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, March 19, 2014

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Steve Moore (1949-2014)

Steve Moore ( 11 June 1949- 16 March 2014) was a British comics writer.
Moore was credited with showing acclaimed writer Alan Moore (no relation), then a struggling cartoonist, how to write comic scripts. His career has subsequently been quite closely linked with the more famous Moore – the pair collaborated under pseudonyms (Steve's pseudonym was "Pedro Henry", Alan's was "Curt Vile") on strips for Sounds magazine, including one which introduced the character Axel Pressbutton, who was later to feature in the Warrior anthology comic, as well as a standalone series published by Eclipse Comics.

I first met Steve at the inaugural Fortean Times Unconvention in 1994. He was very kind and supportive to me during the early days of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, and we have kept in touch sporadically ever since. The world has lost one of the nicest men I have ever met.


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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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    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 Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
    I had been polanning to write a light hearted piece about Graham driving around the lanes of North Devon and North Cornwall with a garden shed balanced precariously on the roof of our little car. OK it was dismantled, but still it was a valorous and rather surreal thing to do. But then I read Bob Rickard's message to the Fortean newsgroup. Steve Moore has died. I first met Steve at the inaugural Fortean Times Unconvention in 1994. He was very kind and supportive to me during the early days of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, and we have kept in touch sporadically ever since. The world has lost one of the nicest men I have ever met. I have lost too many goods people in the last few weeks. And whilst on the subject, I would like to publically thank Steve Jones for representing the CFZ at Joyce Howarth's funeral.
    Yes Could Have Had Davison Sooner.. If He’d Left The Right Message
    This week's issue of Gonzo Weekly is 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, Space 1999, 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
    PPS: WARNING: If you are If you are a subscriber using Outlook, Hotmail or Outlook Express, this issue of the magazine may come out with formatting errors. I have been mucking around with this for hours trying to fix it to no avail. If you have problems reading it, please use this online version.

    *  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?

    CRYPTOLINK: Expanded Perspectives » Warren Darragh of the Thylacine Research Unit

    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. 

    On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys talk with Warren Darragh of the Thylacine Research Unit. Warren ‘Waz’ Darragh is an information technology and telecommunications professional who holds a Bachelor of Information Technology degree and a Master of Information Technology (Research) degree. He has over 20 years experience in the implementation of technology solutions – including national and international experience in a wide variety of conditions and climates. Warren served for over a decade in the Australian Regular Army, and is a Graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon – Australia’s premiere military leadership institution. He saw operational service in Cambodia and in the Former Yugoslavia (Bosnia Herzegovina). Warren’s time in the Army gave both formal training and exposure to living in the ‘great outdoors’. Since that time he has taken every opportunity to get out into the field, where he enjoys honing his skills in camping, hiking, trekking and four wheel driving. Warren has applied his research skills to learning everything he can about the biology, habits, habitats, and history of the Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger).
    Read on...

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1955 the actor Bruce Willis was born. Willis has starred in many films that might be of interest to Forteans such as The Sixth Sense, The Fifth Element and Twelve Monkeys (he likes starring in films with numbers in the title, presumably) he is also one of Richard Freeman's favourite actors.
    And now the news:

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  • The Fifth Element is still one of the weirdest and, surprisingly, good sci-fi films ever made: