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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Friday, January 04, 2013


CRYPTOLINK: 15th Jan 2012 Tasmanian Tiger Remains Discovered in Northern Tasmania

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CRYPTOLINK: So did they really capture Bigfoot?

A word about cryptolinks: We are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting, usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.  

So who is the Quantra Group? We know that a few days after the new year a leaked email message was sent to an ex-member of the Bigfoot hunting group, Ed Smith. From what we know, this was an accidental leak. The message contained the phrase “Daisy is in the box”. Which according to Smith is code for a live capture of Bigfoot.

CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot conference to be held in Dahlonega

A word about cryptolinks: We are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting, usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.  

The city of Dahlonega is holding the Southeast's first-ever Bigfoot conference. Believers or skeptics can attend the event on Jan. 12 and 13 at the R Ranch. The Midnight Walkers Southeastern Bigfoot Conference will feature an interdisciplinary panel of speakers who will address Bigfoot language, field research and other topics.

In November of 2012, a team of researchers concluded that the creature may be a human relative that somehow developed around 15,000 years ago as a result of a hybrid cross between Homo sapiens with an unknown primate.

Tickets are $25 per day for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased online at www.mwsbc.com


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.


'Goodness me', I hear you all exclaim. 'You are up early, Mr Downes'. Well, not exactly. I haven't been to bed yet. I was asleep most of the afternoon and my body clock is all to cock, (if I may use such a vulgarism), so I have decided to roll with it and go to bed when I feel tired. In the meantime here are today's blogs so I don't have to get up at any particular time.
As you have probably realised I am very much a fan of the music of Helen McCookerybook, and will do my best to spread the word far and wide. Today (I am pleased to say) there are two new albums on Bandcamp. Check them out.
Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is  Dave Bainbridge & David Fitzgerald - Life Journey
Rick Wakeman takes a well deserved pop at the current generation of performers who only want to be famous. I, however (if I may quote Clive Gregson), learned to play the guitar mostly to pick up girls. It even worked occasionally.
Michael Des Barres on another groovy TV show. This time it is about hotel secrets. I have to admit to being somewhat intrigued...

*  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 same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:

*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures 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 which he shares with various fish and batrachians. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1900 the ornithologist James Bond was born. Bond wrote what was considered to be the definitive book on birds of the West Indies and it was upon seeing this book on his shelf in Jamaica that Ian Fleming decided that James Bond would be an a good nondescript name for the English spy protagonist of Casino Royale.
And now the news:

  • Seal seen at Drayton Lakes Reserve - 50 miles from...
  • Lens regeneration in axolotl: new evidence of deve...
  • Search for cheetahs launched in new area of Iran
  • Giraffe fights and friendships revealed
  • Rhino killed in Namibia sparks poaching fears
  • At least 26 Florida panthers died in 2012 – 40 rec...

  • There was a theory, about the Bond films, that the name James Bond was a codename given to certain agents like the designation 007 and this was why there were several different Bonds. Basically when the actor changed the previous James Bond had either died or retired much in the same way as M and Q are succeeded by what are stated to be different people as the films progress. I really liked this theory and I enjoyed telling it to people along with “Star Wars is about the rise and fall of Anakin”, “The briefcase contains Marcellus' soul” and “Mary Poppins wasn't magical at all but encouraged the children to use their imagination in the retelling of their exploits to their father so the whole film is seen through Mr Bank's eyes and is about him leaning to love his children through their stories”. Unfortunately the most recent and best Bond film “Skyfall” proved that theory 100% wrong. Here's the trailer: