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, August 24, 2013


So we are pretty well back to normal. Graham is in Bournemouth watching Hawkwind, and I have just finished interviewing the lovely Barbara Dickson about her new album which is a tribute to her old friend the late Gerry Rafferty. This week's issue of the Gonzo Weekly is finished but I am holding up sending it out, just in case Graham has some interesting revelations to impart upon his return.
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: Rare Beefheart/Doors poster
*  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?

WEIRD WEEKEND 2013: Nick Wadham

WEIRD WEEKEND 2013: Jon/Richard - 'My Way'

This was very nearly the last Weird Weekend. Jon and Richard explain why.

and now the end is near
and we may face the final curtain ha ha ha
this thing we do each year
the future really is uncertain

for the last fourteen years
with lots of hard work and some tears
Jon drank brandy, I drank beers
we did it our way

regrets, we've had a few, but then again too few to mention
investing in that zoo, was not a good use of her pension
some people ripped us off, or built websites to slag us off, but we told them to....
we did it our our way

There were times everybody knew, we bit off more, far more than we could chew
for fourteen years, us and our friends, put on some really weird weekends
will they go on? Well that depends but we'll do 'em our way

and now the CFZ are faced with a bone of contention
after fourteen years should we continue our convention
our other work will carry on, and may we say not in a sour way
because we're who we are we'll do it our way

and We're still just the same you know, we're still mad, bad and dangerous to know
and we still go where others won't, and do the things that other's don't
cos that's really the only point, we do it our way 

WEIRD WEEKEND 2013: Jon Downes and Richard Freeman - An introduction to Cryptozoology


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: Long-necked sea serpent, Benny's Blogs

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ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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