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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Thursday, August 08, 2013

CFZ PEOPLE: Davey Curtis (It was his birthday yesterday and I forgot)

CFZ CANADA: Give us some real evidence

Oh Sasquatch Ontario (aka Mike Patterson)....you disappoint us.
Read on...

CFZ CANADA: Decisions decisions

Is it crypto?  I find myself asking that quite a lot these days.  I work with both hauntings phenomena and cryptozoology and sometimes it is very hard to figure out which is which.

DALE DRINNON: Ogopogo, detecting photoshopped images, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology;


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 took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: On The Track (Of Unknown Animals) Episode 71

The latest episode of our monthly webTV show from the CFZ and CFZtv, bringing you news on our activities within cryptozoology and natural history as well as the latest cryptozoological, and monster hunting news from around the world. I can't believe that we have done this every month for five years now - 70 episodes. Golly!

This episode brings you:

CFZ in Summer
Remembering Mick Farren
Sumatra expedition
Judy Dyble
Adopting a crow
Mother meets a fox
Weird Weekend 2013
Out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New shrew
New and Rediscovered: Another new shrew
New and Rediscovered: Return of the bone skippers


 Karl Shuker returns to his old stamping ground of cryptozoological philately.

Read on...


Yesterday's filming went well, but although it was only a 40 minute shoot, the travelling to and from Clyst St George seemed to take an inordinate length of time. Basically it was a whole day down the drain at a time that I could well have done with spending the time at home. Corinna is improving slowly, and goes back for another checkup today...

Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
Today's Track of the Day is a track from Eric Burdon's controversial Israel gig the other day
For those of you interested here is the latest episode of my monthly webTV show, which - this month - has a tribute to Mick Farren and Judy Dyble talking about crows.
*  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:
* 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 53 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) 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 cat?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 2007 telephone hacker Joy Bubbles died. Bubbles was an interesting character whose talents included being able to make free phonecalls by whistling at the exact pitches needed to dial numbers on telephones at the time. That's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his odd life story, if you want to know a bit more here is his wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joybubbles .
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  • Ring, ring!