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, June 24, 2012


And so the weekend is over, and we have bought a new tumble dryer on eBay. Not that this piece of news has any relationship whatsoever with the rest of the contents of the Gonzo Daily, but I just felt like sharing it. Whilst on the subject of appliances, I recently wrote a song about washing machines. I was influenced by various rap songs about major criminals doing nasty things to each other. Like the one quoted in a 'Preacher' Comic:

"I knew a crack dealer, his name was Peter
I blew him away with my nine millimetre"

So I wrote a song about a mate of mine called Ian who once (30 years ago in his mis-spent youth) stole a vanload of second-hand washing machines when he was drunk, only to find out that none of them worked properly.

It had to be done.

But I digress (although it IS monday). Today's posts are many and varied.

A rather charming Polish review of the new live CD/DVD from Chris Thompson. I have left the text completely unedited to retain that aforementioned charm...


Re. Bigfoot Guitar.

Is there any concievable excuse we can think of which would get me to buy one of these and charge it as expenses? I sooooo want one!

Gail Skelly is an unsigned folk singer. Rob met her the other day, and we decided to feature her on the Gonzo Daily. Why? Because we can.

What? Another part of the exclusive interview with Wally and Jackson Webber mainman Roy Webber? Mr Ambassador, you are spoiling us...

Journalists have got a bad press lately. They have been maligned as low life scum who will stoop to anything to get a story. But what sort of low-life scum would stoop to stealing pictures from a girl's Facebook page. Well, me actually. There are some very cool pics of Mimi Page on stage at the Lightning in a Bottle Festival. They were on her page, now they are here. Capisce?

As regular readers will probably know, for some reason not entirely understood by me (although it was me who started it) when I send out the blog notifications each sunday, I do them in rhyme.And Liz L, chanteuse of Auburn, quite often answers me in the same style...

A sneak preview of the title track of the new Michael Des Barres CD, which you may have read me wittering on about sometimes. It really is bloody excellent.

We will be back tomorrow,

HAUNTED SKIES: Sun (The) 9.11.67


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1981 William O'Neil, allegedly, received his first successful communication on his invention the 'spiricom'. This was supposedly an electronic device that would allow verbal real-time evp communication between the living and the dead. Despite his free distribution of plans enabling people to make their own spiricoms nobody has been able to replicate his results, which may or may not be due to the distributed plans not involving a person sitting inside the machine with a microphone and a voice modulater that makes them sound like Sparky's Magic Piano, or maybe I'm just being cynical.

And now the news:

What the spiricom sounded like (the spirits are with us at around the three and a half minute mark) :



PLEASE TELL ME THAT THIS IS A JOKE: How American fundamentalist schools are using Nessie to disprove evolution

It sounds like a plot dreamed up by the creators of Southpark, but it's all true: schoolchildren in Louisiana are to be taught that the Loch Ness monster is real in a bid by religious educators to disprove Darwin's theory of evolution.
Nessie is used in the ACE teaching  materials as proof that Darwin's evolution theory is false
Nessie is used in the ACE teaching materials as proof that Darwin's evolution theory is false
Thousands of children in the southern state will receive publicly-funded vouchers for the next school year to attend private schools where Scotland's most famous mythological beast will be taught as a real living creature.
These private schools follow a fundamentalist curriculum including the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) programme to teach controversial religious beliefs aimed at disproving evolution and proving creationism.
One tenet has it that if it can be proved that dinosaurs walked the earth at the same time as man then Darwinism is fatally flawed.
Read on...


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