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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Monday, June 10, 2013

A Day of Mysteries & Magic

A Day of Mysteries & Magic
Hosted by West Yorkshire Pagan Meetup
Sunday 6/10/13
The Swarthmore Centre
2-7 Woodhouse Square , Leeds

1day conference to celebrate 25 years of Wakefield Pagan Moot.
speakers are:

  • John Billingsley: The Luck of The House: folklore and magic of the home 
  • Dr Vivienne Crawford: Rune Magic in Anglo-Saxon Poetry 
  • Stingwray Crow: Do Pagans eat babies?:one shamans world 
  • Steve Jones: The Hooded Entities Enigma:strange shapes haunting our world 
  • Tony The Bone: The Paranormal World: over 30 years as a paranormal investigator 
  • Claire Bellenis: Rune Magic through Movement: a taste of her superb book and a chance to learn more in depth rune magic. 
  • Gordon Mewse: The Craft of the Witch: working with herbs and making wands 
cost on the day will be £7.50 includes all talks and workshops.
cafe available until 4.stalls.

The 400-year-old (mummified) cat’s out of the bag

Marco Wouters with Cat, inset left
Marco Wouters with cat, inset left
Published: 7 June, 2013
BURIED beneath the floorboards of an Angel florist lies the makeshift tomb of a mystery mummified cat believed to be 400 years old, it was revealed this week.
The bizarre burial was discovered back in the 1960s, jammed in the wall of the building in Upper Street.
Marco Wouters, 50, has been looking after the remains since opening Angel Flowers there 19 years ago.
He said: “When I first came, the neighbours told me they’d discovered it in the shared wall with our shop during refurbish­ments. When they left, I came, and they entrusted me because we’d become friendly and they’d told me the whole story behind this animal.
“One afternoon they came over with the cat on a wooden board, a bit like it was on a stretcher, and asked me to look after it. I didn’t mind, but I didn’t know what to do with it.


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.

NEWSLINK: Mystery Animal Seen Lurking In Bloomingd...


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 took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot, Benny's Blogs and a trip to the universe of Cedar & Willow

New on the Frontiers of Zoology:
New on Cedar and Willow:
New on Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:
New on Benny's Other Blog, The Ominous Octopus Omnibus:
Best Wishes, Dale D.


What a nice way to start the week: my post included a book from Mick Farren and a pile of CDs and DVDs from Mick Abrahams. I then had a very pleasant chat with Judge Smith. OK, I also has my final demand for my electricity bill, but you can't have everything.
*  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 two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) 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 cat?

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