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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Wednesday, July 15, 2015


The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
I am in glorious solitude today as Graham and Corinna and Mother have gone to Exeter to do stuff to my house there. I have lots of writing to do and the animals and the new Richard Thompson album to amuse me. I have always liked Thompson, but this new record 'Still; is the one that is closest to my taste for many years. The gently understated arrangements and old fashioned production with wide stereo separation make this an elegantly elegaic album, which actually sounds in part like The Beatles circa Abbey Road whilst still being unmistakably Thompson.
Both his songwriting and guitar skills are showcased, with the chord patterns taking cheekily unexpected paths and switching playfully between major and minor keys and different genres at will. Bloody hell this man is a true guitar God. And the further he gets away from straight rock and roll the better he is. And the thing that distinguishes guitar masters like Thompson and Johnny Marr from the self indulgent widdley woo brigade who shred themselves round in circles like headless chickens trying to show off, is that real guitar heroes make it all seem so effortless.
And Right on Nicola. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has told David Cameron he is "not master of all he surveys" after her party forced a delay in a planned fox-hunting vote. Ministers shelved today's vote on relaxing hunting laws in England and Wales after the SNP said it would vote against the changes. The party had previously said it would not vote on issues affecting England and Wales only. Mr Cameron said the SNP's position was "entirely opportunistic". Downing Street said it was "disappointing" that the vote had to be postponed, and said new proposals on the Hunting Act would be introduced "in due course". And you, Mr Cameron, are a nasty little oik.
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The Gonzo Weekly #138
Galahad, Genesis, Paradise 9, Grateful Dead, Glasto, Lotus Eaters, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#138) is available to read atwww.gonzoweekly.com, and to download athttp://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Galahad on the front cover together with an interview with Stu Nicholson inside. Doug looks at the new Genesis iPad app, John B-G watches the final Grateful Dead show, while John H watches Glasto. There is an interview with Gregg from Paradise 9 and Jon examines a book about Anonymous. Xtul are very near to a climax. Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. And there is a radio show from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and one from those jolly nice chaps at Strange Fruit. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and spotted quolls with nothing to lose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials in a devil may care mood, 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!!!
This issue features:
Sir Paul McCartney, Brian May, Keith Richards, Madonna, Richard Hawley, Rolling Stones, Barbara Dickson, Val Doonican, The Beatles, Galahad, Mirror System, Steve Hillage, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Omar Sharif, Michael Masser, Camille Bob, Third Ear Band, Arthur Brown, Inner City Unit, Hugh Hopper, Pete Sears, Captain Beefheart, Brand X, Genesis, Armando Gallo, Paradise 9, Lee Walker, The Lotus Eaters, John Brodie-Good, The Grateful Dead, John Haylock, Glastonbury Festival 2015, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Yes, Rick Wakeman, Trevor Rabin, Elton John, Chris Squire, Anonymous, Xtul, Elvis Presley, Corey Taylor, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Alice Cooper, Neil Nixon, Awesome Colour, TrollfesT
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
Issue 135 (FNP cover)
Issue 134 (John Shuttleworth cover)
Issue 133 (Liz Lenten cover)
Issue 132 (Daevid in Brazil cover)
Issue 131 (Boomtown Rats cover)
Issue 130 (David Peel cover)
Issue 129 (Clepsydra cover)
Issue 128 (Louie Louie cover)
Issue 127 (Roy Weard cover)
Issue 126 (Atkins-May Project cover)
Issue 125 (Mick Abrahams cover)
Issue 124 (Karnataka cover)
Issue 123 (Cream cover)
Issue 122 (Anthony Phillips cover)
Issue 121 (Annie Haslam cover)
Issue 120 (Frank Zappa cover)
Issue 119 (Eliza Carthy cover)
Issue 118 (Dave Brock cover)
Issue 117 (Daevid Allen cover)
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:
* 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/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit…
* 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, and a small kitten totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, 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, and the adventurous kitten?

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