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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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Friday, March 03, 2017

GONZO WEEKLY #224

Gonzo Magazine #224
THE PROG/ELECTRO NOIR ISSUE
 
Kev meets Hibernal; the architect of a new artform, Alan goes to the London Remixed festival, John takes Rock Music into Space, Jon critiques G P Ching, and brings news from the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, whilst Corinna is sucked into a cupboard!
 
Groovy huh?
 
It’s all free!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, Strange Fruit, and episode four Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins. We also have 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 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:
 
KLF, Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, John Lennon, Neil Nixon, The Rolling Stones, U2, Lemmy, Blondie, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Eric Miller, Toshio Nakanishi, Fumio Karashima, Horace Parlan, Leon Ware, Ilene Berns, Don Markham, Tony Ashton with Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, Neil Murray, John Entwhistle, Zak Starkey (Ringo’s son), Z, Gastank, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Atomic Rooster, Mary Hopkin, Kev Rowland, Hibernal, Alan Dearling, Faith i Branko, Me and My Friends, Op Sa!, Screamin' Miss Jackson, JJSoulx, Kefaya, Matuki, Ruth Theodore, Hallouminati, Mango Rescue Team, Elephant Sessions, Gypsy Hill featuring Koby Israelite, Beating Heart, Afriquoi, John Brodie-Good, Music in Space, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, G.P. Ching, The Beatles, Bing Crosby with The Jimmy Bowen Orchestra and Chorus
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 223 (Beatles)
Issue 222 (Cruise to the Edge)
Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
Issue 217 (Dig Doug Harr)
Issue 215-6 (New Year 2017)
Issue 213-4 (Yule 2016)
Issue 212 (Greg Lake)
Issue 211 (Phil Collins)
Issue 210 (Nico)
Issue 209 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 207 (Tibet)
Issue 206 (Raz)
Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
 
 
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.

CRYPTOLINK: Crocodile shark in Devon (via Julia Quinn, Richard Muirhead, Nigel Wright et al)

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

The dead crocodile shark was found on Hope Cove beach in south Devon.

A crocodile shark, a marine creature normally found in deep tropical waters, has been discovered washed up on a beach in Devon.
A family found the shark at Hope Cove beach on the south coast and, thinking it was still alive, braved its sharp teeth to try to return it to the water before realising it was dead.
Experts are puzzled how a shark normally found in and around the equator could have reached the British coast. One theory is that it followed a warm, deep water current before reaching cold water in which it could not survive. Another possibility is that it was caught in fishing nets further south and discarded near the British shore.

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.




THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN HAS FRIDAY ON HIS MIND

The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
I am currently reading 'Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century' by John Higgs, who is another one of those interesting people that I know vaguely. I invited him to the Weird Weekend a few years ago, after I read his massively entertaining and thought-provoking book about Messrs Drummond and Cauty (with whom I suspect most readers of my inky fingered scribblings (here and elsewhere) will know I am mildly obsessed. John then gave me a copy of his excellent novel 'The Brandy of the Damned' which I enjoyed immensely. But this new book of his may well be the single most terrifying thing that I have ever read. Suddenly a lot of things make sense, and NOT in a good way.
And here is the news:
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Paul Hindemith - Strin...
COMING THIS WEEKEND
Peter Hammill Interview from 1984
JEFFERSON STARSHIP NEWS
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Gonzo Magazine #223
THE COR FAB FOUR WAR ISSUE
In this exciting issue, Jon critiques Tony Palmer’s reboot of what was the worst and weirdest Beatles film ever, Doug enthuses on Camel, Alan meets DJ Jeremiayah, John looks at the Spirit albums released after Randy California’s untimely death, Igor presents a dialogue on acoustic philosophy, and there are lots of other things as well!
Groovy huh?
It’s all free!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, Strange Fruit, Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins, and an episode of Canterbury Sans Frontieres which fell through the cracks of my emails. We also have 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 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:
The Beatles, Nile Rodgers, Belle & Sebastian, David Cassidy, David Bowie, The Human Be-In, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Strange Fruit, Canterbury sans Frontieres,  Larry Coryell, Clyde  Stubblefield, Peter Skellern, Evan Sewell Wallace  (e-dubble), Alan Aldridge, Supertramp, Tony Ashton & Jon Lord, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, Pink Fairies, Camel, Alan Dearling, Reggae Got Soul, DJ Jeremiyah (Jerry Neville), John Brodie-Good, Randy California, Kev Rowland, Unwritten Pages, Avenford, Betontod, Captain of the Lost Waves, Code, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Geoffrey Paul Boers, Igor Neshcheret, Xtul, Martin Springett, Ella Fitzgerald, Nsync, Clockwork Orange, The Residents, Lemmy, Neil Nixon, Criswell
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
Issue 217 (Dig Doug Harr)
Issue 215-6 (New Year 2017)
Issue 213-4 (Yule 2016)
Issue 212 (Greg Lake)
Issue 211 (Phil Collins)
Issue 210 (Nico)
Issue 209 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 207 (Tibet)
Issue 206 (Raz)
Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
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 57 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown 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 Archie and the Cats?

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Friday/Saturday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1878 - Russia and the Ottomans signed the treaty of San Stenafano. The treaty granted independence to Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, and the autonomy of Bulgaria. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Second case of 'Down syndrome' in chimps
  • 'Extraordinary' levels of pollutants found in 10km...
  • Cutting-edge cameras reveal the secret life of dol...
  • Rare fossils of giant rodents raise questions


  • 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.)