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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Friday, July 26, 2013

INAPPROPRIATE CORNER: Nazi Cafe: Indonesian Owner 'No Fan Of Hitler'

Indonesia's Nazi cafe
The owner of a Nazi-themed cafe in Indonesia has defended his decision to cover the walls with a flag bearing the swastika and a giant picture of Adolf Hitler, saying it has been good for business.
Staff at the Soldatenkaffee (Soldier Cafe) dress in Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe (air force) and Heer (army) uniforms, and can be seen posing in front of the building on its Facebook page.
The cafe, located in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung, one of Indonesia's tourist destination cities, has been open since April 2011.


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.

RICHARD FREEMAN: Forteana - the concept album

Abominable Snowman in the Market Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers 

Star Man David Bowie

Ghosts Japan

Ra-Ra-Rsputin Boney M

Eight wonder Lemon Demon (about Gef the talking mongoose)

Wildman Kate Bush

Devil in the Woods Death Party (about the Jersey Devil)

Werewolves of London Warren Zezon

Spring Heeled Jack Lemon Demon

Nostradamus Al Stewart

Stonehenge Spinal Tap

Bela Lugosi’s Dead Bauhaus

Monster The Automatic

Freaks The Tiger Lillies

Psi Power Hawkwind

Tokoloshe Man John Kongas

Dragon’s Lair Saxon

1816 The Year Without a Summer Rasputina

Those were the Days Cream (About Adlantis)

Spirit of the Age Hawkwing (about cloning )

Sleestak and Yeti Darkest of the Hillside Tickets

Ghost in my House R Dean Taylor

Vampire Stavinsky’s Shoe

Hawkwind Dragons and Fables

Synchroncicity II The Police

Ogopogo The Funny Foxtrot Ciumberland Clark and Mark Strong

Black Magic Woman Santana

Steppenwolf Hawkwind

Kill the Chupacabra Darkest of the Hilside Thickets

Dragon’s tale Golden Apple

The Laughing Gnome David Bowie

Space Ritual Hawkwind

Flying Saucer Attack The Rezillos

Hollow Hills Bauhaus

Men in Black Stranglers

THE CRYPTODANE: The panther on the 11th fairway

Sightings of big cats are not especially common in Denmark, although we have had some from time to time – a few lynxes (strangely enough the most common type in Denmark), the odd panther, a lion or two and even a serval and a possible cheetah.

Now things (or should that be cats) are afoot again. About ten days ago, a girl wrote to the Danish natural history website “Fugle og Natur” (www.fugleognatur.dk) with her sighting of a big cat seen on a golf course north of the Danish capital Copenhagen.

Unfortunately her sighting was three weeks old at the time, so chances of finding tracks, hairs or any other physical remains were rather small, as the exact position of the animal at the time of the sighting could not be established.

Read on...


Jon and Corinna have now set off for Kent, headed for that 'Summer of Love' festival that he mentioned yesterday. Graham doing the blogs this weekend, then.

Earlier, Jon asked me which weather forecasting site I use, as he'd looked at his two and the forecasts for Kent were both lousy. I told him my preferred site, and suggested he keep shopping around until he found a forecast that he actually liked!

And, well, he didn't seem very impressed by that idea...!

So... What's new on the Gonzo Daily?


Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.

Yes explores rock's orchestral frontiers at packed Huntsville concert

Today's Track of the Day is chosen by Graham and is Steve Hillage in 1977

JUDY DYBLE REVIEW - Flow And Change (1)

JUDY DYBLE REVIEW - Flow And Change (2)

*  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 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?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

DALE DRINNON: new at the Frontiers of Zoology & Anthropology, etc

New at the Frontiers of Zoology: