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, April 26, 2020


The Gonzo Daily: Sunday
I put the magazine out on the Friday night, had an appointment with a half bottle of cheap brandy, and went to sleep. I slept on and off, until about half an hour ago except to eat, and follow calls of nature, and an hour or so watching TV with Corinna last night. I don’t know quite why I am so tired. My foot hurts, and I suspect it probably needs attention. But the district nurse is coming tomorrow morning, and I am loath to put any more stress on the NHS at this difficult time, just in order to save 24 hours. Corinna is not feeling terribly well, and I will be much happier once somebody can see her.
In the big scheme of things, after all, none of these things are important. And when one compares the crap that we have to go through with the very real human tragedies being played out around us, our little problems pale into insignificance. The weird thing, however, is that after a lifetime when one knows that if one is ill but one can see a doctor for advice relatively easily, being stuck at home under lockdown <…> i’m not sure what I was going to say then. The orange cat jumped on my lap and demanded fusses and by the time he had finished, what ever literary spate was gushing forth from my subconscious had not only dried up, but I had forgotten completely that I was saying. And then, the orange cat was joined by a small terrier, and jealousy ensued.k.
One thing that may cheer you up is that there is a new episode of On The Track Xtra out:
The eagle-eyed amongst you will probably have noticed that the Gonzo Multimedia websites have changed and are in a process of flux, so there are no individual sales links at the moment. But check out www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk for a thing of wonder. The Gonzo Books site is now pretty well done, although there are still nine authors who need personal pages. You can find it ay www.gonzopublishers.com and then tell me what a clever fellow I am. It even has a haiku to explain why some links are not finished:
"These links do not work,
now but they will do so soon,
we apologise"
You guys have been doing massive amounts of praying for Corinna. I believe that the outpouring of good vibes transmitted electronically, being a little like a Tibetan prayer flag. Find out more:
Blessed be.
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 eleven 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?
Gonzo Weekly #387/8
In yet another singularly non-standard issue for singularly non-standard times we meet TA Guy Called Gerald, lee Martin and Tony Worthington, we read a set of remixes of classic childeren's literature, The Boy Freeman watches JoJo Rabbit, Jon muses on Fake News, we talk about the global pandemic which currently threatens the wellbeing of the human race (WE DO THAT QUITE A LOT), we see how someone living in a van has a band, and we ask about Charlie Watts' percussion, and we give you a list of free stuff which artists are generously giving away to help boost global morale at this horrible time. 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, and C.J.Stone, although Mr Biffo, 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:
Lockdown, fake news, Sam Wilkinson, Undying Heads, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Phil Collins, Genesis, Marianne Faithfull, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Alan Dearling, Gerald Simpson, The Golden Lion, Pete Duggal, Matt Hum, Russ Marland Todmorden, Exhalers, Tinfoils, Solar, Bev, Richard Muirhead, Lee Martin, Kev Rowland, Richard Freeman, Friday Night Progressive, The Merrell Fankhauser Show, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Chynna Marie Rogers, Edward Dobkins Jr., Richard Lowe Teitelbaum, Andy González, Jymie Merritt, (James Raleigh Merritt), George Brock, Liu Dehai, Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor OBE, Antônio Carlos Moreira Pires (aka Moraes Moreira), Ryo Kawasaki, Olatunji Akin Euba, Terry Doran, Guiseppi Logan, Arlene Saunders, Matthew Seligman, Gene Shay (born Ivan Shaner), Daniel Bevilacqua, Edward James Cooley, Henry Grimes, Leon Konitz, Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss, OBE, Derek Jones, Ronan O'Rahilly, Rick Wakeman, Gerry Beckley, The Waterson Family, The Fall, Richard Wright and Dave Harris - Zee, Chasing the Monsoon, PAART, Andy Worthington, A Life in Activism, Addyction, The Ardarna, Alexander Nakarada, The Already Dead, Gunpowder Gray, Into the Cave, Mob Rules, Blight House, Richard Freeman, JoJo Rabbit, Tony Klinger, C.J. Stone, Martin Springett, Julia Jones, A Ravelled Flat, The Salt-Stained Book, Ghosting Home
..And the last few issues are:
Issue 385-6 (Tony Henderson)
Issue 383-4 (London Remixed)
">Issue 381-2 (Greta)
Issue 379-80 (Andrew Weatherall)
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)
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 60 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, three other cats, 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 and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?


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