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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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Friday, December 02, 2016

Gonzo Weekly #211

Gonzo Magazine #211
 
As Phil Collins releases his autobiography, Doug critiques it and remembers the glory days of Brand X, Alan examines a Portuguese book about The Beatles, but ARW postpone their SF show, John is less than enthusiastic about Kate Bush, Corinna finds some good shit, and Jon sneers at Tex Watson!
 
Strange Days Indeed (Most Peculiar Mama)
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. The saga of Xtul gets particularly nasty. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman, Marvin Gardens, Loretta Lynn, Prince, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Marillion, Kate Bush, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progessive, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, Shirley Bunnie Foy, Colonel Abrams, Tony Martell, Carlton Kitto, Raymond John Patrick "Ray" Columbus OBE, Larry Rust, Andreas Siegfried "Andrew" Sachs, Spirits Burning and Clearlight, Vangelis, Al Atkins, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson, Brand X, Phil Collins, Alan Dearling, Beatlemania, John Brodie-Good, Cary Grace, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul,  Martin Springett, Charles "Tex" Watson, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Neil Nixon, Miss Pat Collins
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 210 (Nico)
Issue 209 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 207 (Tibet)
Issue 206 (Raz)
Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
Issue 199 (Yes)
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
 
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 BLOG DOO-DAH MAN GOES FISHING

The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
Today, so far, there are two things of note. I overslept and got up in an unpleasant rush, and there is a new Rolling Stones album out. I cast the I Ching:
"Deliberating an exchange, not yet settled.
Great distress, but there is joy.
Deliberating an exchange one is not yet certain about. There are good as well as unpleasant aspects to it."
Whether this reading concerns the Stones' first album of blues covers since the early 1960s, or whether this is what today has in store for me remains to be seen.
And here is the news:
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Instant Karma - John l...
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
COMING THIS WEEKEND
PINK FAIRIES AD.
ARW Keyboard Rig
Gonzo Magazine #210
In this mesmerising issue we look at she who was Nico, Doug was in the audience when it all got weird for Kanye West, so unlike everyone else we can print what REALLY happened, Alan looks at the music scene in Madeira, John was there when Ryley Walker went electric, and Archie was there when Jon had mixed feelings about J K Rowling, but at least he finally likes Paul Simon, (Jon that is, Archie is still undecided).
Strange Days Indeed (Most Peculiar Mama)
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. The saga of Xtul gets particularly nasty, but Neil Nixon, Richard Freeman and Strange Daze take rainchecks this week. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
Binky Womack, Richard Palmer-James, Madonna, Steve Rothery Band, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Morrisey, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Craig Douglas Gill, Sharon Lafaye Jones, Hugh McDonald, Donald “Don” Lee Waller,  Walter Howard "Hod" O'Brien, Joe Esposito,  Spirits Burning and Clearlight, Vangelis, Al Atkins, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson, Nico, Pink Fairies, Kanye West, Alan Dearling, The Camachofones, Andrei Ladeichikov, Quatro Litros, John Brodie-Good, Ryley Walker,  Itasca, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, J K Rowling, nDavid Bowie, Adam Ant, Elvis,  Neil Nixon, C.O.B. (Clive’s Original Band)
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 209 (Pink Floyd)
Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 207 (Tibet)
Issue 206 (Raz)
Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
Issue 199 (Yes)
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
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 57 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?

Thursday, December 01, 2016

MR BIFFO'S FOUND FOOTAGE - CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2016

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CFZ PEOPLE: Olivia McCarthy



Happy Birthday Darling

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.

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN MIGHT WELL BE

The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
 
Now, that was bloody stupid of me.
 
I got up bright and early, performed my ablutions, took my medicine and was downstairs well before nine. I had my breakfast, and - as I felt a little drowsy - I thought that a short doze in my armchair couldn't help. I woke up at five in the evening, and it transpired that I had taken my night-time meds rather than my morning ones, and the tranquilisers and happy pills had soothed me into the arms of Morpheus. And so a whole day is gone.
 
I shall be working late tonight.
 
PS: Happy Birthday Olivia
 
And here is the news:
 
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Pink Fairies - X Ray
Gregg Brown US review
ARW: Important notice
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: "Awaken" - Jon Anderso...
 
Gonzo Magazine #210
 
In this mesmerising issue we look at she who was Nico, Doug was in the audience when it all got weird for Kanye West, so unlike everyone else we can print what REALLY happened, Alan looks at the music scene in Madeira, John was there when Ryley Walker went electric, and Archie was there when Jon had mixed feelings about J K Rowling, but at least he finally likes Paul Simon, (Jon that is, Archie is still undecided).
 
Strange Days Indeed (Most Peculiar Mama)
 
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. The saga of Xtul gets particularly nasty, but Neil Nixon, Richard Freeman and Strange Daze take rainchecks this week. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
Binky Womack, Richard Palmer-James, Madonna, Steve Rothery Band, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Morrisey, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Craig Douglas Gill, Sharon Lafaye Jones, Hugh McDonald, Donald “Don” Lee Waller,  Walter Howard "Hod" O'Brien, Joe Esposito,  Spirits Burning and Clearlight, Vangelis, Al Atkins, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson, Nico, Pink Fairies, Kanye West, Alan Dearling, The Camachofones, Andrei Ladeichikov, Quatro Litros, John Brodie-Good, Ryley Walker,  Itasca, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, J K Rowling, nDavid Bowie, Adam Ant, Elvis,  Neil Nixon, C.O.B. (Clive’s Original Band)
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 209 (Pink Floyd)
Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 207 (Tibet)
Issue 206 (Raz)
Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
Issue 199 (Yes)
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
 
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 57 who - together with a Jack Russel cvalled 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?

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Thursday/Friday/Saturday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1804 - Napoleon was crowned emperor of France at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • Destruction of kelp forests by tropical fish shows...
  • 78,000 Origami Elephants Invade the Bronx Zoo
  • Scientists uncover genetic evidence that 'we are w...
  • Acoustic buoy now detecting rare and endangered wh...
  • Meet the unsung heroes of dung: Beetles found to r...
  • Impacts of climate warming, declining sea ice on A...


  • 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.)