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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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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

COMING SOON FROM CFZ PRESS

I have known Richard Muirhead longer than I have known anybody else in the world to whom I am not related by blood. My mother and his were friends in Hong Kong in the late 1960s, and when I first met him I was eleven and he was six. We lost contact for many years, but when we met up again in the early 1990s we found – synchronitically – that in the meantime we had both become fascinated by cryptozoology and allied Fortean disciplines. And we have kept in contact ever since!
Some years ago, he started a small press magazine of his own, called Flying Snake, which is a wondrous grab bag of quasi-Fortean odds and ends; the sort of magazine you can open at random, and always find something new, or at least a tasty intellectual titbit with which to whet one’s imagination.
I have been meaning to do this for a long time, but as regular CFZ watchers will know, life has not been particularly easy over the past few years. However, we are very proud to announce the first volume in a series of collected editions of Flying Snake, herewith for your edification, education, and entertainment.

Enjoy.

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.


BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



Bigfoot: A Chaser of Cars?!
Many car drivers have experienced the "British Bigfoot" in all its vile and close-up glory.


Expedition: Bigfoot The Sasquatch Museum, located near in north Georgia near North Carolina and Tennessee, is dedicated to the existence of the ...




THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN TAKES UP SOME MORE OF YOUR PRECIOUS TIME


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

And so things get ever more peculiar. The quote of the day is from Professor Sir Simon Wessely, former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, who said of the Jeremy Kyle Show: 'I think it should be dropped, actually. It's the theatre of cruelty. And yes, it might entertain a million people a day, but then again so did Christians versus lions'. In my humble opinion, this sort of televised bloodport contributes majorly to the vicious, nasty society we are rapidly becoming. I truly hope that the pilgrims in CERN did manage to Immanentise the eschaton, because God knows we need it to work.

Toodle-pip

YER EDITOR SEZ:
THE DIGITAL PRAYER FLAG

You guys out in readership land recently did massive amounts of praying for my wife Corinna. And that now - at least at the moment - she appears to be cancer free. I am convinced that these two things are related. A prayer flag (Lung ta) is a colourful rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas, used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. I believe something similar happens with positive vibes transmitted electronically, and - having used it to such good effect with my dear wife's condition - 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/2019/05/paul-mccartneys-tribute-to-doris-day.html
PAUL McCARTNEY'S TRIBUTE TO DORIS DAY
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/05/auburn-review.html
AUBURN REVIEW
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/05/barbara-dickson-en-passant.html
BARBARA DICKSON EN PASSANT
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/05/uncle-rick-goes-to-allenstown.html
UNCLE RICK GOES TO ALLENSTOWN
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/05/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_14.html
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-gonzo-track-of-day-martin.html
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Martin Stephenson 27/3...

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 #337/38
THE EH TO ZEE ISSUE
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/

Nearly forty years after it first came out Gonzo are reissuing the only album by Zee - a duo consisting of the late Richard Wright of Pink Floyd and Dave Harris from Fashion. To mark this we have an exclusive interview with Dave. Meanwhile Alan is at London Remixed, Graham goes to Hawkwind Summer Sundae, Steve remembers the Phun City Festival organised by Mick Farren with the MC5 and all sorts of other groovy folk, Carl goes in search of Spaghetti Westerns and Jon is Chasing Eris and worrying about Greta Thunberg...

Hail Eris!

And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit AND there is a column from Kev Rowland, BUT Neil Nixon, Mr Biffo, C J Stone, and Roy Weard,and the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who are walking in twos (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are paired up, 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:

Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg, Liv McCarthy, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Geoff Downes, Morrissey, Elton John, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Phil McCormack, Reijo Taipale, Michiro Endo, Jah Stitch (born Melbourne James), Rowland Charles "Boon" Gould, Russ Gibb, Juan Vicente Torrealba, John Lewis Starling, Subir Nandi, Freddie Starr (Frederick Leslie Fowell), Peter William Mayhew, Malcolm Black ONZM, The Fall, America, Michael Bruce, Joey Molland's Badfinger, David Harris, Richard Wright, Zee, Steve Andrews, Phun City Free Festival, Alan Dearling, London Re-Mixed, Deadbeat Brass, Das Brass, GOG, Rich Mix, Ludi's Eye, Tarantola, Malphino, The ReMix Reeling, Gypsies of Bohemia, Animanz, Sam and the Womp Sound System, True Strays, London ReMixed UKG Orchestra featuring the Blue Lion Band, Onipa, Henge, Rum Buffalo, Kev Rowland, Abstracter, Al Ard, Amorphis, Art of Illusion, Barren Altar, Black Elephant, Black Orchid Empire, Bleeding Through, Carl Marshall, Geordie Jackson, Spaghetti Westerns, Tony Klinger, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, Coldharbour Diaries, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Brenton Clutterbuck, Discordianism, Milda Harris

And the last few issues are:

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
Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-303-4.html
Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-301-2.html
Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-299-30.html
Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo297.html
Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo297.html
Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo295-6.html
Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo294.html
Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo293.html
Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo292.html
Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo291.html
Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo290.html
Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo289.html
Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo288.html
Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo287.html
Issue 286 (Monty Python)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo286.html
Issue 285 (ELP)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo285.html
Issue 284 (Strangelove)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo284.html
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo283.html
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo282.html
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo281.html
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:
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?

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)





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A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 



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A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 




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ON THIS DAY IN - 1602 - Cape Cod was discovered by Bartholomew Gosnold. 
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