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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, June 30, 2019

THE WEEKEND HENS

The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/about.html
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 has been a most peculiar day
even by the standards of us
Graham and I put our plumber's hats on
and fixed a crisis but without a fuss
and I've done all the things I had to do
and I won't even begin
to list thnem all because I've got a date
with half a bottle of gin

Slainte

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

https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/jon-anderson-news_30.html
JON ANDERSON NEWS
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/leonard-cohen-and-marianne-ihlen-love.html
Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen: the love affair ...
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-gonzo-track-of-day-hare-ram-hare.html
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  Hare Ram Hare Krishna...
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_30.html
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/on-track-of-unknown-animals-ep-104.html
On The Track (of Unknown Animals) Ep. 104 (mystery...

OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF FROM THE GONZOVERSE:

For those of you who are interested in such things, the Gonzo Privacy Policy is here:
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/p/privacy-policy-this-privacy-policy.html

And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
http://tinyurl.com/y7b9rlog
And, yes,
http://forteanzoology.blogspot.com/p/privacy-policy-this-privacy-policy.html

CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:

UK
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/
US
http://www.gonzomultimedia.com

AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:

Our webTV show:
https://www.facebook.com/OnTheTrack/posts/632561497117057

And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/CFZ

And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
https://gonzotesting.blogspot.com/2018/07/a-notion-of-shopkeepers.html

AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:

Gonzo Weekly #343/4
THE STRANGEFOLK ISSUE
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/

This week we celebrate the return of the lovely Liz Lenten of Auburn, with a spectacular new slice of Americana. Doug is back with a look at Depeche Mode, Alan writes to Teresa May and Nicola Sturgeon, goes to see Baltic Crossing, and attends a Street Music Conference,  Graham talks Hawkwind, while Jon eulogises Storm Chorus, and is bamboozled by Bob Dylan.

Hail Eris!

And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit there is a columns from Kev Rowland, but Mr Biffo, C J Stone, and Roy Weard, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and potoroos who are fallen for a ruse (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are easily obfuscated, 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:

Bob Dylan, Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Storm Chorus, The Hollow Men, Rebecca Denniff, David Owen, The FLK, The Beatles, Brian Epstein, Glastonbury 2019, Extinction Rebellion, Joy Division, Miles Davis, Dr. John, The Who, Alan Dearling, Republic of Užupis, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Enrico Nascimbeni, Paul "Lil Buck" Sinegal (born Paul Alton Senegal), Richard Stephen Shaw (aka Bushwick Bill), Spencer Ward Bohren, Chuck Glaser, Tre Da Kid (born Edward Montre Seay), André Coelho Matos, Sergio Augusto Bustamante, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. (aka Dr. John), Mikey Dees, Karlheinz  Miklin, Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli KBE, Grande Ufficiale OMRI, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown, Gregg Kofi Brown, Norma Waterson feat. Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy, Danny Thompson and Eliza Carthy, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Mitchell Trio inc. John Denver, Liz Lenten, Auburn, Thomm Jutz, Doug Harr, Depeche Mode, Street Music, Mykaell Riley, Tony Lidington aka Uncle Tacko, Kelvin Mason, Lotte Reimer, Sarha Moore, Vivian Doumpa, Gina Arnold, Chester Bingley, Kate Jones, MSFN Workshops, George McKay, Michelle Bagnall, UEA, Kev Rowland, Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate, Jungsu Choi Tiny, Kataklysm, Surmiser, Torture Rack, Power Trip, Klaus Schulze, Baltic Crossing, Kristian Bugge, Tony Klinger, Mr. Biffo, Digitiser, C J Stone, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters

And the last few issues are:

Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.html
Issue 341-42 (America)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.html
Issue 339-40 (Kev Rowland)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-339-40.html
Issue 337-38 (Zee)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-337-8.html
Issue 335-36 (Raz)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-335-6.html
Issue 333-34 (Nepal)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-333-4.html
Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-331-2.html
Issue 329-30 (Charlie X)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-329-30.html
Issue 327-28 (Hawkwind)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-327-8.html
Issue 325-26 (Gonzo)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-325-5.html
Issue 323-24 (Irvine Welsh)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-323-4.html
Issue 321-22 (Discordianism)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-321-2.html
Issue 319-20 (Brix Smith)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-319-20.html
Issue 317-18 (Christmas)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-317-18.html
Issue 315-16 (Steve Miller)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-315-16.html
Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-313-14.html
Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-310-11.html
Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-309-10.html
Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-307-8.html
Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-305-6.html


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:
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/

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, three other cats, 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 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 -  1097 - The Crusaders defeated the Turks at Dorylaeum. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Rare bumblebee to get boost from bilberries in cag...
  • Blue whale fossil provides evidence that baleens g...
  • Mountain hare 'saved by grouse moor'
  • Council accidentally bulldozes roadside nature res...

  • Over 75 turtles rescued from east Arkansas wastewa...

  • 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, June 28, 2019

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN CONTINUES ON HIS MERRY WAY



    The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/

    So Putin thinks liberalism is dead, and hails the rise in Populism. And Boris J makes model buses out of wine boxes. God help us all. It is only 11:00am and I am beginning to think fondly of emptying a box of wine myself.

    BTW, is there anyone out there who is relatively social-media and/or Patreon savvy? We really need a bit of help ewith these two things, 'cos we are getting a little bogged down.

    Toodle-pip

    YER EDITOR SEZ: THE DIGITAL PRAYER FLAG
    You guys recently did massive amounts of praying for Corinna, and she now appears to be cancer free. I am convinced that these two things are related, with the outpouring of good vibes transmitted electronically, being a little like a Tibetan prayer flag. Having used it once to such good effect - I want to try it on a larger scale. I am still trying to work out the details, so watch this space.

    Find out more:
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/p/a-prayer-flag-lung-ta-is-colourful.html

    Blessed be.

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

    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-gonzo-track-of-day-handel-messiah.html
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  Handel: Messiah, For ...
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/fairport-and-friends.html
    FAIRPORT AND FRIENDS
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/dean-ford-this-scottish-heart-cd-review.html
    Dean Ford / This Scottish Heart - CD Review... on ...
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_28.html
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/barbara-dickson-en-passant.html
    BARBARA DICKSON EN PASSANT

    For those of you who are interested in such things, the Gonzo Privacy Policy is here:

    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/p/privacy-policy-this-privacy-policy.html

    And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
    http://tinyurl.com/y7b9rlog
    And, yes,
    http://forteanzoology.blogspot.com/p/privacy-policy-this-privacy-policy.html

    CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:

    UK
    http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/
    US
    http://www.gonzomultimedia.com

    AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:

    Our webTV show:
    https://www.facebook.com/OnTheTrack/posts/632561497117057
    And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/CFZ

    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
    https://gonzotesting.blogspot.com/2018/07/a-notion-of-shopkeepers.html
    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 #343/4
    THE STRANGEFOLK ISSUE
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/

    This week we celebrate the return of the lovely Liz Lenten of Auburn, with a spectacular new slice of Americana. Doug is back with a look at Depeche Mode, Alan writes to Teresa May and Nicola Sturgeon, goes to see Baltic Crossing, and attends a Street Music Conference,  Graham talks Hawkwind, while Jon eulogises Storm Chorus, and is bamboozled by Bob Dylan.

    Hail Eris!

    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit there is a columns from Kev Rowland, but Mr Biffo, C J Stone, and Roy Weard, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and potoroos who are fallen for a ruse (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are easily obfuscated, 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:

    Bob Dylan, Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Storm Chorus, The Hollow Men, Rebecca Denniff, David Owen, The FLK, The Beatles, Brian Epstein, Glastonbury 2019, Extinction Rebellion, Joy Division, Miles Davis, Dr. John, The Who, Alan Dearling, Republic of Užupis, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Enrico Nascimbeni, Paul "Lil Buck" Sinegal (born Paul Alton Senegal), Richard Stephen Shaw (aka Bushwick Bill), Spencer Ward Bohren, Chuck Glaser, Tre Da Kid (born Edward Montre Seay), André Coelho Matos, Sergio Augusto Bustamante, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. (aka Dr. John), Mikey Dees, Karlheinz  Miklin, Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli KBE, Grande Ufficiale OMRI, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown, Gregg Kofi Brown, Norma Waterson feat. Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy, Danny Thompson and Eliza Carthy, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Mitchell Trio inc. John Denver, Liz Lenten, Auburn, Thomm Jutz, Doug Harr, Depeche Mode, Street Music, Mykaell Riley, Tony Lidington aka Uncle Tacko, Kelvin Mason, Lotte Reimer, Sarha Moore, Vivian Doumpa, Gina Arnold, Chester Bingley, Kate Jones, MSFN Workshops, George McKay, Michelle Bagnall, UEA, Kev Rowland, Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate, Jungsu Choi Tiny, Kataklysm, Surmiser, Torture Rack, Power Trip, Klaus Schulze, Baltic Crossing, Kristian Bugge, Tony Klinger, Mr. Biffo, Digitiser, C J Stone, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters

    And the last few issues are:

    Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.html
    Issue 341-42 (America)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.html
    Issue 339-40 (Kev Rowland)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-339-40.html
    Issue 337-38 (Zee)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-337-8.html
    Issue 335-36 (Raz)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-335-6.html
    Issue 333-34 (Nepal)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-333-4.html
    Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-331-2.html
    Issue 329-30 (Charlie X)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-329-30.html
    Issue 327-28 (Hawkwind)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-327-8.html
    Issue 325-26 (Gonzo)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-325-5.html
    Issue 323-24 (Irvine Welsh)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-323-4.html
    Issue 321-22 (Discordianism)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-321-2.html
    Issue 319-20 (Brix Smith)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-319-20.html
    Issue 317-18 (Christmas)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-317-18.html
    Issue 315-16 (Steve Miller)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-315-16.html
    Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-313-14.html
    Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-310-11.html
    Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-309-10.html
    Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-307-8.html
    Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-305-6.html


    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:
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/

    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, three other cats, 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 elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

    LAKE AND SEA MONSTER NEWS

    The hunt for Lake and Sea Monsters is probably the most iconic branch of Cryptozoology. Following our successful Mystery Cat and BHM Study Groups, we feel that these sightings should also be archived and published in a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. Curated by Sally Watts and Richard Muirhead.

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    OCHOPEE -- Finding the elusive skunk ape, Bigfoot's Florida cousin, isn't all that difficult. Just head into Big Cypress National Preserve and turn off ...
    Many believe Missouri is home to Bigfoot and that it lives in the Ozarks, say National Parks Service officials, who invite the public to enjoy a night of ...

    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.


    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.


    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Friday/Saturday

    ON THIS DAY IN -  1675 - Frederick William of Brandenburg crushed the Swedes. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk



  • Pesticide exposure causes bumblebee flight to fall...
  • Bonobos and chimps equally love meat
  • Mysterious river dolphin helps crack the code of m...
  • Half-faced amphibians found in Jupiter Farms: poss...
  • David Hu Sell Quirky Research With An Apartment Fu...
  • Why jackals thrive where humans dominate
  • How the bumble bee got its stripes
  • Scientists warn bloodsucking worms found in Flori...


  • 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, June 27, 2019

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Swamp Cabbage Man. Swamp Ape. Stink Ape. Swampsquatch. Florida Bigfoot. No matter what nickname you use, Florida's Skunk Ape continues to ...

    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.



    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 TRIES TO HOLD IT TOGETHER

    The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
    I am in a surprisingly good mood today. Charlotte came over yesterday and we critiqued the new OTT. There were quite few of what are vulgarly called 'cock ups' but I think it is the best episode we have done, with a wide range of serious content, songs, silliness, and even some carefully veiled vulgarity from - believe it or not - my charming and genteel wife. It is also the longest we have ever done at 57 minutes. If this continues we shall be forced to re-evaluate how often we put these things out.
    BTW, is there anyone out there who is relatively social-media and/or Patreon savvy? We really need a bit of help ewith these two things, 'cos we are getting a little bogged down.
    Toodle-pip
    YER EDITOR SEZ: THE DIGITAL PRAYER FLAG
    You guys recently did massive amounts of praying for Corinna, and she now appears to be cancer free. I am convinced that these two things are related, with the outpouring of good vibes transmitted electronically, being a little like a Tibetan prayer flag. Having used it once to such good effect - I want to try it on a larger scale. I am still trying to work out the details, so watch this space.
    Blessed be.
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:
    For those of you who are interested in such things, the Gonzo Privacy Policy is here:
    CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
    AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
    Our webTV show:
    https://www.facebook.com/OnTheTrack/posts/632561497117057
    And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/CFZ
    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
    https://gonzotesting.blogspot.com/…/a-notion-of-shopkeepers…
    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 #343/4
    THE STRANGEFOLK ISSUE
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/
    This week we celebrate the return of the lovely Liz Lenten of Auburn, with a spectacular new slice of Americana. Doug is back with a look at Depeche Mode, Alan writes to Teresa May and Nicola Sturgeon, goes to see Baltic Crossing, and attends a Street Music Conference, Graham talks Hawkwind, while Jon eulogises Storm Chorus, and is bamboozled by Bob Dylan.
    Hail Eris!
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit there is a columns from Kev Rowland, but Mr Biffo, C J Stone, and Roy Weard, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and potoroos who are fallen for a ruse (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are easily obfuscated, 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:
    Bob Dylan, Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Storm Chorus, The Hollow Men, Rebecca Denniff, David Owen, The FLK, The Beatles, Brian Epstein, Glastonbury 2019, Extinction Rebellion, Joy Division, Miles Davis, Dr. John, The Who, Alan Dearling, Republic of Užupis, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Enrico Nascimbeni, Paul "Lil Buck" Sinegal (born Paul Alton Senegal), Richard Stephen Shaw (aka Bushwick Bill), Spencer Ward Bohren, Chuck Glaser, Tre Da Kid (born Edward Montre Seay), André Coelho Matos, Sergio Augusto Bustamante, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. (aka Dr. John), Mikey Dees, Karlheinz Miklin, Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli KBE, Grande Ufficiale OMRI, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown, Gregg Kofi Brown, Norma Waterson feat. Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy, Danny Thompson and Eliza Carthy, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Mitchell Trio inc. John Denver, Liz Lenten, Auburn, Thomm Jutz, Doug Harr, Depeche Mode, Street Music, Mykaell Riley, Tony Lidington aka Uncle Tacko, Kelvin Mason, Lotte Reimer, Sarha Moore, Vivian Doumpa, Gina Arnold, Chester Bingley, Kate Jones, MSFN Workshops, George McKay, Michelle Bagnall, UEA, Kev Rowland, Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate, Jungsu Choi Tiny, Kataklysm, Surmiser, Torture Rack, Power Trip, Klaus Schulze, Baltic Crossing, Kristian Bugge, Tony Klinger, Mr. Biffo, Digitiser, C J Stone, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters
    And the last few issues are:
    Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.html
    Issue 341-42 (America)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.html
    Issue 339-40 (Kev Rowland)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-339-40.html
    Issue 337-38 (Zee)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-337-8.html
    Issue 335-36 (Raz)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-335-6.html
    Issue 333-34 (Nepal)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-333-4.html
    Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-331-2.html
    Issue 329-30 (Charlie X)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-329-30.html
    Issue 327-28 (Hawkwind)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-327-8.html
    Issue 325-26 (Gonzo)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-325-5.html
    Issue 323-24 (Irvine Welsh)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-323-4.html
    Issue 321-22 (Discordianism)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-321-2.html
    Issue 319-20 (Brix Smith)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-319-20.html
    Issue 317-18 (Christmas)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-317-18.html
    Issue 315-16 (Steve Miller)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-315-16.html
    Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-313-14.html
    Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-310-11.html
    Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-309-10.html
    Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-307-8.html
    Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-305-6.html
    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:
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/
    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, three other cats, 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 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 -  0363 - The death of Roman Emperor Julian brought an end to the Pagan Revival. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • 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, June 26, 2019

    CFZ PEOPLE: Richard Downes

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    Happy Birthday little brother

    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.


    ITS WEDNESDAY AGAIN SAYS THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN



    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/

    THE NORMAL: Blah blah blah tenants, blah blah blah Boris Johnson, blah blah blah phylogeny of European mustelids, blah blah blah the rather excellent new album by the Raz Band, blah blah blah Immenentising the Eschatorn.

    THE ABNORMAL: But you really should check out the new EP by Melanie S Jane. She writes:

    "Hi I am Melanie, a singer, songwriter and also in the band Emerald Stone. I did my first solo performance at Wilders Bar on June 20th 2018 at Wilders Bar in Newcastle where Chat and Spin radio broadcast the whole evening live on internet radio."

    Her record sounds wonderfully like what would happen if Kate Rusby met Syd barrett whilst falling down a rabbit hole. This lady will go far. Many thanks to Davey Curtis for pointing me in her direction.

    Toodle-pip

    YER EDITOR SEZ: THE DIGITAL PRAYER FLAG
    You guys recently did massive amounts of praying for Corinna, and she now appears to be cancer free. I am convinced that these two things are related, with the outpouring of good vibes transmitted electronically, being a little like a Tibetan prayer flag. Having used it once to such good effect - I want to try it on a larger scale. I am still trying to work out the details, so watch this space.

    Find out more:
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/p/a-prayer-flag-lung-ta-is-colourful.html

    Blessed be.

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

    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_26.html
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/jon-anderson-news.html
    JON ANDERSON NEWS
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-frank-zappa-colouring-book.html
    THE FRANK ZAPPA COLOURING BOOK
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-gonzo-track-of-day-i-am-stretched.html
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: I Am Stretched On Your...
    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/fairport-convention-upgrade-gigs.html
    FAIRPORT CONVENTION UPGRADE GIGS

    For those of you who are interested in such things, the Gonzo Privacy Policy is here:

    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/p/privacy-policy-this-privacy-policy.html

    And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
    http://tinyurl.com/y7b9rlog
    And, yes,
    http://forteanzoology.blogspot.com/p/privacy-policy-this-privacy-policy.html

    CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:

    UK
    http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/
    US
    http://www.gonzomultimedia.com

    AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:

    Our webTV show:
    https://www.facebook.com/OnTheTrack/posts/632561497117057
    And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/CFZ

    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
    https://gonzotesting.blogspot.com/2018/07/a-notion-of-shopkeepers.html
    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 #343/4
    THE STRANGEFOLK ISSUE
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/

    This week we celebrate the return of the lovely Liz Lenten of Auburn, with a spectacular new slice of Americana. Doug is back with a look at Depeche Mode, Alan writes to Teresa May and Nicola Sturgeon, goes to see Baltic Crossing, and attends a Street Music Conference,  Graham talks Hawkwind, while Jon eulogises Storm Chorus, and is bamboozled by Bob Dylan.

    Hail Eris!

    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit there is a columns from Kev Rowland, but Mr Biffo, C J Stone, and Roy Weard, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and potoroos who are fallen for a ruse (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are easily obfuscated, 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:

    Bob Dylan, Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Storm Chorus, The Hollow Men, Rebecca Denniff, David Owen, The FLK, The Beatles, Brian Epstein, Glastonbury 2019, Extinction Rebellion, Joy Division, Miles Davis, Dr. John, The Who, Alan Dearling, Republic of Užupis, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Enrico Nascimbeni, Paul "Lil Buck" Sinegal (born Paul Alton Senegal), Richard Stephen Shaw (aka Bushwick Bill), Spencer Ward Bohren, Chuck Glaser, Tre Da Kid (born Edward Montre Seay), André Coelho Matos, Sergio Augusto Bustamante, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. (aka Dr. John), Mikey Dees, Karlheinz  Miklin, Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli KBE, Grande Ufficiale OMRI, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown, Gregg Kofi Brown, Norma Waterson feat. Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy, Danny Thompson and Eliza Carthy, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Mitchell Trio inc. John Denver, Liz Lenten, Auburn, Thomm Jutz, Doug Harr, Depeche Mode, Street Music, Mykaell Riley, Tony Lidington aka Uncle Tacko, Kelvin Mason, Lotte Reimer, Sarha Moore, Vivian Doumpa, Gina Arnold, Chester Bingley, Kate Jones, MSFN Workshops, George McKay, Michelle Bagnall, UEA, Kev Rowland, Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate, Jungsu Choi Tiny, Kataklysm, Surmiser, Torture Rack, Power Trip, Klaus Schulze, Baltic Crossing, Kristian Bugge, Tony Klinger, Mr. Biffo, Digitiser, C J Stone, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters

    And the last few issues are:

    Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.html
    Issue 341-42 (America)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.html
    Issue 339-40 (Kev Rowland)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-339-40.html
    Issue 337-38 (Zee)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-337-8.html
    Issue 335-36 (Raz)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-335-6.html
    Issue 333-34 (Nepal)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-333-4.html
    Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-331-2.html
    Issue 329-30 (Charlie X)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-329-30.html
    Issue 327-28 (Hawkwind)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-327-8.html
    Issue 325-26 (Gonzo)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-325-5.html
    Issue 323-24 (Irvine Welsh)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-323-4.html
    Issue 321-22 (Discordianism)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-321-2.html
    Issue 319-20 (Brix Smith)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-319-20.html
    Issue 317-18 (Christmas)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-317-18.html
    Issue 315-16 (Steve Miller)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-315-16.html
    Issue 313-14 (Hawkwind)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-313-14.html
    Issue 311-12 (Extinction Rebellion)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-310-11.html
    Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-309-10.html
    Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-307-8.html
    Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-305-6.html


    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:
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/

    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, three other cats, 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 elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?