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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Sunday, October 06, 2013

THE CRYPTODANE: Danish crocodiles

A couple of days ago Swedish and Danish newspapers were full of a story about how a raid by the Swedish police on a house in the outskirts of the city of Malmö in southern Sweden had yielded among other things a 2 meter long Nile crocodile stomping around in a greenhouse, and a similar sized, although dead reptile in a freezer in the basement. When asked about the crocodiles, the wife of a man suspected of running a major rencing operation, commented rather wistfully, that the crocodiles had been a gift to her husband, and that she was mighty tired of them, as she had hoped to use the greenhouse for other purposes. Having searched the premises, the police left with a number of suspected stolen items, but left the crocodile in the greenhouse for the time being. When asked about it, local police admitted they were at a loss, as to what should be done with the reptile.

Read on...



Crazy golfers can complete 'nein' holes with a difference - by playing on this course which includes a model of Adolf Hitler.

Hitler's bunker: A golfer takes aim on the Fuhrer-themed course. (SWNS)The exhibition crazy golf course features a large model of the Fuhrer, and players have to knock a ball into a tunnel and under the Nazi leader's belt.

The Hitler model even raises its arm in a Nazi salute and shouts 'nein nein nein' when the ball passes underneath.

The Hitler golf hole is part of a course which also features a mini statue of Saddam Hussein - which topples over when a ball drops into the hole.

The course was designed by a group of British artists, who describe the controversial design as 'crazy golf with a difference'.

It is thought the artists made the Hitler model themselves, which is currently on display at the Arnolfini art gallery in Bristol.

Read on...

This story came via Richard Freeman (no surprise) but the following video comes from Mark Raines (bless his cotton socks)


Ladies and Gentlemen, have you heard of Flying Saucers? Yes,obviously,if you are the kind of person who`d read this kind of a blog.Well now you`re about to read about Flying Cups.

According to the Aberdare Times of 7th January 1888 the phenomenon of Flying Silver once took place in China, or rather, flying cups. Read on:

“FLYING SILVER”. The Chinese paper Shih Pa prints the following paragraph. It is said that in ancient times the people saw silver cups floating in the air, and this fabulous story is still believed in certain parts of the empire. A reporter from Canton writes to tell us of a strange phenomenon which confirms the old fictitious story. On the day previous to the festival of the eighth moon [Mid-Autumn Festival - R] , a large number of people witnessed at sunset a flock of birds resembling silver cups, with the sound of ringing silver bells, flying at a great height, from west to east, the reflection of the sun`s rays on them being so dazzling as to blind the onlookers eyes. Many believed this must be the legendary flying silver cups because it answered to the ancient (word unclear.) We are a bit sceptical of this incredible story but if the writer had truly seen it with his own eyes, it might be possible because “strange wonders unintelligible to our feeble understanding do sometimes (?) this world” (1)

1. Aberdare Times 7/1/1888 via Welsh Newspapers Online   http://papuraunewyddcymru.llgc.org.uk/en/home   



The biggest music news in the world this week has to be that Beyonce paid tribute to her maternal grandparents, but the biggest item of music news that I give a damn about is that Robert Fripp has decided to turn his back upon retirement and has announced a new line-up of King Crimson for next year. This line-up is particularly challenging and experimental because it has three drummers. It also has Jakko, the bloke who composed that twiddly piece of music that you hear at the beginning of each Gonzo podcast as lead singer and guitarist, and so we are particularly proud to be bringing you his take on this all later in this issue.

We also have a particularly interesting interview with the charming and multi-talented Michael Des Barres about his latest activities, and - if you haven't done so already - I do implore you to go and buy his remarkably groovy latest album. He also has a new Facebook page for his radio shows. Check it out!

Thank you once again to Rob Ayling, the Gonzo grande fromage for allowing me the chance to do something as insane as this magazine, and above all a big thank you to YOU, the readers, for having borne out my assertion that there are indeed people who listen to both Crass and Fairport Convention and like everything from Prog Metal to Folk to Punk to Avant Garde noise. Frunobulax and I are truly not alone.

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I'm in the War Zone of the Badger Cull in Somerset with the wounded badger patrols.
Talking to the farmer who has given his land over to Camp Badger. He says "The cull is a waste of time and everybody down here knows it." He says "We do not own these lands - we are custodians, and it's our duty to protect wildlife - not kill it." This farmer also says the NFU doesn't represent the farming community. They're just trying to make a name for themselves.

File:'Honey' the badger.jpgMoving around fields here in the cull zone astonishing how few cows there are. However there are pheasant farms everywhere - real motives ?

Meeting the wounded badger patrol guys and sabs - what a wonderful bunch of decent people. I'm reminded that the likes of the Daily Mail have long deliberately blackened reputations of peaceful people dedicated to animal protectionDown here in Somerset in bloody badger cull zone, going out into the night, a kind of miracle is happening. Dozens of small groups appearing. In cull zone, I'm overwhelmed - good folks from far and wide give up their nights just to walk the footpaths. Their presence stops shooters

Today one found dead badger was collected by the RSPCA as we arrived. Not known yet how it died. It's brutal - and the secrecy is sinister. A dead badger found yesterday had crawled off to die. DEFRA said it was miles outside the cull zone, But the man who shot it said within zone.

Obviously DEFRA and NFU have a lot to hide here. Or else why all the secrecy ? Is this really England in 2013 ?


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.


The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
Today is the usual time
to write the Gonzo blogs in rhyme
why do I do it every Sunday?
cos it makes it a weekly fun day
I'll share a secret here my friend,
it amuses me no end
like whoopee cusions and gollywogs
but enough of this, on with the blogs
The Gonzo Weekly magazine
is a thing of wonder to be seen
with lots of rock and roll words and pics
Here is issue 46
Brian May, yes him from Queen
thinks the badger cull's obscene
so he takes a break from rock and roll
and goes on an anti cull patrol
Here's a band who should have been big
the one and only Blodwyn Pig
they were very good (and never dull)
their guitarist was from Jethro Tull
Jefferson Starship have been here
for many a decade and many a year
but they never fail to move me
cos they'r so far out and groovy
The Gonzo Track of the Day
is from Alex Harvey (shout hooray!)
and put on your new dancing shoes
for his Gambling Bar Room Blues
Thom the World Poet is a star
and I love the stuff he writes so far
and one day we shall go to Texas
to meet him when he leasts expects us
And that's enough from this rhyming freak
the poems will be back next week...

*  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 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. 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

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 2007 explorer Jason Lewis completed the first entirely human powered circumnavigation of the world. It was quite the adventure, you can read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Lewis_%28adventurer%29

And now the news:

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  • Nicaragua gears up to aid threatened tapirs
  • Couple rescued in Russia from borsch-eating bear
  • Indonesia refuses permission for Sumatran rhinos t...
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  • Jellyfish shut down nuclear reactor
  • Video: ‘Devil cat’ tells woman to ‘go away’
  • Angela Goodwin Has Two Anteaters For Pets
  • Elusive Giant Squid Washes Up on Spanish Beach
  • Newts are good news (for a change) for site develo...
  • Fear of Predators Drives Honey Bees Away from Good...
  • New Research Links Individual Animal Behavior With...
  • 98% of wild-caught saltwater fish die within 1 yea...
  • Seals and porpoises being killed in increasing num...
  • New wildlife underpasses to save wildlife and driv...
  • Endangered tiger quoll spotted in Grampians for th...

  • A predictable, but good, choice of song here: