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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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Monday, June 24, 2019

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.



CHUPACABRAS NEWS

The Chupacabra
A bloodsucking creature of Puerto Rico known as the Moca Vampire predates the chupacabra by many years.
Chupacabra Blamed for Strange Cattle Mutilations in Argentina
“Blame it on the Chupacabra” sounds like it could be the title of a country western song (note to self: dust off guitar and call agent) but it's more likely to ...


BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF





“We should have brought a lead to see if someone lost a dog,” the witness said to his wife, according to a report from the Bigfoot Field Researchers ...

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN DOES SOMETHING OR OTHER



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

And here we go again. The endless vista of another week lies agead of us pregnant with possibilities. I have always enjoyed writing 'storybook' prose like that, but the truth is, that the aforementioned possibilities are very few and far betweek, and that most of what lies ahead is dull, and - to a greater or lesser degree - drudgery. But, I suppose, at least it is not raining.

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-mitchell-trio.html
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Mitchell Trio feat. Jo...
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/frank-zappa-en-passant.html
FRANK ZAPPA EN PASSANT
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/leonard-cohen-news.html
LEONARD COHEN NEWS
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/wakemanstuff_24.html
WAKEMANSTUFF
https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2019/06/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_24.html
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

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

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And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
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And, yes,
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UK
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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:
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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?

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: Monday/Tuesday

ON THIS DAY IN -  1314 - Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce won over Edward II of England at the Battle of Bannockburn in Scotland. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Rare UK butterflies enjoy best year since monitori...
  • Russia moves to free nearly 100 captive whales aft...
  • Sea snakes make record-setting deep dives
  • Love Island: Flamboyant males get the girls on Mad...

  • Biological changes among invasive species

  • 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)