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 30, 2016


The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday

And so another day arrives clunking through the space-time continuum. And winter seems to have arrived with a bang. It is bitterly cold outside, and - as, there is only one large fishtank operable in the office, instead of three last year - it is colder than I would have liked in my sanctum sanctorum.

Yesterday was a very productive one, and I am happy to say that the December newsletter has been finished and sent out, #4 of the Journal of Cryptozoology is finished, and the double #57/8 of Animals & Men is within spitting distance of being finished. Also, the ARW (Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman, as any fule kno) concert from Friday in San Francisco, which was cancelled due to Trevor Rabin having contracted a nasty virus, has been rescheduled for the 4th December.

Professor Downes’ Academy for Young Ladies is closed today due to an absence of pupils, and therefore I shall have another day of clearing up the log jam in the office. I am happy to say that - largely due to Chloe’s hard work - said log jam is diminishing at what seems like a rate of knots. Huzzah!

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 here is the news:

Pink Fairies - X Ray
Gregg Brown US review
ARW: Important notice
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: "Awaken" - Jon Anderso...

Gonzo Magazine #210

In this mesmerising issue we look at she who was Nico, Doug was in the audience when it all got weird for Kanye West, so unlike everyone else we can print what REALLY happened, Alan looks at the music scene in Madeira, John was there when Ryley Walker went electric, and Archie was there when Jon had mixed feelings about J K Rowling, but at least he finally likes Paul Simon, (Jon that is, Archie is still undecided).

Strange Days Indeed (Most Peculiar Mama)

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. The saga of Xtul gets particularly nasty, but Neil Nixon, Richard Freeman and Strange Daze take rainchecks this week. 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:
Binky Womack, Richard Palmer-James, Madonna, Steve Rothery Band, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Morrisey, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Craig Douglas Gill, Sharon Lafaye Jones, Hugh McDonald, Donald “Don” Lee Waller,  Walter Howard "Hod" O'Brien, Joe Esposito,  Spirits Burning and Clearlight, Vangelis, Al Atkins, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson, Nico, Pink Fairies, Kanye West, Alan Dearling, The Camachofones, Andrei Ladeichikov, Quatro Litros, John Brodie-Good, Ryley Walker,  Itasca, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, J K Rowling, nDavid Bowie, Adam Ant, Elvis,  Neil Nixon, C.O.B. (Clive’s Original Band)

Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:

Issue 209 (Pink Floyd)
Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 207 (Tibet)
Issue 206 (Raz)
Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
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 a Jack Russel cvalled Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown 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 Archie and the Cats?


Dear Friends,

For those of you not in the know, at the beginning of each month we send out a newsletter to all members of the CFZ. The most recent (which went out this afternoon) included articles on strange carcasses in Scotland, Canadian Mystery Animals, the return of OTT, Expedition Profiles for 2017, Notes and Queries etc.

The infrastructure of the Centre for Fortean Zoology has changed rapidly over the last few years and truthfully doesn’t look like its going to stop changing anytime soon. The newsletter costs a quid a month (or the equivalent in your currency) and is delivered straight into your inbox by a plethora of tiny invisible elves, or email if your prefer it that way. You can sign up for it here: http://tinyurl.com/jtsq7ew

If you want to view a sample issue click here: http://tinyurl.com/pw7rw9l

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: A strange story concerning adders from west Cornwall

Dear Cryptodames and dudes.

I have been in consultation with The Dear Leader Kim Jong Jon Downes I and it has been decided that I`ll try and do a Muirhead`s Mysteries blog once a week like I did in its glory days. So here is a blog about an incident involving an adder in west Cornwall, in around the 1920s or `30s.At a moor near Trembothick to be precise. I found this out in a  book by the poet (now deceased) and author Mary Hocking, in `Safari West` (1996) page 17.


The moors do,unfortunately, accommodate adders. It was said Trembothick moor was so infested  with adders that no cattle could be turned onto it in the Summer .One day a man, who was cutting the peat turf on the moor, went to his pot of milk he had placed in the shade for his refreshment. To his surprise an adder had won him to it(sic). He placed a large turf upon the receptacle which stopped the adder getting away. The adder then gave out a  most peculiar noise, which attracted more adders around the pot. These in their turn seemed to call others until, from all parts of the moor, they had slithered in a straight course and enclasped, one and all, into a solid heap around the captive and pot.

It did not take long either for the man to call the other men on the moor to depart until eventide,or to decide a plan of action ..They decided to place furze around the adder pile which was said  by them to be the size of a large haycock ( a haycock is about 3ft tall) .They had been cutting peat for the winter`s fuel so they also put this on top of the furze and set it all alight. The noise made by these creatures was said to be horrendous and frightening. Similar stories to this have been told of other moors in the area.


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I'm Lazy when I play 
I'm lazy with my girlfriend, a thousand times a day 
I'm lazy when I'm speakin 
I'm lazy when I walk 
I'm lazy when I'm dancin 
I'm lazy when I talk

Open up my mouth 
Air comes rushin out 
Nothin doin nada never how you like me now? 
Wouldn't it be mad, wouldn't it be fine 
Lazy lucky lady dancin lovin all the time


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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.


ON THIS DAY IN - 1700 - 8,000 Swedish troops under King Charles XII defeated an army of at least 50,000 Russians at the Battle of Narva. King Charles XII died on this day. 
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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.)