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, March 14, 2014

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:


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This Bigfoot face was discovered on a newly installed bathroom closet door at a home under construction in northern Minnesota. What are the odds of

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Just last week, for example, self-proclaimed “master Bigfoot tracker” Rick Dyer found his way to a very active habituation site in East Texas, the last 

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From the producers of Duck Dynasty, we are currently casting a new show looking for individuals searching for the unknown or Bigfoot, etc

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"Once you've seen Bigfoot, you never go back" —from the Mike Rugg interview in the Press-Banner March 21, 2007 issue. The Bigfoot Discovery ...
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Bigfoot Evidence Shawn
Robert Lindsay: Rick Dyer's Bigfoot has been proven to be fake! Me: That's news? Robert: Go check out my recent article. It's fake! But I have a theory ...

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Bigfoot #2. In the 1970s, Billy watched as a monstrous creature brutally murdered his parents. Now, twenty years later, the ferocious attacks on ...

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Bigfoot is not only alive but he is also really, really angry. Eduardo Sanchez, the man who 15 years ago helped turn the found footage genre into 

Bigfoot Evidence: Watch: Kentucky Bigfoot Stabilized and Zoomed
Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
As usual got nothing but a f-ing basketball hoop and a dude who sounds winded while filming a basketball hoop. Or doesn't this camera dude have 
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A number of Dyer believers, including Christopher Noel and I, continue to believe Rick's story that he shot and killed a Bigfoot, Hank in San Antonio 1 

Bigfoot Evidence: Could this be a Bigfoot skull? M.K. Davis is super excited
Take a good look at the skull above. Notice the sloped low forehead? We're not saying it could be Bigfoot, but recent revelations in the scientific ...


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. 


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 - Friday
    Today is a sad day. First of all, we have lost Tony Benn, one of the few politicians whom I actually respected. He was a great man, and British politics is going to be even more of a disgusting and corrupt shambles without him. And secondly my old friend Spider aka the orange cat, has died. Rebecca Lang wrote: "Spider was a real fixture at the CFZ - Centre for Fortean Zoology and Jon's constant companion as he wrote and edited numerous magazines and books at his computer. Many people love cats but cats only love some people (as cat owners/servants well know!), and that cat really loved Jon, and was always perching on his knee or very close by. There will certainly be a little hole where that gorgeous ginger cat once lingered." For the last eighteen months he has been living in Staffordshire with my step-daughter (the vet) and son-in-law, and so there are two households grieving this day. He was Shoshannah's cat before (and after) he was mine, and so the final words should be hers: "Have an awesome time in the Heaviside Layer. You were my little dude. Love forever and always".
    Rick Wakeman revives concept album Journey To The Centre of the Earth
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Robert Wyatt - The Red Flag (for Tony Benn)

    This week's issue of Gonzo Weekly is very nearly here. Hooray!!! It has some unpublished Pink Fairies stuff from over 20 years ago, an encounter between Keith Levene (ex The Clash and PiL) and Graham Inglis (who lives in my spare room) a new Auburn video and a report on The Musical Box plus Acid Mothers Temple, Dr Who, Hawkwind, Eric Burdon, and more news, reviews, views, interviews and and long nosed potoroos (OK, no rabbit sized macropoda,  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 ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
    To make sure that you don't miss your copy of this and 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 an orange kitten named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 kitten?

    Robert Wyatt - The Red Flag (For Tony Benn 1925-2014)

    CFZ "PEOPLE": Spider McGraw aka The Orange Cat (1999-2014)

    There is sorrow enough in the natural way
    From men and women to fill our day;
    And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
    Why do we always arrange for more?
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog CAT to tear.

                                              Rudyard Kipling

    and Corinna says goodbye

    and Shosh says goodbye

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


    Happy White Day to all our Japanese readers. White day, for those who don't know, is the male version of Valentines day in Japan, rather than giving reciprocal gifts to your loved one in Japan's version of Valentines day it is usually just the women who give gifts to men they like, so on White Day it is the man's turn to give a gift. See, you learned something by reading YNT today.

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