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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Friday, February 14, 2014


The Gonzo Daily - Friday
Graham explained to me the other day that the current filthy weather is coming in on something called the Jet Stream, somewhat like a conveyer belt in one of those educational films about factories that they used to show us when I was at school. This explains how our weather here vacillates from lovely sunshine, to downpours of tropical proportions, but I wish that it would stop and go and do something else. It is cold, grey and horrid outside, and this is one of those days that I truly wish I was somewhere much warmer, greener and less windy, preferably with a large bush of wild lantana covered in butterflies outside my window.
GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Gerry Mulligan Quartet ~ My Funny Valentine
‘I have this idea of what we could do’: Jon Anderson wants to be in a band again

You will, I hope, be pleased to hear that Issue 65 of the Gonzo Weekly will be out tomorrow. This issue features an EXCLUSIVE Pink Fairies interview, an exclusive interview with prog album artist Sandor Kwiatkowski, the return of the mighty Six Foot Three, Clepsydra box set details, a massively desirable slice of Acid Mothers Temple memorabilia, news about Hawkwind live next weekend, A Communique from Pussy Riot, the Psychedelic Warlords livce, and more news, reviews, views, interviews and brindled gnus (OK, no specialised African antelopes but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's COMPLETELY FREE!!!
Just in case you missed issue 64 you can read it here:
To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe

PS: If you are already a subscriber but think that you haven't been receiving your copies please check your spam filters. For some reason known only to the Gods of the internet, some e-mail programmes automatically count the magazine as 'spam' probably because it comes from a mass mailer. Either that or they are just jealous of our peerless content
*  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?


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

Well, everything actually!

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. 

CFZ PEOPLE: John Downes (1925-2006)

My father died eight years ago this morning,
and not a day goes by when I don't remember him

Home is the sailor, home from sea: 
Her far-borne canvas furled 
The ship pours shining on the quay 
The plunder of the world. 

Home is the hunter from the hill: 
Fast in the boundless snare 
All flesh lies taken at his will 
And every fowl of air. 

'Tis evening on the moorland free, 
The starlit wave is still: 
Home is the sailor from the sea, 
The hunter from the hill.

                                   Home Is the Sailor --- A.E. Housman 

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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


CRYPTOLINK: Teen blames Bigfoot for crash

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. 
FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – A Columbiana teen says he crashed his car last week trying to avoid Bigfoot.
Robert James Sevenich, 17, told a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol that he spotted Bigfoot at the side of the road about 2:55 a.m. on Jan. 28, which caused him to hit the accelerator and crash his car into a ditch.
According to Sgt. Ron Cox, Sevenich was at a stop sign at the intersection of Bunker Hill Road and Crestview Road in Fairfield Township when he spotted the “creature” standing near the stop sign.
“He looked to his right and saw what he thought was the Bigfoot creature standing there,” said Cox. “He accelerated quickly and hit the ditch on the left side of the road.”
The trooper that responded to the crash searched the area for footprints but didn’t find anything.
Sevenich was not injured. He was charged with failure to control his vehicle

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KARL SHUKER - Half-Human Half-Rabbit Hybrid, The Tragic Truth?

Karl Shuker investigates a contentious crypto-photograph circulating online yet again.

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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 2005 Youtube.com was launched. Considering what an impact the video sharing website has had it is odd to think that it has actually been around less than 10 years, indeed, Facebook has been around longer.
And now the news:

  • 'Poaching is too much risk' – the pygmy poacher wh...
  • Crazy Ants! Secret Weapon Lets Invaders Take Over ...
  • Ticks May Help Detect Lyme-Disease Bacteria in Peo...
  • Link between zebra mussels, risk of algae blooms
  • Hungry for Humans: What's Behind Deadly Animal Att...
  • Why did the orangutan come down from the trees?
  • The population of forest elephants has declined by...

  • Ancient reptile's birth fossilised

  • And here's the first ever video that was uploaded to youtube: