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, October 21, 2013

RICHARD HAS MADE IT INTO 'THE SUN' (Page Three, no less)

Today's Page Three Stunna is perky Richard Freeman (43) whose hobbies include drinking, science fiction, shrimping, more drinking, wearing frilly shirts, being the Dark Lord of Gothdom, and drinking. Oh, by the way, he also hunts mystery animals in his spare time. Phooaaar....


CRYPTOLINK: 'Yeti is real': Holiday picture of footprint is proof that Bigfoot exists claims climber

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

Mike Rees snapped the Yeti footprint while climbing Everest

Mike Rees snapped the 'Yeti footprint' while climbing Everest [SWNS]
Intrepid Mike Rees, 73, innocently took the picture while trekking in the Himalayas after his wife spotted the imprint and pointed it out as "something interesting".
But it was not until he got home and began to read books on Everest that he noticed the footprint exactly matched one discovered by a team of explorers six decades ago.
It is the same size and shape as the one pictured in 1951 and was found in the same remote region.
The retired computer engineer has gone public with his evidence after boffins last week claimed to have solved the mystery of the Yeti.
Mike, who has been trekking in Nepal four times, said: "It didn't really register with us at all what we had taken a picture of, my wife just thought it was something interesting.
"It wasn't until we got home and developed the film that we realised what it could be.
"We got books on Everest and they all contained the stories about the Yeti, the closer we looked we just thought 'wow' our photo looks exactly the same as that footprint.
 The 1951 footprint in comparison to the photo taken by Mike Rees [SWNS]
"I compared the two closely and it had to be the same, it's the same size and shape, there's no doubting it, it looks almost identical." Mike and wife Joyce, 69, were on their second trek to the stunning area in 2006 when they made the discovery.
They were trekking in the Khumbu region of the Himalayas, near the village of Machermo, when they spotted the footprint


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.

KARL SHUKER: The Missing Yeti Mummies

Karl Shuker investigates the mystery of the missing yeti mummies.

Read on...


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 are 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.

AUSTRALIAN SIGHTINGS: Australian Big Cats: HUGE bl...

DALE DRINNON: Aggressive bigfoot, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs, Cedar & Willow

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


The Gonzo Daily - Monday
And so another week begins. The weekend was enjoyable because Mike Davis and I were cooking on gas and finished three new songs. Meanwhile, Richard is preparing for the CFZ Australia expedition to Tasmania in a week's time. Graham is still on holiday with his mother and sister, and we still have no car. I would like to apologise to Barbara Dickson - we had planned to go as her guests to Yeovil last week to see her show, but our current transport-less state precluded this. Sad but true.
However, we are getting a hire car and travelling to Manchester on Thursday. We will be meeting up with the lovely Miss Crystal Grenade, and later going to see Peter Gabriel (hopefully visiting the skeleton of Maharajah the elephant, and The Manchester Moth in the Natural History Museum along the line). What an exciting life we live....

Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
A conversation with pioneer of rock culture Eric Burdon -- The Existential Truth of Rock and Roll

*  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?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1966 144 people (mostly primary school pupils) were killed in the Aberfan disaster. The coal board had been happily dumping huge soil tips above springs overlooking Aberfan and eventually these gave way, sending an avalanche of mining debris towards the local primary school, burying it and everyone inside. Now you could argue that the government-run coal board might have done this by accident or incompetence but the fact that Westminister went on to bill the charity set up to provide a memorial and compensation for the victims for the removal of other dangerous spoil heaps in the area (an act that has been ruled as unlawful now) shows exactly what the government and the coal board's attitude was.

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  • A short documentary from near the time of the disaster: