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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Tuesday, January 21, 2014


The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday

There is something that I really don't understand. In fact, there are lots of things that I don't understand but this morning one thing in particular springs to mind. As regular readers will know, a few days ago I posted (extremely late) the January edition of my monthly webTV show On the Track. Several people have been kind enough to leave comments, including this one: 'i love CRYPTOZOOLOGY. Because its one more branch of science that proves how evolution is the biggest lie in human history. Cheers'. WTF? as Olivia, my younger stepdaughter would probably say.

Leaving aside the question of whether the earth was formed 4,000 years ago (it wasn't) and leaving theology entirely aside (I am a Christian, but this is neither the time nor the place to write about it), how does cryptozoology, which is the study of unknown animals as any fool knows, possibly say anything about the age of the earth, or whether or not there was any divine element in its construction? It doesn't! Last year there was a much-touted news item claiming that various American religious schools were teaching the existence of the Loch Ness Monster as a fact that 'disproves evolution.' Even if the theory that there is a giant, longnecked prehistoric reptile in the waters of the UK's biggest lake was true (and there can't possibly be - if there is anything there is the occasional enormous eel) it would tell us nothing about the age of the earth. There are plenty of animals that have survived pretty well unchanged from before the age of the dinosaurs, and cryptozoologists like me believe that others are still awaiting discovery. That is all.

Now I am going to retreat into my bunker and hide from the torrent of abuse that I am confident that this posting will bring me.

Remember that I am also the editor of Gonzo Weekly, a slightly peculiar free online music magazine. Subscribe now, and make an ageing editor very happy. It is absolutely free. http://eepurl.com/r-VTD

*  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?

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