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, September 19, 2016

CFZ PUBLISHING: The two most recent A&M

As you will probably be aware, the two most recent issues of Animals & Men are now available as both hard copy and kindle ebooks. This is in addition to them being available for free as online flipbooks.

Jon. Martin and Marianne in the WMN


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 - Monday/Tuesday
And so another week starts reasonably auspiciously. Chloe was here this afternoon, and worked extremely hard and productively. We, as often is the way these days, achieved a lot. And she will be back tomorrow as a pupil of Professor Jon's Academy of Young ladies,for an English lesson and possibly some filming for the new series of OTT. Oh, happy days. Today's song of the day for both Gonzo and CFZ is actually the first mainstream song to Include the word 'Fucking'. Check out who it is; I think you will be surprised.
And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore: if you want to make me a happy fellow, you can:
buy my novel:
buy my single:
And now for the news................
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Al Stewart - Love Chro...
Arthur Brown Interview
RAZ Best German review translated
Gonzo Magazine #200
And so the Gonzo Weekly behemoth trundles on and we celebrate our two hundredth issue with Rick Wakeman talking to Deep Purple’s Ian Paice, Alan meeting Sendelica, Doug going to see Coldplay, Jon rambling on about how the end of the Cold War has affected the thriller industry, and all sorts of other groovy stuff.  And how much does it all cost again?
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a thrilling and slightly disturbing episode of Xtul. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
Lazarus, David Bowie, The Jam, The Orange Drop, Jimi Hendrix, Mayte Garcia, Prince, Marillion, Rick Parfitt, The Beatles, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Greta Zimmer Friedman, Cecil Bustamente Campbell OD, Leonard Haze, Martin Stephenson, Jeff Wayne/Radio Luxembourg, Dee Palmer, Arthur Brown, Rick Wakeman, Pink Fairies, Captain Beefheart, Joe Cocker, Rick Wakeman and Mario Fasciano, Rick Wakeman and Brian May, Barbara Dickson, GasTank, Rick Wakeman, Ian Paice,  Coldplay, Sendelica, Alan Dearling, Graham Keen, James Farebrother, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Nelson DeMille, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis,  Bob Chance
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 199 (Yes)
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
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 57 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two small kittens, one 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. 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 kittens?

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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


CFZ PUBLISHING: Lee Walker in Fortean Times


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'Tis the season for ghosts and goblins and beasties; could that explain the recent rash of North America Bigfoot sightings? In the last week, cameras in ...

Bigfoot Trails Pacific Northwest by SA Jeffers
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New information has surfaced about the BIGFOOT SIGHTING NEAR PROVO AIRPORT and we wanted you to have this crucial information so you can ...

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Bigfoot Turns Its Back As Father And Son Walk By (Video)
A lot of animals in the wild hide in plain sight by remaining absolutely still. Does bigfoot use the same tactic at times to hide from us? It seems like a ...

Watch: Patterson – Gimlin Bigfoot Footage
Bob Gimlin meets up with the Finding Bigfoot crew and talks about that famous moment in time.

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Monday/Tuesday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1356 - The Battle of Poitiers was fought between England and France. Edward "the Black Prince" captured France's King John. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • New York governor sparks anger after killing threa...
  • Badger cull areas more than triple under new gover...
  • Only two female Asiatic cheetahs remain in wild in...
  • Hiding in plain sight: Vast reef found hiding behi...
  • Dogs understand both vocabulary and intonation of ...

  • 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)