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, October 29, 2012

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From CFZ Canada:
  • Scientific Cryptozoology — The philosophy of scientific inquiry according to Charles Sanders Peirce (pictured above) and others...

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

On this day in 1938 Orson Welles, best known these days for his role as the narrator in the 1980s animated transformers film, broadcast his radio play of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. The play told the story of alien invasion through a series of faux news bulletins and this fooled many American's who had missed the start into thinking the Earth really was being invaded.

And now the news:
  • My theory is he's a relative: Monkey is dead ringe...
  • Honey-bees found to have bite that stuns
  • Apeman of the Amazon
  • Brazil: Saving endangered monkey helps forest
  • Zimbabwe weighs cost of too many elephants
  • Whale Racket: Sounding out How Loud the Oceans Wer...
  • NYC Museum Celebrates Teddy Roosevelt's Conservati...
  • Size Does Matter in Sexual Selection, at Least Amo...
  • Firefighters in nutty squirrel rescue

  • The play in full, epic even today:

    SHERI'S BLOG: Day 3 – Sunday

    We have a visitor this week. Sheri Myler, a student from the North of England is doing a week's placement with us. She is already very keen on cryptozoology and eager to learn. I confidently predict that she will be an asset to the cryptozoological community in years to come. However, we decided to put her to work, and each day she will be blogging about what she has been doing...

    As it was a Sunday, we had a slightly shorter day. I did not begin work until two hours later than I have done previously. The day’s routine began, much with same as it has done over the last couple of days, with blogging and then the animal rounds.

    Work then resumed on the editing of the new version of ‘Mysterious Creatures’ by George Eberhart. We completed all of the initial sections, as well as making a start on formatting the letter-designating chapters.

    Wine was served up with tea and we decided to call a day on the office work. Afterwards, we went out on another big cat hunt. We turned back around after we had realised that we had accidentally ended up in Cornwall.

    The culmination of all the wildlife spotted over the last few nights has been a rabbit, a frog and an owl, respectively. However, I remain determined to continue the search in hope and not be deterred by a few disappointing evenings. 


    In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that - whereas the study of out of place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot, or lake monsters - it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean Zoologist to be interested in. So, 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.

    DALE DRINNON: Cedar and Willow

    New at Cedar and Willow:


    Etymology: After the river.
    Physical description: Length, 10–25 feet. Diameter, 10–12 inches. Smooth, gray-brown skin. Small head. Long neck. Two or three humps

    We were checking the url references when we found this...




    And so another week begins. The highspot of the next seven days is a 'Fun Day' at Barnstaple Museum featuring quite a few of the gang. Sheri has apparently brought a Catwoman mask with her as it is Hallowe'en, and this year we shall be having a smashing Samhain. In other news I am interviewing Martin Birke from the marvellous 'Genre Peak' tonight at 9 (or it might be 8 because the clocks went back), and Annie Haslam is back in the saddle, albeit wearing a medieval sounding back brace...

    We kick off the week with a visit to the home of Thom the World Poet

    Next year there will be a mega festival in Australia which features Gonzofolk like Jon Anderson and Roger Hodgson, as well as Robert Plant..

    As regular readers will be aware, Annie Haslam has suffered a back injury, but like the trouper she is, she is back on stage again..

    A review of Jefferson Starship in Paris the other week..

    Eric Burdon is 71 but still one of my favourite singers..

    Postman don't bring me no more blues. But bring me a massive parcel of Gonzothings

    My favourite magazine 'The Word' ceased publication earlier this year, but David Hepworth is keeping the 'Word in your Ear' gigs alive and kicking..

    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 1618 Walter Raleigh was beheaded on the pretext of treason, in reality it was to appease the Spanish who were after revenge after all the privateering and such like Raleigh and his cousins Drake and Grenville and their buddy Hawkins had engaged in.
    And now the news:
  • How to kill: Dutch govt aims to regulate religious...
  • Bushmeat Pushes African Species to the Brink
  • Coyote-Shooting Contest Awards Assault Rifle As Pr...
  • Expert Says Great White Shark Killed Surfer Off Ce...
  • Flipper on a mission: Ukraine resuming dolphin com...
  • 'Ash dieback' fungus Chalara fraxinea in UK countr...
  • Kalispell veterinarian operates on grizzly bear sh...
  • Conservation of resources protects wildlife, abili...

  • A factually inaccurate reconstruction of Raleigh's life (the ending is ace though) :