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, February 14, 2018

CFZ PEOPLE: J T Downes ISO (1925-2006)

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My Father died on this day in 2006.  God Bless you Dad.


The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
Today my dear Godson Greg, is off to see the world. He flies to Bangkok tonight, on the first leg of a trip which will take him to Thailand, Hong Kong, Dubai, and all sorts of other interesting places. I am terribly jealous! Yesterday he and Ross came to tell me about his plans for the trip, and - although my travelling days are most likely over - I will be following his progress on social media, and looking forward to his return so I can hear all about it. God Bless You dear boy.
Forgive me for always banging on about our webTV show, but it matters a lot to me, and I would be grateful for as many people as possible to see it, and spread the tidings of it far and wide:
And if you fancy supporting us on Patreon:
But for now, here is the news:
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beatles - Hey Jude...
Billion $ Babies Live - Belgium review translated
Gonzo Weekly #273
In this ultimately groovy issue, John goes to see Live Dead ‘69, featuring various luminaries including Tom Constanten who was with the Grateful Dead during some of their classic years, Nick interviews Dee Dee Ramone’s widow, Alan interviews Dave Randall from Faithless, Jon muses on The Beatles’ White Album and goes back to Hong Kong. And yes, kiddos, there is oodles more!
Hail Eris!
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND Mack Maloney. TheRE ARE columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo AND the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have gone for a snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have probably got hangovers and have decided to have a little rest, 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:
Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, The Beatles, Quincy Jones, Neil Young, Marillion, Queen + Adam Lambert, Robert Smith, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Canterbury Sans Frontieres,  Zeno Roth, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Dennis Edwards Jr., Moses Nakintije Ssekibogo, Charles John Mahoney, Mickey Jones, John Perry Barlow, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Alan Dearling, Dave Randall, John Brodie-Good, Grateful Dead, Live Dead69, Auburn Acoustic, Liz Lenton, Nick Redfern, Vera Ramone, Kev Rowland, The Black Noodle Project, The Kennedy Veil, Art Zoyd, Existence, King Goat, Troy Kingi, Hawkwind, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Elvis, Grateful Dead, Paul McCartney, Happy Mondays
And the last few issues are:
Issue 272 (George Butler)
Issue 271 (Mark E Smith)
Issue 270 (Eric Clapton)
Issue 269 (Narnia)
Issue 267-8 (Happy New Year)
Issue 265-6 (The Who)
Issue 264 (John McLaughlin)
Issue 263 (The magic Band)
Issue 262 (DikMik)
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
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 58 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?

CFZ IN THE NEWS: Jon in the Star again

“We've heard them, we've got footprints, and in 2009, two people actually saw one.” Jonathan is the Director of the Centre of Fortean Zoology – an organisation dedicated to uncovering such sightings. Founded in 1992, by Jonathan himself, members of the group regularly attend expeditions in the hope ...

TERATOLOGY: Albino raccoon in Durango



A California woman who says she saw Bigfoot is suing the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the state's Natural Resources Agency for failing to keep citizens safe from the Sasquatch scourge. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports Claudia Ackley of Crestline filed the lawsuit in San ...

Cottagers have encounter with Bigfoot and takes 3 photos
Cottagers have encounter with Bigfoot and takes 3 photos. Temagami cottagers have encounter with a very large hair covered creature and have the pictures to prove it.

VIDEO: 'Bigfoot' reportedly spotted in Canadian wilderness, footage goes viral
The legendary Bigfoot has reportedly once again been spotted on film, this time roaming in the woods of the Great White North.

VIDEO: 'Bigfoot' reportedly spotted in Canadian wilderness, footage goes viral. Fox News ... The legendary Bigfoot has reportedly once again been spotted on film, this time in the Great White North, roaming in the woods. ... "If this not cgi then I would have to say its big foot," said one commenter.


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 - 2006, J T Downes died
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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)