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, May 19, 2016


The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
I really would like to be able to think of something impressive and incisive to say, but I can't. A dear friend wrote to me about this weekend's full moon:
"...hang in there Jon, it's almost full moon in Scorpio right now. You have Scorpio in your first house so this moon is going to be affecting how you meet the world and how it meets you on a personal level. It is currently moving right over where Neptune is in your chart.."
I have some chocolate and a bottle of Merlot with my name on it.
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Flying Burrito Brother...
VR&PS: Joey Molland (Badfinger) interview
Interview with Eric Burdon/The Animals/Paint It Bl...
Barbara Dickson - Time And Tide interview (2008)
And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore: if you want to make me a happy fellow, you can:
buy my novel:
buy my single:
buy tickets to the Weird Weekend:
buy the CFZ 2016 Yearbook:
Gonzo Magazine #182
Wally, Rick Wakeman, Goblin, Grateful Dead, KLF, Ve, Gerald Durrell, Bill Drummond, Canterbury Sans Frontières, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out! This issue is dedicated to Dave McMann who died this morning. Rest in peace you mad old bugger.
Wally was/is one of those bands that really should have made it, but despite support from Bob Harris and Rick Wakeman, they didn’t. In this issue we talk to Stuart Rhodes, the author of a
retrospective coffee table book about the band. John looks at how the world has changed in the past four decades, Alan reviews a book on American psychedelia, we talk to Ve, and discuss Bill Drummond, and Biffo makes fart jokes about
American politicians.
It doesn’t get much better than this! And there
are radio shows from Strange Fruit and Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, and we send the presenter of Canterbury Sans Frontières to a desert island. We also have the latest installment of the saga of Xtul, and columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible 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:
Gerald Durrell,  Arthur Lee, Love, Joe Bonamassa, Liz Lenten, Auburn, Ozzy and Sharon Obsourne, Sex Gang Children, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Isao Tomita, Peter Behrens, Joe Temperley, John Stabb, The Beatles, Osibisa, Billy Cobham, Wayne Kramer at the Pink Fairies, Al Stewart, The RAZ Band, The Flying Burrito Bros, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Rick Wakeman, Wally, Stuart Rhodes, Suspiria, Goblin, Alan Dearling, Ve, Roy Weard, John Brodie-Good, Mr Biffo, Matthew Watkins, Hawkwind, Xtul, Bill Drummond, The Who, Elvis, Genesis, Neil Nixon, Burzum, Les Batards du Nord
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 181 (Beatles)
Issue 180 (Beltane)
Issue 179 (Gregg Kofi Brown)
Issue 178 (Viv Stanshall)
Issue 177 (David Gilmour)
Issue 176 (Joey Molland and The Raz Band)
Issue 175 (Larry Sanders)
Issue 174 (Keith Emerson)
Issue 173 (Pink Fairies action figures)
Issue 172 (4th Eden)
Issue 171 (Keith Levene)
Issue 170 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 169 (Wildman Fischer)
Issue 168 (Wakeman/Bowie)
Issue 167 (Paul Kantner)
Issue 166 (Spirits Burning)
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?

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