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, July 15, 2014


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The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday

Today has already been a particularly complicated one. I interviewed Harry Williamson in Australia about the Drone Orchestra and the healing music they made for Daevid Allen. Anybody who knows me will be surprised to know that I got it together enough to do an interview at midday, but is just the beginning. At 2.00 I had a conference call with Steve Ignorant about the cover for his new record, and completely forgot to tell him that Tracy at the Small School, who is my liaison for the Weird Weekend, was a massive fan of Crass back in the day and was incredibly impressed when she telephoned last night and I told her that the conversation with Igs was imminent. It is the first time I have impressed a hippy chick in years. Then at 3.00 I did my best to interview Oliver Kersbergen from Sleepyard about his recent collaboration with Judy Dyble. At the allotted time I telephoned him in Norway, but for some reason the recordmycall.co.uk website wouldn’t work, and so we arranged to do it via email.

As an aside, if anybody knows another online utility which will record telephone calls I would be massively impressed if they could recommend it to me.

Finally, Saskia and & finished doing the indexing on Karl Shuker’s new book. I hate indexing, it is one of the worst jobs I have to do, but it has to be done. And now, as I am finishing the day’s blogs which really should have been done an hour ago, my secretary, the lovely Andrea, has turned up to do a whole slew of dictating (she is dictating this for me). In an hour and a half Corinna, Mother and I are of to Cornwall to see young Charlotte’s drama group performance. I think you would agree that this has been a very energetic, though productive, day.

GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Eric Burdon & War - Paint it black
Judge Smith interview

The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#86) is available to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Hunter Thompson on the front cover an an article by theatrical producer Lou Stein about his friendship with the good doctor. There is also an interview with Paul Woodwright from Kozfest, Galahad at the Christchurch Festival in pictures, Doug Harr with thefirst of a mini series on Brand X, whilst Jon muses about Alan Moore (who knows the score). There are also new shows from the wonderfully eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, from Canterbury Sans Frontières and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and salamanders from Toulouse (OK, no French caudata, 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!!!

Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:

Issue 85 (Clearlight/Chief Raoni cover)
Issue 84 (Mick Abrahams cover)
Issue 83 (Stonehenge cover)
Issue 82 (Pam Windo 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!

To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe

* 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/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html

* 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 54 who - together with an orange kitten named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 orange kitten?


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.


New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/07/some-more-plesiosaur-lake-monster-info.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-plesiosaur-body-shape-and-its.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/07/roman-and-byzantine-age-sea-monsters.html New at the Frontiers of Anthropology: http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2014/07/bigfoot-shootings-chronology.html http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-mound-giants.html

WEIRD WEEKEND 2014: A Query from Dan Holdsworth


As you know, during Weird Weekends I normally stay in a B & B
to the north-west of Woolsery; Hescott Farm. Just before the main road
there is a monumental gateway on the left, with a curious inscription
on it:


Omega, thou art last I'm sure
As Alpha is in the east
And thou'lt be last for ever more
Til endless ages cease.
When I am dead and gone
these verses will remain
To show who wrote thereof
By working of the brain

James Berriman
New Inn
Clovelly   Jan 10th 1902

Now, I'm willing to bet that almost nobody, not even locals such as
yourself, will have spotted this plaque. The writing is too small to
read from a car; only someone on a bike such as myself would be able to
stop and satisfy their curiosity (incidentally, a bike is the ideal
vehicle for a quiet nosey-parker round any area if you're so inclined).

So, it might make quite a nice quiz question and in any case lends itself to giving the Weird Weekend an air of, well, weirdness.

It certainly puzzles me, anyway, and there are few other mysteries on
that section of road, with the exception of the strange bright shiny

Dan H.

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