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, January 21, 2013


I was feeling somewhat less than sane yesterday, which may have coloured what I was watching on TV to a greater or lesser extent. However, I watched episode two of 'Blandings', which I thought was nowhere near as good as the first episode. Evelyn Waugh once wrote that to criticise Wodehouse was like "taking a spade to a souffle'. I would say much the same about tinkering with his plots. Treat the man with some respect for God's sake! The originals are exquisite, the TV series (despite early promise) doesn't live up to them, or at least last night's episode didn't. Later in the evening after Mother had gone to bed I sat down and watched '24 Hour Party People', which was much bleaker than I remember when I watched it with Richard ten years ago. This morning I feel like a cross between Tony Wilson and Lord Emsworth (with Prudence as the empress). David came over yesterday to discuss e-books, and progress is being made. Richard went home yesterday but will be back on Thursday. Graham is setting up interviews with Alan Davey and Michael Butterworth, and the orange cat has an infection, but according to Shosh it is nothing to worry about. Life is complicated today, and I still feel mad as a bagful of cheese.
Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from the late Hugh Hopper
Another of our daily visits to the incomparable Thom the World Poet
Alan Davey is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Hawkwind's groundbreaking 'Space Ritual' album. This we have to see!
From the archives a great review of Galahad a couple of years back
A great piece of rock journalism about Jefferson Airplane
The final section of our three-part interview with Don Falcone of 'Spirits Burning'
*  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:
* 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 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, which he shares with various fish and batrachians. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus... did we mention the orange cat?

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