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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Friday, December 25, 2015


Festive salutations! I am K-Max: the Christmas rascal.

As is tradition at this time of year, children throughout the world have retreated into their bakelite cocoons, awaiting my arrival with a mixture of consternation and conjecture. Upon my arrival, I will make some snow come out of my mouth, a bit of mistletoe emerge from my smelly navel, and a date slide out of my anti-bottom ("October 12th" - the day you were born).

Today I present to thee (you) the following: a seasonal Christmas vignette entitled Chanderella. It's behind you! What is? Your conviction for dogging and fit-ups.


The Gonzo Daily - On the First Day of Christmas
This is the weirdest time of year
so I hope you have your loved ones near
and I hope have what you would wish
and as I sit in my study surrounded by fish
From my converted potato shed I call
Happy Christmas to you all
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: In the Deep Midwinter...
A very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful and Happy 20...
Gonzo Weekly #161/2
Nightmare before Christmas, Judge Smith, Auburn, VDGG, Trim Tab Jim, Pink Fairies, Wreckless Eric, John Shuttleworth, Digitiser, Mr Biffo, Jaki Windmill, Tim Rundall, Roy Weard, Mack Moloney, A J Smitrovich, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#161/2) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It is a bumper festive issue with the Nightmare before Christmas LIVE on the cover and a feature article about the show inside. There are interviews with Judge Smith and Liz Lenten from Auburn, and a series of photographs from the recording sessions for a lost prog rock masterpiece, Jeremy goes to see Wreckless Eric live and Roy writes about Trim Tab Jim. Jon muses on Peace and Love and Corinna sneers at some more tacky pop memorabilia. John talks about Faithless, 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 Tim and Jaki are back with a new show. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antechinuses wanting poos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who are slightly constipated, 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:
Jimmy Page, P J Harvey, AC/DC, Trent Reznor, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, EODM, Madonna, Wilko Johnson, David Bowie, Barbara Dickson, N.W.A., Galahad, Strange Harvest, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Jaki Windmill, Tim Rundall, Adam Roth, Mick Lynch, Mary Joan Okum, James Hill OBE, Peter Broggs, Johnny Winter, 13th Floor Elevators, Spirits Burning, The Pirates, Dee Palmer, Freddie King, The Selecter, Ducks De Luxe, Alexis Korner, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Judge Smith, John Brodie Good, Public Service Broadcasting, The Long Lost Band, Jacqui McShee's Pentangle, Spooky Ghost, Gary Duncan Quicksilver, Drones for Daevid, Pink Fairies, John Martyn, Liz Lenten, Wreckless Eric, Howard Eynon, Roy Weard, Trim Tab Jim, My Dad's LPs, A J Smitrovich, Mr Biffo, Ken Worthington, John Shuttleworth, Hawkwind, Alan Friswell, Xtul, Elvis, Black Sabbath, One Direction, Cliff Richard, Yoko Ono, Yes, Neil Nixon, Emit Bloch, Cave Growl
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 160 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 159 (Jon Anderson and Matt Malley)
Issue 158 (Billy Sherwood)
Issue 157 (Drones for Daevid)
Issue 156 (Rick and Emmie)
Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
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.co.uk
* 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?

A very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful and Happy 2016 with love from Prudence, Archie and the less important people here at the CFZ

CFZ PUBLISHING: Animals & Men #55 out now!

The world's leading publishers of cryptozoology, forteana and fortean fiction, with over a hundred titles currently in print.

The latest post on the CFZ Publishing Group blog begins as follows:
Just in time for Christmas – Issue 55 of Animals & Men can now be read, absolutely free, on the main Animals & Men page...
Click here to read the whole article.


ON THIS DAY IN 1914 - During World War I, British and German troops observed an unofficial truce and even playing football together on the Western Front. 
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