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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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

RAINES EXPLAINS: A dinosaur trip



The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
As you have probably noticed I have been not in the best of form this week. I was ill on Monday (the usual, and nothing to worry about, although not very pleasant while it lasted). And yesterday my working environment saw a tumultuous, serious, onerous and quite possibly other words ending in 'us' event. Jessica kicked me out of my own office and tidied it up, throwing away several binbags of rubbish and putting things into the proper places. The fact that there aren't proper places for most of the things presented her with an additional problem. This morning it is a joy to sit in my clean and tidy office, which is an emotion that I don't express very often.
Much love and healing vibes, btw, to Mick Abrahams and Jon Anderson. Get well soon chaps.And of course our love and respect to dear Daevid in Australia who is a remarkable and brave man.
The Gonzo Weekly #116
Peter Banks, Sidonie Jordan, Empire, Ty Segall, Robert Wyatt, Jon Anderson, Yes, Hawkwind, and Daevid Allen fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#116) will soon be available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has the lovely Sidonie Jordan, one half of Empire together with the late Peter Banks on the cover and a fascinating interview with her inside. We also have an interview with the author of the new Robert Wyatt biography, and we confirm, that sadly Robert has stopped making music.  We introduce you to the new co host of Strange Fruit, and Doug Harr explains why you all should check out the multi talented Ty Segall, whilst Jon waxes lyrical about the Prog Rock FAQ. We send Jeremy Smith to a desert island. Xtul are on the road to Norwich, and there are shows from Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are still lost at sea, although I have been assured that they will hit land again soon. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers wearing new shoes (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials in search of snazzy footwear, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!

Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:

All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:

* 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: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
* 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 (and several others) is an old hippy of 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the infantile orange cat?


What has Corinna's column of Fortean bird news got to do with cryptozoology?

Well, everything, actually!

In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out-of-place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in.


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

Single stories give rise to high rise
with inadequate street parking
Flimsy slums of the future compete
with traditional homes with high price tags
Even when the housing stock is full
Rents still remain on the rise
Do not be poor or homeless in Austin!
Inadequate shelters and police harassment
mean it is illegal to sleep in public-
even under bridges,in parks,at bus shelters
The myth of Austin is just that-low paid work
means many jobs the necessity.Even the rich
find costs too high for effective investment.
Boom and bust the pattern over decades-
lucky the Lounge to find a new spot
Until rents rise and another Austin
nostalgic music memory is made..

The iconic Horseshoe Lounge will close its doors this weekend, marking the end of a 50-year tradition on South Lamar. The ‘Shoe,
365thingsaustin.com|By Kristy Owen


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Does Bigfoot live in Scotland? Some people seem to think so
The Edinburgh Evening News reports that a Scottish woman has joined the British Bigfoot Research team to track down the creature she believes she ...

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CRYPTOLINK: Buckinghamshire resident films rare 'South American coati' in back garden (Via Jackie Tonks)

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.

There has only ever been a handful of sightings in the UK of the creature that originates from subtropical South America

Anna Shearer from Marlow in Buckinghamshire, was out playing with her dogs when she spotted the mysterious creature up a tree. Believing it to be one of her pets who had somehow got stuck, she moved in for a closer look only to realise that the creature was a lot more exotic.

Capturing the small mammal on video, Shearer contacted the RSPCA for advice.

CFZ CANADA: (Reprint) Is Bigfoot Possibly an Alien Entity?

IS BIGFOOT POSSIBLY AN ALIEN ENTITY? By Dr.Franklin Ruehl  (Originally published in the Huffington Post.  Re-posted here by permission of the author, with our deepest thanks.)

Rather than being a missing link between man and the apes, Bigfoot ,may possibly be an alien entity. This intriguing possibility is derived from evidence in several solid UFO cases.

The earliest clues date back to 1888, when a cattleman described an encounter with friendly Indians in Humboldt County, California. They led him to a cave where he saw a hefty humanoid creature covered in long, shiny black hair, with no neck, sitting cross-legged. 

Read on...


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