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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, October 05, 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 MAN PRAYS

The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
 
YER EDITOR SEZ:
 
"Chimeny chimeny chim chim cheroo,
a fat cryptozoologist is writing to youoooo"
 
Sarah, our delightful new housekeeper arrived yesterday in a maelstrom of activity. The only thing stopping her from being our veritable Mary Poppins is that she has singularly failed to sing me and Archie a song about feeding the birds at tuppence a bag - something which I hope she shall rectify soon.
 
When I was a boy, my first introduction to the world of science fiction was the UNEXA novels of Hugh Walters, and I have been wanting to re-read them all for decades. I have a few that I have picked up over the years,  but I was overjoyed the other evening to find an online resource which has all but the final two available as free (and I suspect slightly hooky) e-books. The hookiness of them is irrelevant as far as I am concerned because the author (whose real name was Walter Llewelyn Hughes, who ran a furniture store, Walter Hughes Ltd in Bradley and became Managing Director of Brasteds Ltd (a contraction of Bradley Bedsteads) and who in 1931 he married Doris Higgins) has been dead for a quarter of a century and the books have been long unavailable.
 
Check them out at:
 
Expedition Venus is particularly nasty, and - from memory - was probably my favourite
 
My pleas for a marketing guru for the CFZ have gone unanswered so far, but I live in hope. I would very much like to become the acceptable face of alternative capitalism, if only so I can send rude and threatening letters to myself, so please get in touch.
 
We are all doing our best to carry on as normal, but I am afraid that our deadlines are sort of out the window at this point. Corinna is still largely pain free, and being pretty damn magnificent. Thank you to all of you who keep on praying for us. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. I am convinced that the barrage of love and blessings you have sent us so far has borne remarkable results. And being at the receiving end of such a torrent of positive vibes is a truly wonderful and humbling experience.
 
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?
 
ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
 
YES NEWS
UNCLE RICK'S PIANO ODYSSEY
LEONARD COHEN IN THE NEWS
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Fairport Convention - ...
 
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 #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 K√§stner, 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?

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