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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Sunday, March 01, 2020


Gonzo Weekly #379/80
In this totally tardy issue we say goodbye to Andrew Weatherall who provided the soundtrack to so much of our lives. Alan chews the fat with Tom Vague, Jon eulogises the new Star Trek: Picard series and reads about Dr Strangely Strange, Iccy chats to Xentos ‘Fray Bentos’, Steve explains how to look after butterflies wherever you are, we have the latest from The Gardening Club, Graham brings us up to date with Hawklwind, and we join PAART with their animal rescue mission. And much more...
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Merrell Fankhauser, but no sign of Strange Fruit this week, there is a column from Kev Rowland, although Mr Biffo, C J Stone, Neil Nixon and Roy Weard, are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses who have lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are searching for 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:
Star Trek: Picard, Patrick Stewart, Watchmen, Dr. Who, Deep Purple, Mick Jagger, Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Howe, Billy Bragg, Morrissey, Andrew James Weatherall, Alan Dearling, Friday Night Progressive, The Merrell Fankhauser Show - Psychedelic Dreams, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Victor Abimbola Olaiya, Paul English, Christophe Desjardins, Sonam Sherpa, Jon Ivar Christensen, Henry Gray, Pearl Lavinia Carr, Bashar Barakah Jackson (aka Pop Smoke), Cavan Grogan, William Charles "Buzzy" Linhart, Jcob Thiele, Mike Lilly, Rick Wakeman, Gerry Beckley,The Waterson Family, The Fall, Richard wright and Dave Harris - Zee, Chasing the Monsoon, Steve Andrews, Green Gonzo, Butterflies, Moths, Icarus Ruoff, Unhappy Fly, Xentos ‘Fray Bentos’, PAART, Jonathan Plesset, Tom Vague, Kev Rowland, Regal Worm, Roger Davidson Quartet, Roz Vitalis, Sam Bevan, Tony Klinger, Hawkwind, Rockfield Studios, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Thom the World Poet, Dr Strangely Strange, Iain Sinclair, Adrian Whittaker,
John Lennon
...And the last few issues are:
Issue 377-8 (The Future)
Issue 375-6 (Big Sean)
Issue 373-4 (End of the World)
Issue 371-2 (New Year)
Issue 369-70 (Christmas)
Issue 367-8 (Register to Vote)
Issue 365-6 (Rick Wakeman)
Issue 363-4 (Focus)
Issue 361-2 (Martin Springett)
Issue 359-60 (Robert Hunter)
Issue 357-8 (King Crimson)
Issue 355-6 (Elfin Bow)
Issue 353-4 (Melanie S Jane)
Issue 351-2 (Royal Affair)
Issue 349-50 (Experimental Sonic Machines)
Issue 347-8 (Gary Duncan)
Issue 345-6 (RDF)
Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
Issue 341-42 (America)
Issue 339-40 (Kev Rowland)
Issue 337-38 (Zee)
Issue 335-36 (Raz)
Issue 333-34 (Nepal)
Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
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:
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ON THIS DAY IN -  1498 - Vasco de Gama landed at what is now Mozambique on his way to India.
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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)