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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, September 08, 2014

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS SOMEWHERE ELSE

The Gonzo Daily - Monday
 
Oh what a jolly, fun-packed time we have had.  Somehow I have managed to do something to my neck, and so – writhing in agony – I went to the doctor this morning to be told I have something called Torticollis, which apparently means a stiff neck.  Bloody hell, I could have told him that in the first place.  However, after ingesting enough analgesics to keep the pharmaceutical industry open single handed, I can just about move again, and – several hours late – am able to continue with the blog wot should have been written this morning.
 
Saskia has moved on.  She has found another job which will not necessitate so much travelling. She goes with our blessing, and much love, and we hope that she can still visit us often. 
 
No sooner had I decided to get on with the blogs than my peace and quiet was invaded by a bevy of ghost hunters demanding tea, and sympathy. On top of that I have had two telephone conversations this afternoon.  One was with someone called Wayne trying to sell me energy loft insulation, and the other was with Mick Rogers, the singer of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. One of these conversations on my part consisted of two words, the second of which was ‘off’, the other was an in-depth conversation about music. I wonder whether you can guess which one was which.
 
Rock stars, ghost hunters, prescription painkillers. My life bumbles on, much as it always has.
 
30 Years Ago: Jimmy Page Joins Yes on Stage to Cover a Beatles song
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/30-years-ago-jimmy-page-joins-yes-on.html
GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Universal - Small Faces
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/gonzo-track-of-day-universal-small-faces.html
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_8.html
Joey Molland: This Way Up Belgium review translated
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/joey-molland-this-way-up-belgium-review.html
Capt. Beefheart: Detroit 80 US review
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/capt-beefheart-detroit-80-us-review.html
John Ellis, Vibrators, Clepsydra and Kate Bush Fans, had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#94) will be available to read tomorrow at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
 
It has the onbe and only John Ellis, one time guitar guru of The Vibrators, Peter Gabriel, The Stranglers, Peter Hammill, Judge Smith and more on the cover. Doug Harr was there in the audience when Kate Bush played live on last Friday evening, and Jon finds out about Clepsydra's plans for the future from bass ace Andy Thommen. There are also new shows from the wonderfully eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and ursine tree kangaroos (OK, no weird arboreal marsupials from New Guinea, 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!
 
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/
 
To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe
http://eepurl.com/r-VTD
 
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...

From CFZ-USA:

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - MONDAY

ON THIS DAY IN 1952 - The Ernest Hemingway novel "The Old Man and the Sea" was published. 

  • Kids Find Huge Dead Fish At Cape Disappointment (P...
  • Mountain lion attack leaves six-year-old Californi...
  • Farmer sets up zip wire for pigs
  • Two rare Indonesian elephants found dead without t...
  • Angry ram attacks drone - and pilot
  • Kangaroos abound but fears abound for smaller cous...
  • Yao Ming Defends Orphaned Baby Elephants
  • Japan starts Pacific 'research' whaling

  • Dogs and salmon carcasses a potentially lethal com...


  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)