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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, August 31, 2018

THE COLDHARBOUR DIARIES: Judy and the aliens

https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases

I have just released a digital album, and—partly as an experiment to see if what people say about the current state of the music  industry—and partly to stoke my massive ego, I am actually trying to promote it for a change, but sharing my experiences with you guys in readershipland...

I am quite au fait with the fact that the universe keeps on bowling us curveballs, but a link between my album and a British UFO conspiracy? Surely not...

Read on...


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 GOES DOWN TO THE END OF THE TOWN AND IS BACK IN TIME FOR TEA

The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
YER EDITOR SEZ:
Much to my chagrin I discovered yesterday that the syndication programme which I use to make sure that blog posts are proliferated onto the appropriate Facebook pages had gone wrong. It appears that all the hoo hah with GDPR earlier in the year should have resulted in me being sent a notice telling me that I needed to update all the Facebook and Twitter priveliges. Needless to say that no such notice was ever received, and thus a large proportion of what should have been posted to social media wasn't.
Oh how we laughed. We didn't actually, I just swore a lot, and ranted about idiotic bureaucracy until Corinna brought in tea, and I completely forgot all about it.
And so the saga of my new record trundles on and on. I received a very interesting snippet of knowledge the other day. According to one of the books by Joan Aitken, a cold harbour was an unofficial place of safety, maintained by vagrants and vagabonds. I had been reading Aitken’s Cold Shoulder Road whilst I was mixing the album. However my old friend Judy Ja’afar one time head honchess of BUFORA (the British UFO Research Organisation, if you didn’t know) thought I was being crafty in my titling:
“Project Cobra Mist run out of Orford Ness and East Anglia bases leased to America. Allegedly pulled in 69/70 but continued under the name Cold Harbour. There is much to tell, but not on here.”
Art imitating life again..
And the record can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
There is no further news about Corinna. She needs more tests, and so the waiting game continues. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers...
ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
The Day John Lennon Died (2010 Documentary)
Eric Burdon - The Animals And Beyond (Awesome Docu...
Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  Yes - Owner of a Lone...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
COMING THIS WEEKEND
OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF FROM THE GONZOVERSE:
For those of you who are interested in such things, the Gonzo Privacy Policy is here:
And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
And, yes,
CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
UK
US
AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
Our webTV show:
And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
Gonzo Weekly #299/300
THE RESPECT IS DUE ISSUE
In another fun packed and spectacularly Gonzoesque issue, Doug goes to see Bow wow wow and ABC and Belinda Carlisle and more at Retro Futura, Alan loves Courtney Barnett's new album, and looks at the return of the Necessary Animals, Jon bitches
about Fake News and praises snarky online book critiquing, Graham examines a Hawkwind rarity that isn't and there is poetry
from Thom and Josephine Dunn.
#Hail Eris!
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from all sorts of folk including Kev Rowlands, Neil Nixon, C J Stone, AND Roy Weard BUT the irrepressible Corinna AND Mr Biffo are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and red kangaroos who've lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with the largest extant macropods who are in a quandry with regards their footwear, 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 & Yoko Ono, Alice Cooper, Richard Thompson, Caravan, Curved Air, ULU, Phil Collins, Rolling Stones, Joy Division, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Linda Mkhize, Jose Carlos Almenar Otero, Majid Al-Majid, Jett McKee (Scepaz), Navid Izadi, Randall Desmond Archibald, Aretha Louise Franklin, Rick Wakeman, Michael Bruce, Natural Gas, Doug Harr, Alan Dearling, Courtney Barnett, Josephine Dunn, Kev Rowland, Acherontas, Alight, The Amorettes, Andrew Neu, Auri, Axel Rudi Pell, Agnostic Front, Hell to Pay, Necessary Animals, Stephen Clarke 1980, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Ana Mardoll, Neil Nixon, Charlotte Gainsbourg
And the last few issues are:
Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
Issue 286 (Monty Python)
Issue 285 (ELP)
Issue 284 (Straqngelove)
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
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?

NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Friday/Saturday

ON THIS DAY IN -   1823 - Ferdinand VII was restored to the throne of Spain when invited French forces entered Cadiz. The event is known as the Battle of Trocadero. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Bengal cat receives first feline hip replacement s...
  • Australia has a new venomous snake -- And it may a...
  • Seeing through the eyes of a crab
  • Bumblebees thrive in towns more than countryside

  • 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)

    Thursday, August 30, 2018

    THE COLDHARBOUR DIARIES: A whale of a sale!

    https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases

    I have just released a digital album, and—partly as an experiment to see if what people say about the current state of the music  industry—and partly to stoke my massive ego, I am actually trying to promote it for a change, but sharing my experiences with you guys in readershipland...

    Read on...




    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)




    A tourism initiative says it has looked "beyond the monster legend" to find reasons for people to visit Loch Ness. VisitInvernessLochNess (VILN) ...

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN CONTINUES TO WAIT

    The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
     
    YER EDITOR SEZ:
     
    I have to say that playing at being a record company mogul is both entertaining and frustrating. I truly have no idea how Gonzo Multimedia Grande Fromage Rob Ayling does it. Or even why he would want to. But I can proudly say that I can no longer say that I have not sold any copies of the new album Coldharbour.
     
    When I came downstairs this morning I opened my e-mails to find that I have actually sold one, and I am unreasonably pleased about the fact.
     
    Hooray!
     
    And it can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
     
    I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
     
    There is no further news about Corinna. She needs more tests, and so the waiting game continues. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers...
     
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Louis Hector Berlioz: ...
    YES ALUMNUS NEWS
    BARBARA DICKSON  IN THE NEWS
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    YES FEATURING ARW IN THE NEWS
     
    OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF FROM THE GONZOVERSE:
     
    For those of you who are interested in such things, the Gonzo Privacy Policy is here:
     
    And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
    And, yes,
     
    CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
     
    UK
    US
     
    AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
     
    Our webTV show:
     
    And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
     
    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
     
    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
     
    Gonzo Weekly #299/300
    THE RESPECT IS DUE ISSUE
     
    In another fun packed and spectacularly Gonzoesque issue, Doug goes to see Bow wow wow and ABC and Belinda Carlisle and more at Retro Futura, Alan loves Courtney Barnett's new album, and looks at the return of the Necessary Animals, Jon bitches
    about Fake News and praises snarky online book critiquing, Graham examines a Hawkwind rarity that isn't and there is poetry
    from Thom and Josephine Dunn.
     
    #Hail Eris!
     
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from all sorts of folk including Kev Rowlands, Neil Nixon, C J Stone, AND Roy Weard BUT the irrepressible Corinna AND Mr Biffo are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and red kangaroos who've lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with the largest extant macropods who are in a quandry with regards their footwear, 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 & Yoko Ono, Alice Cooper, Richard Thompson, Caravan, Curved Air, ULU, Phil Collins, Rolling Stones, Joy Division, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Linda Mkhize, Jose Carlos Almenar Otero, Majid Al-Majid, Jett McKee (Scepaz), Navid Izadi, Randall Desmond Archibald, Aretha Louise Franklin, Rick Wakeman, Michael Bruce, Natural Gas, Doug Harr, Alan Dearling, Courtney Barnett, Josephine Dunn, Kev Rowland, Acherontas, Alight, The Amorettes, Andrew Neu, Auri, Axel Rudi Pell, Agnostic Front, Hell to Pay, Necessary Animals, Stephen Clarke 1980, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Ana Mardoll, Neil Nixon, Charlotte Gainsbourg
     
    And the last few issues are:
     
    Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
    Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
    Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
    Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
    Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
    Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
    Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
    Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
    Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
    Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
    Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
    Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
    Issue 286 (Monty Python)
    Issue 285 (ELP)
    Issue 284 (Straqngelove)
    Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
    Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
    Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
    Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
     
    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?

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN  -   1146 - European leaders outlawed the crossbow. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Australia needs tighter ivory sale laws to protect...
  • Protecting oceans in Patagonia for a more sustaina...
  • Black hairstreaks found miles from their heartland...
  • Leadbeater's possum: conservationists say draft re...


  • 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)

    Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    CRYPTOLINK: Squid in the Star

    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. 





    UMMMM... I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS DOING

    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
    YER EDITOR SEZ:
    Today I was interested to read this article in the Guardian:
    I am nothing to do with 'Stop the Cull', but I think that they are on the side of the angels. I am very pleased to say, however, that none of the people listed locally is someone that I know personally. How about you? If you are against the cull, and you see that a friend of yours is on this list, please try to gently change their mind. I stress that I am reposting this for information ONLY, and would never use this information to intimidate or attack people on this list, nor would I support anyone else who does.
    So far my new record has sold, in round numbers....not a sausage. But it can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
    I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
    There is no further news about Corinna. She needs more tests, and so the waiting game continues. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers...
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
    Primitive Graven Image - Traversing the Awesome Ni...
    YES FEATURING ARW IN THE NEWS
    LEONARD COHEN NEWS
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  Shostakovich Quartet ...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF FROM THE GONZOVERSE:
    For those of you who are interested in such things, the Gonzo Privacy Policy is here:
    And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
    And, yes,
    CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
    UK
    US
    AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
    Our webTV show:
    And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
    Gonzo Weekly #299/300
    THE RESPECT IS DUE ISSUE
    In another fun packed and spectacularly Gonzoesque issue, Doug goes to see Bow wow wow and ABC and Belinda Carlisle and more at Retro Futura, Alan loves Courtney Barnett's new album, and looks at the return of the Necessary Animals, Jon bitches
    about Fake News and praises snarky online book critiquing, Graham examines a Hawkwind rarity that isn't and there is poetry
    from Thom and Josephine Dunn.
    #Hail Eris!
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from all sorts of folk including Kev Rowlands, Neil Nixon, C J Stone, AND Roy Weard BUT the irrepressible Corinna AND Mr Biffo are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and red kangaroos who've lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with the largest extant macropods who are in a quandry with regards their footwear, 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 & Yoko Ono, Alice Cooper, Richard Thompson, Caravan, Curved Air, ULU, Phil Collins, Rolling Stones, Joy Division, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Linda Mkhize, Jose Carlos Almenar Otero, Majid Al-Majid, Jett McKee (Scepaz), Navid Izadi, Randall Desmond Archibald, Aretha Louise Franklin, Rick Wakeman, Michael Bruce, Natural Gas, Doug Harr, Alan Dearling, Courtney Barnett, Josephine Dunn, Kev Rowland, Acherontas, Alight, The Amorettes, Andrew Neu, Auri, Axel Rudi Pell, Agnostic Front, Hell to Pay, Necessary Animals, Stephen Clarke 1980, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Ana Mardoll, Neil Nixon, Charlotte Gainsbourg
    And the last few issues are:
    Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
    Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
    Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
    Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
    Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
    Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
    Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
    Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
    Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
    Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
    Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
    Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
    Issue 286 (Monty Python)
    Issue 285 (ELP)
    Issue 284 (Straqngelove)
    Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
    Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
    Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
    Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
    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?

    These words from THOM THE WORLD POET seem appropriate

    LONG LIVE ALL MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES
    LONG LIVE ROCK N ROLE PLAY
    Long live People's Community Festivals
    Long live Independent Coffee Shops
    Long live Recycled Reads and all Small Libraries
    Long live Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly
    Long live the Freedom to Believe or not Believe
    Long live poetry ,philosophy,declamation and rhetoric
    Long live TALL stories and short stories
    Long live FLASH fiction and slow writings
    Long live haiku,senryu,tanka and haibun
    Long live clear clean running water
    Long live trees and all who shelter under them
    Long live earth and all who walk with her
    Long live fantasy and projection,laughter and goodwill
    Long live YOU and all other mythological constructions
    LONG LIVE US!
    👽

    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.





    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)




    Unusual object happened to be in the picture. 12-year-old English schoolgirl Charlotte Robinson from Leeds, visited recently with relatives of the ...

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN -   
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • s it a panther? Is it a puma? No, just a cat and ...
  • Dangerous protected reptiles
  • Dry weather boosts UK's most endangered butterfly
  • Britain's biggest butterfly threatened by rising s...

  • 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)

    Monday, August 27, 2018

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN CARRIES ON REGARDLESS

    The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
     
    YER EDITOR SEZ:
     
    I am living in a world more surreal than usual. So far this morning I have spoken to someone about Amazon not allowing our e-books in Russia, about the last ever wolf shot in Scotland, about Michael Bruce of the Alice Cooper Group, and about my new record which can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
     
    I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
     
    But, obviously, he most important thing in my life at the moment is my poor wife's state of health. Corinna tells me that she - once again - feels perfectly normal today, and she certainly doesn't look ill. Let us all pray that when we get the test results back this week, the diagnosis (and therefore the subsequent prognosis) is better than we have feared. Thank you all for your kindness and good wishes. They are truly welcome, and - without hyperbole - awe inspiring.
     
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mick Farren/Deviants -...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    BARBARA DICKSON TV INTERVIEW (2018)
    GRAHAM FELLOWS NEWS
    LEONARD COHEN STUFF
     
    OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF FROM THE GONZOVERSE:
     
    For those of you who are interested in such things, the Gonzo Privacy Policy is here:
     
    And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
    And, yes,
     
    CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
     
    UK
    US
     
    AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
     
    Our webTV show:
     
    And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
     
    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
     
    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
     
    Gonzo Weekly #299/300
    THE RESPECT IS DUE ISSUE
     
    In another fun packed and spectacularly Gonzoesque issue, Doug goes to see Bow wow wow and ABC and Belinda Carlisle and more at Retro Futura, Alan loves Courtney Barnett's new album, and looks at the return of the Necessary Animals, Jon bitches
    about Fake News and praises snarky online book critiquing, Graham examines a Hawkwind rarity that isn't and there is poetry
    from Thom and Josephine Dunn.
     
    #Hail Eris!
     
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from all sorts of folk including Kev Rowlands, Neil Nixon, C J Stone, AND Roy Weard BUT the irrepressible Corinna AND Mr Biffo are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and red kangaroos who've lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with the largest extant macropods who are in a quandry with regards their footwear, 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 & Yoko Ono, Alice Cooper, Richard Thompson, Caravan, Curved Air, ULU, Phil Collins, Rolling Stones, Joy Division, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Linda Mkhize, Jose Carlos Almenar Otero, Majid Al-Majid, Jett McKee (Scepaz), Navid Izadi, Randall Desmond Archibald, Aretha Louise Franklin, Rick Wakeman, Michael Bruce, Natural Gas, Doug Harr, Alan Dearling, Courtney Barnett, Josephine Dunn, Kev Rowland, Acherontas, Alight, The Amorettes, Andrew Neu, Auri, Axel Rudi Pell, Agnostic Front, Hell to Pay, Necessary Animals, Stephen Clarke 1980, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Ana Mardoll, Neil Nixon, Charlotte Gainsbourg
     
    And the last few issues are:
     
    Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
    Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
    Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
    Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
    Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
    Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
    Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
    Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
    Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
    Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
    Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
    Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
    Issue 286 (Monty Python)
    Issue 285 (ELP)
    Issue 284 (Straqngelove)
    Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
    Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
    Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
    Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
     
    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:
     
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    * 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?

    THYLACINES IN THE NEWS



    Thylacines, or Tasmanian tigers, were among the more unusual species to go extinct in the 20th century. The largest carnivorous marsupials of the ...
    ... Roberts wrote the manual on the care and breeding of Tasmanian Devils and was hands-on with all her charges, especially her beloved thylacines ...

    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.



    CRYPTOLINK: Yowie story

    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. 


    An unusual creature had impressive dimensions. “He was above six feet tall, all covered with scary hair and growled,” says the frightened woman.

    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)




    Lynn Locke's report has now been accepted by the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register – the seventh of the monster this year, which is ...

    Loch Ness Captured! Girl on a Holiday Clicks 'Best Picture of Nessie,' The Lake Monster of Scotland 
    LatestLY 
    The Nessie or Loch Ness is a mysterious creature said to reside in the lake of Scotland. The lake monster has its reference in certain legends and ...

    Canadian tourist spots Nessie hours before schoolgirl takes 'best Loch Ness Monster picture for ...
    Lynn Locke's report has now been accepted by the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register - the seventh of the monster this year, which is ...

    Sunday, August 26, 2018

    CRYPTOLINK: Yeren story

    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. 


    It was nearly 40 years ago, but Yuan Yuhao remembers his brush with “China's answer to Bigfoot” like it was yesterday. “It was about 3 o'clock in the ...

    CFZ MONTHLY NEWSLETTER #35

    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 a few minutes ago) included articles on OTT, modern oarfish folklore, a crocodile in Plymouth back in 1933, a cannibal rooster, the identity of a South American ape girl, Patreon, 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.

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