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 22, 2014


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CORINNA GETS NEW "IPAD" (Just in case you wondered why we are out of synch today)

Corinna had a minor operation on her eyelid today, and is recovering nicely, mostly 
(we suspect) due to the healing power of dogs...


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.

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  • CRYPTOLINK: Lake Hopatcong's original sea creature

    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. 

    Before the boa constrictor slithered its way into the zeitgeist, Lake Hopatcong had another legendary inhabitant, a sea creature whose initial sighting dates back to the late 1800's.
    Described as having the head of a dog and the body of a 40-foot serpent, Lake Hopatcong's legendary sea monster "Hoppie" is New Jersey's Nessie and would likely scoff at the idea of a 12-foot snake taking its place in local lore.
    Hoppie – whose name is taken from "Hopatcong" - was documented in the New York World newspaper according to an article obtained from an Aug. 4, 1894 issue of the Lake Hopatcong Angler.
    The article titled "Lake Hopatcong's Sea Serpent" described the creature as having the head of a St. Bernard dog and the body of a snake, and said it was spotted near the inlet to River Styx by many residents.
    "Several shots have been fired at it," read the article. "One man asserts that he hit the head of the supposed serpent with a ball form his 38 calibre rifle and the bullet rolled off like water off a duck's back without even making the monster wink."
    Read on...


    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.


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    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday

    A strange day. Corinna had a hospital appointment this morning which resulted in her having a minor surgical procedure on her eyelid (probably not heavy enough to describe as an 'operation'). However it meant that she had (until about ten minutes ago) a pad on her eye (cue a whole slew of iPad jokes) and is taking the day largely off. On top of that Graham took time out to go to Barnstaple to collect her, and Saskia isn't here today. So everything is a little awry. Normal service will be resumed blah blah blah...
    PS Thank you to everyone who sent such kind congratulation notes yesterday to Corinna and me on the occasion of our seventh wedding anniversary.
    What I see in the mirror: Rick Wakeman
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Gong - Magdalene
    CORINNA GETS NEW "IPAD" (Just in case you wondered why we are running late)
    ‘How do I handle this?’: Alan White struggled with new album
    Spirits Burning: MAKE BELIEVE IT REAL review
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#87) is now available to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Daevid Allen on the front cover an an article about the Glissando Orchestra's healing Drones for Daevid which seem to have worked miraculous results. It also includes an exclusive interview with Harry Williamson on the subject. Elsewhere in the issue Doug Harr interviews the founding members of Brand X and Erik Norlander gives us a very generous present.  There are also new shows from the wonderfully eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and toads with booze (OK, no alcoholic anurans, 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:
    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?


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