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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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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS OVER THERE

The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday/Wednesday
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Today has not been the easiest of days. As regular readers of my inky fingered scribblings will know, the other week my trusty old Windows XP computer finally gave up the ghost, and I bought a surprisingly cheap Windows 7 machine. It was so good that I bought a second, identical model for Corinna. The machine she had been using for some years (described across the internet as “the biggest load of crap Hewlett Packard ever made”) whilst still functioning okay, is slower than one would have liked, so flushed with bonhomie after the purchase of my new computer was so successful, buying one for Corinna seemed an excellent idea.
 
I’m sure you can guess what happens next.
 
Yes, that’s right boys and girls. Whereas my new computer worked immediately and took a minimum of faffing about to get fully functional, Graham spent some hours working hard on Corinna’s new machine before reluctantly deciding there is something intrinsically wrong with it, and that it would have to be sent back to the vendor accompanied by a stern note. This took up most of his time today.
 
Meanwhile back in the office, Jessica spent a diligent and productive day doing the filing. I was not feeling well and was dozing in the other room. However, when she had finished I came in only to break the filing cabinet. I then knocked a pair of headphones onto the floor and stupidly forgot to pick them up whereupon Jessica trod on them. I then spent two hours trying to install Steinberg Wavelabs onto my recording machine only to find that I needed to apply for a new serial number using a massively complicated online procedure. I finally managed to get this to work only to find that – for some reason – I cant get it to work properly, although it always did on my old machine. So, all in all, it has been a remarkably crappy day. However things are looking up because, this evening, I am interviewing the lovely Dana Schecheter of ‘Bee and Flower’ who’s 2006 album ‘what’s mine is yours’ is being released on vinyl for the first time by those jolly nice folks at Inherent Records. I will admit with a blush, that I had never heard of them before, but they are truly excellent and I am very much looking forward to my chat with Dana.
 
Former Genesis member Steve Hackett and Marcus Mil...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: 2011 Violent Oppositio...
Steve Hillage on Gong, Steinbergers and disappeari...
“Drama“? To say the least. Following the release...
 
Gonzo Weekly #145
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Hawkwind, Twink, Stackridge, Alice Cooper, Robert Plant, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
 
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#145) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Dave Brock from Hawkwind cutting his birthday cake (picture courtesy Brian Tawn) on the front cover together with a round up of what is coming up for the Grand-daddys of Space Rock, We also have an exclusive interview with Twink about his new album - a sequel to the legendary Think Pink, and a look at the history of Stackridge to tie in with the band's last ever gigs. Doug looks at Alice Cooper, Lee at Half Man Half Biscuit, Jon muses about Robert Plant. Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. And there is a radio show from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the first of four Strange Harvest radio specials from the folk wot bring you Strange Fruit. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and water opossums with something to lose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials planning to pray to St Anthony of Padua for an intercession, 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:
 
Robert Plant, Kenney Jones, Rufus Wainwright, The Who, Barbara Dickson, Bob Dylan, The Zombies, Steve Hackett, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Russell Henderson, Rick Wakeman, The Boomtown Rats, Karnataka, Twink, Alice Cooper, Stackridge, Ade Macrow, Lee Walker, Half Man/Half Biscuit, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Dave Brock,
Lemmy, Motorhead, Jess Heard, Bee and Flower, Beatles, Elvis, Haight-Ashbury, Neil Nixon, William Basinski, Huldre
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
Issue 139 (Raz cover)
Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
Issue 135 (FNP cover)
 
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:
 
* 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.com/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit…
 
* 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 56 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and a small kitten 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, and sometimes a small Indian frog. 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 the infantile orange cat, and the adventurous kitten?

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



We Found Footage of a Dead Bigfoot in Nebraska – Watch if You Dare
We know there are lots of Bigfoot enthusiasts in Nebraska - what do you think of this supposed Bigfoot corpse found on a NE farm?

This Bigfoot Documentary Is One of The Most Fascinating Ones Ever
This documentary has been shared thousands of time around the Bigfoot circle. The documentary supposedly shows a 10-12ft tall Bigfoot. It's about a ...

TODAY'S BIG CAT NEWS

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.

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From CFZ-USA:

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)




If the photograph does in fact show the Loch Ness Monster, questions would abound as to how the beast came to make the 150-mile journey from its ...

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm [Video…THE LOCHNESS MONSTER FOUND AND CAPTURED ALIVE!!!]

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

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.