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, July 22, 2012


And so another working week begins. Those eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that I am doing these postings remarkably early. That is basically because I couldn't sleep last night and I haven't been to bed yet. I have a lot on my plate at the moment, and I couldn't settle. And as I was not really in the mood for a wrestling match with Prudence the dog for a few remnants of quilt, and didn't want to keep my poor dear wife awake, I came downstairs.

I need to talk to Graham before I go to bed, so I will probably wait until everyone else is up,and the postman has come and gone. However, there are lots of interesting bloggythings for you.

We start off in cracking fashion with a link to a competition where you can win a brace of tickets to see Hawkwind, Focus and various other stars of stage and screen at Clumber Park in the North of England next month. If it wasn't that it clashes with my own annual gig The Weird Weekend, I'd be tempted to go check it out.

Michael Des Barres is a cracking interviewee. I have interviewed him on a couple of occasions now, and he never fails to be interesting, amusing and thought-provoking. He also (like I think that I may have said before somewhere) has the knack of aying something new and interesting to each interviewer, rather than sounding like he is heartily sick of the whole publicity process as so many rock and roll stars sadly do. Today I am pleased to link to his last week's appearance on Blog Talk Radio..

Life gets confusing here at the Gonzo Daily. It has not been the best of weeks with a whole battery of family, health and computer issues with which to deal. But some things are a constant; Helen McCookerybook's prose can always bring a smile to my somewhat beleagured countenance. Which is why I am posting this excerpt from her must-read blog...

I don't usually mention politics in these hallowed pages. I know that the political views of our readers, and - indeed - those whom we write about are many and varied, and I also know that my politics which have essentially changed little since I first discovered Crass and their ilk some thirty years ago are hardly mainstream. But this story is heartwarming, is incontravertably rock and roll, and Brian May deserves our plaudits for his stand against the proposed badger cull. Well done mate - I owe you a beer!

Every day I post a witty digest of the Daily Gonzo stuff (the same thing that you can see on the Scoop-it page each day) to various Facebook groups and fora, and email out to those who ask for it (and some who don't). Six days I do them relatively sensibly, but on the 7th, for no particular reason I do them in bad verse. Why bad verse? That is simple. I am a lousy poet, and to be horribly honest I doubt whether my silly doggerel counts as poetry, but it amuses me, and it also amuses various Gonzofolk such as Erik Norlander, and the lovely Liz Lenten of Auburn. Now, Liz opened a real can of Pandora's boxlike worms the other week, because she sent me a poem in reply, and ever since then I make sure that there is a Lizstory every Sunday...

Somebody called 'Pondo' sent me this edition of Have I got News for You featuring the Caped Crusader himself. I'm not sure who 'Pondo' is. Actually, I haven't a clue who he is, but it seemed a damn good idea to post this jollity on a monday morning.

I hope that you will forgive me shamelessly plugging something of my own, but amongst the other things that I do, I am the editor of this rather fine UFO magazine. I was brought in a few months ago to mastermind the relaunch, and my first edition is now on sale through those jolly nice people at MagCloner. I am, actually rather proud of it!

And that, my dears, is that (for today at least). I was not well for most of last week, and you may have noticed that most of the Gonzo Daily was links to other people's stuff without the editorial smart-arse comments and asides which I enjoy so much. Thank you for putting up with me whilst my output was below par - it is jolly good to be back!

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