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, February 05, 2013

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:

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Reg Presley (1941-2013)

I was fond of Reg We met at a UFO Conference in Truro, about 14 years ago, and he tried to demonstrate his alleged anti-gravity machine to me. The fact that it singularly failed to work didn't phase him at all. He was a genuinely nice bloke, good humoured, and - lest we forget - a bitching songwriter. The world is a poorer place without him.


Dave B-P and Jess came round last night to drink my wine and discuss our ongoing computer problems. It was lovely to see them, and Jess' diabetic cake is gorgeous. I am still pretty well out of action today,but I hope that Graham will have transferred everything of importance to my back-up computer by the end of the day. The Internet is still ridiculously slow, and BT seem loth to do anything about it. I would suggest, therefore, for these and a whole slew of other reasons if you want something at the moment you would be better off asking Graham graham@cfz.org.uk or Corinna corinna@cfz.org.uk. I am pretty well hors de combat at the moment, and will spend most of the day in deep discussions with the dog.
Some new music from the lovely and talented Helen McCookerybook
And finally, our daily visit to Thom the World Poet

*  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:

* 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 elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

CRYPTOLINK: Russian scientists say they discover jaws and skeleton of ‘Siberian Loch Ness monster' deep down remote lake’s waters

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.  

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Озеро Верхнее Великие озера водоем Северная АмерикаA Russian scientist has made the first deep plunge in the waters of Yakutia’s Lake Labynkyr which claims to be home to a 'Siberian Loch Ness monster'. The fact has a real chance to be registered in the Guinness Book of Records, a statement of the Russian Geografical Society (RGO) has said.

Head of the RGO underwater research team Dmitry Shiller went down to the bottom of one of the world’s coldest lakes located in the remote Yakutia region of Russia’s Siberia. This was the first time a man plunged to the depths of the lake.

DALE DRINNON: Unicorn skull/Benny's blog

Blogger has been difficult over the weekend, so there is one blog announcement from me and one from Benny as of Monday night:
New on the Frontiers of Zoology:
New on Benny's blog, the Ominous Octopus Omnibus:


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.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

On this day in 1969 the Welsh actor Michael Sheen was born. Sheen has specialised in acting roles of damned creatures of the night, having played Werewolves, vampires and Tony Blair.
And now the news:
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  • What Killed the Sea Turtles? (Costa Rica) - via He...
  • The First Solar-Powered Vertebrate (Spotted Salama...
  • Mysteries of Spider Silk Strength Unraveled
  • Leading by the Nose: Star-Nosed Mole Reveals How M...
  • 24 New Species of Flower Fly Have Been Found in Ce...

  • Sheen playing a hideous creature, eyes red with blood-lust and fangs dripping in anticipation of war: