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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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Monday, October 15, 2018

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: A strange blue light over Devon

I bought off ebay a few months ago a snippet  from a West country newspaper, from the 1930s I think,  about a strange light, possibly a meteor seen over Devon.

Here is the story: BRILLIANT METEOR

DEVON LIFEBOATMEN DECEIVED

A strange light was seen in the sky on Thursday night,and it is believed to be a meteor which exploded before reaching the earth.

People walking in Market Jew Street, Penzance, at about 8.30pm were astonished to see a vivid flash of blue light, appearing over the Market House.It was also seen on the Promenade, where it appeared to drop in a garden. To others who saw it, it appeared to drop at Rosehill.

The phenomenon was seen in other parts of the West-country.

At Appledore the meteor was mistaken for a distress signal in Barnstaple. Consequently the Appledore lifeboat put to sea,and searched the bay for several hours, but could find no trace of a distressed vessel.

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




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Bigfoot podcast 'Wild Thing' explores Sasquatch hunters, uncovers surprising evidence
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BIG CAT ROUND UP

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.

  • NEWSLINK: Florida wild cat sanctuary caught in hur...
  • NEWSLINK: Wild Tigers in Asia: An Update
  • NEWSLINK: South American jaguar are losing critica...
  • NEWSLINK: Gujarat lion deaths: Congress leader Ahm...

  • ARTICLE: If big cats existed in Dorset there would.
  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN PRAYS

    The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
    YER EDITOR SEZ:
    New Day, New week blah blah blah. What do I have to report? Nothing much. I have been listening to Mick Farren's mid 1970s album 'Vampires stole my Lunch Money' and I had forgotten how good it is. Think of it as the darker and moodier companion piece to the Rolling Stones' 'Only Rock and Roll' and in my humble opinion you won't go far wrong. However, in the interests of full disclosure (as our Transatlantic Chums are wont to say) it should be noted that quite often when I compare one record with another record, nobody else knows what the blinking flip I am talking about.

    We are still waiting for news from the hospital, but Corinna doesn't want me to pester them although I am sorely tempted so to do. But she is the boss and I will do what she instructs. In CFZ news I have pretty well finished Lars Thomas' book about the mystery land animals of Scandinavia and the Baltic States, and over at Gonzo the first volume of Kev Rowland's The Progressive Underground is also imminent. And at Fortean Fiction my latest novel - 'Zen and Xenophobia' - vaguely a sequel to 2015's 'The Song of Panne', has been uploaded etc, and Corinna is just checking the proof copy. It is, I should warn, not for the faint hearted being nastier and more prurient than its predecessor.
    Back to Corinna, she is still largely pain free, and continues to be the magnificent woman I have always known that she was. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Being at the receiving end of such a torrent of positive vibes is a truly wonderful and humbling experience, and it is one of the main things that keeps us going.

    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:

    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  Mick Farren - Drunk I...
    JAKKO IN THE NEWS
    KANYE WEST vs LEONARD COHEN...THE STORY CONTINUES
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    YES STUFF THEN AND NOW

    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:
    Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eight whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, 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?

    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:

    Gonzo Weekly #307-8
    THE I ONCE HAD A CAT CALLED CORNELIUS ISSUE
    In another fantastically fab issue, We meet Michael Moorcock and talk about his new collaboration with Spirits Burning, Richard is shocked by a hologram of Roy Orbison, Alan goes to see Toots and the Maytals and Lee 'Scratch' Perry, King No One and Beth McCarthy, and Rob goes to see Corky Laing of Mountain, while Graham brings us up to date with the world of Hawkwind.
    #Hail Eris!
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there is a columns from Kev Rowlands,  though Neil Nixon, C J Stone, AND Roy Weard AND Mr Biffo AND the irrepressible Corinna 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:
    Jamie Margolin, Chris Packham, Jilted John, Ken Worthington, Glenn Hughes, Bart Lancia, Marillion, David Bowie, Ike and Tina Turner, Peter Hook, Prince, Corky Laing, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Martin Ash, Joseph Kamaru, Hugo Raspoet, John Von Ohlen, Geoffrey E. Emerick, Charles Aznavour (born Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian), Peggy Sue Gerron, Jerry González, Charles Geoffrey Hayes, Kim Melius Flyvholm Larsen, Tulsidas Borkar, Otis Rush Jr., Zang Tianshuo, Marty Balin (born Martyn Jerel Buchwald), Mike Weiley, John Wicks, Maria de Montserrat Viviana Concepción Caballé i Folch OIC OAXS OMFRG LH OMIR, Hamiet Bluiett, Bernadette Carroll (born Bernadette Dalia), Al Atkins, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Spirits Burning and Michael Moorcock, The Gardening Club, Michael Moorcock, Alan Dearling, Alexandra Palace, Toots and the Maytals, Don Letts, Richard Stellar, Roy Orbison,Jimi Hendrix, Tupac, Billie Holiday, Michael Jackson, Ronnie James Dio,  Hemelvaart Bier Café, Zach Lount, King No-one, Beth McCarthy, Kev Rowland, Deafening Opera, Godsticks, Anthrax, Hawkwind, Jon Downes, The Coldharbour Diaries, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Hugh Walters
    And the last few issues are:
    Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
    Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
    Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
    Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
    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 59 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?

    THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

    CFZ-USA

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Monday/Tuesday

    ON THIS DAY IN -  1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte began his exile on the remote island of St. Helena in the Atlantic Ocean.
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • 'Like nicotine': Bees develop preference for pesti...
  • An 18-Foot Fugitive Python Is on the Loose in Pola...
  • Tracking marine migrations across geopolitical bou...
  • Are vulnerable lions eating endangered zebras?
  • Moose that swam to Vermont drowns after crowd gath...


  • 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)

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    Gonzo Weekly #307-8

    Gonzo Weekly #307-8
    THE I ONCE HAD A CAT CALLED CORNELIUS ISSUE
    In another fantastically fab issue, We meet Michael Moorcock and talk about his new collaboration with Spirits Burning, Richard is shocked by a hologram of Roy Orbison, Alan goes to see Toots and the Maytals and Lee 'Scratch' Perry, King No One and Beth McCarthy, and Rob goes to see Corky Laing of Mountain, while Graham brings us up to date with the world of Hawkwind.
    #Hail Eris!
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there is a columns from Kev Rowlands,  though Neil Nixon, C J Stone, AND Roy Weard AND Mr Biffo AND the irrepressible Corinna 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:
    Jamie Margolin, Chris Packham, Jilted John, Ken Worthington, Glenn Hughes, Bart Lancia, Marillion, David Bowie, Ike and Tina Turner, Peter Hook, Prince, Corky Laing, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Martin Ash, Joseph Kamaru, Hugo Raspoet, John Von Ohlen, Geoffrey E. Emerick, Charles Aznavour (born Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian), Peggy Sue Gerron, Jerry González, Charles Geoffrey Hayes, Kim Melius Flyvholm Larsen, Tulsidas Borkar, Otis Rush Jr., Zang Tianshuo, Marty Balin (born Martyn Jerel Buchwald), Mike Weiley, John Wicks, Maria de Montserrat Viviana Concepción Caballé i Folch OIC OAXS OMFRG LH OMIR, Hamiet Bluiett, Bernadette Carroll (born Bernadette Dalia), Al Atkins, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Spirits Burning and Michael Moorcock, The Gardening Club, Michael Moorcock, Alan Dearling, Alexandra Palace, Toots and the Maytals, Don Letts, Richard Stellar, Roy Orbison,Jimi Hendrix, Tupac, Billie Holiday, Michael Jackson, Ronnie James Dio,  Hemelvaart Bier Café, Zach Lount, King No-one, Beth McCarthy, Kev Rowland, Deafening Opera, Godsticks, Anthrax, Hawkwind, Jon Downes, The Coldharbour Diaries, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Hugh Walters
    And the last few issues are:
    Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
    Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
    Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
    Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
    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 CHICKEN IS PRAYING

    The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
    And for no real reason Sunday's notifications are done in rhyme
     
    It's Sunday so again its time
    to do the daily blogs in rhyme:
     
    I am still annoyingly deaf in both ears
    and I've been this for what seems like years
    at least it doesn't hurt
    so the stuff that I squirt
    in, just brings on frustration not tears.
     
    I am feeling quite proud that I can boast to the rubes,
    that I've written a rhyme about my eustacian tubes
     
    Slainte
     
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Pagan chants for full ...
    02 -09-2018 – SHOW 274 – CLOSE LOBSTERS
    HAWKWIND NEWS
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Gonzo Weekly #307-8
     
    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 #307-8
    THE I ONCE HAD A CAT CALLED CORNELIUS ISSUE
     
    In another fantastically fab issue, We meet Michael Moorcock and talk about his new collaboration with Spirits Burning, Richard is shocked by a hologram of Roy Orbison, Alan goes to see Toots and the Maytals and Lee 'Scratch' Perry, King No One and Beth McCarthy, and Rob goes to see Corky Laing of Mountain, while Graham brings us up to date with the world of Hawkwind.
     
    #Hail Eris!
     
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there is a columns from Kev Rowlands,  though Neil Nixon, C J Stone, AND Roy Weard AND Mr Biffo AND the irrepressible Corinna 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:
     
    Jamie Margolin, Chris Packham, Jilted John, Ken Worthington, Glenn Hughes, Bart Lancia, Marillion, David Bowie, Ike and Tina Turner, Peter Hook, Prince, Corky Laing, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Martin Ash, Joseph Kamaru, Hugo Raspoet, John Von Ohlen, Geoffrey E. Emerick, Charles Aznavour (born Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian), Peggy Sue Gerron, Jerry González, Charles Geoffrey Hayes, Kim Melius Flyvholm Larsen, Tulsidas Borkar, Otis Rush Jr., Zang Tianshuo, Marty Balin (born Martyn Jerel Buchwald), Mike Weiley, John Wicks, Maria de Montserrat Viviana Concepción Caballé i Folch OIC OAXS OMFRG LH OMIR, Hamiet Bluiett, Bernadette Carroll (born Bernadette Dalia), Al Atkins, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Spirits Burning and Michael Moorcock, The Gardening Club, Michael Moorcock, Alan Dearling, Alexandra Palace, Toots and the Maytals, Don Letts, Richard Stellar, Roy Orbison,Jimi Hendrix, Tupac, Billie Holiday, Michael Jackson, Ronnie James Dio,  Hemelvaart Bier Café, Zach Lount, King No-one, Beth McCarthy, Kev Rowland, Deafening Opera, Godsticks, Anthrax, Hawkwind, Jon Downes, The Coldharbour Diaries, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Hugh Walters
     
    And the last few issues are:
     
    Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
    Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
    Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
    Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
    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 59 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: Sunday

    ON THIS DAY IN -  1066 - The Battle of Hastings occurred in England. The Norman forces of William the Conqueror defeated King Harold II of England. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Japan killed 50 whales in Antarctic protected area...
  • Extreme Heat Likely Cooked 2,000 Fish to Death in ...
  • There Be Dragons: 6-Foot-Long Lizard Terrifies Flo...
  • Tropical sunfish spotted in Highland waters
  • Marvels of the deep and their superpowers

  • 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)

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    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-DAG MAN CONTINUES TO PRAY

    The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
    YER EDITOR SEZ:
    And we come to the end of another week. Still no news from the hospital, but Corinna doesn't want me to pester them although I am sorely tempted so to do. But she is the boss and I will do what she instructs.
    In CFZ news I have pretty well finished Lars Thomas' book about the mystery land animals of Scandinavia and the Baltic States, and over at Gonzo the first volume of Kev Rowland's The Progressive Underground is also imminent.
    Back to Corinna, she is still largely pain free, and continues to be the magnificent woman I have always known that she was. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Being at the receiving end of such a torrent of positive vibes is a truly wonderful and humbling experience, and it is one of the main things that keeps us going.
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: CRISTIANO ROVERSI "Tri...
    MAARTIN ALLCOCK OBITUARY                      
    CORKY IN CLITHEROE
    LEONARD COHEN v KANYE WEST
    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:
    Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eight whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, 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?
    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
    Gonzo Weekly #305-6
    THE SAUCERFUL OF WASSNAMES ISSUE
    In another fantastically fab issue, Kev and Jon bid a fond farewell to Maartin Allcock, Graham has a shufti at the reactions to the new Hawkwind album, Alan looks at art from beach litter, and conducts a Listening Post with Kyle Mew, Jeremy checks out Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, John goes to see David Crosby, and Jon burbles on about Erich Kastner, Michael Moorcock and Bojack Horseman.
    #Hail Eris!
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, Canterbury sans Frontieres AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there is a columns from Kev Rowlands, Neil Nixon, C J Stone, AND Roy Weard AND Mr Biffo but the irrepressible Corinna is 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:
    Erich Kästner, Bojack Horseman, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Chas Hodges, Cruise to the Edge, Peter Hook, Joy Division, Damon Albarn, Suede, Gary Numan, Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, Jeremy Smith, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Max Bennett, Wesley Tinglin,  Cecil James McNeely, Buren Bayaer, Denis Mostyn Norden CBE, Felton Pruett, Charles Nicholas Hodges, Dudley Sutton, Man, Binky Womack, Rick Wakeman, Essra Mohawk, Mick Farren and Andy Colquhoun, Alan Dearling, Litter Cubes, Kev Rowland, Maartin Allcock,Richard Foreman, Swanage Folk Festival, John Brodie-Good, David Crosby & Friends, Kyle Mew, Streetlight Manifesto, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Childish Gambino, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Mariachi El Bronx aka The Bronx, Random Hand, Jonathan Coulton, Brothers Moving, Gogol Bordello, Fake Problems, Downriver Dead Men Go, Earthless, Epos Nemo Latrocinium, The Fierce and the Dead, Flesh Hoarder, Frequency Drift, Frontline, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Chris Stone, Hawkwind, Coldharbour Diaries, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Michael Moorcock, Spirits Burning, Neil Nixon, Vincent Gallo
    And the last few issues are:
    Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
    Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
    Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
    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 59 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?

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Bigfoot Stories From The Honobia Bigfoot Conference
    From the 2018 Honobia Bigfoot Festival & Conference in the Kiamichi Mountains, Bigfoot eyewitnesses come forward to share the story at the campfire ...


    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Friday/Saturday

    ON THIS DAY IN -  1492 - Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer, sighted Watling Island in the Bahamas. He believed that he had found Asia while attempting to find a Western ocean route to India. The same day he claimed the land for Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • UN treaty would protect high seas from over exploi...
  • Goats prefer happy people
  • Beavers have an impact on the climate
  • Aspen is making a comeback in and around Yellowsto...
  • Mapping trees can help count endangered lemurs
  • Pine Martens return to Kielder Water
  • New species of insect discovered in Rom


  • 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, October 11, 2018

    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 PAN KEEPS PRAYING

    The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
     
    YER EDITOR SEZ:
     
    So it is Thursday. Ummmmm. What can I say? My whole life now revolves about waiting to hear from the hospital with Corinna's test results, but so far...not a sausage.Being an impatient fellow I want to inundate the North Devon District Hospital with phonecalls and e-mails, but Corinna wants to just wait and see what happens and let events take their course. She, as always, is the boss.
     
    In CFZ news I have pretty well finished Lars Thomas' book about the mystery land animals of Scandinavia and the Baltic States, and over at Gonzo the first volume of Kev Rowland's The Progressive Underground is also imminent.
     
    Back to Corinna, she is still largely pain free, and continues to be the magnificent woman I have always known that she was. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Being at the receiving end of such a torrent of positive vibes is a truly wonderful and humbling experience, and it is one of the main things that keeps us going.
     
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
     
    Deke Leonard interview with Pete Feenstra 13/10/12...
    Soft Machine interview
    JON ANDERSON INTERVIEW
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  Paul Hindemith - Ludu...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
     
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    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
     
     
    Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eight whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, 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?
     
     
    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
     
    Gonzo Weekly #305-6
    THE SAUCERFUL OF WASSNAMES ISSUE
     
    In another fantastically fab issue, Kev and Jon bid a fond farewell to Maartin Allcock, Graham has a shufti at the reactions to the new Hawkwind album, Alan looks at art from beach litter, and conducts a Listening Post with Kyle Mew, Jeremy checks out Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, John goes to see David Crosby, and Jon burbles on about Erich Kastner, Michael Moorcock and Bojack Horseman.
     
    #Hail Eris!
     
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, Canterbury sans Frontieres AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there is a columns from Kev Rowlands, Neil Nixon, C J Stone, AND Roy Weard AND Mr Biffo but the irrepressible Corinna is 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:
     
    Erich Kästner, Bojack Horseman, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Chas Hodges, Cruise to the Edge, Peter Hook, Joy Division, Damon Albarn, Suede, Gary Numan, Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, Jeremy Smith, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Max Bennett, Wesley Tinglin,  Cecil James McNeely, Buren Bayaer, Denis Mostyn Norden CBE, Felton Pruett, Charles Nicholas Hodges, Dudley Sutton, Man, Binky Womack, Rick Wakeman, Essra Mohawk, Mick Farren and Andy Colquhoun, Alan Dearling, Litter Cubes, Kev Rowland, Maartin Allcock,Richard Foreman, Swanage Folk Festival, John Brodie-Good, David Crosby & Friends, Kyle Mew, Streetlight Manifesto, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Childish Gambino, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Mariachi El Bronx aka The Bronx, Random Hand, Jonathan Coulton, Brothers Moving, Gogol Bordello, Fake Problems, Downriver Dead Men Go, Earthless, Epos Nemo Latrocinium, The Fierce and the Dead, Flesh Hoarder, Frequency Drift, Frontline, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Chris Stone, Hawkwind, Coldharbour Diaries, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Michael Moorcock, Spirits Burning, Neil Nixon, Vincent Gallo
     
    And the last few issues are:
     
    Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
    Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
    Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
    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 59 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?