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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.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Gonzo Weekly #290

Gonzo Weekly #290
THE OVERNITE SENSATION ISSUE
We continue to trawl the counterculture with this particularly groovy issue, in which Jon talks to Frank Zappa’s younger sister about her book, her brother and other things, Jeremy goes to see Wreckless Eric, Doug goes to see Echo and the Bunnymen, Alan goes to see Woody Pines, Graham riffs on Hawkwind, Jon writes about Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, and there is loadsa other stuff as well ….
#Hail Eris!
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, there are columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, and Roy Weard, and C J Stone, and Mr Biffo and Kev Rowlands AND the irrepressible Corinna . There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and Queensland tigers who are having a little peruse (OK, nothing to do with a hypothetical  dasyurid which may or may not be related to thalacoleo who are briefly scanning through the pages of a new book by their favourite author, 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:
Pink Floyd, Nick Mason, Ringo Starr, Jon Anderson, Damon Albarn, Prince, Yes, Morrissey, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin, Marc Ogeret, Robert Maksymilian Brylewski (also known as. Afa and Robin Goldroker), Edward Harrington (aka Eddy Clearwater), Razan Ashraf Abdul Qadir al-Najjar, Sinan Sakic, Demba Nabé, Ralph Santolla, Brian Browne, Eliza Carthy, Kate Rusby, Rick Wakeman, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Mitchell Trio, Patrice Zappa, Frank Zappa, Doug Harr, Echo and the Bunnymen, Alan Dearling, Woody Pines, Jeremy Smith, Wreckless Eric, Kev Rowland, Sex Dumpster, Soniq Theater, Soul Doubt, Umphrey's Mcgee, Usurpress, Voidhanger, Alghazanth, Animal Drive, Besvarjelsen, Chris Stone, Hawkwind, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, The Durrells, Nick van der Leek
And the last few issues are:
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 HO HO HEN

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 bought an iPad yesterday
and a selection of tank fish too
the sort that as a child in Hong Kong
I would catch for my window sill "zoo"
The iPad is too complicated for me
but the fish are a delight,
and Mother and I were watching them
late into the night,
while I conversed with the Apple helpdesk,
who I must say were terribly nice,
and in the end got the damn thing going,
even though I'd crashed it twice,
and I suppose there's a moral here somewhere,
about my technological sin,
but its more fun watching tiny cyprinids,
while knowcking back strawberry gin.
 
Changing the subject completely, is there anyone reading this who has any experience in coding apps? Even more importantly, if you do, would you be prepared to lend your expertise to us for a few hours? Email me please at jon@eclipse.co.uk.
 
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:
 
And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore seems to be in order: if you want to make me a happy fellow, you can:
 
buy my novel:
buy the record by the main protagonist of the novel who isn't me in an elephant mask, honest:
buy my single:
 
But for now, here is the news:
 
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Johnny Cash - Where We...
Gonzo Weekly #290
03-06-18 – SHOW 261 – Five Big Dicks/Surfer’s Choi...
ZAPPA NEWS
 
Gonzo Weekly #290
THE OVERNITE SENSATION ISSUE
 
We continue to trawl the counterculture with this particularly groovy issue, in which Jon talks to Frank Zappa’s younger sister about her book, her brother and other things, Jeremy goes to see Wreckless Eric, Doug goes to see Echo and the Bunnymen, Alan goes to see Woody Pines, Graham riffs on Hawkwind, Jon writes about Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, and there is loadsa other stuff as well ….
 
#Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, there are columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, and Roy Weard, and C J Stone, and Mr Biffo and Kev Rowlands AND the irrepressible Corinna . There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and tiger quolls who are havinga little snooze (OK, nothing to do with small dasyurids who are a little sleepy, 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:
 
Pink Floyd, Nick Mason, Ringo Starr, Jon Anderson, Damon Albarn, Prince, Yes, Morrissey, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin, Marc Ogeret, Robert Maksymilian Brylewski (also known as. Afa and Robin Goldroker), Edward Harrington (aka Eddy Clearwater), Razan Ashraf Abdul Qadir al-Najjar, Sinan Sakic, Demba Nabé, Ralph Santolla, Brian Browne, Eliza Carthy, Kate Rusby, Rick Wakeman, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Mitchell Trio, Patrice Zappa, Frank Zappa, Doug Harr, Echo and the Bunnymen, Alan Dearling, Woody Pines, Jeremy Smith, Wreckless Eric, Kev Rowland, Sex Dumpster, Soniq Theater, Soul Doubt, Umphrey's Mcgee, Usurpress, Voidhanger, Alghazanth, Animal Drive, Besvarjelsen, Chris Stone, Hawkwind, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, The Durrells, Nick van der Leek
 
And the last few issues are:
 
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: Sunday

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