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, January 18, 2014

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CRYPTOLINK: Footage: Bigfoot Stalks Kids Playing In Treehouse?

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. 

This footage surfaced a few years ago, and Adam Bird just reposted it on YouTube. The defunct group, FB/FB, estimated the height of the creature to be around 8ft tall.

Read on...


What has Corinna's column of fortean bird news got to do with 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. 


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. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why sometimes you will read stories here that appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking. 

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    The Gonzo Daily - Saturday
    The house always seems very empty when the kids have gone home. I never expected to be a family man and so I never knew how much I would enjoy it. Shosh and Gavin went home to Staffordshire yesterday evening. I spent most of the evening working on Gonzo Weekly, which will be out later today. I then sat down and watched documentaries on The Doors and Jimi Hendrix on BBCi Player. I hadn't realised that Elvis's bass player was on LA Woman, and it was nice to see the archive film of the band in action, but it was the Hendrix documentary that was the real eye-opener. I had never seen the full Woodstock set before, and was always under the impression that he had baffled the crowd with a plethora of unreleased material. Not so. He played a shoddy greatest hits set rather badly, with an under-rehearsed and rather messy band. Even the much touted 'Star Spangled Banner' was nowhere near as impressive when heard as a coda to a very lacklustre version of 'Voodoo Chile'. OK I was somewhat in my cups, but I was rather underwhelmed by the whole thing.
    Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
    As I said, Gonzo Weekly will be out later today. This issue contains the legendary Merrell Fankhauser reminiscing about Captain Beefheart and an encounter with the Manson Family, what happened when Michael Des Barres met the 'Hendrix of the Cello', a new album for Yes, a look at the legendary 'Lamb lies down on Broadway' album by Genesis, unpublished photographs showing Liz Lenten as some sort of superhero, exciting news for Hawkwind fans, and columns by C J Stone and Doug Harr. There is the new XNA video and a photograph of Archie the Jack Russell dressed as Sherlock Holmes. There is also more news, reviews, gossip and general rambling than you can shake a stick at! 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?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1882 the author A. A. Milne was born. Although best known for his Winnie the Pooh stories, Milne also wrote poetry, humour and detective fiction.
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