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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Wednesday, December 18, 2013


The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday

What happened yesterday? Well as far as I am concerned, very little. I went to sleep in my favourite armchair after finishing the blogs and woke many hours later to find that I was cuddling Archie (Jack Russell) and Captain Frunobulax (no longer a kitten but still orange). I actually achieved practically nothing else at all. However, it was announced that a new species of tapir - the largest land animal discovered this century - has been discovered, which is pretty good.

*  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: www.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 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.




As I wrote about the other day, after having been on YouTube since 2007, I am only now getting it together to sort out the CFZtv YouTube channel. So far all 75 episodes of On the Track have been logged in chronological order, as has various stuff I have done for Gonzo. Next will be the complete Weird Weekends, and finally the stand-alone videos we have made....

Watch this space....

DALE DRINNON: American almas, new tapir, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

It should be noted that I had the new tapir story up the night of the 16th but that there were also technical problems on the blog)
New at Benny's Other Blog, the Ominous Octopus Omnibus:
Best Wishes, Dale D.

Labrador is born green in Clayton-le-Moors

Lancashire Telegraph: Hulk was born with a green tint to his furHulk was born with a green tint to his fur
  • Lancashire Telegraph: Hulk was born with a green tint to his fur
  • Lancashire Telegraph: Naomi with Hulk
A couple were stunned when one of their pet dog’s puppies was born green.
Two-year-old golden labrador Buttons was in labour for 28 hours at the home of Clayton-le-Moors couple Naomi Grimes and Kyle Murray. The pair were stunned when the second puppy in a litter of eight appeared to have an unusual green glow.
Alarmed, they did a quick internet search and discovered that the pup, now named ‘Hulk’, had an unusual but temporary condition.
Naomi’s mother Sandra Grimes who was visiting the Pickup Street home at the time said they were stunned by the pup’s appearance.
She said: “At first we thought it must be just because of the birth and it would wash off. When that didn’t work we got a bit alarmed and starting searching the internet.”

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

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