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, September 18, 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.

"There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before." - Robert Lynd

And so to the latest collection:

Cruelty of bird sanctuary owner caught kicking and...

LINK: Government accidentally includes ‘poor people’ in Badger cull licence

The government today made it legal for farmers to shoot poor people, insisting it was a mere oversight which they will correct just as soon as they have time.

The licence gives farmers permission to shoot up to 70% of poor people in certain designated areas referred to in the licence as ‘Labour strongholds’.

Defra Minister David Heath said: “Our priority has always been to ensure that any culling of poor people is carried out in a safe, humane and effective way.”

“Did I say poor people again? I mean badgers, obviously.”

“But we simply had to had to do something, they’re multiplying in rural areas, a nuisance to landowners and they carry disease – and the badgers aren’t much better.”

Badger cull

The cull has received criticism from people suddenly in the firing line of the nearest angry farmer, with many insisting there is little evidence culling actually works.

As one tory backbencher explained, “All you end up doing is shooting the weaker ones, making the herd stronger.”

“And trust me, no-one wants that. Imagine having a strong highly motivated herd of poor people running about the place – Heaven forbid.”

A Defra spokesperson addressed concerns, telling reporters, “The pilot will be run under strict conditions, and we’ll decide afterwards whether it is effective in controlling the spread of poor people, I mean bovine TB.”

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DALE DRINNON: Cedar and Willow

New link on Cedar and Willow, which is an actual scientific theory and a notice I intend to incorporate the principle into the Captain Patti segments:

HAUNTED SKIES: Sun (The) 29.5.68.


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...


Well boys and girls, I am running stupidly late today. HoweverPublish Post, we have an entertaining afternoon planned with the delightful Ms H. We shall be going to Barnstaple museum and a shop which sells diabetic chocolate. Who could ask for anything more? Not me...
We start off with our daily visit to the singular universe of Thom the World Poet...
Another communique for Michael Des Barres. The journey continues, and the spirit marches on and on...
Another Gonzo exclusive, part two of our major interview with the lovely Annie Haslam of Renaissance...
The first HRH Prog Festival has been announced...
I am very much looking forward to seeing Jefferson Starship next month. Here is a taster...
The multi talented Erik Norlander has got another extraordinary review...

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 1991 the mummified body of Otzi was found in the Alps. Allegedly the body is cursed too, but I'm sure the thousands of people that file past it in it's little museum who apparently don't die violently are probably proof that it's about as cursed as the pickled soft shell turtle in the CFZ museum.

And now the news:

  • Giant mutant slugs from El: Spanish beasts invade ...
  • Giant catfish empty rivers, turn cannibal
  • Ryanair plane disinfected after insect bite compla...
  • Farmer arrested for killing king cobra
  • Cat survives 1,000 mile trip via airplane, in suit...
  • Shark attacks man in Cocoa Beach
  • Human Muscle, Regrown on Animal Scaffolding
  • A Trail of Tears: Big Cat Ownership
  • Manmade Bat Cave Designed To Prevent White-Nose Sy...
  • Are Our Bones Well Designed? Insects and Crabs Hav...
  • Amazing Photos Chronicle Staggering Diversity of B...
  • Rare wildlife caught on camera in Borneo wildlife ...
  • Cook Islands unveils world's largest marine park
  • This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!!! (you've got to love 'edited for language versions of classic films) :


    WATCHER OF THE SKIES: Today's news

    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.

    Did you know that the longest recorded flight of a chicken is purported to be 13 seconds?

    And here are the stories from yesterday:

    Mentor woman reunited with pet bird (with video)