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, July 21, 2017

CFZ PEOPLE: Ummmm me and the wife

Ten Years ago Today...

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I asked Thom the World Poet for a few words:

takes more than one-
what with sub-personalities,emotions,attitudes struck
It takes time, attunement and adjustments
for two silver snail trails to meet
in the Garden of Infinities.Time is Energy
and Resistances Overcome.Jon and Corinna
are co-publishers of their lives in common.
A decade has passed like a photograph/
evolving into a Photoshop of Significant Experiences Together/Shared.
This Bonding is a Freedom couplings know-
to share two lives together freely /and to GLOW!

best to ye both
4 ever!

Let it sing in chorus
"Jon and Corinne,Corinne and Jon"
Though friends hover/thread the garments/bond closer
Hear that chorus and refrain again-
"Jon and Corinne,Corinne and Jon"
You may know them from the GONZO
Pages bonded together via Muse
You may know them from Festivals
of all Weird and Unusual
Even if you flew in on a UFO
You would still know them again /via this refrain-
"Corinne and Jon" meaning "Jon and Corinne"
May the bonding be soft,supple and strong
Lasting more than a decade long
And may all GONZO readers sing on-

for "Jon and Corinne,Corinne and Jon!"


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The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. 

There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why sometimes you will read stories here that appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking.

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    The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
    Ten years ago today I woke earlier than usual with a tight knot in my stomach. I knew that what was about to occur was something that I wanted to happen, and so I had not even considered that I would be so scared on the morning of the day in which it would come to pass. Chainsmoking I went downstairs. There was half a canister of helium there left over from various bits of balloon inflating that had been carried out the previous day, and various CFZ luminaries were twatting about breathing it in and talking in resultant squeaky voices.
    This was more than I could deal with, so grabbing a cup of coffee liberally dosed with milk from the Kentucky cow I went out into the garden to try and get my head together. Then, finishing my coffee and yet another cigarette, I went next door to see Marjorie Braund - a lady whom I had known since I was eleven, and who had filled the role of surrogate mother for much of that time. She talked parentally to me. Both my parents had died earlier in the decade (Marjorie was to die two years later) and so I was grateful for her kindness and love. Though, to be honest, I would probably have done exactly the same thing even if they had still been alive.
    I went back up to the house just in time for a notorious rock and roll dope dealer to the stars to arrive brandishing a gift for us. In his wake came my brother.
    My brother is a vicar, as you probably are aware, and he had two important duties to carry out that day. I went into the office, opened the safe and got out a box about the area of a carton of two hundred Benson and Hedges, but squatter and not as long. It was surprisingly heavy. I carried it gently out to my car. It contained my Father's ashes. I won't go into details, but we reverently poured them into a stream through which it would eventually flow into the sea that he loved so well.
    We drove back to the house to find it full of a wide variety of people. Musicians, Criminals, Politicians, Artists, Cryptozoologists, UFO hunters and others. They were all talking at once. So my Brother and I walked up to the church. He went inside to do vicary things, and I sat on the wooden bench where I was eventually joined by my Dad's best friend Royston Johns (who also died a few years ago). We talked for a while, and then the church bells began to peal. "I hope you'm ready biye" said Royston, patting me on the back.
    I wasn't. But muttering a brief but sincere prayer, I got up and walked steadfastly into the church, and as I faced the High Altar I crossed myself.
    By the time I came out of the church forty five minutes or so later, Corinna and I were married!
    The last ten years have sped by, and all sorts of things have happened. And the only thing I regret about that day is that Corinna didn't let me have All you Need is Love played as part of the ceremony. Thank you for marrying me my dear. Thank you for giving me stepdaughters and granddaughters, and thank you for keeping me safe and relatively sound. I love You.
    But now, here is the news:
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Corky Laing plays Mou...
    Frank Zappa on American culture
    The Don Falcone interview with Terry Hawke
    John Lennon Wife - Cynthia Lennon EXCLUSIVE 30 Min...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    n which Jon interviews Stu Nicholson from Galahad, Richard goes to the New Forest folk festival, and sees Ric Sanders, Show of Hands and the Acoustic Strawbs, we ask whether modern music is rubbish, Alan ties Jon to a Listening Post, and all with a Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Prog.
    Yup, and it’s all free!
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and numbats with the right to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become eligible to vote, 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:
    Morrissey, Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Nile Rodgers, Chic, Brian May, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Tamara Grigoryevna Miansarova, Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri, Joseph Fire Crow, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Melvyn "Deacon" Jones, Fresh Kid Ice, Egil Kapstad, Nelsan Ellis, Mary Hopkin, Ashton Gardner and Dyke, Stu Nicholson, Galahad, Alan Dearling, Crass, Scott Walker, Cockney Rebel, Captain Beefheart, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Plastic Ono Band, Belle and Sebastian, The Polyphonic Spree, Gram Parsons, Roger Waters, Alfredo Zitarrosa, Richard Foreman, New Forest Folk Festival, Kev Rowland, Warner Drive, Wilderness Dream, Bloody Hammers, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Dialeto, Dusan Jevtovic, Datura 4, Da Vinci, Gateway to Hell, Intrcptr, Laces Out, Charlotte Phillipson, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Prince, Slipknot, Neil Nixon, Dread Zeppelin
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
    Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
    Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
    Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 236 (Manchester)
    Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
    Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
    Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
    Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
    Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
    Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
    Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
    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 Russell called 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?

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