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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Friday, August 21, 2015


The Gonzo Daily - Friday/Saturday
Just when you thought that it was safe to go back in the water.
As many if you will know, I was badly screwed over by some so-called friends who were tenants of mine in the house that I own in Exeter. As a result, I was told by those jolly nice people in Exeter City Council that I was unable to rent it out until I  had a lot of work done to it. Work that I am afraid that I cannot afford. In the interim my tenants moved out and left the place looking like a pigsty.
So, ever since the end of last July I have had to leave the property empty, having little bits and bobs of work done as I can afford to do so. I am now five hundred quid a month worse off, and have been struggling.
This morning I received a bill for Council Tax for the property ever since it became empty. Not only do I have to pay out over eighty quid a month, but I have a bill for arrears of over six hundred quid. This is truly not fair.
However, it appears that there is nothing that I can do about it. I am not posting this just in order to bellyache about it all, but so anyone who finds themselves in the same position as I do can be warned that the Boys from the County Hall will be screwing you in every way that they can.
Gonzo Weekly #143
Billy Sherwood, Prog Rock History, Michael Raz, Free Festival, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#143) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Billy Sherwood on the front cover together with an interview with him the day after his first show as bass player of Yes inside. Jon muses about Princess Diana, Irish extremists and Weird Weekends whilst reviewing the hippest new comic. Doug reviews a book on the history of Prog Riock, John B-G talks about his memories of Free Festivals, 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. 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:
Zombies, The Faces, Stevie Van Zandt, Darlene Love, Nile Rodgers, Galahad, Friday Night Progressive, Keith Richards, Don Kent, David Nobbs, Eddie Cusic, Stephen Lewis, The Boomtown Rats, Karnataka, Rick Wakeman, Billy Sherwood, John Brodie-Good, Roy Weard, Michael Raz, Ted Nugent, Frank Sinatra, Davey Jones, Carole King, Beatles, Louis and Bebe Barron, Neil Nixon, Hagbard
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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