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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Saturday, September 01, 2012

LINK: Journalist and famed skeptic Benjamin Radford brings critical thought to Dragon*Con 2012

Journalist, scientific researcher, and famed skeptic Benjamin Radford has written numerous articles and six books on topics ranging from urban legends to various paranormal phenomena, all the while ruthlessly championing critical thought. On the heels of releasing two books last year (Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore and The Martians Have Landed!: A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes with Robert E. Bartholomew), Radford will make a handful of appearances at Dragon*Con this year bringing a much needed voice of reason and sanity when it comes to discussing urban legends and all things supernatural. Before making his way to Atlanta Radford took a few minutes to talk a little bit about what he does.

Read on...


Both my email accounts are down at the moment. Being a sunday it doesn't really matter and I expect that they will be restored tomorrow. If you really have to get hold of me email me c/o corinna@cfz.org.uk. Otherwise I shall be largely having a day off!


It's only emails (could be worse)

so I still do this stuff in verse

and send it out by dint of wife

who is the best thing in my life

Here is something I found for you

an album by album overview

of the Caped Crusader (for goodness sake man)

you know I'm talking about Rick Wakeman

I've always collected Rock and Roll tat

(I admit I'm rather proud of that)

which is why I still post al this guff

about collectible Hawkwind stuff

Something that's always bound to please

is the Gonzo 'Lost Broadcast' DVDs

so come on guys, get in the groove

and check out this stuff 'bout 'The Move'

Martin Stephenson, what a bloke

he sings some songs then tells a joke

there's an article that I've found here

about his illustrious career

Michael the rock and roll Marquis

is someone whose quite dear to me

his new CD is one to last

and here he is in a podcast

'The World Poet' Thom Woodruff

writes all sorts of groovy stuff

I'm almost embarrassed that sometimes

he will read Jon Downes' awful rhymes

I've been writing this for what seems years

so thats enough for now, my dears

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

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