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, November 04, 2015


The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
Yesterday, we finally put out the first of our long overdue monthly newsletter for CFZ members. For those of you interested, #1 includes an interesting essay by yours truly about out of place sea snakes. Or at least I hope that it is interesting. However there was one minor cock up. If you received the newsletter yesterday and wanted the text only option you would have received something completely out of date, so if you want a copy of the text only newsletter, please email me on jon@eclipse.co.uk.
Also new today is a taster for the new series On The Track starring yours truly and a bevy of beautiful girls which starts in the New Year. You can see it here: http://tinyurl.com/q75pfhq
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The shape I'm in: Barbara Dickson, singer and perf...
Rock legend Rick Wakeman has crowd on its feet at ...
Steve Hackett - former Genesis guitarist - playing...
Gonzo Weekly #154
Steve Ignorant, Crass, Madonna, Canterbury Sans Frontières, Psychedelic Britannia, Dead Boy Detectives, Digitiser, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Mack Moloney, A J Smitrovich, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, Mack Moloney, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#154) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Steve Ignorant on the cover and an interview with him inside. Doug goes to see Madonna,Jon interviews Martin Hudson, founder of the Classic Rock Society, John B-G critiques the BBC's Psychedelic Britannia, and Corinna sneers at some more tacky pop memorabilia. We review The Dead Boy Detectives, and Xtul are back in the deep woods. Neil unearths a hidden gem, Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column, C J Stone does his, A J Smitrovich continues thumbing through his Dad's LPs, and Mr Biffo has more of his regular slices of insanity from the world of Digitiser 2000, and there is a radio show from Strange Fruit, one from Friday Night Progressive and another from Mack Moloney, and as there was a full moon this week we also have a show from Canterbury Sans Frontières. 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:
Lucifer, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Noel Gallagher, U2, Boy George, Johnny Cash, Suede, Rod Stewart, Keith Richards, Eric Burdon, Frank Zappa, Ike Willis, Denny Walley, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Tony Van Frater, Diane Charlemagne, Hubert Leroy "Herbie" Goins, David Rodriguez, Lee Shaw, Leon Bibb, William Bradford "Bill" Keith, Maureen O'Hara, Brand X, The Raz Band, Johnny Winter, Alexis Korner, Nucleus, Spirits Burning, The Pirates, Steve Ignorant, Madonna, Martin Hudson, John Brodie-Good, Roy Weard, A.J. Smitrovich, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Hawklords, Dave Brock, Xtul, Louis Armstrong, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Elvis, Marilyn Manson, Prince, Michael Jackson,Take That, Yes, Toto, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe, Jon Anderson, Billy Sherwood, Neil Nixon, Cathy Berberian, Aq Bure
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
Issue 152 (4th Eden)
Issue 151 (Corky Laing)
Issue 150 (Roger Dean)
Issue 149 (Tony Palmer in Space)
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 young lady called Jessica. 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?

Guess what is coming back in the New Year


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.


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Bigfoot - Ape Island
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AT LAST: The CFZ Monthly Members Newsletter

I feel mildly embarrassed about this, because I have been promising a members only CFZ newsletter since the beginning of the year, but a lot of things have gotten in the way, however here it is, and it will be appearing on or about the first of the month from now on. This is not replacing Animals & Men. However, as of earlier this year new issues of Animals & Men can be purchased in two formats, as a printed paperback and as a Kindle eBook. In addition, a FREE “flipbook” digital version is available to read online. All members of the CFZ have been added to this database, and will be receiving the newsletter from now on for the duration of their membership.


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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)