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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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Friday, September 28, 2012

I'M YER GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN








And so another week is almost at an end. I am by myself in the office today because Jess is off on a family errand. Next week I shall be living in bachelor splendour, because Corinna is going to Staffordshire to see my eldest stepdaughter. So Graham and I will be fending for ourselves, and Prudence will be the lady of the house...
I first discovered rock music in the early 1970s, about a year after I first came to the UK after spending my formative years in Colonial Hong Kong. I remember watching TOTP and being somewhat scared by the sight of Roy Wood, then in Wizzard, cavorting around with massive hair and tribal facepaints. Let's start off today in Bolton, where an interesting review of The Lost Broadcasts: The Move has just appeared in the local paper:
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-move-in-bolton-news.html
In the summer term of 1974 schoolboys who each week avidly read the three broadsheet music papers, were excited to find out that an LP (for those of you born after 1990, this was a 12 inch vinyl disc, which contained up to ¾ house of music) by a band called Gong was retailing at only 50p (about a quarter of the price of and ordinary LP. Schoolboys across the country (including me) went out to by it, regardless of the fact we had never heard of them.So we all went home that evening after school clutching a peculiar LP called Camembert Electrique which had a dragon, several pixies, a reverence to lady parts which you only got if you had read the Kama Sutra (which I had, although it was to be some years before I was to put what I had learnt into action), and yes, a flying saucer. From talking to my peers at the time, most boys listened to it once and decided that the mixture of silly noises and cosmic frippery was know were near as entertaining as the latest Status Quo record, and never played it again. I however fell in love with it and my life was never the same. Today I present a link to a unique view of Gong mainman Daevid Allen...
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/link-neil-sloman-on-daevid-allen.html
My friend JHohn Hare grabbed me whilt I was posting yesterday's notifications on Facebook. Had I heard of Slunq? he wanted to know. I hadn't, but I have now, and so have you...
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/introducing-slunq.html
Another visit to the singular existence of Thom the World Poet...
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_28.html
And today we are proud to present another revolutionary communique from the manic marquis himself. Ladies andGentlemen, Michael Des Barres...
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/michael-des-barres-another-communique.html
As regular readers will no doubt be aware, I have been following the comings and goings in the Yes camp with interest for some years. Today we post a link to an interview with Steve Howe in which he talks about the two highest profile ex-members of the band, and why they are ex. I can't wait to see what happens next.
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/09/yes-steve-howe-speaks-about-ex-members.html
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 Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

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