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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Monday, March 24, 2014


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#1 - March 24th 2014
Since 1999 we have been collecting addresses for our mailing list, and occasionally sending out newsletters. We always meant to do them regularly, but life - as it has a habit of doing - got in the way. Now, finally we are doing what we should have done a long time ago. You are receiving this because at one point or other you opted in to our NotifyList account. If you do not wish to receive them for any reason you can unsubscribe at the bottom of this page...
Hi Corinna here bringing you the first issue of this newsletter, which will be sent once a week from now on. It will be filled with news, reviews and various CFZ-related goings on.

As mentioned above, if you no longer wish to receive this you can easily unsubscribe by clicking on the button at the bottom, but all of us at the CFZ hope you will be happy to continue to have it pop into your inbox.   
The CFZ Newsletter is edited by Corinna Downes, administratrix supreme, and the wife of the ringmaster of the CFZ Circus.
Last November, the expedition to Tasmania organised by CFZ Australia brought back several scat samples to the UK. It was hoped that they might have been from a thylacine, because they were far larger than those normally expected from a Tasmanian devil (the largest native carnivore officially recorded from the area) and the Game Wardens that the team interviewed confirmed that there were no known wild dogs in the area.

The first set of samples were sent to Lars Thomas in Copenhagen. He writes:

"I have now finished analyzing the two samples of droppings from Tasmania. Despite their size, they are from Tasmanian devils. There is nothing in them to indicate they are anything else.

The hairs are all from either devils themselves or from various other animals, wallabies and so forth. Nothing out of the ordinary. Hence I have not asked Tom to do any kind of DNA analysis. There is nothing in them to justify it."

This is disappointing news, but the whole point of the CFZ is that we are there to find out the truth of matters that we are investigating, and not to prop up empty paradigms.  There are too many people within cryptozoology who indulge in the "Science of Wishful Thinking" and we are determined not to join them. So we always announce our findings, whether or not they had been the ones that we all had been waiting for
Tickets for this year's Weird Weekend are now on sale. So far confirmed for this year's event are:

Nigel Mortimer: Opening Portals
Ronan Coghlan: Bogus Bibles
Lee Walker: Urban Legends of Liverpool
Lars Thomas: Tales from the CFZ Laboratory
Jon and Richard: Introduction to Cryptozoology
Nick Wadham: Alien Abductions
Tony Whitehead (RSPB): O.O.P birds
Carl Marshall: Out of Place animals at Stratford Butterfly Park
Judge Smith: Survival after death
John Higgs: Chaos, Magick, and the band who burned a million quid
Richard Freeman: Tasmania 2013 Expedition Report
Matt Salusbury: Baron Walter Rothschild's Deinotherium caper
C.J. Stone: a MODERN King Arthur
Results of nature walk (Lars/Nick)
Ronan Coghlan: The Amphibians from Outer Space
Jon Downes: Keynote Speech

Miss Crystal Grenade
The CFZ Awards
Silas Hawkins
Kids Nature walk with Lars and Nick
Kids Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Speaker's Dinner at the Community Centre

and of course:
The Tunnel of Goats
The event takes place from the 15-7 August this year in North Devon. Find out more HERE.Tickets are available at a special discount price of £20/head for the whole weekend as long as you buy them in advance. Buy online HERE.
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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. 


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    The Gonzo Daily - Monday
    The new week dawns cold and grey, but everything does seem to be on the up. Judge Smith is here with me in the potato shed working on volume two of the Judex Trilogy. At the same time I am critiquing a new album by 4th Eden. On top of it all, after a gap of over a decade we have relaunched the CFZ newsletter, now in colour and weekly (but still free). Finally, this weekend we launched the revamped flipbook version of Gonzo Weekly, in full colour and with turnable pages. We have been very busy, and continue to be so, but on the whole I think it is worth it.
    ‘Very, very funky, slightly sort of cosmic guys’: Jon Anderson's new band
    The new issue of Gonzo Weekly, in a swish new format, is here. It has interviews with Tim Blake, Craig High from the Psychedelic Warlords, Cyrille Verdeaux goes native, plus Acid Mothers Temple, Joey Molland remembers working with John, George and Ringo, Mice on Stilts, Steve Hillage and more news, reviews, views, interviews and and London Zoos (OK, no metropolitan menageries, 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!!! We are also relaunching with a brand new layout and format for our 70th issue. We hope that you like it.
    You can read it, and find links to all back issues at http://www.gonzoweekly.com./
    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, some previous issues of the magazine may come out with formatting errors.

    *  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?

    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:
    From CFZ-USA:

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


    On this day in 1901 Ub Iwerks was born. Iwerks was, without doubt, the most influential animator in history. He created Mickey Mouse, Oswald the Lucky Rabitt and many other early Disney studios characters before splitting with Disney to work on creations he would receive credit for and directed several Loony Tunes cartoons. Upon his return to the Disney fold he created the technique used to marry cell animation with live action film used in films such as Song of the South, Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Pete's Dragon and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, he also used a version of this technique in some of the special effects he created for Alfred Hitchcock's film The Birds. Iwerks' cartoons also became popular in Japan after World War II and inspired the art style of Astro Boy, which in turn influenced the art style of most Manga and Anime around today and practically created the medium and market as we know it today.

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  • Zip a de doo dah!