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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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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Gonzo Weekly #305/6

Gonzo Weekly #305/6
THE JOKER ISSUE
And so John goes to see John Fogerty and the Steve Miller Band, Jon muses about the JAMMS and the Toxteth Day of the Dead, Alan wanders about the South Coast of England with Gonzoid intent, Kev goes to see Sepultura and Death Angel in New Zealand, we critique a book about Gorillaz, and Carl and Geordie remember Dawn of the Dead. And Graham brings us up to date with Hawkwind. And there's lots of other stuff as well.
#Hail Eris!
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, Canterbury Sans Frontieres AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from Kev Rowlands, and J Stone, BUT Mr Biffo AND Neil Nixon, AND Roy Weard AND the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and rock wallabies who've blown a fuse (OK, nothing to do with the relatively small macropods who are having electrical problems, 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:
Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Toxteth Day of the Dead, Bill Drummond, Jimmy Cauty, Daisy Eris Campbell, Ken Worthington, John Shuttleworth, Morrissey, Prince, Bono, Kev Rowland, Sepultura, Death Angel, Blindfolded And Led To The Woods (BALTTW), Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Johnny Maddox, Malam Mamane Barka, Eddie C. Campbell, Lewis Frederick William Caddick, Edward Benton "Eddie" Reeves, Scott English, Chris Burroughs, Erik Raymond Lindmark, Harold "Devin" Lima, Trevor McNaughton, Edwin Calvin Newborn, Joseph Leon Williams, Harry Leslie Smith, Pete Shelley, The Fall, Tony Palmer, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Deviants IXVI, Mick Farren, Alan Dearling, The Dials, Necessary Animals, Ana Egge, The Satellites, John Brodie-Good, The Steve Miller Band, John Fogerty, Reformat, Rozmainsky & Mikhaylov Project, Perfect Beings, Rausch, Roch Lockyer, Takaaki, |Carl Marshall, Geordie Jackson, Dawn of the Dead, Jon Downes, Coldharbour Diaries, C J Stone, Hawkwind, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad and the Queen
And the last few issues are:
Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
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 (Strangelove)
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 HO HO HEN UNDER THE MOON OF ALABAMA

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:
 
It is Sunday, so to raise a smile
Mother and I listen to Kurt Weill,
and do our best to stop the dogs
running amok while I do the blogs
 
Slainte
 
ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
 
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Epiphany Hymn
LEONARD COHEN NEWS
BARBARA DICKSON EN PASSANT
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART EN PASSANT
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:
 
The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
 
YER EDITOR SEZ:
 
On top of everything else I have a cold and feel lousy, Corinna and I have a doctor appointment this afternoon, and tomorrow is not just the Toxteth Day of the Dead, but a Full Moon. So when somebody who shall remain nameless telephones saying "I know you told me not to telephone but I thought I would anyway" I think I can be forbidden for what I said next.
 
There will be a Gonzo magazine this weekend, but because there is an important hospital appointment tomorrow I am making no firm promises as to the scheduling, or that of the blogs for the rest of the week. I sincerely hope that these appointments will shed light on her condition, and indicate what her treatment should be. Corinna is mostly pain free, although in discomfort. In the mneantime she is being massively brave. I cannot tell you how much I love and admire that woman. Poor lass has to undergo another batch of tests, and we continue to forge on until something actually happens. Please remember us in your thoughts and prayers.
 
ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
 
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  Pink Fairies - Waitin...
Peter Pears & Benjamin Britten discuss "Die Winter...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Captain Beefheart - Co De Kloet Interview (July 23...
Frank Zappa interview 1974
 
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?
 
I do have good news to impart: Lars Thomas' book about the mystery land animals of Scandinavia and the Baltic States has been uploaded, 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' - is now available.
 
 
! would warn you that if you are of a nervous disposition, or easily offended, you will find parts of my novel both offensive and upsetting. There is sex, violence, drug abuse, occultism, pornography, firearms, politics, religion, and not a little sociology. But there is also love, kindness, faith, and redemption. And it's a cracking good yarn. Or I think so, at any rate. All I would say on the subject before bidding you farewell is Caveat Lector. And I'm not gonna explain what that means, because because if you don't know what that means then you probably shouldn't be reading the book in the first place.
 
AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
 
Gonzo Weekly #303/4
THE WE TOOK THE WRONG STEP YEARS AGO ISSUE
 
This is a very Hawkwind-centric issue: Graham talks about the latest tour, and John goes to see them at The Palladium. But we also have Richard Seizing Lambeth Bridge with Extinction Rebellion, Alan critiquing The Beatles reissued White Album, and interviewing Playground Theory, Carl and Geordie go searching for zombie locations, and Jon bumbles on about Digitiser the Show and a book that lifts the lid on the New Labour government of twenty years ago.
 
#Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there are columns from Kev Rowlands, BUT C J Stone, AND Mr Biffo AND Neil Nixon, AND Roy Weard AND the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and rock wallabies who've blown a fuse (OK, nothing to do with the relatively small macropods who are having electrical problems, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stickat. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
 
This issue features:
 
Digitiser, Paul Rose, Mr Biffo, Norm MacPherson, Martin Springett, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Cyril Pahinui, Alexander "Alec" Finn, Masahiro Sayama, Stan Lee, Evgeny Viktorovich Osin, Jens "Malle-Jens" B├╝chner, Al James, Luis Enrique Gatica Silva, Rasmus Berg, The Fall, Tony Palmer, Chad Mitchell Trio, Deviants IXVI, Mick Farren, Steve Bonino, Kev Rowland, Alan Dearling, Marcy Moo, Playground Theory, Extinction Rebellion, Richard Foreman, Blackheart Orchestra, Hawkwind, John Brodie-Good, The White Album, The Beatles, Norman Baker, Noshir Mody, Alien Weaponry, Octopus, Other Animal, Paradise Lost, PHI, Project:Patchworth, Carl Marshall, Geordie Jackson,
The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, Stephan Speelman, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Coldharbour Diaries, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, The Catholic Orangemen of Togo,
Craig Murray
 
And the last few issues are:
 
Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
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 (Strangelove)
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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