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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Saturday, March 23, 2013

DALE DRINNON: Loch Ness, Cedar and Willow/Benny's Blogs

New at Frontiers of Zoology:
New at Cedar and Willow.
Next will be following with the Rose and Peri article and the relationship of Stella to the Ninth Doctor. (Theres an older article on the relationship of Stella to the Second Doctor's War Games and a whole other series she was meant to have with Fourth Doctor Tom Baker)
New at Benny's Blog, the Ominous Octopus Omnibus:
Best Wishes, Dale D.


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.

Isle of Wight girl Daisy Morris has flying prehist...

CFZ PEOPLE: Dave/Ross Braund-Phillips

Although it is not their birthdays until next week, last night was Dave's and Ross' Birthday Dinner. I t's not fair; I am too young and pretty to have a 21 Year old and an 18 Year Old nephew...


Yesterday was Dave and Ross B-P's birthday dinner. Today is my elder stepdaughter Shosh's birthday. Its not fair. I am too young and pretty to have such grown up relatives! Today Jess and Matthew are out working extremely diligently to make the CFZ reasonably shipshape and Bristol Fashion. Starting on Tuesday we shall be having a houseful of visitors for what seems like weeks. I would hate them to think that we all just live in squalour
Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is (as you might have guessed) from Hugh Hopper
Once again we repair to Austin for our daily audience with Thom the World Poet
Off-topic but interesting: An interview with Greg Lake

*  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 (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and a not very small orange kitten (who isn't) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. 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 cats?

CFZ PEOPLE: Shoshannah Hughes

Careful with that axe Shoshannah (and Happy Birthday)

And Mama has this to say...

CFZ CANADA: Star Buks in BC

Bella Coola, BC has about 600 residents and sits at the western end of the Bella Coola Valley.  The Valley  includes Bella Coola proper, Lower Bella Coola, Hagensborg, Saloompt,Nusatsum, Firvale and Stuie bringing the total valley population to about 1900.  It would seem that one of the residents is a Sasquatch.
Once populated solely by the Nuxalk people until the arrival of Alexander MacKenzie in 1793.  Not many non-natives came to the region until about 1890 when the Norwegian Lutherans were given land grants and moved north from Minnesota.  Small pox had already taken most of the Noxalks by then, but the survivors remained and even now almost half of the population identifies as Aboriginal.   Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)  estimates total Nuxalk population of  about 1400 with 900 of those living on the Nuxalk reserve in the valley.  According to traditional Nuxalk government, the true Nuxalk population is closer to 3,000, and includes people of Nuxalk ancestry who are not registered or may be registered to another "Indian Band."

The Nuxalk had a resident they named "Buks" or "Sniniq" and like other First Nations culture Bigfoot stories, are well documented in books by Dr. Tad McIlwraith.  Dr McIlwraith is a cultural anthropologist who researches and teaches at Douglas College in BC.  Cryptozoologist John Green has also visited Bella Coola and gathered reports from the 1940's, 50's and 60's.  Local Elders share thier stories of Buks and Dr John Bindernagle researched this valley as well.

Read on...

JOHN WEEAST: Bigfoot DNA or Garden Gnomes?

The Bigfoot Forums Blog

As I pointed out at the end of my last article, I made a mistake in my notes. Instead of simply deleting my mistake when I realized it, I did a strike-through and left it up so that others would see that I am accountable for my mistakes. I will never claim to be perfect and if I do make a mistake I expect to be called out on them. She has since edited the paper and removed Sarah Bollinger from the co-author list. 

And as I also pointed out, there have been mistakes and contradictions in Dr. Melba Ketchum’s Bigfoot DNA study. I don’t point them out as a personal attack, I point them out because finding the truth is the most important thing in my job as part of this community. When I felt I was being spun after some rather simple and softball questions that I was allowed to ask, I felt the whole truth wasn’t being told.

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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today


On this day in 1964 the actor Peter Lorre died. Lorre stared in the fantastic Fritz Lang thriller “M” about a child murderer hunted by both the German police and local crime lords, both of which want to bring him to justice in their own way...

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  • When Al Stewart uses the line “Like Peter Lorre contemplating a crime...” in the Year of the Cat I really hope it's a Casablanca reference and nothing to do with “M”: