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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Monday, August 22, 2016


The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
Well, boys and girls, the last few days have been momentous ones. The Weird Weekend was a great success, but - despite being massively tempted to do otherwise, because I was once again carried away with bonhomie, I announced that this year’s event would be the last, at least in its current form. I then got overwhelmed with emotion, and so, at the end of the evening, like The Snark, I softly and silently vanished away without saying good bye to anybody. I felt a little guilty about it but I come from a tradition of stiff upper lips and I truly would not have wanted to blub in front of everybody.
Then yesterday it was my birthday. Shosh and Gavin where here as was Julia the psychic, I think it shows how well everybody knows me that my presents where mostly alcohol and books, a creepy ventriloquists dummy, a wind up butterfly and a dvd about The Unabomber. I spent the day reading, dozing, and basically basking in the love of my family.
But a lot of this has all been overshadowed by the news this morning that the legendary Gilli Smyth died yesterday at the age of 83, she was a remarkable woman, although I only had the honour of meeting her once, I am very glad that I did so. Our condolences and loving vibes go out to Tally, Orlando and the rest of her family.
And now for the news................
Tali & Gilli
Gilli Smyth - I Am a Tree
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:
Gonzo Magazine #196
We talk to the mighty Paul May about his work on Al Atkins’ (ex Judas Priest) anthology. Alan investigates glissando guitar, Doug goes to see Radiohead, and Jon burbles on about John Lennon.
Funky eh?
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night  Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a thrilling and slightly disturbing episode of Xtul. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside 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:
John Lennon, Madness, Prince, Icarus Peel, John Blaneym Brimsley Schwarz, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Kenneth George "Kenny" Baker, Ruby Wilson, David Enthoven, Barbara Gibb, The Boomtown Rats, Karnataka, Rick Wakeman, Paul May, Al Atkins, Radiohead, Alan Dearling, Steve Hillage, Gong, Glissando Orchestra, Neil Nixon, The Beatles, Chris Hadfield, Starmus Festival, Ken Gerhard, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Stacia, Xtul, Cavern Club, James Brown, Louis Armstrong, Elvis, Devo, Brian Eno, Johnny Cash                                                                                  
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
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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