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, November 11, 2012

DAVID LOITERSTEIN: The Gloucester Sea Serpent

Good morning,
I thought you might find this new blog post of interest:
Best wishes,

DAN HOLDSWORTH: John Willie's Performing Newt

Since you are publishing the Gonzo section of the blog
regularly now, yet seem not to have cross-linked this to cryptozoology
much, I thought I'd better assist a little.

I give you "John Willie's Performing Newt"!

(And you try finding something to rhyme with "newt").

Dan H.

DALE DRINNON: Bald wildmen/Cedar and Willow/Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
New on Cedar and Willow:
Best Wishes, Dale D.


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. So, after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.


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 should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012, Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.


It's sunday lunchtime once again,
regular readers will know then
that every week about this time
I do the Gonzo Blog in rhyme
and for no good reason you can see
except that it amuses me
and I'm sure that you'll all be agreed,
what better reason do I need?
I've just finished Pete Townshend's book
and recommend you have a look
I write about it here today
examining "A quick one while he's away"
And now its time to take you down
to a poet deep in Austin town
you'll be a fan before you know it
herewith Thomas the World Poet
I had a chat the other day
with the guitarist dude from Atkins/May
and now, just so you'll understand
here is another link about his band
Graham Inglis, my best friend
will sometimes interesting snippets send
so I repoost (I thought you'd be keen
to see this robot drum machine)
The other week I'll have you know
Messrs Dean and Wakeman did a show
I suppose I should have asked permission
but here's pictures from their Exhibition
(That pub would have worked better for me,
if Rick had been in ELP)
And finally things cannot be bad,
its an exclusive chat with Galahad
Stuart N is nice you see,
so here are parts one, tow and three
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 Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

On this day in 1974 'Shutter Island' and 'Catch Me If You Can' actor Leonardo DiCaprio was born.
And now the news:

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  • Woolly mammoth skeleton found in perfect condition...
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  • [Herpetology • 2012] The Amazonian toad Rhaebo gut...
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  • DiCaprio's best film to date: