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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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Thursday, December 21, 2017

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN SHOUTS


The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
(Day Two of my ongoing tribute to John and Yoko)
And so it is Thursday,
and things have been cack
but we have posted
the new On the Track
And a bloke I am fond of's
split up with his chick,
the way she's behaving
has made me and C sick.
And one of my young relatives
has been quite unwell
and so for a few hours
we were worried to hell
it was just synovitis
which isn't too bad
but it managed to fright us
and it made us all sad
and it seems to be sorted
and we've partially relaxed
but on top of everything,
our nerves have been taxed
(be impressed that I managed to get our webTV show and a chronic inflammation of joint tissue done in derivative rhyming couplets).
OFFICIAL NOTICEY THING
Although it is not a time of the year of which I am fond, I do like to take the opportunity to spend some time with my loved ones (as well my friends Mr Smirnoff and Mr J. Daniels and Mr Tesco Budget-Priced-Brandy-Flavoured-Gutrot), and so neither the Gonzo Weekly office or the CFZ office will be fully functioning for the remainder of the year, but I will be in most days for an hour or two and can be contacted should anything urgent arise. The blogs (albeit in a slightly truncated jollity fashion, and some will be in rhyme) will continue as normal, unless something nasty happens, episode 86 of OTT will be out later today, and I have every expectation that the next issue of A&M will be out before the end of the year.
Forgive me for always banging on about our webTV show, but it matters a lot to me, and I would be grateful for as many people as possible to see it, and spread the tidings of it far and wide:
And if you fancy supporting us on Patreon:
But for now, here is the news:
THE GONZO CHRISTMAS TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beatles...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Original Alice Cooper Group Guitarist/Songwriter M...
FRANK ZAPPA NEWS
FOR THOSE OF YOU INTERESTED IN MY DAY JOB: On The ...
Gonzo Weekly #265/6
THE CHRISTMAS DOUBLE ISSUE
As we approach Christmas, we present a special double issue in which we talk to Tony Klinger about his work with The Who, on ‘The Kids are Alright’ and print an exclusive excerpt from his book, Alan gets all Christmassy with Charlie Manson, and the legendary Jim Dickinson, John has a Martian Christmas with Paul Kantner and looks back over the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Summer of Love, Jon waxes lyrical about The OA, Timothy leary and Stranger Things, Richard writes about Steve Kimock, and Amy explains Yuletide plants.
Hail Eris!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney AND Strange Fruit, AND Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have blown a fuse (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who are not good at household electrics, 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 OA, Stranger Things, The Beatles, John Lennon, Trevor Horn, Jools Holland, Eric Clapton, Lili Fini Zanuck, Cecil Williamson, Patti Smith, John Prine, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bon Jovi, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Status Quo, Francis Rossi, REM, The Cure, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Keith Chegwin, Maxwell Frank Clifford, James Marcellus Arthur "Sunny" Murray, Sir Christus (Jukka Kristian Mikkonen) Magnus Bergdahl, Leon Rhodes, Patrick Michael DiNizio, Willie Pickens, Warrel Dane, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Tony Klinger, The Who, Alan Dearling, Phil Bayliss,  James Luther Dickinson, John Brodie-Good, Country Joe McDonald, Hot Tuna, Paul Kantner, Jefferson Starship, Richard Foreman, Steve Kimock, Charles Manson, Dennis Wilson, Phil Kaufman, Terry Melcher, Bobby Beausoleil, Catherine Gillies,  Charlene Cafritz, Marilyn Manson, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Cabaret Voltaire, Nick Redfern, Defending the Realm: MI5 and The Shayler Affair, Mark Hollingsworth, Nick Fielding, Sex Pistols, David Shayler, The Clash, UB40, Kev Rowland, Silhouette, Tankard, Threat Signal, Antisect, Trojan Horse, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, 36 Crazyfists, The Walking Dead, Whitewater, With the Dead, Wobbler, Zud, Aosoth, Atoll, b.o.s.c.h., Bigfoot, Blaze of Perdition, Charcoal Tongue, Curse the Fall, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Amy Phillipson, John Higgs, Timothy Leary, Kylie Minogue
And the last few issues are:
Issue 264 (John McLaughlin)
Issue 263 (The magic Band)
Issue 262 (DikMik)
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
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)
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?

On The Track (of Unknown Animals) Ep. 86 (Australian "humanoid", yeti, lamb leg, US jaguar, etc)



Here we have the fifth episode of the relaunched webTV show by the Centre for Fortean Zoology, written and presented by Jon Downes and Charlotte Phillipson, their families and other animals.
This episode contains: • The CFZ as Dr Who • The Arizona Jaguar • Why the yeti mystery is still unsolved • Loren Coleman interview • Seasonal herbalism • A macabre Cornish mystery • Lars Thomas converts Corinna's kitchen into a laboratory • An Australian amphibious "humanoid" • Evelyn gives her verdict • Watcher of the skies • Long tailed tits • New and rediscovered: New snailfish • New and rediscovered: Three new geckos • New and rediscovered: New antpitta • New and rediscovered: Russian mystery animal • New and rediscovered: New wrasse • New and rediscovered: New characin • Fair use • Coming next month • The Patreon campaign • The team says goodbye until next month You can support us, and help us make this show ever more bigger and better at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/CFZ

CRYPTOLINK: More Yowie news

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. 


Freshly laid footprints and recordings of a howl are some of the latest evidence yowies exist, according to a group of Sunshine Coast enthusiasts. David Taylor, who runs the Sunshine Coast Yowie Research Facebook page, ventures out on late-night expeditions with several others to gather clues such ...

CRYPTOLINK: Is Chessie America's Loch Ness Monster?

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. 


A number of people who live near the Chesapeake Bay say they've seen something strange. Advertisement. Get the full story in the video above. Daddy's home! Naval officer surprises his children for Christmas. Loading more articles... Advertisement ...

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)




Is The Loch Ness Monster Merely a Fish?
The Loch Ness monster—known as Nessie—has remained mystery for generations, with some claiming it's a dinosaur that somehow survived for millions of years, a legendary beast, or something even more paranormal. The Loch Ness Monster is probably a catfish, says man who's been watching for 24 ...


THYLACINES IN THE NEWS




Mr Mooney made his remarks in the wake of the rediscovery of a tiny marsupial called the crest-tailed malgara, in a region of Australia where it was believed to have been extinct for more than 100 years offers, a remarkable development which he said gave him hope that the thylacine, could still be out ...

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



Fake or Not : Documentary Discovering Bigfoot
Reality Entertainment and The Sylvanic Cooperation presents "Discovering Bigfoot." Discovering Bigfoot is the first feature film documentary with real live interaction between a Bigfoot creature, wilderness experts, PhD's and other world renowned experts and researchers of the Bigfoot enigma. Journey ...

Film Introducing Bigfoot To World Still Mysterious 50 Years Later
Although it's been decades since the Patterson-Gimlin film turned a Northwest legend, Bigfoot, into a household name, the footage and stories behind it still remain fascinating 50 years later. The filmmakers, and namesakes of the film, are two former rodeo men from Yakima County in Washington. One 

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Thursday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1620 - The "Mayflower", and its passengers, pilgrims from England, landed at Plymouth Rock, MA. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • Important foraging hotspots for loggerhead turtle ...
  • The Freaky Secret Hiding Inside a Scallop's 200 Gl...
  • The Biggest Myth About the 'Bee Apocalypse'
  • Australia's frog count: App calls on citizen scien...


  • 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).