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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, February 27, 2016

GONZO WEEKLY #171

Gonzo Weekly #171
www.gonzoweekly.com
Keith Levene, PiL, The Clash, PFM, Ryley Walker and Danny Thompson, Goosebumps, Summer's End, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
 
The legendary Keith Levene is on the front cover, together with an interview with him inside.
Doug writes about PFM, John gets enthusiastic about Ryley Walker and Danny Thompson, while Jon gets all intense about the media fascination with the 1950s, and reviews a book about the Summer's End festival. Biffo goes to The Brits and Rosie goes to see Goosebumps. There are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres and Mack Maloney, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, Mr Biffo and the irrepressable Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
Lorde, David Bowie, Duncan Jones, Axl Rose, Slash, Richard Ashcroft, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, Marillion, Barbara Dickson, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, John James Chilton, James Hugh Loden, Frances Sokolov (Vi Subversa), Inner City Unit, Brand X, Gregg Kofi Brown, Nucleus, Captain Beefheart, Third Ear Band, The Selector, Genre Peak, Mick Farren and Jack Lancaster, Rick and Adam Wakeman,Keith Levene, Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM), Ryley Walker and Danny Thompson, John Brodie-Good, Rosie Curtis, Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, My Dad's LPs, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, The Who, Ritchie Valens, Phil Collins, The cure, Rolling Stones, Neil Nixon, The Boredoms, Grimner
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
Issue 165 (David Bowie)
Issue 164 (Free Festivals)
Issue 163 (Lemmy)
Issue 161-2 (The Christmas Double Feature)
Issue 160 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 159 (Jon Anderson and Matt Malley)
Issue 158 (Billy Sherwood)
Issue 157 (Drones for Daevid)
Issue 156 (Rick and Emmie)
Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
Issue 152 (4th Eden)
Issue 151 (Corky Laing)
Issue 150 (Roger Dean)
Issue 149 (Tony Palmer in Space)
Issue 148 (Wally Hope)
Issue 147 (Thom the World Poet cover)
Issue 146 (Bee and Flower cover)
Issue 145 (Dave Brock cover)
Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
Issue 139 (Raz cover)
Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
Issue 135 (FNP 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:

SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.

Friday, February 26, 2016

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
From CFZ-USA:

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




Dr. Matthew Johnson Talks About His Supernatural Bigfoot Encounters And Experiences
The crew of Unexplained Universe, including Parabreakdown himself Mr. Phil Poling, just recently had the opportunity of sitting down with the ...

Clear Photo Of Wisconsin Bigfoot Breakdown
It's not very often that a clear photo of a bigfoot pops up, so when it does, it raises a few suspicions. Such was the case recently when a photo of what ...

Bigfoot Caught on a Trail Cam in Ohio?
"Our trail cam took a picture of something with long hair. Whatever it was stood right up in front of the lens, so you can't see a body shot, but the picture ...

Did This Man Really Kill A Bigfoot?
In October of 2010 this man, Justin Smeja said he shot and killed Bigfoot. He said it stood upright and walked like a man. He passed a lie detector test ...

GOODNESS ME ITS THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

The Gonzo Daily - Monday
 
There is more than a little catching up to do. My computer packed up last Friday morning, and so, even though I had already written the bulk of the material for last week's issue, it was nearly six in Saturday morning before issue #171 was out. Over the years, whenever I have had a computer mishaps, the digital Job's comforters have always carped on about how I should have made backups of my data, and I never had. But last year, high speed broadband came to the village, and I discovered a special offer for unlimited storage with one of the cloud drive people, and I now back up anything of any importance. So it appears, so far at least, that I haven't lost any data at all. It has just been a pain in the arse dealing with it all.
 
But it has meant that I have had a little more time than usual to rest and recuperate whilst waiting for the new computer to arrive. I would like to publicly thank Richie and Naomi West for their kindness in making a very generous donation to the CFZ which will more than cover the cost of a new machine. Thank you very much my dear friends.
 
In the meantime, I am using my studio machine which doesn't have most of the day to day software I need. So if you want to contact me it is better to do it via my dear spouse on corinna@cfz.org.uk. And apologies from me if blog coverage for both CFZ and Gonzo is a little patchy this week. Now to change the subject completely. Richard Freeman is just about to embark for Tasmania, for the third CFZ Australia Thylacine expedition. Godspeed old friend.
 
# THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Jack Lancaster - Kilte...
# GONZO WEEKLY #171
# THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
# Corky Laing - Drugs, Death & Felix Pappalard
# PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit 150 – Sloppy Seconds of P...
 
Gonzo Magazine #171
Keith Levene, PiL, The Clash, PFM, Ryley Walker and Danny Thompson, Goosebumps, Summer's End, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
 
The legendary Keith Levene is on the front cover, together with an interview with him inside. Doug writes about PFM, John gets enthusiastic about Ryley Walker and Danny Thompson, while Jon gets all intense about the media fascination with the 1950s, and reviews a book about the Summer's End festival. Biffo goes to The Brits and Rosie goes to see Goosebumps. There are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres and Mack Maloney, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, Mr Biffo and the irrepressable Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
Lorde, David Bowie, Duncan Jones, Axl Rose, Slash, Richard Ashcroft, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, Marillion, Barbara Dickson, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, John James Chilton, James Hugh Loden, Frances Sokolov (Vi Subversa), Inner City Unit, Brand X, Gregg Kofi Brown, Nucleus, Captain Beefheart, Third Ear Band, The Selector, Genre Peak, Mick Farren and Jack Lancaster, Rick and Adam Wakeman,Keith Levene, Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM), Ryley Walker and Danny Thompson, John Brodie-Good, Rosie Curtis, Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, My Dad's LPs, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, The Who, Ritchie Valens, Phil Collins, The cure, Rolling Stones, Neil Nixon, The Boredoms, Grimner
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
Issue 165 (David Bowie)
Issue 164 (Free Festivals)
Issue 163 (Lemmy)
Issue 161-2 (The Christmas Double Feature)
Issue 160 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 159 (Jon Anderson and Matt Malley)
Issue 158 (Billy Sherwood)
Issue 157 (Drones for Daevid)
Issue 156 (Rick and Emmie)
Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
Issue 152 (4th Eden)
Issue 151 (Corky Laing)
Issue 150 (Roger Dean)
Issue 149 (Tony Palmer in Space)
Issue 148 (Wally Hope)
Issue 147 (Thom the World Poet cover)
Issue 146 (Bee and Flower cover)
Issue 145 (Dave Brock cover)
Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
Issue 139 (Raz cover)
Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
Issue 135 (FNP 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:
 
SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
 
*      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.co.uk
*      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 56 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two small kittens, one 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. 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 kittens?

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.

NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Monday

ON THIS DAY IN 1288 - Scotland established this day as one when a woman could propose marriage to a man. In the event that he refused the proposal he was required to pay a fine. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • Florida's monkey river
  • Ancient lone star lizard lounged in lush, tropical...
  • Monstrous fossils 'were armadillos', says DNA evid...
  • Escaped lions safely returned to Nairobi national ...


  • From land mines to cancer, animals' incredible sen...


  • 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)

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

    TODAY'S BIG CAT NEWS

    The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. 

    There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. 

    The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why sometimes you will read stories here that appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking.

  • NEWSLINK: Haryana Wildlife Department launches big...
  • NEWSLINK: Human History of Cats exhibition opens a...
  • 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.

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Hikers Narrowly Escape A Bigfoot Attack (Video)
    A story from 1989, passed along to bigfoot author Will Jevning about a group of hikers who narrowly escaped an attack by bigfoot.

    Glens Falls Post-Star
    An upcoming movie, "The Beast of Whitehall" has stirred more interest in Whitehall's possibly legendary Bigfoot story. The release date is April 1.

    Bigfoot Photographed In Northern Colorado?
    Bigfoot, or Sasquatch is generally accepted to be an ape-like creature, a wrongly identified animal (think black bear) or a hoax. Over the years, there ...

    Bigfoot spotted in Colorado's Rocky Mountains
    A couple in Colorado claims to have sighted Bigfoot lurking in the Rocky Mountains.False flag or new photo of 'Bigfoot' taken in Colorado Rockies.

    Horrified Campers Watch As Deer Gets Torn Apart By Bigfoot (Video)
    This report comes from Butts County, Georgia, and happened in the Fall of 2004. The activity at the location is still ongoing. The campers were woken ...

    HELLO, IT'S THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

    The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
     
    I forgot to mention, Graham has been away all week and is not scheduled to return until tomorrow. I never realise how much I rely on the dear fellow until he isn't here. But Corinna and I are muddling on, and things are going a little better than I would have suspected earlier in the week.
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Felix Pappalardi - As ...
    Ed Mann Joins Paul Green’s Rock Academy for Tribut...
    Brand X 'STORIES UNTOLD' Robin Lumley Pt. 1
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    WALKING WITH BARBARA
     
    Gonzo Weekly #170
    www.gonzoweekly.com
     
    Dave Bainbridge, Iona, Beach Boys, The Strawbs, Patrick Barkham, Electric Light Orchestra, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard,  Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
     
    Dave Bainbridge from Iona and The Strawbs is on the front cover, together with an interview with him inside.
    Doug writes about ELO, while Jon gets all intense about the new Brian Wilson biopic, and reviews a book by Patrick Barkham. There are radio shows from Strange Fruit, and Mack Maloney, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, Mr Biffo and the irrepressable Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
     
    Brian Wilson, Don McLean, Tyga, Eagles of Death Metal, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Prince, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, Project/Object, Marillion, Eric Burdon, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Nelle Harper Lee, Denise Katrina Matthews ("Vanity"), Viola Beach, Lee Chester Ulmer, Margaret Forster, Paul Christian Gordon, Inner City Unit, Brand X, Gregg Kofi Brown, Nucleus, Captain Beefheart, Third Ear Band, The Selector, Genre Peak, Mick Farren and Jack Lancaster, Rick and Adam Wakeman, Dave Bainbridge, Electric Light Orchestra, Neil Nixon, Wild Man Fischer, Gavin Hughes, Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, My Day's LPs, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Barry Booth, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Liam Gallagher, 1D, Furor Gallico
     
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
    Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
    Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
    Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
    Issue 165 (David Bowie)
    Issue 164 (Free Festivals)
    Issue 163 (Lemmy)
    Issue 161-2 (The Christmas Double Feature)
    Issue 160 (Frank Zappa)
    Issue 159 (Jon Anderson and Matt Malley)
    Issue 158 (Billy Sherwood)
    Issue 157 (Drones for Daevid)
    Issue 156 (Rick and Emmie)
    Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
    Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
    Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
    Issue 152 (4th Eden)
    Issue 151 (Corky Laing)
    Issue 150 (Roger Dean)
    Issue 149 (Tony Palmer in Space)
    Issue 148 (Wally Hope)
    Issue 147 (Thom the World Poet cover)
    Issue 146 (Bee and Flower cover)
    Issue 145 (Dave Brock cover)
    Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
    Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
    Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
    Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
    Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
    Issue 139 (Raz cover)
    Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
    Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
    Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
    Issue 135 (FNP 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:
     
    SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
     
    * 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.co.uk
     
    * 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 56 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two small kittens, one 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. 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 kittens?

    NAOMI FROM CFZ USA: All You need is Lovebirds

    My birds waged war on the Fortean last week. I came home to find Fanthorpe's book ripped into nesting material and the Golden Baboon at the bottom of the fish tank.


    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1570 - England's Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Conservationists Release Critically Endangered Cro...
  • Stick insect's propulsion joint discovered
  • Conservation hopes up for the endangered banana fr...

  • Disease, warming oceans, rock lobster and sea star...
  • 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)

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS UP AGAINST THE WALL

    The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
     
    All sorts of stuff is happening behind the scenes that I cannot really talk about at the moment, most of it not terribly nice. But there are some nice things on the horizon. For example, there is a new Kula Shaker album, and the tracks I have heard so far appear truly excellent. I will report further when I manage to get hold of a copy. Richard Muirhead has done a sterling job scouring the archives of the South China Morning Post for information about wild dogs in Hong Kong, and has unearthed some truly fascinating stuff. I haven't enjoyed writing a paper so much in years.
     
    Finally for today, Barbara Dickson writes:
     
    Hello Friends,
     
    I am attempting to walk 14 miles with some others on the 5th March to raise money for Sports Relief. Here is a link to the giving page. If you can spare some loose change for us, I’d be most grateful. We’re walking in the lovely Pentland Hills from a place called Flotterstone. Can’t wait!
     
    Love
     
    BARBARAxxx
     
     
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Yes, “Long Distance Runaround” from Fragile (1971)...
    Rare New Frank Zappa Phi Zappa Krappa Poster
    DAEVID ALLEN NEWS
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Lana Lane - Someone to...
     
    Gonzo Weekly #170
    www.gonzoweekly.com
     
    Dave Bainbridge, Iona, Beach Boys, The Strawbs, Patrick Barkham, Electric Light Orchestra, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard,  Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
     
    Dave Bainbridge from Iona and The Strawbs is on the front cover, together with an interview with him inside.
    Doug writes about ELO, while Jon gets all intense about the new Brian Wilson biopic, and reviews a book by Patrick Barkham. There are radio shows from Strange Fruit, and Mack Maloney, the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, Mr Biffo and the irrepressable Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons ouyside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
     
    Brian Wilson, Don McLean, Tyga, Eagles of Death Metal, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Prince, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, Project/Object, Marillion, Eric Burdon, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Nelle Harper Lee, Denise Katrina Matthews ("Vanity"), Viola Beach, Lee Chester Ulmer, Margaret Forster, Paul Christian Gordon, Inner City Unit, Brand X, Gregg Kofi Brown, Nucleus, Captain Beefheart, Third Ear Band, The Selector, Genre Peak, Mick Farren and Jack Lancaster, Rick and Adam Wakeman, Dave Bainbridge, Electric Light Orchestra, Neil Nixon, Wild Man Fischer, Gavin Hughes, Roy Weard, A J Smitrovich, My Day's LPs, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Barry Booth, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Liam Gallagher, 1D, Furor Gallico
     
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
    Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
    Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
    Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
    Issue 165 (David Bowie)
    Issue 164 (Free Festivals)
    Issue 163 (Lemmy)
    Issue 161-2 (The Christmas Double Feature)
    Issue 160 (Frank Zappa)
    Issue 159 (Jon Anderson and Matt Malley)
    Issue 158 (Billy Sherwood)
    Issue 157 (Drones for Daevid)
    Issue 156 (Rick and Emmie)
    Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
    Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
    Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
    Issue 152 (4th Eden)
    Issue 151 (Corky Laing)
    Issue 150 (Roger Dean)
    Issue 149 (Tony Palmer in Space)
    Issue 148 (Wally Hope)
    Issue 147 (Thom the World Poet cover)
    Issue 146 (Bee and Flower cover)
    Issue 145 (Dave Brock cover)
    Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
    Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
    Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
    Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
    Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
    Issue 139 (Raz cover)
    Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
    Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
    Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
    Issue 135 (FNP 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:
     
    SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
     
    * 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...
     
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    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.




    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)



    The Argus

    ... water-based creatures. David James, Kemptown MP in the 1960s, famously set up the Bureau for the Investigation of the Loch Ness Monster.

    Badger cull linked to rise in bovine TB cases


    Natural England reports having 29 inquiries from farmers’ groups wanting to kill badgers locally.
     Natural England reports having 29 inquiries from farmers’ groups wanting to kill badgers locally. Photograph: Nature Picture Library/Getty Images

    The government’s controversial badger cull has led to a rise in the number of cases of tuberculosis found in cattle in one of the programme’s key geographical areas, say animal rights activists.
    Rather than the number of cases of bovine TB falling among herds in and on the edge of the badger killing area in Dorset, they have been increasing, it was claimed. The campaign group Stop the Cull suggests this was due to “perturbation”, referring to the way culling may disrupt badger social groups, leading probably to more widespread roaming (including migration into cull areas), and consequently the disease spreading.