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, September 16, 2012


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.

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. (Chinese Proverb). Exactly, and below are today's stories from yesterday, blogged yesterday but brought to your attention today:


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.

Here is the latest tranche of news...

DALE DRINNON: One bigfoot for Hubei/Cedar and Willow

New at Frontiers of Zoology:

I also got the latest Cedar and Willow done
and it has several video clips included, its really something.


And so another week begins. I stayed up ridiculously late with Corinna last night watching a gripping DVD, but surprisingly I feel full of the joys of spring this morning. Once again my motley crew and I are juggling musical, artistic and cryptozoological pursuits trying to do everything at once. Graham is having a day off, Jess won't be in today, but Emma and Matthew will be. Emma is going to bully me into doing stuff with our Mystery Big Cat blog, and next year's Weird Weekend, whilst Matthew - bless him - will continue making sense of our library. In the meantime I have a whole slew of review DVDs to watch, music to listen to, and several interviews to conduct so before the week has even started we are jolly busy...
We kick off today with an insightful review of Galahad. I have mentioned this before, but Galahad really are a very special band. They are literate, intelligent, deft musicians and they rock like a bitch. And Stuart the singer can actually sing in a recognisable manner. They are a fantastic band, and I wish I had discovered them sooner.
Another visit to Austin in order to enter the universe of Thom the World Poet, who today has gone all antipodean on us...
Bob Dylan has been surprising, confounding, thrilling and occasionally irritating his followers for 52 years now. This month he releases a new album entitled 'Tempest', and it is a cracker. I don't usually get all eulogistic about individual records but this really is something special. Check it out.
Yes have been one of my favourite bands since a boy called Richard Appleby told me about them in the school bus back in 1973. I am also a devotee of some of the side projects, and my favourite is probably Chris Squire's piscine pursuit from 1975. It seems that I am not the only one...
Erik Norlander is an extraordinarily talented guy, and he is also a very nice bloke. Today I present a very flowing German review of his recent live CD/DVD packlahge for Gonzo. It seems that the reviewer likes it almost as much as I do..
I am increasingly fond of the music and the writings of the sublime Helen McCookerybook. I am very fond of her writing, and so - every chance I get - I pinch something from her website for the blog. Today, a link to an account of a recent gig with Martin S...
And last, but by no mens least, here is a particularly interesting Israeli interview with Michael Des Barres, in which he talks about - amongst other things - his childhood and upbringing with refreshing honesty and candour. Gripping Stuff...
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?

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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 2011 the Occupy Wall Street movement started to camp in Zuccotti Park in New York, USA in protest of the fact that the richest 1% of the American population were rich and they were not.

And now the news:

The 1% :


KARL SHUKER: Mystery of parrot in painting