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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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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH IS OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY

The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
Today is going surprisingly well. I am in the process of trying to sort out as many of the half finished things that are on my desk as possible. Rob Ayling, Gonzo Grande Fromage, spoke to us earlier in the week. He said how he had purposefully avoided ever meeting Tom Petty because he wanted to keep him as one of his musical heroes, and it doesn't do to meet all your heroes. On the day Petty's death was announced Rob drove his son Hunter to school with Tom Petty music blaring very loud. He, Sandy and Hunter were lucky enough to see Petty on what turned out to be his last ever UK gigs, and they count themselves very lucky to have shared in such an awesome musical experience.
Forgive me for banging on about our webTV show, but it matters a lot to me, and I would be grateful for an many people as possible to see it, and spread the tidings of it far and wide:
But now, here is the news:
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Henry Purcell (1659-1...
MR BIFFO'S FOUND FOOTAGE 4: MANORAK
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
A ROUNDUP OF LEONARD COHEN STORIES
RICK WAKEMAN INTERVIEW
Gonzo Weekly #254
THE ONLY IN IT FOR THE FUNNY ISSUE
In this week’s
astounding issue we meet the legendary Mr Biffo and talk about cabbages and kings, Alan and Sam debate the ethics of free
festivals, John goes to see Suzanne Vega and Jon finally gets Johnny Thunders. Graham writes about Hawkwind, and Jon remembers a 30 year friendship that was all down to Frank Zappa. And there is oodles more my little cupcakes.
Wooooot!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and common planigales who have cooked some stews (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have been culinarily creative, 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:
George Harrison, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Dan Wooding, Rick Wakeman, Green Seagull, The Granite Shore, Gorillaz, Damon Albarn, Pete Townshend, Tears for Fears, Roland Orzabal, Curt Smith, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Charles Edward Bradley, Seth Firkins, Richard David Shepherd CBE FRSA FGRA, Mark Otis Selby, Kit Reed, Cees Bergman, Ammon Tharp, Eric Eycke, Sylvia Butterfield MBE, Anthony George Booth, Hugh Marston Hefner, Mary Hopkin, Man, Arthur Brown, Tony Ashton and Jon Lord, Martin Springett, Third Ear Band, Benjamin Britten, Richard Dawe, Mr Biffo, Alan Dearling, Sam Smith, Free Festivals, John Brodie-Good, Suzanne Vega, Gerry Leonard, Kev Rowland, Exit Eden, Free Radicals, The Hirsch Effekt, Itchy, Karamazov, Lorian, Mayhem, Pandora Snail, Greg Jarrells, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Ringo Starr, Pussycat Dolls, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Neil Nixon, The Electric Prunes
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
Issue 243 (Galahad)
Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
Issue 236 (Manchester)
Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
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 58 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?

MR BIFFO'S FOUND FOOTAGE 4: MANORAK

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.

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.








CFZ MONTHLY NEWSLETTER #24

Dear Friends,

For those of you not in the know, at the beginning of each month we send out a newsletter to all members of the CFZ. The most recent (which went out on Monday morning) included articles on OTT, Stone Turtles, dead elephant mistaken for U Boat, Patreon, early chupacabras hoax, a vintage mystery cat,  a new book on vampires, Notes and Queries etc.

The infrastructure of the Centre for Fortean Zoology has changed rapidly over the last few years and truthfully doesn’t look like its going to stop changing anytime soon. The newsletter costs a quid a month (or the equivalent in your currency) and is delivered straight into your inbox by a plethora of tiny invisible elves, or email if your prefer it that way. You can sign up for it here: http://tinyurl.com/jtsq7ew

If you want to view a sample issue click here: http://tinyurl.com/pw7rw9l

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




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NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Wednesday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1535 - The first complete English translation of the Bible was printed in Zurich, Switzerland. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • Researchers discover new cattle disease and preven...
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  • New hermit crab uses live coral as its home
  • These Species Have Hung On for Millions of Years. ...


  • 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.