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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Sunday, September 27, 2015

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:

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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.


The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
And for no real reason Sunday's notifications are done in rhyme
I woke this morning at half past nine and got up for a pee,
then went back to bed for a half hour snooze and didn't wake up until three
so when I came down running stupidly late it was a nice surprise for me
to find the debut album by Anderson/Ponty...
Sundays don't get much better than this.
Rick rolling his way to the Priory
PLAYLIST: Strange Harvest #4
Gonzo Weekly #149
Tony Palmer, Mike Oldfield, Heart, Captain Beefheart, bootleg, Poco, M Destiny, Dog and the Universe of Swine Dirt, anarchopunk, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#149) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Tony Palmer, Mike Oldfield and Buzz Aldrin on the front cover together with an interview with Tony Palmer about the legendary 'Space Movie' inside, Doug looks at Heart, Jon muses about Dog and the Universe of Swine. We review a controversial book about bootlegs, and Xtul are back in the deep woods. Neil unearths a hidden gem by a mad composer of piano music from the early 20th Century. John B-G looks at West Coast psychedelia on Youy Tube, and Jon presents a round up of anarchopunk news. Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. And there is a radio show from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the last of four Strange Harvest radio specials from the folk wot bring you Strange Fruit. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons wanting a snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who stayed up too late last night, 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!!!
This issue features:
Suede, ELO, David Bowie, The Who, Janet Jackson, Ronnie Wood, James Burton, Albert Lee, Karnataka, Keith Richards, Barbara Dickson, Strange Harvest, Friday Night Progressive, Raymond "Ray" Kenneth Warleigh, Peggy Jones, Ben Cauley, Jame "Brooklyn" Prefontaine, Jackie Collins, Yogi Berra, Group Captain Allan Richard Wright DFC & Bar, AFC, Brian Sewell, Hugh Hopper, THe Pirates, Ducks Deluxe, The Pirates, Wilko Johnson, Dr. John, Johnny Winter & Uncle John Turner, Billy Cobham, Brand x, Pete Sears, Frank Zappa,Tony Palmer, Mike Oldfield, Heart, Dog and the Universe of Swine Dirt, John Brodie-Good, Spirit, Captain Beefheart, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, Poco, Roy Weard, Sex Pistols, Crass, Vi Subversa, The Poison Girls, Chumbawamba, Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life, Hawkwind, Hawklords, Xtul, Bay City ROllers, Wham!, Freddie Mercury, Queen, Elvis Presley, 1D, Ringo Starr, Yes, Billy Sherwood, Alan Whiate, Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Neil Nixon, Mark Bebbington, Tiarra
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 148 (Wally Hope)
Issue 147 (Thom the World Poet cover)
Issue 146 (Bee and Flower cover)
Issue 145 (Dave Brock cover)
Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
Issue 139 (Raz cover)
Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
Issue 135 (FNP cover)
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:
SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
* 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 56 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and a small kitten totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, 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, and the adventurous kitten?


ON THIS DAY IN 1938 - The League of Nations branded the Japanese as aggressors in China. 
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  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)