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 07, 2012


Have you noticed a certain trend on the Gonzob Daily? Everyone is slowly getting radicalised which cannot be a bad thing. My particular Emma Goldmanesque part of the revolution is fuled by the fact that my Hi-Fi amp has returned better than ever, and the new speakers sound fantastic. I can annoy the neighbours with style, aplomb and flair. (Actually, the cottage is over 200 years old, the cob walls are six foot thick and virtually soundproof. Life is good.
Our daily visit to the universe of Thom the World Poet, who today states that 'my love poems are my political poems', which is a strangely apposite echo of the Crass lyric book 'Love songs'.
While I was pootling about on the Internet the other night, I found this rather spiffing performance by our very own Chris Thompson together with "The Soulmates". Live on "50 Jahre Rock" 2005. My very limited knowledge of the German language leads me to suspect that this was some sort of celebration showcasing the half century since Elvis first did his inimatable thing on Sun Records. But I may be completely wrong. Ask Rob Ayling, he will sadly confirm that I am not quite infallible..
I watched the Wally live DVD the other night, and jolly good it was too. I will be doing a review and posting some odds and ends on these pages soon. However, a few days later I received this review from Germany of their reunion album Montpelier (which is jolly good, by the way). However, the review was so peculiar that I have really no idea what the guy is getting at. But, being in a peculiar mood myself this fine September morning I decided to post it anyway..
Another communique from the heart (or should that be art?) of the revolution. Man the barricades brothers and sisters. The game is well and truly afoot.
I really don't know why it has taken so long for us to post anything about Steve Hillage. He is not only one of the pioneering spacerock guitarists, but his music is never far away from my hi-fi. On top of that, in one of my other incarnations (as editor of UFO Matrix magazine I often reference songs of his (like 1977's 'Light in the Sky', featuring immensely sexy vocals by long time partner Miquette Giraudy). So why have I left it until now to add him to the Gonzo Daily thingy? God alone knows...
The other day I bought myself a shirt emblazoned with Emma Goldman's famous aphorism about dancing. It seems to have inspired me, and I am passing this inspiration on to everyone I can. Michael Des Barres has grabbed the baton and is running with it heroically...
Jefferson Starship and their various side projects have been part of the soundtrack to my life for decades now. It is an honour to be able to be a minor cog in their publicity machine...
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...

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