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, February 03, 2013


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.

DALE DRINNON: Frontiers of Anthropology/Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:
New on Benny's Blog, the Ominous Octopus Omnibus:
New on Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:

Scottie Westfall: A golden coyote


This coyote is gold in color.
It has no sabling, which is very much indicative of the genotype we see in domestic dogs.


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.

CRYPTOLINK: Do these footprints - found in snow on countryside just outside of Tunbridge Wells - belong to the town's mysterious 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.
Do these footprints belong to the Tunbridge Wells Bigfoot?

The unusually large prints were discovered just outside of High Woods, between Tunbridge Wells and Pembury, at the weekend. Sent in to us by a reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, it was speculated they could have come from the eight-foot tall Kentish Apeman.
The beast has caught the nation's attention ever since we reported on claims it had been spotted on the Commons in November. Our story was picked up by The Sun, Daily Mail, Metro and Telegraph and others.
It then sparked the interest of the London Cryptozoology Club, who went on an expedition to Tunbridge Wells earlier this month in search of the monster.


We're back and playing Catch Up now,
after just a week, it's amazing how
much stuff to do has accumulated
far more than I'd anticipated

But it's Sunday, which means (you all know it)
it's the day I pretend to be a poet
and to some people's bemusement,
do the blogs in rhyme for my own amusement

My family were all eating tea, and watching something on TV
back in 1970-whatever (my memory is not quite THAT clever)
when I first heard Barbara Dickson sing
now here's some news (and everything)

Chris Squire talks about the lure,
of the road and the new Yes tour,
and how there'll be a new CD
which is pretty good news to me

And now something that you should know
there is an Ant-Bee video,
which once again breaks all the rules,
and I think that it's pretty cool

And now we go to Austin City,
where the poets are great and their words are pretty
for our daily visit (don't you know it)
to the home of Thomas the World Poet

And now it's the groovy Track of the Day,
you know what I mean (wayhay)
He wears a hat and his hair is wavey
Ladies and Gentlemen... ALAN DAVEY

Now, you people must understand
I'm a massive Eric Burdon fan
and I am really pleased to see,
he's got a smashing new CD

In the annals of the music biz
there are few that compare to our liz
she sent us this nice link for fun
in Lincolnshire Auburn are number one

And finally we must count the cost
and say goodbye to those we've lost
we are missing him, and you know we've missed her
a soul singer and an Andrews Sister

*  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: http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html

* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) 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

Today is Groundhog Day in North America when the appearance of a groundhog is said to herald the end of winter, or not if it doesn't show.
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