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, April 18, 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:


Bigfoot Evidence: Todd Standing Just Hooked Me Again With a New John Bindernagel Promo
We want to keep talking about his photoshopped Bigfoot (where a tree branch is pasted in front of a "Bigfoot"), but it's really hard to focus on that when ...

BIGFOOT: The Beast of Kentucky: 04/17/14
To document Bigfoot reports and encounters and the history of bigfoot in Trimble ... Discussions involving hunting, harming or killing a Bigfoot are

Orangutan Shot After Being Mistaken As Bigfoot In Sumatra - Mulder's World
Orangutan Shot After Being Mistaken As Bigfoot In Sumatra A drowsy Orangutan who had been mistaken for the mythical creature Big Foot is being ...

The Bigfoot Field Journal: Bigfoot on the Hill - Stabilized
Bigfoot on the Hill - Stabilized. This is the stabilized and enhanced of the video I posted a few weeks ago. Thanks to some new software I purchased I ...

Survivor Man Bigfoot Episode - Blu-ray Forum
Anyone catch this episode? I have full respect for Les and in this episode he can't explain a lot of stuff that he has seen and herd. Also there were a ...

Bigfoot Evidence: This Dead Bigfoot Photo Was Taken In 1894
This photo has been circulating for quite a while. It's made the rounds on all the bigfoot blogs and websites, but we never knew the story behind it or  


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. 


New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:
http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2014/04/guest-blogger-jayasree-toda-connection.html http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2014/04/guest-blogger-jayasree-maruttas-as.html http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2014/04/guest-blogger-jayasree-mundas-fused.html http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2014/04/guest-blogger-jayasree-mundas-fused.html http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2014/04/posted-at-atlantis-empire-on-facebook.html New at the Frontiers of Zoology: http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/04/followup-on-magaret-munro-sketch.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/04/new-devil-bat-sighting-in-mexico.html


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

    Yesterday Charlotte came over and finished doing her filming for OTT. I was not feeling terribly well yesterday so I left the rest. However, I hope I will finish it happily and successfully today. I am also working on the next issue of Gonzo Weekly, and several other things as well and hopefully they will all be done by the end of the day. I very much hope that I can spend most of the Easter weekend, which is - after all - my favourite time of the year, doing very little and watching the butterflies fly and the flowers grow. Talking of butterflies, the migratory Clouded Yellows have started to arrive (about a month earlier than usual) and there has been a sighting of a Swallowtail in Hampshire. Maybe this will be another excellent year for butterflies. I certainly hope so

    Interview: Joey Molland excited about Memphis beat

    Ginger Baker: You really do need to beware of this man

    Rick Wakeman: By the time I was 25 I’d had three heart attacks

    Jon Anderson Shares Some Wonderous Stories

    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Public Image Ltd.- Flowers of Romance

    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly is out now. It features - amongst other things - Julian Lennon, Clepsydra, Michael Des Barres, Sex Gang Children, Auburn, The Dalai lama, Keith Levene, The Psychedelic Warlords, Goldfrapp, Barbara Dickson, Auburn and the Dalai Lama, and more news, reviews, views, interviews and Gilbert's potoroos (OK, no ground dwelling marsupials that look like pointy nosed guinea pigs, 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!!!

    Read it at http://forteanzoology.blogspot.com/2014/04/gonzo-weekly-73.html or http://www.gonzoweekly.com/

    But I have an update for you all: The cover story is about the triumphant return of Swiss prog band Clepsydra last weekend. But look what I have found: If you look on YouTube there is actually some footage of last weekend's gig.

    Read the last few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 72 (Judge Smith cover)
    Issue 71 (Andy Colquhoun cover)
    Issue 70 (Tim Blake cover)

    These issues (and the current one) can be downloaded atwww.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!

    To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe

    * 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?

    WALLY THE COMEDY RHINOCEROS: Yesterday's News Today

    Oll is away so for today Yesterday's News Today is done by Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros. He is a stand-up comedian of some renown. Here is one of his rhino-related jokes.

    Q: What do you do with a white rhino? 

    A: Hold its nose until it turns blue. 

    Ha Ha! That was funny. Sidesplitting. Yes. Ha!

    Now for the news....

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  • Alternative identification methods for threatened ...
  • Clever Goats Can Learn Quickly

  • Fish removed from Swindon canal to prevent illegal...

  • And now for a happy tune that you can whistle while you work: