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, August 23, 2013

Loch Ness Monster captured on film


Yesterday was a nice quiet day at home with Corinna and the animals. Many people would probably have been surprised if they had been a fly on the wall. (Well, I'm SURE that they would have been surprised if they had suddenly been transformed - like a New Age Gregor Samsa - into a fly on the wall, but you know what I mean). When there are people around I am sociable; I drink, I smoke, I party. But now that the biggest weekend of the year has gone for another 11 months and three weeks, I spent my birthday dozing in the chair, reading P.G.Wodehouse, eating low sugar curry and playing with the kittens. I also chatted to Judge Smith about various projects and continued listening to 'The disappearance of the girl` by Phildel, which really is an extraordinary album. If you don't know about this young lady and her singular story, then look her up. You won't be disappointed.
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
‘I knew it was going to be a monster’: Stephen Stills’ surprising guest turn on a Bee Gees smash hit
‘Genesis did start to shed members’: Steve Hackett on the joys of paying solo tribute to his old band
*  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 54 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?


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: Giant toothed birds/pterosaur, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs, and a visit to the singular world of Cedar & Willow

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:
New at Cedar and Willow:
New at Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:
Best Wishes, Dale D.

WEIRD WEEKEND 2013: More pics by Jess Heard

The kid's area
The kid's area
The audience
Nick Wadham and Darren Naish
Max Blake

WEIRD WEEKEND 2013: The Quiz

L-R Kara Wadham, Joachim Thomas, John Hare
Kara with horns and a pensive Joe
L-R Mark Raines, Glen Vaudrey, Chris Clark

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 2007 the bones of Grand Dutches Anastasia were found along with those of her brother and heir to the Russian throne, Tsarevich Alexei. Over the years several people have claimed to be Anastasia but D.N.A. Testing of the bones found has shown them all up as cynical con artists content to trade off the name of a murdered girl. 

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