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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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Sunday, July 23, 2017

THE GONZO HEN HOPS

The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
And for no real reason Sunday's notifications are done in rhyme
 











It's Sunday, and if you're like me
You've been listening to the Polyphonic Spree
and wishing you had chocolate or whisky to ingest
But this is a very special week,
in the life of this old Gonzo freak
my Granddaughter is coming here so I'm sure you know the rest
So although it's Sunday I'm at work,
I'm not being a self-righteous jerk
but to ensure a few day's freedom I'll make sure my desk has space
Gonzo Jon is going away,
for just a few day's holiday
He's going away and he is leaving Grandad in his place
 
Strange Days indeed...
 
Slainte
 
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: JISAS DAI LONG ME
SUMMER OF LOVE REDUX
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
Gonzo Weekly #244/5
PLAYLIST: Strange Fruit #220
 
Gonzo Weekly #244/5
THE SUMMERTIME SPECIAL DOUBLE BUMPER HOLIDAY ISSUE
 
Herewith the Gonzo Magazine summer bumper holiday special thing featuring Jon and Neil talking about The Beatles, fifty years after their greatest year, Jon interviewing Tim Bowness, John B-G watching It’s a Beautiful Day, Gregg from Paradise 9 on a desert island, Alan on Pirate Radio, and lots of Female Dr Who bilge, plus news, reviews, radio shows and self opinionated
columnists...
 
Yup, and it’s all free!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and numbats with the right to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become eligible to vote, 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:
 
Dr Who, Michael Jackson, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Loretta Lynn, Adam Ant, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Martin Landau, George Andrew Romero, David Zablidowsky, Graham Wood, Roland Cazimero, Chester Charles Bennington, Edwin Mahi?ai (Mahi) Copp Beamer, Mary Hopkin, Steve Howe, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Tim Bowness, Neil Nixon, The Beatles, Alan Dearling, Pirate Radio, Paul Harris, Phil Bayliss, Wickham Festival, John Brodie-Good, Summer of Love, The Liberators, David Laflamme, It's A Beautiful Day, Kev Rowland, Warner Drive, Wilderness Dream, Bloody Hammers, Da Vinci, Gateway to Hell, Intrcptr, Laces Out, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Dialeto, Dusan Jevtovic, Gregg McKella, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Milda Harris, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, John Lennon,Disney Camp Rock, One Direction, Keir Dullea
 
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
 
Issue 243 (Galahad)
Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
Issue 236 (Manchester)
Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
 
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?

Gonzo Weekly #244/5

Gonzo Weekly #244/5
THE SUMMERTIME SPECIAL DOUBLE BUMPER HOLIDAY ISSUE
Herewith the Gonzo Magazine summer bumper holiday special thing featuring Jon and Neil talking about The Beatles, fifty years after their greatest year, Jon interviewing Tim Bowness, John B-G watching It’s a Beautiful Day, Gregg from Paradise 9 on a desert island, Alan on Pirate Radio, and lots of Female Dr Who bilge, plus news, reviews, radio shows and self opinionated
columnists...
Yup, and it’s all free!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and numbats with the right to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become eligible to vote, 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:
Dr Who, Michael Jackson, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Loretta Lynn, Adam Ant, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Martin Landau, George Andrew Romero, David Zablidowsky, Graham Wood, Roland Cazimero, Chester Charles Bennington, Edwin Mahiʻai (Mahi) Copp Beamer, Mary Hopkin, Steve Howe, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Tim Bowness, Neil Nixon, The Beatles, Alan Dearling, Pirate Radio, Paul Harris, Phil Bayliss, Wickham Festival, John Brodie-Good, Summer of Love, The Liberators, David Laflamme, It's A Beautiful Day, Kev Rowland, Warner Drive, Wilderness Dream, Bloody Hammers, Da Vinci, Gateway to Hell, Intrcptr, Laces Out, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Dialeto, Dusan Jevtovic, Gregg McKella, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Milda Harris, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, John Lennon,Disney Camp Rock, One Direction, Keir Dullea
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 243 (Galahad)
Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
Issue 236 (Manchester)
Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
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.

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Sunday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1914 - Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Francis Ferdinand by a Serb assassin. The dispute led to World War I. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Frogs Get Stress Test in Lake County Habitat Study...
  • Badger cull could see boom in foxes, stoats and we...
  • Furry 'Harry Potter' Spider Discovered in Mountain...
  • 'Weedy' fish species to take over our future ocean...

  • Humpback whales: Calving ground loyalty drives pop...

  • 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.

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    CFZ PEOPLE: Ummmm me and the wife


    Ten Years ago Today...

    Image may contain: one or more people, people standing and wedding

    I asked Thom the World Poet for a few words:

    ONE PLUS ONE
    TO BE TOGETHER
    takes more than one-
    what with sub-personalities,emotions,attitudes struck
    It takes time, attunement and adjustments
    for two silver snail trails to meet
    in the Garden of Infinities.Time is Energy
    and Resistances Overcome.Jon and Corinna
    are co-publishers of their lives in common.
    A decade has passed like a photograph/
    evolving into a Photoshop of Significant Experiences Together/Shared.
    This Bonding is a Freedom couplings know-
    to share two lives together freely /and to GLOW!

    best to ye both
    4 ever!
    t
    h
    ommm

    LET LOVE SPEAK
    AND WHEN TIME SINGS
    Let it sing in chorus
    "Jon and Corinne,Corinne and Jon"
    Though friends hover/thread the garments/bond closer
    Hear that chorus and refrain again-
    "Jon and Corinne,Corinne and Jon"
    You may know them from the GONZO
    Pages bonded together via Muse
    You may know them from Festivals
    of all Weird and Unusual
    Even if you flew in on a UFO
    You would still know them again /via this refrain-
    "Corinne and Jon" meaning "Jon and Corinne"
    May the bonding be soft,supple and strong
    Lasting more than a decade long
    And may all GONZO readers sing on-

    for "Jon and Corinne,Corinne and Jon!"

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




    Enhanced White Bigfoot Video
    Bigfoot Tony takes an enhanced look at one of the most heavily debated pieces of footage out there. Reportedly captured in Pennsylvania, some ...

    Bigfoot Habituates Humans
    The Outlaws write "We pick up where we left off in our discussion from Ep37 Part 1 talking about bigfoot habituation. To be honest, it's bigfoot that

    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.


  • NEWSLINK: Saving 2 tigers gives more value than th...
  • ARTICLE: The lady and the panther: Life-changing c...
  • NEWSLINK: More reported cougar sightings off back ...


  • NEWSLINK: Leopard shocker for residents of Kolar
  • THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN HAS BEEN MARRIED TEN YEARS TODAY

    The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
    Ten years ago today I woke earlier than usual with a tight knot in my stomach. I knew that what was about to occur was something that I wanted to happen, and so I had not even considered that I would be so scared on the morning of the day in which it would come to pass. Chainsmoking I went downstairs. There was half a canister of helium there left over from various bits of balloon inflating that had been carried out the previous day, and various CFZ luminaries were twatting about breathing it in and talking in resultant squeaky voices.
    This was more than I could deal with, so grabbing a cup of coffee liberally dosed with milk from the Kentucky cow I went out into the garden to try and get my head together. Then, finishing my coffee and yet another cigarette, I went next door to see Marjorie Braund - a lady whom I had known since I was eleven, and who had filled the role of surrogate mother for much of that time. She talked parentally to me. Both my parents had died earlier in the decade (Marjorie was to die two years later) and so I was grateful for her kindness and love. Though, to be honest, I would probably have done exactly the same thing even if they had still been alive.
    I went back up to the house just in time for a notorious rock and roll dope dealer to the stars to arrive brandishing a gift for us. In his wake came my brother.
    My brother is a vicar, as you probably are aware, and he had two important duties to carry out that day. I went into the office, opened the safe and got out a box about the area of a carton of two hundred Benson and Hedges, but squatter and not as long. It was surprisingly heavy. I carried it gently out to my car. It contained my Father's ashes. I won't go into details, but we reverently poured them into a stream through which it would eventually flow into the sea that he loved so well.
    We drove back to the house to find it full of a wide variety of people. Musicians, Criminals, Politicians, Artists, Cryptozoologists, UFO hunters and others. They were all talking at once. So my Brother and I walked up to the church. He went inside to do vicary things, and I sat on the wooden bench where I was eventually joined by my Dad's best friend Royston Johns (who also died a few years ago). We talked for a while, and then the church bells began to peal. "I hope you'm ready biye" said Royston, patting me on the back.
    I wasn't. But muttering a brief but sincere prayer, I got up and walked steadfastly into the church, and as I faced the High Altar I crossed myself.
    By the time I came out of the church forty five minutes or so later, Corinna and I were married!
    The last ten years have sped by, and all sorts of things have happened. And the only thing I regret about that day is that Corinna didn't let me have All you Need is Love played as part of the ceremony. Thank you for marrying me my dear. Thank you for giving me stepdaughters and granddaughters, and thank you for keeping me safe and relatively sound. I love You.
    But now, here is the news:
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Corky Laing plays Mou...
    Frank Zappa on American culture
    The Don Falcone interview with Terry Hawke
    John Lennon Wife - Cynthia Lennon EXCLUSIVE 30 Min...
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    THE YO HO HO AND A BUCKET OF PROG ISSUE
    n which Jon interviews Stu Nicholson from Galahad, Richard goes to the New Forest folk festival, and sees Ric Sanders, Show of Hands and the Acoustic Strawbs, we ask whether modern music is rubbish, Alan ties Jon to a Listening Post, and all with a Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Prog.
    Yup, and it’s all free!
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and numbats with the right to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become eligible to vote, 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:
    Morrissey, Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Nile Rodgers, Chic, Brian May, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Tamara Grigoryevna Miansarova, Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri, Joseph Fire Crow, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Melvyn "Deacon" Jones, Fresh Kid Ice, Egil Kapstad, Nelsan Ellis, Mary Hopkin, Ashton Gardner and Dyke, Stu Nicholson, Galahad, Alan Dearling, Crass, Scott Walker, Cockney Rebel, Captain Beefheart, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Plastic Ono Band, Belle and Sebastian, The Polyphonic Spree, Gram Parsons, Roger Waters, Alfredo Zitarrosa, Richard Foreman, New Forest Folk Festival, Kev Rowland, Warner Drive, Wilderness Dream, Bloody Hammers, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Dialeto, Dusan Jevtovic, Datura 4, Da Vinci, Gateway to Hell, Intrcptr, Laces Out, Charlotte Phillipson, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Prince, Slipknot, Neil Nixon, Dread Zeppelin
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
    Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
    Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
    Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 236 (Manchester)
    Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
    Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
    Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
    Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
    Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
    Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
    Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
    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?

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Friday/Saturday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 2007 Corinna and Jonathan Downes got married
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Frogs Get Stress Test in Lake County Habitat Study...
  • Badger cull could see boom in foxes, stoats and we...
  • Furry 'Harry Potter' Spider Discovered in Mountain...
  • 'Weedy' fish species to take over our future ocean...

  • Humpback whales: Calving ground loyalty drives pop...


  • 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.

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    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.


  • NEWSLINK: More reported cougar sightings off back ...
  • NEWSLINK: Leopard shocker for residents of Kolar
  • NEWSLINK: Lynx release plans for Kielder and Scott...
  • PHOTO: Shadow of a Cub Brings More Hope for Tigers...


  • ARTICLE: Beyond the barbed wire: animal-human conf...
  • 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 IS REMARKABLY PRODUCTIVE

    The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
     
    Ummmm. What can I tell you about today? We have the car back, I have Mediterranean rice for tea, the double issue of the magazine is almost completed, and tomorrow is Corinna's and my 10th wedding anniversary. Corinna and Julia and Mother are out shopping and Prudence and I are in the office composing deathless prose. Richard and the gang are in Russia, and my dear Granddaughter and her family are coming here on Monday; something I have been looking forward to for months.
     
    But now, here is the news:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Ashton Gardner & Dyke...
    John Lennon The Final Interview BBC Radio 1 Decemb...
    RICK JOINS TRIBUTE TO KEITH EMERSON
    YES IN THE NEWS
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
     
    THE YO HO HO AND A BUCKET OF PROG ISSUE
     
    n which Jon interviews Stu Nicholson from Galahad, Richard goes to the New Forest folk festival, and sees Ric Sanders, Show of Hands and the Acoustic Strawbs, we ask whether modern music is rubbish, Alan ties Jon to a Listening Post, and all with a Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Prog.
     
    Yup, and it’s all free!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and numbats with the right to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become eligible to vote, 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:
     
    Morrissey, Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Nile Rodgers, Chic, Brian May, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Tamara Grigoryevna Miansarova, Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri, Joseph Fire Crow, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Melvyn "Deacon" Jones, Fresh Kid Ice, Egil Kapstad, Nelsan Ellis, Mary Hopkin, Ashton Gardner and Dyke, Stu Nicholson, Galahad, Alan Dearling, Crass, Scott Walker, Cockney Rebel, Captain Beefheart, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Plastic Ono Band, Belle and Sebastian, The Polyphonic Spree, Gram Parsons, Roger Waters, Alfredo Zitarrosa, Richard Foreman, New Forest Folk Festival, Kev Rowland, Warner Drive, Wilderness Dream, Bloody Hammers, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Dialeto, Dusan Jevtovic, Datura 4, Da Vinci, Gateway to Hell, Intrcptr, Laces Out, Charlotte Phillipson, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Prince, Slipknot, Neil Nixon, Dread Zeppelin
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
    Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
    Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
    Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 236 (Manchester)
    Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
    Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
    Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
    Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
    Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
    Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
    Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
     
    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?

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1801 - A 1,235 pound cheese ball was pressed at the farm of Elisha Brown, Jr. The ball of cheese was later loaded on a horse-driven wagon and presented to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson at the White House. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Dinosaurs’ loss was frogs' gain: The upside of a m...
  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill-Longterm Effects on Ma...
  • Boy finds ‘extinct’ frog in Ecuador and helps revi...
  • Birth of wolf cubs in Mexico raises hopes for enda...

  • The sixth mass genesis? New species are coming int...


  • 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.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    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.

  • ARTICLE: Beyond the barbed wire: animal-human conf...
  • NEWSLINK: Beardsley Zoo Opens Viewing Area For Rar...
  • NEWSLINK: Killing of escaped lions 'good decision'...

  • PHOTOS: Lioness nursing baby leopard captured on c...
  • MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: A Huge Elephant Seal in the South Atlantic

    Image result for elephant seal engravingThe following strange story, concerning a 42ft long sea elephant, if the original newspaper story is to be believed, comes to you from the Alaskan newspaper the Petersburg Weekly Report of June 24th 1916:

    " A year or two ago a warship of Great Britain`s Australian fleet was given the strange job of capturing or destroying a mysterious sea monster which had been reported off the Falkland islands, the scene of the recent German naval defeat [this would have been on December 8th 1914 - Rich] It is pretty safe to say that the officers, if not the crew, entertained grave doubts of the actual existence of the frightful creature which had been described. It was too terrifying,hideous, gigantic and ferocious. But shortly after the ship arrived in the waters where the monster.And a pretty good substance  it proved too.

    An attack was made upon it, and after some hours fighting with harpoons and quick firers the mysterious monster , which proved to be a sea elephant between thirteen and fourteen yards long, was slaughtered and taken aboard. "

    Now either there is a mis-print in the text and it meant 13 or 14 ft, or we have an unknown aquatic mammal here, maybe a southern hemisphere version of the north Pacific Steller`s Sea Cow, After all the climate around the Falklands is similar to the coastal regions of Alaska and Siberia where the Steller`s Sea Cow once lived.

    THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

    CFZ-USA

  • WALKING TYRANNOSAURUS
  • MISIGANEBIC - QUÉBEC'S LAKE CREATURE
  • MOCKING LAKE MONSTER
  • LE LOYON - STRANGE BEING OF SWITZERLAND
  • DOGMAN SIGHTING IN MICHIGAN
  • IS BIGFOOT FOOTAGE GENUINE?
  • MYSTERY BIRD OF GUADELOUPE
  • BIGFOOT SIGHTING IN KENTUCKY
  • STRANGE PHENOMENA SEEN BY SKEPTIC
  • HOMINID PANSPERMIA THEORY
  • KAIAIMUNU - NEW GUINEA DINOSAUR?
  • DRAGON OR WIZARD?
  • LITTLE PEOPLE
  • ROCK-THROWING BIGFOOT
  • GLOWING EYES SURROUND CAMP
  • WAS THIS A BIGFOOT HEAD?
  • FISH FALLS IN HONDURAS
  • MYSTERY WORM MAY BE NEW SPECIES
  • ARE THERE FERAL CHILDREN?
  • DEER MAN
  • GOOSE-HUMAN HYBRID
  • MYSTERY ANIMAL IN ARKANSAS
  • ARE THERE TIGERS IN AFRICA?
  • MYTHOLOGY OF THE WEREWOLF
  • BFRO TOWN HALL MEETING
  • SWAMP CREATURE IN MISSISSIPPI
  • MAN-EATING SALMON
  • DEAD BIGFOOT ALLEGEDLY FOUND
  • THREE-FINGERED MUMMY: AN ASSESSMENT
  • CAN CONSCIOUSNESS SURVIVE DEATH?
  • MONSTER OF REINDEER LAKE
  • CROSS-SPECIES SUCKLING
  • WITTENHEIM RADISH
  • BIGFOOT PURSUES MARRIED COUPLE
  • HUGE DOGMAN SIGHTING
  • NEW MEXICO MOTHMAN
  • FEARSOME SNAILS
  • SYKESVILLE MONSTER AND GOATMAN

  • WINGED HOMINID SEEN BY POLICEMAN
  • BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



    Bigfoot Tribe Attacks Family
    GrassyKnoll July 19, 2017 0. From Brenton Sawin's Mysteries to Search comes the conclusion tot he interview that rocked the bigfoot community.

    New Breakdown Video White Bigfoot In Field
    New Breakdown Video White Bigfoot In Field ... of Parabreakdown takes a look at piece of footage depicting a white bigfoot walking across a field.

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN FEELS SURPRISINGLY POSITIVE

    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
     
    It’s Wednesday and so together with my lovely step-secretary Olivia I take arms against a pile of correspondents. Or at least that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Today we have been battling against intransigent iPads, troublesome telephones, shitty Skype signals, crappy computers, laughable laptops and something Olivia told me about 4G, that I not only cannot begin to understand, but am unable to think of a jolly alliteration for. However, utilising levels of valour not seen since the battle of Rouke’s Drift, we have managed to do pretty well everything we set out to do, except for a few bits which I couldn’t be bothered to do. Do you detect a certain amount of ennui in my manner here? Damn tooting!But now, here is the news:
     
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Hovercraft Pirates - A...
    MORE DATES FROM YES
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE GOOD DOCTOR
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    A Conversation with Igor Stravinsky, 1957
     
    THE YO HO HO AND A BUCKET OF PROG ISSUE
     
    n which Jon interviews Stu Nicholson from Galahad, Richard goes to the New Forest folk festival, and sees Ric Sanders, Show of Hands and the Acoustic Strawbs, we ask whether modern music is rubbish, Alan ties Jon to a Listening Post, and all with a Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Prog.
     
    Yup, and it’s all free!
     
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and numbats with the right to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become eligible to vote, 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:
     
    Morrissey, Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Nile Rodgers, Chic, Brian May, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Tamara Grigoryevna Miansarova, Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri, Joseph Fire Crow, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Melvyn "Deacon" Jones, Fresh Kid Ice, Egil Kapstad, Nelsan Ellis, Mary Hopkin, Ashton Gardner and Dyke, Stu Nicholson, Galahad, Alan Dearling, Crass, Scott Walker, Cockney Rebel, Captain Beefheart, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Plastic Ono Band, Belle and Sebastian, The Polyphonic Spree, Gram Parsons, Roger Waters, Alfredo Zitarrosa, Richard Foreman, New Forest Folk Festival, Kev Rowland, Warner Drive, Wilderness Dream, Bloody Hammers, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Dialeto, Dusan Jevtovic, Datura 4, Da Vinci, Gateway to Hell, Intrcptr, Laces Out, Charlotte Phillipson, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Prince, Slipknot, Neil Nixon, Dread Zeppelin
     
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
     
    Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
    Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
    Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
    Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 236 (Manchester)
    Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
    Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
    Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
    Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
    Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
    Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
    Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
     
    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?

    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)



    Loch Ness monster 'FOUND': Photo shows mysterious creature stalking Scottish village
    A photo taken in the west Stirlingshire village of Killearn shows a strange looking creature with a distinctive long neck roaming through a field.


    Pascagoula resident Bud Ehlert took a photo of what he thought looked like the famous Loch Ness Monster on Lake Yazoo at the Inner Harbor.

    He cured illnesses, rendered snakes' venom harmless, resurrected the dead and even saved a swimmer from being bitten by the Loch Ness monster, ...

    LIZ BITAKARAMIRE: WHERE IS ROD HULL WHEN YOU NEED HIM?

    I have been meaning to write this blog post for a couple of weeks now, so forgive me if this is old news...

    The Rochdale Observer reported on Wednesday 21st June that the Animals in Distress Sanctuary of Littleborough, Rochdale recently lost a relative of the emu. The '5 ft' rhea, which was donated to the charity and upon arrival, promptly leaped a six-foot fence on the property, before naffing off onto the moors. 

    Sanctuary manager Melanie Dunne attempted to catch the rhea with the help of her staff but all attempts have so far resulted in failure. They did find it on Blackstone Edge Rd after a tip-off, but it "shot off at about 20mph" before it could be apprehended. 

    Journalist Damon Wilkinson writes: 'It eats grass and will be able to survive on the moorland, but Melanie says she is eager to get it back. 

    'A number of sightings of the bird have been reported to the sanctuary, which takes in unwanted and abused pets and farm animals and is currently home to dozens of lizards, snakes, goats, sheep, horses, alpacas and [much to Jon Downes's no-doubt excitement, Lizzy's addendum] chickens, since its escape.'


    If anyone in the area has seen the rhea, or has a quad-bike staff can borrow to give them a cat-in-hell's chance of keeping up with it, please call on 01706 371731. 




    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1553 - Fifteen-year-old Lady Jane Grey was deposed as Queen of England after claiming the crown for nine days. Mary, the daughter of King Henry VIII, was proclaimed Queen. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Know your enemy: Exposing threatened species to pr...
  • Sea Turtles Getting Smaller (South Africa) - via ...
  • New U.S. Toad Species Discovered for First Time in...
  • When butterfly male sex-bias flaps its wings

  • Strange silk: Why rappelling spiders don't spin ou...



  • 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.

    Monday, July 17, 2017

    CRYPTOLINKS: Sea Serpent Stories

    A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 


    “I am positive,” said Mr Witard, “that what we saw was a sea serpent. We were all on the beach together on Wednesday evening when we saw the ...


    A celebration of the 200th anniversary of the sighting of the Gloucester Sea Serpent takes place. Listen to hourly readings of “The Serpent Came to ...

    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN HIDES BEHIND A TREE

    The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
    Yesterday Mike Davis and I did a marathon session, which resulted in a new song for him. Those of you who are interested can see/hear it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EzcNaT6ypg The noisy guitar and programming is by me, by the way. A couple of months back Mike came breezing into my studio with a new song. It was really simple, he said, and would be a doddle to record. The song was and is great, but it wasn't simple, and wasn't a doddle by any stretch of the imagination.
    And by the way, if anyone else tries to talk to me about the new Doctor Who. please don't.
    But now, here is the news:
    Founder and star of band Osibisa, Teddy Osei, on T...
    Ringo Starr on Life as a Beatle
    Igor Stravinsky Documentary
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: KARNATAKA - Fairytale ..

    Gonzo Weekly #243
    THE YO HO HO AND A BUCKET OF PROG ISSUE
    ...in which Jon interviews Stu Nicholson from Galahad, Richard goes to the New Forest folk festival, and sees Ric Sanders, Show of Hands and the Acoustic Strawbs, we ask whether modern music is rubbish, Alan ties Jon to a Listening Post, and all with a Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Prog.
    Yup, and it’s all free!
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C. J. Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and numbats with the right to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have become eligible to vote, 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:
    Morrissey, Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Nile Rodgers, Chic, Brian May, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Tamara Grigoryevna Miansarova, Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri, Joseph Fire Crow, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Melvyn "Deacon" Jones, Fresh Kid Ice, Egil Kapstad, Nelsan Ellis, Mary Hopkin, Ashton Gardner and Dyke, Stu Nicholson, Galahad, Alan Dearling, Crass, Scott Walker, Cockney Rebel, Captain Beefheart, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Plastic Ono Band, Belle and Sebastian, The Polyphonic Spree, Gram Parsons, Roger Waters, Alfredo Zitarrosa, Richard Foreman, New Forest Folk Festival, Kev Rowland, Warner Drive, Wilderness Dream, Bloody Hammers, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Dialeto, Dusan Jevtovic, Datura 4, Da Vinci, Gateway to Hell, Intrcptr, Laces Out, Charlotte Phillipson, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Prince, Slipknot, Neil Nixon, Dread Zeppelin.
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
    Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)

    Issue 239 (Miss Peach)

    Issue 238 (Hawkwind)

    Issue 237 (Hawkwind)

    Issue 236 (Manchester)

    Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)

    Issue 234 (Al Atkins)

    Issue 233 (Richard Strange)

    Issue 232 (Roy Weard)

    Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)

    Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)

    Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)

    Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
    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 loudly 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?