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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Monday, September 17, 2012

WW2013: Tickets now on sale

Weird Weekend 2013 tickets are now on sale. Be the first one on your block to get your 2013 ticket at 2012 prices...


As you may have noticed, things are changing here at the bloggo, and - we think - changing for the better. We want to more accurately reflect the true community nature of the CFZ, and the work that CFZ folk do within cryptozoology, natural history, forteana, and animal welfare/rescue.

Our old friends Matthew and Emma Osborne, who will be familiar faces to anyone who came to this year's Weird Weekend, run a dog-walking/pet-sitting business called Walkies. They do a lot of work with animal rescue/re-homing/rehabilitation and have recently set up a new blog about their activities.

I hope that you give them your support....


Quest for the Hexham Heads
by Paul Screeton (Fortean Words)
ISBN/SKU: 1905723946
ISBN Complete: 978-1-905723-94-2
Status: Available for Printing/Download
Book Type: B&W 7.44 x 9.69 in or 246 x 189 mm (Crown 4vo) Perfect Bound on White w/Matte Lam
Page Count: 264

Human heads have an enduring fascination. Believed to be Celtic, the carved Hexham Heads have cast a spell over all who have come into contact with them. Others have made examples in their image and those held by the author on this book cover are two such. On the left a replica created by the man who claimed to have made them in the 1950s. The other being made just ahead of a boy and his brother unearthing the subjects of this book. Since learning of the Hexham Heads and acquiring these 'archaic' facsimiles, Paul Screeton has spent forty years following what has been a QUEST FOR THE HEXHAM HEADS

1: SOC011000 Social Science : Folklore & Mythology
2: OCC029000 Body, Mind & Spirit : Unexplained Phenomena
3: OCC036010 Body, Mind & Spirit : Spirituality - Celtic

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3: United Kingdom 14.99 GBP 35%
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ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
From CFZ New Zealand:


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...

HAUNTED SKIES: Sun (The) 29.4.68


Once again I am in a surprisingly good mood. Yesterday's visit from Matthew and Emma went very well; Matthew is making great headway with the library, and Ems and I set up various things to do with next year's Weird Weekend. However, if the people who believe the Mayans are right and the world copmes to an end later this year, it will all have been a waste of time. The divine Ms H will be here later on and Richard Freeman arrives tomorrow. In the meantime, whilst writing this I have just taken delivery of 1000 composting worms, so all's right with the world.
We have a particularly groovy set of things for your delectation today, starting off with our daily visait to the universe of Thom The World Poet..
I have made a career collecting strange friends in all sorts of different areas of life. One of my mates is a guy called John Keeling who is a TV/Film director. I did an episode of an American TV show with him a couple of years ago and we kept in touch. When I started doing the Gonzo Daily back in March he wrote to me, and told me that he had been working on a treatment for a Hawkwind documentary some years ago. It never got made, but he was kind enough to let me have a copy, and to say that we could post it here on the Gonzo Daily.
Led Zeppelin, or at least their marketing department have once again tapped into the public zeitgeist, utililising a countdown on Facebook to fuel rumours of another reunion, and post details of the concert movie of the 2007 reunion (which I strongly suspect will end up being the last). The day after the show I was on YouTube trying to see as much of the show as I could before the lawyers had the clips taken down. A member of my close family (who I won't name for legal reasons) sent me a bootleg of the whole show, but - together with Zepheads from around the world - I have been waiting for the official release. Now its here, and I know what I want for Christmas..
I have been looking forward to speaking to Annie Haslam for a long time, not just because I have been a fan of her music for many years, but because she has always come over as such a nice person. Well, over the years I have been caught out by that on a number of occasions, when people who have seemed nice have turned out to be anything but, however Annie turned out to be even nicer than I had expected.
As regular readers will know, Michael Des Barres is soon to appear on an episode of NCIS which has been described as the most popular TV programme in the English speaking world.I have never seen it, mostly because I don't have a television aerial or a set-top box, and whilst Corinna and I occasionally watch DVDs we have far too much on our plates to watch TV. However, much to my embarrassment, I have had this exclusive photograph of Michael on the NCIS set for the past month, and not got around to posting it. Sorry guys.. but better late than never...
The new CD/DVD set of Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe live at Birmingham NEC is certainly garnering an immense amount of interest around the world..
Robert Fripp, one of the most talented freethinkers in rock music has quit the music business, describing it as “a joyless exercise in futility.” One cannot but feel for him. The music business as we know it is dead, but some of us are still capering around the funeral pyre making manaical whooping noises...

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?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1947 the “Comedian” Russ Abbot was born. Abbot was voted the third most famous Scottish person ever, despite not being Scottish, in 2003 after the Krankies who came first and second.

And now the news:

Abbot also created the most irritating ear worm in existence (next time you get some 40 something trying to claim music was was better in their day when it had a tune and proper lyrics show them this to shut them up) :


CFZ NEW ZEALAND: Finding what you're not looking for...

It’s surprising how you stumble across things that you would not initially looking for.For the most part, cryptozoology is highly reliant upon research to find as much information, at times however unelaborated, on the creature you are looking for.Sometimes, serendipity steps in and you find information on something altogether unrelated and yet could be useful.I found this just the other day when I was browsing through a book "Rare Wildlife of New Zealand", by Rod Morris and Alyson Ballance, a book I would highly recommend by the way if you're interested in New Zealand Fauna.