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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Thursday, November 01, 2018


The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
Yesterday over a thousand protestors invaded Parliament Square, issuing a 'Declaration of Rebellion' and blocking the roads outside the Houses of Parliament in the first stage of an “escalating campaign of civil disobedience” have been arrested. The newly formed Extinction Rebellion group organised the post in an effort to draw attention to the unfolding climate emergency. And did the BBC news website carry this story? Nope, but there was a heartwarming tale about how policeman helped a little boy's birthday party. They didn't carry the story about the 10,000 strong People's Walk for Wildlife a few weeks back either, although there was a lot of coverage about two contestants on Strictly Come Dancing kissing each other.
What on earth is going on?
Corinna is mostly pain free, and is being massively brave. I cannot tell you how much I love and admire that woman. Poor lass has to undergo another batch of tests, and we continue to forge on until something actually happens. Please remember us in your thoughts and prayers.
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And for those of you interested in my day job...
On The Track (of Unknown Animals) Ep. 96 (Ogopogo,...
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And the CFZ Privacy Policy is here:
And, yes,
Our webTV show:
And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eight whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
I do have good news to impart: Lars Thomas' book about the mystery land animals of Scandinavia and the Baltic States has been uploaded, and over at Gonzo the first volume of Kev Rowland's The Progressive Underground is also imminent. And at Fortean Fiction, my latest novel - 'Zen and Xenophobia' - vaguely a sequel to 2015's 'The Song of Panne' - is now available.
! would warn you that if you are of a nervous disposition, or easily offended, you will find parts of my novel both offensive and upsetting. There is sex, violence, drug abuse, occultism, pornography, firearms, politics, religion, and not a little sociology. But there is also love, kindness, faith, and redemption. And it's a cracking good yarn. Or I think so, at any rate. All I would say on the subject before bidding you farewell is Caveat Lector. And I'm not gonna explain what that means, because because if you don't know what that means then you probably shouldn't be reading the book in the first place.
Gonzo Weekly #309/10
(I wonder if anyone will get it?)
In another fantastically fab issue, Alan goes to a PsyTrance festie at Hebden Bridge and grooved to the sounds of Steve Hillage, System 7, Eat Static and more, we have a new interview with Rick Wakeman, Rob photographs Man in Cardiff, John goes to see Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, Jon writes about Chaos Chaos, Mary Epworth and The Who, and Hawkwind go orchestral.
#Hail Eris!
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, AND as Lady Selene has been high in the sky, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, AND there are columns from Kev Rowlands,  AND C J Stone, AND Mr Biffo but though Neil Nixon, AND Roy Weard AND the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus.  There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and red kangaroos who've lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with the largest extant macropods who are in a quandry with regards their footwear, 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:
Chaos Chaos, Nico, Merrell Fankhauser, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Queen, Roger Taylor, Bart Lancia, Yes, Man, Richard Stellar, Jamal Khashoggi, Daniel Pearl, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Valters Fridenbergs, Oli Herbert, Annapurna Devi, Theresa Hightower, Tim Chandler, Andy Goessling, Jon James McMurray, Al Atkins, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Spirits Burning and Michael Moorcock, The Gardening Club, Rick Wakeman, Simon Mayo, Alan Dearling, Hebden Bridge, Cabbage Festival, Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy, System 7, Mirror System, Daniel Gaudi, Mery Pepler aka Eat Static, Tetchi, Ozric Tentacles, John Brodie-Good, Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, Kev Rowland, Green Desert Water, Heartwind, Ira B Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, Jim McCarty, The Konsortiumm, L.A. Guns, Leila Abdul-Rauf, Lesoir, Carl Marshall, Mr Biffo, Chris Stone, Hawkwind, Cold Harbour Diaries, Jon Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, The Who, Dave Marsh
And the last few issues are:
Issue 309-10 (Steve Hillage)
Issue 307-8 (Michael Moorcock)
Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)
Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)
Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)
Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)
Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)
Issue 295-6 (Robert Berry)
Issue 294 (Bow Wow Wow)
Issue 293 (Stonehenge)
Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)
Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)
Issue 290 (Frank Zappa)
Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)
Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
Issue 286 (Monty Python)
Issue 285 (ELP)
Issue 284 (Straqngelove)
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
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 59 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?


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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    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 a few minutes ago) included articles on OTT, giant rays, new books from Lars Thomas and Rob Cornes, an eyeless swamp eel, strange fish, lake monster study group, Patreon, 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

    On The Track (of Unknown Animals) Ep. 96 (Ogopogo, flying snake, Loch Ness, activism etc)

    Here we have the fifteenth episode of the relaunched webTV show by the Centre for Fortean Zoology, written and presented by Jon Downes and Charlotte Phillipson, their families and other animals.

    This episode contains: • A brief note of explanation • Blue Rondo a la Dog • Loch Ness monster sightings • Ogopogo sightings • The Ogopogo Funny Foxtrot • The Flying Snake of Namibia • Long Necked Seals • Rob Cornes interview • Richard Muirhead interview • A history lesson about 1968 • New environmental activism • The People's March for Wildlife • Bella Lack on Stage • Jamie Margolin and 'This is Zero Hour' • PRODUCT PLACEMENT - Digitiser the Show • Watcher of the skies • New and rediscovered: New colubrid snake • New and rediscovered: New crocodile newt • New and rediscovered: New bird • Fair use • Coming next month • The Patreon campaign • The team says goodbye until next month You can support us, and help us make this show ever more bigger and better at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/CFZ


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