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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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

DALE DRINNON'S updates on various blogs!

New at Frontiers of Anthropology:
New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
New at Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:
And at Benny's Other Blog, The Ominous Octopus Omnibus:

POLITICS: beliefs in aliens and other conspiracies

"Survey shows Republicans more likely to believe that aliens crashed in Roswell, shape-shifting reptilian people run the world," runs the headline.

Interestingly, it seems that close to 60% of GOP voters believe global warming is a hoax compared to 23% of Democrats.

And as for Bigfoot and those shape-shifters?

 Read more here....


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.

NATURAL WORLD: Grasshopper is a shadow of his future self?

A bright green grasshopper emerges from its old skin, leaving a perfect replica of itself behind.

Photographer Adhi Prayoga, 41, watched the transformation in his back garden in Indonesia and caught the moment on camera when a grasshopper shed its old skin, leaving behind a perfect replica of itself. 

More pictures on the Daily Mail site.


Graham here, with today's updates. I've more or less recovered from seeing Hawkwind play in Seaton the other night, and the post-gig hissing in my ears has almost gone. I won't be seeing 'em again til August, now.

Jon and Corinna are still away, currently traversing the English midlands this sunny but rather cold Wednesday lunchtime, so I've looked "anabasis" up in the dictionary and then completed the Gonzo updates.

Which are:

Prog band Zenit's new album "The Chandrasekhar Limit" reviewed by Gary Brown.

A newslink on Stephen Stills' upcoming album

A sneak peek at Mimi Page's guest appearance on this Friday’s episode of Ghost Adventures.

Korean haircuts and rockets from Thom the World Poet

Hawkwind interview with Dave Brock

Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from Gong - "Oily Way"

*  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 (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?


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

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1924 Peter Hawkins was born. Hawkins was an actor best known for his fantastic voice over work and has a vast list of credits including the Daleks and Cybermen from Doctor Who, Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men, Penfold from Danger Mouse, Zippy from Rainbow, Big Ears in Noddy, the Narrators in Superted and Jimbo and the Jet Set, and provided ALL the voices for the Adventures of Tintin, the Family Ness and Captain Pugwash.

He also spawned Silas Hawkins who inherited his father's acting talent and has appeared at many CFZ Weird Weekends bringing a diverse range of characters back to life including Charles Fort and most famously P.T. Barnum.

And now the news:

Some of Peter Hawkins' work: