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, August 28, 2012

HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Mirror 9.10.68.

DALE DRINNON: Burus, druks and such

Currently Blogger, Facebook and my regular email-Everything is dead now. But I did manage to push the next blog posting for the Frontiers of Zoology through:


Another day is upon us and it feels increasingly autumnal. It is cold, and grey, and - frustratingly - although the lawn is still growing at a rate of knots, it is too damp to cut it, and so my lovely garden is looking increasingly unkempt..

Rick Wakeman really is a nice bloke. Until I started compiling the Gonzo Daily back in March I had no idea how much charity work he does. I do my best to highlight it whenever I can because in this increasingly dog eat dog world, I think that it is important to put in more than you take out, and Rick certainly does that. Good on 'im, I say.

OK, I admit it. I have a problem. My name is Jon and it has been, ummmmmmmmm four days since my last purchase of a bit of collectable tat. I am a collector of things, and furthermore I am always interested in looking at other peoples' collections of tat. So, for the second time in the past few weeks, here is an interesting slice of Hawkwind collectablilia...

I have been a fan of Gordon's for years and have about a dozen of his albums. I used to know him vaguely, but haven't seen him in a long time. It is very gratifying, therefore to find out that not only is he still active but that he is just about to go out on tour with Rick Wakeman's son...

Herewith another European review of the bloody fantastic new album by Michael Des Barres. At the recent CFZ Weird Weekend, Dave and I played Carnaby Street solidly and I plugged it unmercifully at every possible opportunity. I have become like some weird surrealchemical preacher, spreading the word of Des Barres to the masses (and I am enjoying every minute of it). By the way, a little birdie tells me that the Mighty Marquis will be back on the Andy Dick show very soon. I hope that this means more exclusive video stuff for the Gonzo Daily. PS. The other day in conversation I referred to Michael as 'The Mighty Marquis' and one of my young neices thought I was talking about a giant tent.

My fandom for Annie Haslam and her band is enjoying somewhat of a Renaissance (cue drum rolls, and those cymbal noises that crappy seaside comedians always have when they tell a particularly awful joke). On my birthday I received a spectacularly lavish CD/DVD package of the current version of Renaissance live courtesy of Howard from Howling Wuelph. I enjoyed it massively, and was therefore inspired to look around for more Annie Haslam interview thingys for the Gonzo Daily...

And finally, its our daily visit to the Universe of Thom the World Poet.

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

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1958 the popular music singer Michael Jackson was born. As well as his music Jackson was known for the sort of eccentricities one might expect a man surrounded by yes men and billions of dollars to pick up such as having a pet monkey and his own private fun fair. As well as these eccentricities came ones that were rather misunderstood like his addiction to plastic surgery and use of skin whitening cream and wigs (which was probably all kicked off after he suffered disfiguring burns during the filming of a pepsi advert) and reports that he would share his bedroom with the children of staff working at his "Neverland" ranch (which seems very dodgy until you know that the “bedroom” at Neverland was the size of several houses and had two floors). Jackson also was a huge fan of the British sitcom “Allo, Allo” and played the accordion in it's theme tune.

And now the news:

Now, gather round children this is what your grandparents, who were about 11 in 1991, thought was “epic” in those days:


LINK: Was a Sea Serpent Spotted in the Noroton River?

The creature was big, reptilian, with a black head, long tail and a big red tongue. It could hiss and cause men and women to run off, screaming. It came close to shore, terrifying the environs so that parties of men went out with guns and spears to kill it. And it all happened along the Noroton River, the stream that separates Darien from Stamford, starting 123 years ago, on Aug. 10, 1889.

At least, that's the story that readers of the Boston Daily Globe read on Aug. 18 of that year. The five-paragraph article can still be found in the archives of what today is the Boston Globe. (A copy is attached to this Web page.) But it appears to have been a hoax.
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