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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Saturday, October 06, 2012


Once again I am surprisingly compos mentis after a convivial night. I am too old to be living a bachelor lifestyle and miss Corinna very much. I will be very relieved when she arrives home on tuesday night. In the meantime Richard and I are doing a talk at Appledore Library tonight at 7:30, and we will even have Pru the dog with us. Prudence is sulking massively because Corinna is away, and I didn't think that leaving her alone was a terribly good idea. I have a whole slew of books I am reading at the moment including an anthology of Hunter Thompson at Rolling Stone, the massively lavish 50th anniversary book of the Rolling Stones, and Neil Young's increasingly chaotic autobiography.

We start off with our daily visit to Thom the World Poet..

How does one categorise a story about the Jefferson Starship webmaster being hit on the head by a tree, and then nursing it with a bottle of broon? Tree-mendous fun, eh readers?

Max thinks that I will take exception to the Rolling Stone list of the greatest prog bands. I do, but not as flamboyantly as he thinks.

On tuesday Michael Des Barres is on the world's favourite TV show (which I have to admit, I still haven't seen)

This weekend Rick Wakeman is in New Zealand, with an amusing anecdote about the KGB

More news on Annie Haslam's injured back

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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