily, and you can subscribe for free HERE:
http://eepurl.com/OvPez
*  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 an orange kitten named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 kitten?

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.



ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

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Corinna photographs a buff ermine that turned up in the office this evening





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