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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Thursday, August 13, 2015


The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
And so, friends, it begins! I am sorry to sound so apocalyptic. The last time I read those words in that particular sentence it was one of my nuttier friends believing that he had seen they Four Horseman of the Apocalypse flying over Nantwich, and that this heralded the beginning of the end of all things! I am not making any such claims. This is nearly the first day of the 16th Weird Weekend, and I am feeling unaccountably nervous.
For years I have had a recurring nightmare that the Weird Weekend would come along and that we simply hadn’t made enough preparations and that it would all go monumentally tits up! I had that dream again last night, and have been feeling like this for days. I hope that this is just my innate paranoia speaking, but only time will tell.
Yesterday Richard, Jessica and I went to the local radio station The Voice FM. We were interviewed by a guy called Peter Lawrence, whom – it turned out – I had been at school with, although to my embarrassment, I didn’t remember him. Richard and I did our normal dicking about, and Jessica made her broad cast debut when I put her on the spot and shoved the microphone under her nose. Poor girl had to be consoled with a large burger, chicken nuggets and a contrite promise from yours truly that I would never do it again. I don’t think she believed me, and I had my fingers crossed behind my back. Jessica is doing remarkably well in learning the ropes of the CFZ, and she is rapidly learning all of the skills that she needs to know. One of the most important of these skills is learning how to dick around whilst being interviewed by the media.
Daevid Allen, Spirits Burning, Gong, Don Falcone, Sophia Sage, Supertramp, Frank Zappa, Kate Bush, OMD, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#142) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning on the front cover together with an interview with Don Falcone by Doug about his collaborations with Daevid inside. Jon muses about Yes and fish (yes, the lower case f is intentional) and moans abput Paul McCartney whilst reviewing Alan Moore's latest. Doug also writes about Supertamp, John B-G talks about his memories of the Hammersmith Odeon, Lee remembers Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark. 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 water opossums with something to lose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials planning to pray to St Anthony of Padyua for an intercession, 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:

Yes, New Order, Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Hugh Cornwell, Keith Richards, System 7, Steve Hillage, Elvis Presley, Steve Hackett, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, George Cole, Billy Sherrill, Lynn Anderson, Cilla Black, The Boomtown Rats, Karnataka, Rick Wakeman, Daevid Allen, Don Falcone, Lee Walker, OMD, John Brodie-Good, Queen, Robin Trower, Frank Zappa, Kate Bush, Bob Dylan, Supertramp, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Dave Brock, Sophia Sage, Patrick Moraz, Jon Anderson, Jean Luc Ponty, Chris Squire, Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes, Boy George, The Beatles, Neil Nixon, Barnes and Barnes, Slechtvalk

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:
* 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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