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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, November 08, 2014

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.


THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN GETS IT TOGETHER

The Gonzo Daily - Saturday
 
My lovely wife Corinna and I are both as mad as hatters, but there are times that I think we are two of the sanest people we know. Now, THAT is frightening. It is once again stupid o'clock in the morning, and we are putting the final touches on the magazine because I have a sneaking suspicion tomorrow will be full of more drama.
 
The captain is a one-armed dwarf,
He's throwing dice along the wharf
In the land of the blind
The one-eyed man is king, so take this ring
 
 
 
Jack Bruce, Corky Laing, Mountain, Tony Palmer, Steve Hillage, Erasure, Keith Levene, Jon Anderson, Yes, Nick Redfern, Cat Stevens, Steve Ignorant, Hawkwind, and Daevid Allen fans had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#103) will soon be available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
 
It has Jack Bruce on the cover, and features an interview with Corky Laing about his erstwhile bandmate inside. We also have a tribute to Jack Bruce from Tony Palmer, and another from Rob Ayling together with an unpublished photoshoot of Bruce and Pete Brown. But there's more! There is news about Daevid Allen, Doug Harr goes to see Erasure, Jon waxes lyrical about Steve Ignorant's new album, and critiques Yusuf Islam's and comes to the conclusion that Cat Stephens is a very brave man.  Xtul are still in the deep woods, and Corinna finds some real Beatles tat. There is news and unpublished pictures from Keith Levene in Prague, and we send Steve Hillahe to a desert island. There are also new shows from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the massively talented Jaki and Tim are back with their submarine and Maisie the cow. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and turtles having a snooze (OK, no soporific chelonians, 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:
 
Issue 102 (Steve Hillage cover)http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-gonzo-weekly-102.htmlIssue 101 (Tommy James cover)
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/10/gonzo-weekly-101.html
Issue 100 (Jon Anderson cover)
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/10/gonzo-weekly-100.html
Issue 99 (Judge Smith cover)
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/10/gonzo-weekly-99.html
Issue 98 (Matt Malley cover)
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/10/gonzo-weekly-98.html
Issue 97 (Evelyn cover)
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/09/gonzo-weekly-97.html
Issue 96 (Oz cover)
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/09/gonzo-weekly-96.html
Issue 95 (Mick Rogers cover)
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/09/gonzo-weekly-95.html
Issue 94 (John Ellis cover)
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/09/gonzo-weekly-94.html
 

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/
 

*  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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat 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 infantile orange cat?

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Saturday

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  • 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)